"The KaosPilots was founded in 1991 in Århus, Denmark. It grew out of a youth organization called the Front Runners, a truly novel initiative, who worked with cultural and social projects.
The KaosPilots is a self-governing institution comprised of two parts: the school and a consultancy. The purpose of the KaosPilots is 'positive social change through personal growth'.
The consultancy offers the same capabilities that are offered to the students to companies, NGO’s and public organizations, but adapted to suit their specific need. For examples of clients please click here.
The program is a three-year long education where the focus lies upon learning by doing through client assignments, from entrepreneurs, consultants, leaders and thought leaders.
The program consists of the disciplines Creative Enterprising Design, Creative Project Design, Creative Process Design and Creative Leadership Design and the education is designed around and operates according to the values Streetwise, Risk-taking, Balance, Compassion, Real World and Playful.
Based on the written application approximately 70 individuals are invited to attend a unique three-day workshop in the spring every year. Through a variety of assignments the applicant provides information to the staff and students who in the end will select a diverse team of about 35 aspiring KaosPilots to begin the program in the fall.
According to a comprehensive survey conducted in 2005 approximately 30% of the graduated KaosPilots work as an entrepreneur.
A KaosPilot is an enterprising leader who creates value for themselves and others."
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"Independent workers (e.g., freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contingent employees and the self-employed) comprise more than 30 percent of [North] America's workforce today, and that number is growing rapidly. Now, with offerings made available through Freelancers Union, independent workers across the country will have increased access to health care benefits traditionally available through employer-sponsored plans.
Throughout its 11 year history, New York City-based Freelancers Union has been a pioneer and catalyst for change in the movement to address the needs of the nation's new workforce. Freelancers Union has received more than $7 million in support for their social entrepreneurial efforts from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, among others."
(Business Wire, 05 June 2007)