Asia Initiatives

1. Planning


Step A: SoCCratic Dialogues

AI and its local partners organize extensive dialogues to engage with individual communities to understand the community's issues and aspirations. This helps to customize the SoCCs Menus to their specific needs and capabilities and familiarizes community members with the concept of SoCCs. The community should be helped to visualize the future they want and how SoCCs can help in taking steps towards that goal.

Step B: SoCCs Game

The purpose of this game is to help create the SoCCs Earning and Redeeming Menus in joyful participation with SoCCs members. The game is best played at the start of the SoCCs program allowing the community to come together and creatively decide upon their own social capital initiatives. 

Step C: Determine Value of SoCCs

While SoCCs are not to be exchanged for money except by authorized vendors, it is necessary to establish the notional value of SoCCs so that the SoCCs points for each activity can be determined accordingly. The local NGO partner should be consulted to ensure that the budget for the project can cover the Redeeming Menu items proposed on the times within the budget.

Step D: Recording SoCCs

After the SoCCs Menus are made, SoCCs Books should be distributed and explained. As practice for using the SoCCs Book, each participant should earn five SoCCs for participating in the Menu making activity. They should record the five SoCCs in the SoCCs Book, and have the SoCCs Manager verify their earnings.

Step E: Individual Goal Setting

An exercise of goal setting for members is a powerful process to think about their future and to motivate them to turn their vision of this future into reality. This process helps them to choose where they want to go in life which has proven as an effective tool for the success of the program. People could also be encouraged to set goals on how many SoCCs per week they will earn. These goals can be written down on the inside cover of the SoCCbook.

Step F: Training of SoCC Manager

Asia Initiatives supports the local partner with selecting the SoCCs Managers as needed. In person or online training is undertaken for the SoCCs Managers and ongoing support is provided online.

2. Execution


Step A: Project Activities

SoCCs Managers oversee the execution of the project with support from local partners and AI. The Earning Menu activities of the participating community members are guided and recorded. After periodic completion of SoCCs earning cycle, the redeemed good and services are distributed at an award ceremony. The ceremony recognizes the good work done by community members and encourages them to continue!

Step B: Documenting SoCCs:

Every month the local partners/project partners are required to submit the SoCC data in an excel template provided by AI, unless the online platform is being used and the data is available automatically for the SoCC Manager, local partner and AI to see. This data consists of details of the members participating in the SoCCs program, the SoCCs earned and redeemed for that period. This data helps AI to analyse the progress of the project compared to all the on-going projects and suggest ideas to improve the project.

Local partners are required to submit Interim as well as Annual reports to AI to analyse how the project is proceeding. This report includes a summary, a brief description of the progress, an overview of the financial situation, etc. Any delays or deviations to the program are included and explained along with a comparison between actual compared to expected results.

The impact of the program reaches various audiences best in form of visuals as well as videos. Thus AI encourages our partners and the managers to use this tool effectively throughout the program.


3. Evaluating the SoCCs Menu

AI and its local partners reevaluate Earning and Redeeming Menus every six months in order to keep people engaged with improving their communities and their lives.