Elena Rodríguez Blanco

elena.rodriguez@dragondreaming.org

Location Barcelona, Spain
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About me

Elena Rodriguez Blanco, born in Costa Rica, grew up in El Salvador, lived in over 15 cities around the globe. An entrepreneur and  practitioner of social innovation and change. She has co-founded three social enterprises: Bloom Microventures, a social enterprise which has a unique model that harnesses the power of tourism to alleviate poverty in Vietnam AnoderWOLD, a social innovation consultancy that uses design and collective intelligence methodologies, and Authenticitys, and Authenticitys Challenge and online platform that finances local entrepreneurs through designing cultural and educational experiences.  Her passion is to find novel ways to resolve challenges around her environment. She has worked with and mentored over 200 entrepreneurs in order to develop their own ventures in a sustainable way. She has also co-authored two books on social innovation “Cases of Social Entrepreneurship in Europe”, and “Innovating for social change, from idea to action” from the Institute of Social Innovation of ESADE. Currently Elena is focused on supporting social start-ups and facilitating transformation and change. She is passionate about the philosophy behind Dragon Dreaming and is committed to spreading it across the globe. She is also a facilitator of Design Thinking, Art of Hosting methodologies, Appreciative Inquiry, and it’s a trained Team Coach by Team Academy Finland. She is also a frequent speaker. More information about professional background here.

Everything is a temporary node in the flow of life.

Elena es Licenciada en Negocios Internacionales, Master in Business Administration por Universitá Bocconi (intercambio Wharton School) y Máster en Gestión del Desarrollo por la London School of Economics. Creció en Centro América y ha trabajado en países en más de tres continentes. Elena es emprendedora y fundadora Authenticitys , y co-fundadora de Anoderwold, y Bloom Microventures  además de ser parte del equipo promotor y asesor de otras iniciativas como Impact Hub Barcelona. Todas ellas que presentan modelos de innovación social para solucionar algunos de los mayores retos que actualmente tenemos en nuestra sociedad. Ha trabajado en proyectos de grande escala en empresas públicas y privadas como Deutsche Bank (NYC), Banco Central Europeo (Frankfurt) y General Electric Internacional. Actualmente ha sido mentora y ha asesorado a más de 200 organizaciones y emprendedores a través de proyectos cómo Momentum Project de ESADE-BBVA, StartUp Pirates, Sustainability Jam, Service Design Jam y WISE (Proyecto europeo). Es investigadora del Instituto de Innovación Social de ESADE dónde ha publicado varios libros, incluyendo “Innovar para el Cambio Social: de la idea a la Acción”). Es Profesora de Emprendimiento e Innovación Social en varias escuelas de negocio, cómo la Universdiad Pompeu Fabra, ESADE Business School y Mondragón Unibersitatea. Tiene experiencia en facilitación de grupos en el mundo empresarial, social y educativo, y se ha formado en Service Design, Team Academy, Design Thinking, Art of Hosting, y metodologías para desarrollar visiones empresariales como Visionautics y su preferida… Dragon Dreaming.

Focus points
  • Project design and development
  • Collective intelligence (Art of Hosting) methodologies
  • Social innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Design Thinking and Service Design
Miscellaneous

Elena loves to travel and has wide experience working with people in multi environments. She has worked with NGOs, public institutions, private corporations, entrepreneurs, universities, and intentional communities. Available to support projects with a combination of methodologies that best support your cause.

 

 

Status Teacher Trainer
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