The nine month Sansori Bridge Year allows you to develop holistically on a professional and personal level through direct experiential learning. You will learn through travel, social enterprise work experience, online business seminars, and your mind body connection.


TRAVEL

The program begins in late August 2014 with 5 weeks of group travel. First we spend 3 weeks in Toronto, Canada, learning to fuse ingenuity, pragmatism and art through problem solving workshops; experiencing how technology enables community development at Cisco Canada; refining our storytelling skills; and exploring the mind body connection through practices such as Qigong.


The group then travels to Hangzhou, China, an old capital city of the Song dynasty famous for its cultural richness, natural beauty, arts and commerce. Here you are offered an insider view of a highly successful green tea business, from sustainable growing and harvesting practices to profitable retail operations.


SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PRACTICUM

In your home city, you will join a social enterprise or B-Corp team for a five-month practicum. Here you will see how passion and a sense of social responsibility can enhance any business enterprise. The practicum offers an immersive experience through which you can apply your unique gifts within a business context and understand how social enterprises practically balance the triple bottom line - people, planet, and profit.


LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Through Sansori’s online learning platform, you will enhance your business skills and develop as a transformational leader. With our online platform you can participate in relevant business seminars and conduct self-directed research.


You will share each week through a short video presentation what you learned through the practicum experience. You will be refining your storytelling skills and learning from best practices of your peers and mentors. By the May finale week, you will have seen how your own talents, interests and insights can be successfully adapted to a socially responsible business enterprise.


FINALE

We will spend two weeks in Maya Riviera, Mexico, where we work with a Mayan community to discover how our unique gifts can benefit our communities, and focus on transformational leadership.


As a graduate of the Sansori Bridge Year, you will discover a new kind of clarity and purpose in life, combining creativity, personal empowerment and a sense of social responsibility.

  • High school or college students
  • Recent college graduates
  • Professionals contemplating mid-career sabbatical
  • Stay-at-home parent considering professional reentry
  • Retirees
  • Anyone over 15 seeking paths to creative solutions, income generation, and collaboration
  • Gain real world job training at a B-Corp or social enterprise
  • Join a network of changemakers making positive transformations in their communities, locally and globally
  • Master your storytelling skills
  • Discover a path to clarity and purpose in life: combining creativity, personal empowerment and a sense of social responsibility
  • Explore different cultures with an open heart and curious mind
  • Deepen your mind body connection
  • Collaborate with your peers and professional mentors

COST

  • Tuition - You decide how valuable the program was to you upon completion, and pay what you can afford to pay. We want to reduce student debt. As a point of reference only, the estimated market value of Sansori’s tuition is $20,000.
  • Travel - each person pays own travel cost (estimate from New York $3,000 for combined 7 weeks of travel)
  • Room & Board - each person pays own cost, Sansori helps to arrange group accomodations (estimate $3-4,000 for combined 7 weeks of travel)

 

TIMELINE

TRAVEL

  • Toronto, Canada (August 25 - September 10, 2014)
  • Learn to integrate ingenuity, pragmatism, and art to solve complex problems
    Refine your storytelling skills
    Explore mindfulness, bodywork, and your mind-body connection
    Familiarize yourself with the Sansori online learning platform, to prepare for your social enterprise practicum
  • Hangzhou, China (September 15 - 26, 2014)
  • Learn about business strategy and Chinese culture as you closely shadow the operations of a premium green tea business

 

PAUSE

  • Practicum training via online seminars and placement interviews, from your home city (October - November, 2014)
  • Time for yourself (December 2014)

PRACTICUM (January - May, 2015)

  • Sansori will place you with a social enterprise near your home for your practicum
  • Experience how social businesses generate profit while meeting the triple bottom line: people, planet, profit
  • Discover how your talents can be used in a business context
  • Learn by self-directed research and business seminars through Sansori’s online learning platform
  • Share best practices with your Sansori peers

 

FINALE (Maya Riviera, Mexico, May 18 - 29, 2015)

  • Work with local Mayan community to go deep within yourself and discover your passions and how to use your gifts for the world.
  • Rejoin your Sansori group and present on your practicum experience
  • Share your roadmap for the future

 

AFTERWARDS

  • Join Sansori global alumni network
  • Alumni G+ Hangouts
  • Alumni retreats & workshops
We believe in experiential learning. Through a social enterprise practicum, you experience practical ways to apply your passions in a business context and ways to support yourself while making a positive contribution to your community and planet. You will work at a social enterprise near your home for five months. Here is a sampling of social enterprises where you might be placed.




























