Christina is currently enrolled in the specialization in Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy at GNH. She has a strong passion for gymnastics that she has been cultivating since she was a child, which led her to become a coach and professional artist, and more recently to participate in the Amnesty International video “Ignite the Flame of Human Rights” made for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. She wants to become a Social Entrepreneur and for this reason she is spending a lot of her time volunteering at the Danish Social Innovation Club (DANSIC), a student driven nonprofit organization.
Allowing yourself to get inspired by random people you meet on your way, exploring the opportunities, future and those currently available, and somehow you’ll find your way – your path. This is the story of how I found and explored mine.
Not even a year ago, I realized that I have a huge interest in social innovation and entrepreneurship. Now it has become a passion. In summer 2013 I met a social entrepreneur who had just quit his dream job to start his own business for the second time. Honestly, at this time, I was not familiar with the term social entrepreneur. However, I was caught by the mentality of entrepreneurs who see everything as an opportunity. You must take chances, and you must fail, otherwise you are not yet a real entrepreneur.
I started doing online research to get a sense of this new field of interest. I watched several TED talks of entrepreneurs and I have been equally inspired every single time. Further, I found online classes in entrepreneurial thinking, business design and strategy, how to grow a business etc. I attended these courses to get a clear sense of this field, what it really consists of, and to get an idea of whether it was me being foolish or if it really was something for me! Now I know for sure that I want to continue for the Master’s program in Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship at CBS.
I started sharing my thoughts of becoming a social entrepreneur, with the background of Public Health Nutrition and Food Policy (PHNFP), in creating a product or a service to improve a certain group of people’s health and well-being. One day, at the end of September, an acquaintance asked me if I had heard of DANSIC (Danish Social Innovation Club). I guess you already know the answer. Of course not, I was a freshman in the field, and didn’t really know any of the initiatives in Denmark. After researching, I applied for a position at DANSIC, was called in for an interview with a member of the board, and in mid October I was at my first meeting as a Program Volunteer.
DANSIC is a volunteer, student driven, non-political and non-profit organization which works to inspire, engage and promote social innovation and start-ups of social companies. It was founded in 2011, and is behind Denmark’s greatest conference on social innovation (for more information check out: http://www.dansic.org/). This year, the conference is held Thursday the 13th of March under the title New Partnerships. I am planning and managing a track on the future for Danish non-governmental organisations (NGOs), tackling the changes and challenges emerging, setting up a panel discussion with some of the leading experts, directors and chief officers in the field, under the title NGO 2.0.
Besides, the involvement in DANSIC, I work as a professional gymnast/dancer/acrobat under Christel Stjerneberg. Earlier, Amnesty International asked us to participate and contribute in making a video regarding basic human rights being violated in Russia in relation to the Olympic Games 2014. The video Ignite the Flame of Human Rights is the result, and has been promoted all over the world and shared through social media.
Participating in this video not only supported a good cause for an international NGO, but it also opened a door in having Amnesty International’s Danish chief officer, Lars Normann Jørgensen, attending the panel discussion at the conference in March.
One door opens the next – The Circle of Life.
People always tell me: “Don’t you think you have enough!” But you only have as much as you think you have, and as long as you are exploring and enjoying it – CONTINUE.
Seek the challenge. Seek the unknown, and find your own path.