Antiheroes

Antiheroes
Antiheroes wants that "failure" can be considered as part of innovation process and want to improve social enterpreneurs capacity to learn from their/others mistakes.
Social Purpose: 
Antiheroes’ mission is to create a safe space for failure. More specifically, we want to de-stigmatize failure in the context of social and ecological innovation. However undesirable, in contexts with little time and money and good reputations at stake, failure is inherent to the innovation process. Yet a cultural taboo of failure stops people from talking about it, implying that we are very likely collectively repeating mistakes and missing chances to learn important lessons. Not to mention that a fear of failure might be stifling great ideas before they are ever even said out loud. Our first-on-the-calendar initiative is the organization of Fuckup Nights, monthly events where entrepreneurs talk about their biggest professional or business failure. These nights started off as a passtime in Mexico City and are spreading rapidly throughout the world. Brussels is next in line to join the fuckupreneur community, representing our first main ground on which to test Belgians’ (and beyond) attitudes towards fuckup stories. Having offline events offers many advantages: face-to-face meetings ease the process of admitting, accepting and moving on from failure thanks to live interactions and greater public involvement. 2014 Fuckup Nights Brussels: 09/10, 13/11, 11/12 at 8:30pm in Beursschouwburg.
Social Impact: 
Antiheroes is to improve social enterpreneurs capacity to innovate and learn from their mistakes. Social entrepreneurs networks, societal innovation think-tanks, do-tanks, hubs, platforms, incubators, CAPS aimed at collective decision making, public institutions promoting entrepreneurship and innovation, innovation-led consulting groups, and art and research centers will be our best tailored stakeholders. Possible indicators: participants’ changed attitude towards failure, its learnings and implications.
Innovative Character: 
The idea of recording and analyzing failure isn’t innovative. In fact, in other domains it’s been happening for a very long time. Take for example the case of black boxes in airplanes. When the purpose of common good is important enough – in this case, a matter of keeping people alive while in flight from place A to B – it suddenly becomes undisputedly logical to record failures and make sure they are never replicated. However, in the context of Social Innovation and Europe, talking about failure is lke staging a small revolution. It’s not inherent in our culture to be open about this topic. But thinking of the example of black boxes, it makes all the more sense to break this taboo. Because we are more often than not striving towards common goals, such as finding ways out of youth unemployment and male-female inequalities. We should share what doesn’t work, to prevent wasting time, money and effort on trying methods that have been tested and failed before.
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