 

 















 

 

 


 

 












 

 




 

 

 

 




 


 

 

 



 

 







 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 






HE CHA GUAN TEA HOUSE (Hangzhou, China) He Cha Guan is a unique and artistic tea house where all your senses delight in one of the best treasures of the Chinese civilization: high tea culture. Under the guidance of well known tea cultivation and tea ceremony expert and successful businesswoman Pang Ying, He Cha Guan's high quality tea is carefully cultivated using sustainable agricultural practices.


IMPACT HUB SEATTLE (Seattle, WA) Impact Hub Seattle is a coworking space, events space, and launch pad for purpose-driven ventures that create more value than they capture. The Impact Hub community helps entrepreneurs and businesses consider the social and environmental impact of their practices, while also pushing philanthropists and nonprofits to become self-sustaining through collaboration and more efficient business models.


NUTIVA (Sebastopol, CA) Nutiva is revolutionizing the food we eat to bring nourishment and balance, health and well being, sustainability and community to people and planet. By focusing on superfoods—nutrient-dense powerhouses that can also be grown and processed in a sustainable way - Nutiva is letting food lead us to a better world.


ELEFINT DESIGNS (San Francisco, CA) Elefint Designs is a design studio focusing on strategic design for good causes. Beginning all projects by developing a clear understanding of the clients objectives and then building designs to help them reach their goals, Elefint's services include websites, print design, infographics and data visualization, motiongraphic videos and more.


EXYGY (San Francisco, CA)Exygy is a small software design and build agency in San Francisco whose mission is to be a technology partner to the world's leading innovators and change-makers.


HEALTHY BUILDING SCIENCE (San Francisco, CA)Providing Healthy Building Inspections, Environmental Testing & Assessments and Green Building Consulting for both Commercial and Residential projects.

RYAN NONPROFITS (San Francisco, CA)

Ryan Nonprofits is a management consulting firm that specializes in strategic planning for small nonprofit organizations.


DITTO HANGERS (Oakland, CA)Ditto Sustainable Brand Solutions designs, manufactures and distributes award-winning, sustainable retail displays for conscientious clothing companies.


SFUN CUBE (Oakland, CA)

SfunCube is the world's only business incubator and accelerator program dedicated to ensuring that solar entrepreneurs succeed. SfunCube supports solar start-ups and ensures that the ecosystem that has been built for non-profits, for-profits, funds and advisers can continue to thrive under one roof in a fun co-working space in uptown Oakland.


NEW AVENUE HOMES (Berkeley, CA)New Avenue is a Berkeley based technology company whose mission is to revolutionize housing by converting every home into a source for multigenerational income and security.   The company's collaboration platform empowers architects, homeowners and builders to convert idle space in existing homes and yards for extended family members, an income apartment, a small business or creative pursuits.

 

B REVOLUTION (Calabasas, CA)

B Revolution is a benefit corporation consulting firm providing business planning, capital raising, marketing, and B Corporation Certification optimization for social enterprises.

 

SECHLER CPA (Phoenix, AZ)

Sechler CPA is a virtual nonprofit CPA firm serving over 400 nonprofit organizations. Client-focused, supportive, innovated, attentive, and accountable, Sechler CPA provides support for nonprofit organizations by filing Form 1023 for tax exemption status, accounting and bookkeeping services, tax compliance, visioning, consulting needs, and coaching.

 

ICEBOX KNITTING (Longmont, CO) Icebox knitting, LLC is a manufacturer and wholesaler of its own brands Xob and Dohm. Since 1993 Icebox has been producing hats and accessories for outdoor winter sports and the streetwear market.


TECH RANCH AUSTIN (Austin, TX)Tech Ranch Austin is a community of vibrant tech start-ups surrounded by the people, processes and materials needed to drive business success.




