Did you know that the word „company”
comes from Latin “CUM PANIS”

which means
“someone whom I am sharing bread with”

ABOUT

Did you know that the word “company” has its roots in the Latin expression “CUM PANIS”, which means “someone whom I am sharing bread with”?!

For the past 7 years we, the team of the Bread Houses Network, inspired by this millenary tradition and universal symbol of cooperation, have been developing various innovative services, products and programs, which solve different social problems by using social entrepreneurial approaches.

Our Social Enterprise School offers Bulgarian and international trainings on social entrepreneurship.

Our mission is to offer you training and equip you with specific, practical skills how to create and develop step by step a sustainable social business model. We believe that this is the best way to achieve long-term social change.

We rely on our previous experience in the creation of:

  • the first “social franchise” model in Bulgaria, which consists of social enterprises – bakeries for sour-dough bread and employs people from vulnerable groups.
  • social and cultural community centers, which offer free Bread therapy for people with disabilities, traumas and other special needs.

The bread houses are the first Bulgarian social innovation that has become popular worldwide and has already spread to more than 18 countries on 5 continents.

In our trainings we apply approaches and concepts from the fields of social entrepreneurship and social change, studied by the founder of Bread Houses Network Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova during her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at Princeton University. Nadezhda has participated in trainings with world famous entrepreneurs organized by The Keller Center for Innovation as well as in seminars at Harvard University.

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EXPERIENCE

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We have created Sofia Bread House – Nadezhko Social Bakery (www.nadezhko.com) – an innovative model of social enterprise-bakeries for authentic sourdough bread, which trains and employs people from different vulnerable groups (at-risk youth, people with disabilities and chronic diseases, long-term unemployed mothers).

At the same time, Nadezhko Social BakerySofia Bread House offers regular free sessions of our unique Bread Therapy (www.breadtherapy.net) for people with disabilities and other special needs. The positive effect of the Bread Therapy has been confirmed by many psychologists. The mission of the bakery is to serve its neighborhood and city as a social and cultural community center organizing supportive community bread making events for mixed groups of different age and background every week. Our motto is “We are all from the same dough”.

Trainings based on our “social franchise” model

Since 2015 until now, we have trained several social entrepreneurs, therapists and social workers from different continents in our methods, programs and social entrepreneurship model. They have all joined Bakers Without Borders international platform.

  • Albert Smith, England, born in South Africa, with a project to create Bread Houses in both countries.
  • Eduardo Tavares, Brazil, with a project to open a Bread House in Brasília – the capital of Brazil.
  • Molly Green, USA and New Zealand, with a project for different social entrepreneurial initiatives related to bread, including work with visually impaired people using our method “Bread in the dark”.
  • Cherry Cheung, Hong Kong, an architect with ideas about alternative spaces for social enterprises.
  • Sue Beveridge, Scotland, artist and therapist/counselor interested in spreading the innovative Bread Therapy in the UK.
  • Antoaneta Dineva, Bulgaria and Canada, working towards emotional intelligence education initiative for children with our methods.
  • Barbara Werteker, Austria, passionate baker and psychologist working with youth groups.
  • Ludmila Hornakova, Slovakia, working in community art centers as a community artist, mediator and dramaturg.

Bulgarian and international trainings in social entrepreneurship

Sofia Bread House – Nadezhko Social Bakery is regularly selected as a leading Bulgarian example of innovative social enterprise. We participate with lecturers and workshops in national and international educational programs in social entrepreneurship.

  • Тhe Business Institute Alternative MBA, with a special subject “Social entrepreneurship” (spring-autumn 2016, Sofia)
  • Social entrepreneurship training in cooperation with Fabrica 360 (March 2016, Sofia)
  • International Academy for Social Entrepreneurs Startery CEE organized by Social Impact and SAP Labs (November 2015, Sofia)
  • The Social Enterprise Academy and Goethe Institute (23 November 2015, Sofia)
  • Social entrepreneurship program of The University of Graz, Austria (October 2015, Gabrovo Bread House and Social Bakery)

International recognition

Awards

Publications and reports

 

 

