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Hot Idea: Making meaningful connections with the community

Planting a tree or building a house for the less fortunate can be meaningful activities to consider for a company's corporate social responsibility programme, but they may not be particularly engaging. 

Social enterprise Big Heroes, recently launched in January, seeks to change that with its team-building activities that enable both corporates and beneficiaries to take part. 

Since its inception, Big Heroes has partnered 15 organisations and is targeting 20 by the end of the year. "We specifically work with smaller welfare beneficiaries because they often lack the resources and capabilities to fully engage with corporates," shared Christian Rahnsch, managing director and co-founder, Big Heroes. "As such, we believe our support will have much more impact here as compared to larger organisations."

Companies can opt for any of Big Heroes' 14 event formats that include Kitchen Heroes, a live cooking session led by student chefs-in-training from Mountbatten Vocational School who may guide employees on making, for instance, French crepes; Secret Picasso, art workshops facilitated by artists from Very Special Arts Singapore; and Animaniacs, where employees work hand-in-hand with elderly from Care Corner Family Service Centre (Queenstown) to create stop motion video using Play Doh. Customised programmes are also available upon request. 

Also on offer are workshops led by professional facilitators such as LEGO® Serious Play®, which can be added on to any team-building session. 

This innovative play process seeks to draw out insights from participants, enabling better communication and problem solving, which helps to enhance business performance.

For instance, during a session, participants may be posed questions like, How do you think effective leadership looks like in action? Or, What are the impacts to the future of the organisation if there is a lack of trust? Through constructing and storytelling about their Lego models, participants reveal their insights with one another in a highly engaging manner.

"This has proven to be very effective in facilitating team-building, casting new visions, conceptualising products and implementing change in organisations," explained Raymond Teo, play director, Play Insight Management Consultancy.

To book your next team-building event with Big Heroes, call +65-6814-1416 or email [email protected].