OGDEN PUBLICATIONS (Topeka, KS) Ogden Publications is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia, and classic motorcycle communities.


THE DATA BANK (Minneapolis, MN)

The Data Bank, Inc. creates positive change through technology by providing high performance, easy to use, affordable software solutions to nonprofit organizations; and by providing a workplace that respects diversity, encourages innovation, and creates sustainable employment for our community.

 

BIG VISION MEDIA GROUP (Kansas City, MO)

If you truly care about your customers and their lives, we can help you to become irreplaceable and create meaningful connections. We use the newest research and tools to develop lasting relationships built on intrinsic human values.

 

BEYOND GREEN PARTNERS (Chicago, IL)

Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners is bringing positive change to our food system through sustainable food service consulting, local food service provision, and education development in the city of Chicago and across the United States.


THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED (Chicago, IL)

The Road Less Traveled is a teen summer community service and adventure travel company that offers an opportunity for young people to engage in a service of presence and active listening in the world. We encourage involvement and cultivate leadership, excellence, openness and sensitivity, initiative, communal participation, social activism and environmentalism.


STRATEGIC SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTING (Lynchburg, VA)

Strategic Sustainability Consulting provides organizations with the tools and expertise they need to actively manage their social and environmental impacts. SSC specializes in helping under-resourced organizations implement sustainable solutions usually reserved for large, multinational companies.

 

TMI CONSULTING (Richmond, VA)

TMI Consulting Inc assists organizations and communities by bridging the gap between simply being diverse to having authentic inclusivity. TMI's Inclusion for Innovation™ model helps reduce turnover and increase morale, engagement and productivity - attracting high-potential talent and increasing social capital. 

 

MEJDI TOURS (Arlington, VA)

A global tour operator founded on the belief that travel should contribute to a more positive, interconnected world. On their journeys, Mejdi travelers see first hand that we are all connected by shared values that cross cultures, languages, religions, nationalities, and ethnicities-and that there is far more that unites us than separates us.

 

RELAY FOODS (Washington, DC)

Relay Foods is an online marketplace for local, organic, natural and conventional food. As a socially focused benefit corporation, we use the power of technology to improve economies and livelihoods through innovating the way people engage with, learn about, and purchase healthy food.

 

MORE THAN MONEY CAREERS (Chevy Chase, MD)

MTMCareers transforms how students and professionals get clear, get connected, and get hired for internships and jobs that maximize impact and income in fields such as impact investing, environmental sustainability and social enterprise in the US and around the world. 

 

KINVOLVED (Brooklyn, NY)

Kinvolved aims to increase K-12 attendance to affect improved graduation rates by engaging families, particularly in underserved communities. A Benefit-Certified company, Kinvolved offers schools and teachers a software program to communicate attendance in real time, identify behavioral trends based on graphic data, and implement tailored recommendations based on the data.

 

MAXWELL HEALTH (New York, NY and Cambridge, MA)

Maxwell Health is revolutionizing the way companies think about employee benefits by turning it into a subscription service they love. Maxwell’s SaaS platform and service experience dramatically simplifies benefits, reduces costs, and improves employee health by eliminating the headache of confusing paperwork that comes with insurance and care.

 

CO-OP POWER (Springfield, MA) Co-op Power is a consumer-owned sustainable energy cooperative. We operate within a regional network of Local Organizing Councils to create a multi-class, multi-race movement for a sustainable and just energy future.


PROJECT REPAT (Boston, MA)

Project Repat turns your t-shirts into a personalized blanket keepsake. All blankets are made in the USA by someone making a fair and living wage.

 


Applicants will be reviewed based on a series of short answer questions (online), references, and an interview (either in-person or via Google+ hangout). Space is available but limited, so we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please send an email to chudson@sansori.org.


If you do not find your question among these commonly asked questions, please contact Caitlin at chudson@sansori.org.