TEAM

Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova, PhD

Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova, PhD

Founder and chairperson


Dr. Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova is a cultural anthropologist with a PhD from Princeton University (USA), where she also graduated from a program in social entrepreneurship organized by The Keller Center for Innovation. While working as a consultant and an expert at UNESCO and other international organizations, in 2008 she created the International Council for Cultural Centers (www.international3c.org) – the first global network of social and cultural community centers and networks dedicated to arts and social change. In 2009, Nadezhda founded the Bread Houses Network (www.breadhousesnetwork.org), whose mission is to “knead” peace and friendship between isolated and even fighting people and communities. BHN currently connects community cultural centers and social enterprises-bakeries that use the innovative methods for community building and “Bread therapy” created by Nadezhda. For this initiative she was awarded Traveler with a Mission of the Year 2012 by the global National Geographic. Since 2013, mainly with the support of the C.S.Mott Foundation, Nadezhda has founded two successful social enterprises – Bread Houses- bakeries and has developed the network as a Bulgarian and international social franchise. Her most recent creation is the educational game “Bakers Without Borders” (thegame.bakerswithoutborders.net), which summarizes in an entertaining format for mixed groups of all ages and people with disabilities the methods of the Bread Houses Network and her own stories from the many world-wide adventures. The game won the prestigious global “Intercultural Innovations Award-2016” by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Nadezhda is an international presenter (including a TED talk), visionary of various social projects and networks, and an artist. She is a painter of Byzantine icons, an illustrator and writer of children’s books (the series “The Adventures of NadEzhko, the Hedgehog Baker Without Borders”), a poet, writer, a photographer with multiple exhibits, and, not least, a wife and a mother who believes that the family has the power to inspire and support a genuine leadership and integral professional development.

e-mail: nadezhda@bread.bg 

Zdrava Vodenicharova

Zdrava Vodenicharova

Project Manager


Mrs. Zdrava Vodenicharova has a Master degree in Social work (Social work with children) from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Bulgaria). In the Bread Houses Network Zdrava is involved in social entrepreneurship and change-making projects, establishing meaningful partnerships for collaboration on solving complex social problems. Her scope of work covers topics on social entrepreneurship, initiatives and projects with communities, groups and individuals, team-building, social and education innovations, creativity and dialogue.

Zdrava has strong background and experience as coordinator and expert of national and international projects financed by different programs and donors; training facilitator of professionals working with people at risk and with special needs; public relations; direct social work and provision of social and educational services for children and families at risk. Zdrava has an excellent command of English and a good working knowledge of French. She is author of several publications and articles in bulletins and handbooks, as well as co-author of manuals and booklets for work with vulnerable groups.

e-mail: zdrava@bread.bg

Sandra Topalska

Sandra Topalska

Sandra Topalska, Programs and projects expert, Bread Houses Network


Sandra has a master degree in sociology and social work from the Jagiellonian University in Poland. For her master thesis she analyzed and compared Polish and Bulgarian social enterprises, employing people with severe psychological issues. This activated her interest towards social entrepreneurship, its various forms and potential for social change.

This interest brought her to the NadEzhko Social Bakery and in 2016 her adventure with the Bread Houses started.  For a year Sandra supported the Sofia Bread House initiatives as a volunteer and then she joined the permanent team. She’s actively involved in the development and popularizing of the paid services of the organization.

email: sandra@bread.bg 

 

Maria Grigorova

Maria Grigorova

Coordinator, Sofia Bread House – Nadezhko Social Bakery


Maria Grigorova is the coordinator of Sofia Bread House – Nadezhko Social Bakery and is directly responsible for the daily operations of the social enterprise, social projects and working with the business sector, as well as the development of new programs, including the Social Enterprise School (en.socialenterpriseschool.eu).

Maria has graduated the Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master Program in Environmental Studies with focus on Cities and Sustainability from a consortium of four leading European Universities: Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg, Germany, Aalborg University, Denmark, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain and Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal. She has participated in a research exchange at University of New South Wales, Australia. Maria worked for four years as a Sustainability consultant at Colliers International and has managed the first LEED certified green building projects in South East Europe.

e-mail: maria@bread.bg

TRAININGS

Better than high-tech – we offer high-TOUCH solutions!

You can see our training program here.

In our trainings we apply our own practical experience in starting and managing social enterprises as well as foreign good practices we have acquired through our international work.

