The schedule of the Autumn School 2016 included inspiring expert inputs and workshops with topics such as storytelling, fundraising, creating and monitoring sustainable supply chains and design thinking. Furthermore, the presentation of best-practice cases and visits of social start-ups were included. The participants had the opportunity to individually meet successful African and German sustainable entrepreneurs and to discuss different approaches to sustainable business in peer-to-peer sessions.
All participants were unified by their will to actively contribute to a socially and ecologically fairer global development with their own business ideas. Nombuso, who strives to encourage more recycling and waste separation in her hometown Pretoria by offering awareness trainings in schools and households, was one of the participants. Irina from Kiel offers “Open Wooden Workshops”, where people are taught to repair, recycle or build new furniture and to handle natural resources responsibly. Bernhard developed affordable, solar-powered bicycles to ease working conditions for people in rural areas of Namibia. In rural areas of Kenya, young girls are often absent from school during their menstrual period. Catherine aims to tackle this problem through the production of reusable and affordable sanitary pads. Together with the other Autumn School Participants, Nombuso, Irina, Bernhard and Catherine gained important impulses for their projects and reflected together how they could contribute their part to a more sustainable way of living in their particular countries. "Inspiring people, interesting workshops, nice atmosphere - a wonderful experience" Prosper Awuni, an ASA Autumn School participant, commented on the program.