About Sansori Bridge Year


  1. What is the Bridge Year program?
    The Bridge Year program allows you the space to connect to a meaningful livelihood through social enterprise job training, experience other cultures and deepen your mind body connection. Experience how creativity, social responsibility and entrepreneurship can co-exist in your life. This is a program for any stage of your life - a sabbatical, a gap year, career change, or any time you may choose to make a positive transformation. Best of all, for tuition, pay what you can afford, no questions asked. Please see the About page in the Bridge Year Program page.
  2. What are the advantages of participating in the Sansori Bridge Year?
    Through the Sansori Bridge Year, you will experience first hand how social enterprises balance profit with social responsibility. You will also learn through international travel and online business seminars and discover the tools to deepen your mind body connection. You will be surrounded by an inspiring group of like-minded peers and mentors who share your commitment to transforming the world. Sansori is an open and creative environment to connect what you like to do with making money and sustaining yourself. Please see more on the Benefits of Participating in the Sansori Bridge Year Program.
  3. What kinds of people will participate in the Bridge Year?
    Our program is for any stage of your life - a sabbatical, a gap year, career change, time off, or any space you may choose to make a positive transformation. The program is open to those of all ages over 15, from anywhere in the world. All classes will be held in English. There are no education or career requirements to apply to Sansori, as we don’t believe these milestones should define one’s success or abilities. Sansori participants might be supplementing or replacing a college or university experience, taking a gap year or a sabbatical, or making a career change. We hope our cohort will be diverse in age, background and interests.
  4. Are there grades, course requirements or exams at Sansori?
    No, our program is based on experiential learning. You will learn through social enterprise job training, travel, storytelling, and deepening your mind body connection. You will have regular check-ins with our coaches and team, and will be responsible for completing assignments and staying on track during the online business training portion of the Bridge Year. You will receive feedback and support from your coaches and mentors, and you will have the opportunity to provide feedback of your own as well. At the end of the Sansori Bridge Year, you will receive a certificate of completion.
  5. Are there any required qualifications to be admitted, such as a GPA or scores on the SAT, ACT, GMAT or GRE?
    No. Sansori is a creative, interactive program, so we do not require standardized test scores for admission. We believe there are better ways to express who you are and what you care about.
  6. What makes a good Sansori participant?
    We believe the Sansori participant will be creative, enthusiastic, and open to new experiences and people. We hope Sansori participants will take full ownership of their experience, seizing every opportunity for growth and new experiences. Join us if you wish to discover the means to tap into your potential, center and support yourself, and make a positive impact in the world.
  7. What is the time commitment?
    The program spans nine months, from late August 2014 to May 2015. Please see a timeline of events here.
  8. I have family commitments and think it will be difficult for me to be away for 5 continuous weeks of travel at the beginning of the Bridge Year - Can I still be a part of this program?
    If you have family commitments and are concerned about the length of time you will be away from home, we are happy to explore various options with you to find ways to ease the strain. Please email Caitlin at chudson@sansori.org and request a call to discuss your particular situation.
  9. What will I do after the Sansori Bridge Year?
    Sansori Alumni might make a career change into a new industry, enroll in university, start their own business, travel more, or do something else entirely. No matter what you and your peers do after the Bridge Year, what you will all have in common will be a clear sense of what you love to do, the tools to apply that passion in a sustainable and responsible business context, and professional references and network.
  10. What do you mean by mind-body connection, and why is this so important to your program?
    Your mind-body connection is integral to accessing your full power and creativity. We do not advocate any particular modality. You will experience a variety of “self-centering” practices, including Qi Gong, to help you center your mind and body, tap into your inner wisdom, connect to your creativity, and stay grounded throughout life’s challenges.
  11. Where will I live while travelling? Who will make my travel arrangements?
    In each of the cities we travel to, the group will stay in a place selected by Sansori. Our recommendation is that you stay with the group; however, you have the option of choosing another venue. You will make and pay for your own travel arrangements - flights and accommodations - with guidance from our team. During your practicum, you will live in your home city (unless you opt to do your practicum elsewhere).
  12. What might a typical day look like while traveling?
    A Bridge Year day follows a rhythm that honors our need to create or manifest and the need to nourish and receive. While the specifics of any given day may vary depending on the location, the overall structure will be similar.
    The day will be divided into morning, afternoon and evening sessions and will be filled with the following activities:
    In Toronto, You will meet your Bridge Year peers for the first time in person. You will experience in-depth workshops in storytelling, problem-solving and mind-body connection. You will also visit Cisco Canada and meet senior leaders and experience how their technology is helping build communities around the world.
    In Hangzhou, you will get an insider’s view of the operations of a premium green tea business - both their agricultural operations and their retail business. You will visit the He Cha Guan Tea House and discover the rich cultural story behind different types of tea.
    In the Maya Riviera, you will collaborate alongside the Mayan community in designing and implementing an environmental up-cycling program. As you wrap up your Bridge Year, you will have plenty of space to reflect and share with your peers.
  13. Who are Sansori’s teachers?
    Our teachers come from diverse disciplines, each highly accomplished in their own field and striving to be living examples of compassion in action. Their zeal to create a new model for education that integrates compassion, commerce and community is contagious! Please read about our leaders and partners here.
  14. Why Toronto, Hangzhou, and Maya Riviera for the chosen travel destinations?
    We have chosen these three travel destinations based on our dedicated relationships with and trust in the local team of leaders in each location. You can read about our local leaders here.
  15. What languages will be spoken while traveling?
    The entire Bridge Year is conducted in English. Our local teams are fluent in English in Toronto and the Maya Riviera, and we will be aided by a translator in Hangzhou. If you would like to practice your language skills in any location, please let us know and we would be happy to help you do so.
  16. What will I do in between the travel portion and the beginning of my practicum?
    October and November (2014) will be used as “flex time,” where you can opt in to Sansori’s online business seminars to prepare for your upcoming practicum. These seminars are strongly recommended for our younger participants, but are optional for our participants with more business experience. This is also the time when you will interview with our network of B-Corps and social enterprises in your home city, to decide where you will be placed for your practicum, which will take place from January to May (2015).
    We urge you to be available in person for these practicum placement interviews, although there is the option to travel on your own during this time (unstructured, not led by Sansori). December is our “down” time. In many traditions, this is the time to gather your inner light. You will have this month entirely free to spend as you wish.
  17. How will I be placed with a social enterprise for my five month practicum?
    Sansori has an extensive network of conscious businesses that are serving the triple bottom line - people, profit, and planet. We will place you with one of our partner social enterprises, most of which are certified Benefit Corporations (B-Corps), near your home. If a practicum at a social enterprise near your home is not feasible, you will be placed at another available location of your choosing.

