What resources, skills, drives, motivations do need to get your social project started? – Ask Matt: Live from Jerusalem, Israel

Hey everybody, it’s Matthew Alberto – live in Jerusalem, Israel.

It’s the next day and I’ve had a good sleep.

Later today, I’m actually going to meet with a number of social entrepreneurship bloggers from around the world. They’ll come here soon and we’re going to have dinner together, and I’m waiting on them.

Today I just explored a bit of Jerusalem. In the background, you can actually see the old city of Jerusalem which is a holy land for a number of the world’s major religions, including Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

So it’s an honour and privelege to be here.

Also while I’m here, it’s a very windy day but very sunny too. It’s quite beautiful.

While I’m here with a beautiful view of Jerusalem, I thought it would be great to answer a budding and eager question from one of our audience members.

Resources, Skills, Drives & Motivations for a Successful Social Project

A few weeks ago, someone actually messaged me and asked me this question:

“What resources, skills, drives, motivations do need to get your social project started and to succeed?”

This is a great question to get us kickstarted before we meet a number of social projects and social entrepreneurs across Jerusalem.

Today’s Adventures Around Emek Refa’im & the Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

Dinner with Top Social Entrepreneurship Bloggers
incl. Alex from PioneersPost.com, Peter from SocialExecutive.com & Tristan from SocialEarth.com
Thanks to Joanna & Adi from Kinetis – Vibe Israel for bringing us all together

What Will the World Lose if You Fail? – Ask Matt: Live from Jerusalem, Israel

Hey everybody. It’s Matt Alberto here, and I’m live in Jerusalem, Israel.

My plane just touched down a few hours ago and it’s in the wee hours of the morning right now.

It’s 1:30 am. My flight was 12 hours long but what I wanted to do was just touch base with you and show you the view from where I’m staying at the moment.

Back there, that’s Jerusalem.

It’s actually quite cold right now, and I’ve got a bit of a cough, but I’m still going to push through.

I’m here for the next couple of days and it’s going to be very exciting, so stay tuned as we check out different social entrepreneurs from across Israel. We’ll also explore the culture and discover what kind of good and cool things are people doing in this part of the world.

While I’m here and as I’ve touched down, I wanted to do a quick Ask Matt session, and I wanted to do it live via video cam and I thought it would be interesting with Jerusalem in the background.

It’s interesting as well as we move towards the next couple of days as we have an adventure together across Jerusalem and Israel for social entrepreneurship.

So the question for today is: “What will the world lose if I fail?”

So someone was actually asking that from their point of view. The question is essentially, “What would the world lose if you failed at social entrepreneurship?”

Pictures of my trip to Jersulem, Israel

Waiting at the airport for my flight to Israel

Very tired on my 12 hour-long flight to Tel Aviv Airport

Flight path from Hong Kong to Israel

Almost arriving in Israel

Sharing stories with my taxi driver from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem

3 Reasons to Check Out Social Entrepreneurship in Israel + Announcing Free Giveaways

Hey everybody, it’s Matthew Alberto here.

I’m live on location at Guandi Temple in Taiwan.

I’ve got a great announcement today. I’ve got 3 reasons why you should be checking out the next couple of videos especially as I go to Israel.

Why should you be watching them?

1) The first reason is that I’m actually going to Israel with 3 other major social entrepreneurship experts. In particular, they’ll be social entrepreneurship bloggers from Pioneer Post, Social Executive and Social Earth. These 3 bloggers from these blogs are major players in the social entrepreneurship space, and I’m going with them.

Vibe Israel actually organised the trip for us, and they were looking for the top social entrepreneurship bloggers. The 4 of us were each chosen from around the world. So check out the videos if you want to learn more about social entrepreneurship from around the world.

2) The second main reason that you should watch these videos and following along is that you’ll be learning more about the social entrepreneurship scene in Israel, and it’s going to be alot of fun. You’ll learn more about the culture. You’ll meet different people from there and we’re even going to try to taste some of the food and learn some of the language and I’ll video tape it all so you can see and experience it all with me.

3) The third reason that you should watch the upcoming videos with me in Israel is because I’m giving you a number of FREE GIVEAWAYS. They’ll be cool stuff from Israel. In particular, I’m giving away products from social enterprises and social entrepreneurs and in that way we’ll promote social entrepreneurship, but at the same time, give you freebies.