Through our team building method Breadbuilding (see video here), experienced and recommended by some of the biggest companies in Bulgaria, we have created various inspiring highTOUCH  role-playing games. Our methods are based on metaphors about bread kneading and drawing in flour, which stimulate innovative thinking and creativity,  as well as critical and strategical thinking. We combine creative simulations that help to design innovative products and services with practical workshops for their application and promotion. 

Our mission is to share the lessons we have learned while creating our successful social enterprise model Sofia Bread House –Nadezhko Social Bakery (www.nadezhko.com) with other starting social enterprises and with existing business projects that aim to be socially responsible and to improve the social environment.

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Our social enterprise brand “NadEzkho” sends the message to avoid pricking others, be above anger and rivalry. We translate the wordplay to different languages used by the organizations we cooperate with:

English: “HedgeHope” (hopping with hope over any hedge/difficulty)

German: “SchutzIgel” (similar to SchutzEngel – guardian angel)

Italian: “SorRiccio” (sorriso – smile; riccio –hedgehog)

And similar in other latin languages:

Portuguese: “SorOuriço” (sorriso –smile; ouriço – hedgehog);

French: SourHérisson (sourire –smile; hérisson – hedgehog).

That is why the spirit, purpose and results of our training and mentorship can be synthesized in our aspiration to help all people and organizations to become “hedgehopes” and change the world by being amiable but also wise, patient and persevering, the qualities typical for a hedgehog as you’ll find out from The Hedgehog business concept applicable worldwide.

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Better than hedgeFUND – we create a hedgeHOPE!

The HedgeHOPE and the Hedgehog Concepts

In his bestseller on business strategies Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t the author James C. Collins presents the so called Hedgehog Concept. Collins compares the successful entrepreneurs with the hedgehog and those who fail to achieve their goals with the fox. Referring to world famous fables and fairy tales the author points out the differences between the two types and teaches us how to make the transition from good companies to unique and “great” companies. In our trainings we are going to apply this concept to practice in order to create a successful business plan and an innovative strategy for your enterprise.

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Inspired by the concept of James Collins and using our specific experience in starting a social enterprise model and not a standard business, we have developed our complementary HedgeHOPE concept which will be introduced in our trainings and mentorship programs. The HedgeHOPE concept will help you to analyze thoroughly your idea, to correct and improve it where it is necessary. You’ll also be able to develop your project further through workshops designed by us using the fourth new sphere we have added to Collins’ model.

You can download our trainings info brochure here.

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS

Our educational game Bakers Without Borders is the first board game on social entrepreneurship in the world. It’s suitable for all ages and mixed groups, including people with disabilities. The game is available in English and German, and soon in Bulgarian. You can order it directly from the website:

 www.thegame.bakerswithoutborders.net

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The next video shows the real play of the game Bakers Without Borders with its three sub-games: Playing Theater of Crumbs, Build a Bread House, Become Baker Without Borders. It presents the Kitchen Music method as well. The video is made in Sofia Bread House with a mixed group of 12 people.

 

PROJECTS

Here we present different social entrepreneurial projects developed by the team of Bread Houses Network and by other people and organizations we cooperate with, or by people who themselves proactively have decided to share their good ideas and intentions with us. We hope through this platform the shared ideas will find supporters, potential partners and investors.

“Bread in the dark” project by the Bread Houses Network. Find out more here 

 

NETWORK

Our mission is to create space and opportunities for networking between social enterprises from all over the world.

Our networking instrument is the interactive platform www.hedgehope.net, through which we hope to contribute to the development of a vital network for mutual assistance among “hedgehopes” – people and organizations who have participated in our trainings and who base their business model on cooperation and love,  and not on “pricking” and aggressive competition and empty materialism. The purpose of the platform is to present the profiles of different social enterprises from Bulgaria and abroad who have participated in our trainings and/or mentorship program; who we have been working with; who are still in development or are already functioning and serve as good examples.

If you want to become part of our “hedgehopes” network, please send us information about your enterprise at: office@socialenterpriseschool.eu.

Visit our others specialized world platforms:

  • for social enterprises –bakeries Bakeries Without Borders
  • for socially-oriented bakers Bakers Without Borders, who develop local initiatives for social change and whom we call “ChangeBakers” instead of “changemakers”.

CONTACTS

Social Enterprise School (SES)

103 Ekzarh Yosif St., 1000 Sofia

E-mail: office@socialenterpriseschool.eu

Phone: +359 884 048 093