  18. I do not see any practicum hosts listed in my home city. How will you place me for my practicum?
    The list of practicum hosts we have on our website is only a sampling of the large network of B-Corps and social enterprises we work with, so we will be able to organize a practicum for you in your home city, or alternative city of choice.
  19. What is the point of the practicum portion of the Bridge Year?
    A practicum at a social enterprise will give you real work experience and insight into running a conscious business that is meeting a triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) through creative solutions. Through this job training, you will develop your own professional network of mentors that will undoubtedly serve you in your future business endeavors. This practicum will include great breadth and depth, as you will partake in a variety of roles and be granted real responsibility to dive deep into certain projects.
  20. What will my practicum experience look like?
    You will spend 5 months working full time as a practicum participant to a social enterprise near your home. You will be paired with a mentor at your host enterprise and you will continually have the chance to receive and offer feedback to your host enterprise on your experience. Participants will share weekly video clips with their peers via Sansori's online network. Sansori will host a contest at the end of the practicum, through which all participants will create a short video to showcase their experience to their peers, and the world. The top videos and winner will receive monetary prizes. Along with this video, participants will create a final presentation synthesizing their experience to present to their host enterprise and their peers.
  21. What kind of supervision will I have during the practicum?
    You will participate in our online business seminars on a weekly basis throughout your practicum. Each week you will create a 30 second video clip detailing what you have been learning in your practicum, and share this with your peers and the Sansori team, through our online platform. We will be able to check in with you through this platform, as we conduct seminars, review your independent research projects, and more. You will also have a mentor at your practicum company who will be able to guide you through this process and help you set and achieve your goals for the practicum. We provide sufficient structure while still allowing for autonomy and independent work as much as you need or desire.
  22. What kind of work will I do during my practicum?
    The specific goals and work tasks for your practicum will be set by you and your practicum host. These goals will depend on your interests and skills, as well as the company’s needs and capacities at the time.
  23. Will I be paid during my practicum?
    Our partner social enterprises and B-Corps are taking you on as a practicum student based on your willingness to learn and their commitment to share their business practices with you. In the time honored tradition of practicums, this will not be a paid position.
  24. What is the approximate cost of covering my own living expenses and travel?
    We estimate room and board will cost $3-4,000 for the combined 7 weeks of travel. Travel costs will vary greatly based on a participant's starting point and preferences, but we estimate travel from New York will be around $3,000 for the combined 7 weeks of travel. If you are interested in fundraising to cover your travel costs, we can provide resources to help you through this process.
  25. How does the “pay what you can afford” tuition model work? What is the market value of Sansori’s tuition?
    At the end of the Bridge Year program, each participant will truly pay what they can afford for tuition. We do not ask for any verification of income or tax forms, we operate on an honor system and will not ask any questions about your contribution. We want to allow you, as a Sansori participant, the opportunity to take ownership of your education. The estimated market value of Sansori’s tuition is $20,000.
  26. Are Sansori participants eligible for financial aid to cover the costs of living and travel?
    With our radical tuition policy, we ask all participants to cover their own costs. You have the option of choosing lodging and transportation modes that suit your budget.
  27. How do I apply to Sansori Bridge Year and when is the deadline?
    Applicants will be reviewed based on a series of short answer questions (submitted online), an interview (either in-person or via Google+ hangout), and references (submitted after review of online questionnaire). Space is available but limited, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Once accepted, all students will pay a non-refundable deposit of $250 to secure their place. If you have any questions, please send an email to Caitlin at chudson@sansori.org.
  28. Who may submit my letters of recommendation?
    Letters of recommendation may come from anyone who can provide insight into your character, skills, or passions. This could be a mentor, teacher, employer, co-worker, or peer.
  29. May I be simultaneously enrolled in school or employed while participating in the Bridge Year program?
    While Sansori is largely a full-time commitment, there is flexibility to hold a part-time job or participate in additional online courses during your Bridge Year. Please be aware that consistent participation in all Sansori events will be required for the duration of the Bridge Year. We are happy to talk to you about your plans to see if the outside opportunity you wish to pursue will interfere with Sansori’s program or not. Please contact Caitlin at chudson@sansori.org.
  30. Do you offer college credit?
    Traditionally college credits count toward a degree and degrees in theory help you get a job. At Sansori, we are changing one of the outcomes of your education - from credits and degrees on paper to professional references, evaluation and portfolio that will be much more relevant in any job search. If you are a high school graduate and planning to matriculate at an undergraduate institution after the Bridge Year, the issue of credit is for the home institution to decide. We will, of course, coordinate with you and provide thorough description of your experience so that you are in the best position to receive credit from your home institution.