So stay tuned to find out more about how you can be one of the lucky winners who gets one of those giveaways.

Make sure you subscribe to my email newsletter and podcasts, and check out my website regualrly and stay tuned for these videos as we go to Israel.

Bye Bye!

Social Entrepreneurship in Israel: Special Announcement of Upcoming Trip

Hey everybody. It’s me, Matthew Alberto and I’m here on location in Taiwan where my business headquarters is for the next couple of months and where I’m learning Chinese.

I’ve got exciting news.

On Sunday, I’m actually going to Jersualem, Israel and from there I’ll be travelling across Israel. I’ll be meeting and interviewing a number of social entrepreneurs in Israel, and finding out more about the social entrepreneurship scene there.

I’m going to take you with me on this special Social Entrepreneurship Adventure Series for 7 days in Israel.

Stay tuned and come with me to Israel.

Bye Bye!

Special Note: Join along with me as I video record the whole trip and watch as I meet interesting people and discover the culture =)

Lessons from a Social Entrepreneur & Kung Fu Master: Lizza Gebilagin, Founder of Corker

Hey Everybody and welcome to today’s episode of the Social Entrepreneurship Series.

Today, we have a special guest which is Lizza Gebilagin from Sydney, Australia.

She’s the founder of the social enterprise, Corker Magazine.

She’s also a scholar from the School of Social Entrepreneurs.

And, shes also a recent graduate from an intense kung fu course in China.

Apart from that, she’s also a good friend.

So, this is a really interesting interview and chat that we have.

Why is this important for you?

Firstly, you get to learn more on a personal level about Lizza, such as how she grew up and where she’s from and how she got into social entrepreneurship.

Another thing you’ll learn is about how she actually got the scholarship from the School of Social Entrepreneurs and the lessons she learned.

Next, you’ll also find out how she defines social entrepreneurship, which I know many of you are interested in learning more about.

Additionally, you’ll find out the projects that she’s working on – some really exciting stuff.

Finally, she’ll give advice for aspiring social entrepreneurs and she even gives some lessons about what she learned from kung fu and how that can apply to improving your social entrepreneurship journey.

Stay tuned for the lessons from a social entrepreneur and kung fu master – Lizza Gebilagin.


Before we continue on with the interview with Lizza, I wanted to give a massive shoutout to Jessica Hendrawidjaja.

She commented that she loves the SocEnt Series, and that she’s been follwing the blog for quite some time. She also talked about how she’s starting up an event in the event to promote social entrepreneurship and I hope that goes well.

If anyone elses wants to send questions or comments, then do so, and I’ll send you a shoutout especially if you say your name, about yourself and where you’re from.

Partners for the Social Entrepreneurship Series

I’m very happy to announce that the Social Entrepreneurship Series has locked in a number of partners and sponsors to help fund the series. The way that I’m going to partner and select the partners is that I will make sure that they are interesting and related to my audience. If you’re a social entrepreneur, I want to make sure that the partners that we talk about and highlight are relevant for you.

The first partner that I wanted to thank and highlight is Business Plan Pro.

Click here to visit the Business Plan PRO website

That is a software program offered by Palo Alto software and I want to thank them and highlight them for being a partner of the show. If you’re a social entrepreneur and you want to write up a business plan, then this software is great for you especially if you’re a creative, or you’re form another discipline and you didn’t study business yourself, then this is a great way for you to start. I’ve used the software myself, and it is very organised because it breaks down a business plan very easily for you. It asks you to put in your information in the right areas, and it organises it for you. In the interview with Lizza that’s coming up, we actually talk about how important it is for you to write up a business plan and she even talks about how she struggled when she started.

Business Plan Pro Premier

A business plan software is useful because it can help you get funding when you have to propose your business to investors and other clients. It’s also important for you as a social entrepreneur yourself to get organised.

Thank you Business Plan Pro for partnering up with the Social Entrepreneurship Series. If this software sounds interesting and useful for you out there, then do check out their website.

Click here to visit the Business Plan PRO website

If you click on the link, visit their website and buy from them, then you’ll not only get value from the software to creare your business plan, but you’ll also help to support the Social Entrepreneurship Series.

Check them out, and now onto the interview with Lizza.