• Jarratt Ong

ASK SURYA

Updated: Jan 30

We were live at the The Young SEAkers webinar, "SEAkeers Connect! Deep Dive Into the World of Social Entrepreneurship in ASEAN", where Surya shared his YSI SEA - Young Sustainable Impact Southeast Asia journey and answered audiences question. Thank you Young SEAkers for letting us help out in empowering ASEAN youths to help create impact!


Here are some highlights of the day!

Dear Surya, will you encourage founders or co-founders of a social enterprise to have a side job, while studying, during the entrepreneurship journey like you did?
  • depends on stage and workload

  • find tools that can help speed you up

  • importance to sticking to motivations and not losing yourself

What was the experience like educating youths to get them onboard and invested in sustainability?
  • understanding the different mindsets of youths

  • thinking about how to cater tailoured solutions

  • letting them understand the landscape

  • giving them the space to dedicate

Do you think that as long as you create impact and help the people you want to help, I should do whatever it takes to get there?
  • importance of understanding impacts that are good and/or bad

  • triple bottom line and cost benefit analysis

  • checking blind spots

  • being prepared for scrutiny by public

How do you encourage talent in the social entrepreneurship space?
  • incentive to encourage talent

  • making entry point easier for them

  • ground up encouragement

What word would you describe your social entrepreneurship journey?
  • being humbled and learning from others

Does Surya have a life?
  • spoilers: no

Here are questions asked by audiences:


00:00 will you encourage founders or co-founders of a social enterprise to have a side job, while studying, during the entrepreneurship journey like you did?


01:23 what was the experience like educating youths to get them onboard and invested in sustainability?


03:23 do you think that as long as you create impact and help the people you want to help, I should do whatever it takes to get there?


04:44 COVID-19 challenges


05:55 how do you work with the government to get support?


07:03 is the commitment to build a social enterprise similar to a startup in work-life-balance?


07:25 what are the differences between big companies’ CSR compared to a social enterprise?


08:00 registration and accreditation


08:35 how do you encourage talent in the social entrepreneurship space?


09:09 what word would you describe your social entrepreneurship journey?


09:25 Surya, do you have a life?


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