    About Sansori

  1. What is Sansori?
    Sansori provides radically new, innovative, and open spaces for alternative education, for people of all ages. Our programs nurture the integration of community, commerce, and compassion in all facets of our lives. Please read about Sansori’s mission, values and programs here: About Us.
  2. What skills will I learn through Sansori?
    • Business skills to help you become successful in any organization, especially social enterprises
    • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
    • Community development and business leadership
    • Bodywork, including Western and Eastern forms of martial arts and body movements
    • How to center yourself, connect your mind and body
    • Creative and engaging storytelling
    • The self awareness and understanding to discover and best utilize your passions and gifts
  3. What is social enterprise?
    A social enterprise is a creative business venture that integrates social objectives with sustainable, market-driven forces. These businesses use creative solutions to meet a triple bottom line: people, planet, profit.
  4. Who is behind these programs, and why?
    Please read about our Team here.
  5. What does the Sansori name mean?
    Sansori means “mountain sound” in Korean. At Sansori we believe that by listening, both without and within, we can climb new peaks, and - together - move mountains. Sansori is not affiliated with any religious, ethnic or political organization.
  6. How is Sansori funded?
    Sansori is funded by private investors and tuition payments.
  7. Where can I ask my other questions?
    Please email Caitlin at chudson@sansori.org