Hannah is an entrepreneur and digital designer with 4 years experience working with global brands and emerging startups. Well-versed in the digital landscape covering products and services, involved in idea conception, brand strategy and launch phase.
A graduate from University of Leeds with an international degree in Design and Communication, also studied abroad for a year in Canada. Tenacious, ambitious and driven, I am constantly seeking new challenges and avenues for development. As a good communicator, I am able to build strong relationships and create lasting connections.
She is largely involved in the social enterprise sector and the opportunities this presents for business formation and tackling social challenges. My own business, Get Out! Explorers is a digital platform that encourages children to be more active outdoors through gamification and social elements. The business is supported by Barclays, National Trust, O2, RSPB, UnLtd, Woodland Trust and most recently, DEFRA.
Who inspires you?
People with a vision and a drive to make change happen, someone that doesn’t follow the crowd and keeps pushing forward. If I had to name a person, it’s an obvious one, Steve Jobs. He’s changed the way we communicate and view our world. It’s unlikely we’ll witness his kind of brilliance again in our lifetime.
How did you come up with the idea for ‘Get Out! Explorers’?
The idea stemmed from extensive research into this new “digital world” we find ourselves in and I became interested in the knock-on effect of this, especially to vulnerable users - young people. I saw a growing trend for increased screentime, digital natives and a lack of time outdoors and disconnect with the natural world.
What’s the next step for Get Out Explorers?
We are launching the app in spring, it’s been 18 months of hard work to raise the funding, generate interest and source the development team. But, I’m happy to say, it’s finally happening! We’re inviting people to trial the app first off too, shameless plug, but request one at www.getoutexplorers.com
What does sustainability mean to you?
In simple terms i think it can be defined as something that can be maintained indefinitely.The use of innovation for developing a new world where we don´t waste and shrink our resources.
Do you think more should be done to get children outdoors and in-touch with nature?
Of course. BBC reported, “Children are losing contact with nature at a "dramatic" rate, and their health and education are suffering”. Research proves the importancee of time spent outdoors to a child’s health, physical and mental well-being. Richard Louv coined the term ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ to describe a growing dislocation between children and nature. I’ve read many studies that show benefits of outdoor activity in children; they learn more and behave better when lessons are conducted outdoors. It has been discovered that there is a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses when children are less exposed to the outdoors
I believe that there are a great deal of resources our there right now for young entrepreneurs - there’s organisatins, mentors, funding and plenty of programmes to apply for. However, when it comes to getting by in personal life, aside from the business, things can be difficult i.e. getting onto the property ladder whilst freelancing and setting up a business isn’t easy.
What do you want to be remembered for?
For having an awesome brand that kids and parents love, one that inspires them to be active outdoors and learn more about the world around them!
Do you think young people are in-touch with nature as much as they could be?
I have noticed a big difference in my younger sister’s generation (she is 11) to my own, she has grown up in a world of the internet and smartphones - information is on tap and creative imagination, problem solving skills and initiative seem to be diminishing. Not only that, but knowing what is around her and her friends in the natural world is something I have always valued and appreciated - an understanding for nature and surroundings.
Where is your favourite outdoor place to escape to?
The Lake District - you can really lose yourself there and forget everything that is going on in your life. The scenary is beautiful and the views from up in the mountains are breathtaking.
What tips do you have for someone who is interested in starting their own social enterprise?
I always give these three pieces of advice whenever I do talks or speak to young people about starting up:
1. Don’t follow the crowd, strive to do things differently. If you believe in something, then stick with it. You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.
2. Be enthusiastic and positive about your passions and ideas. To inspire a team, you should be able to tell a good story, show them what the future could look like with your vision. You’ll be surprised how many people are willng to help you if you stick to a positive can-do attitude.
3. Get out there and do it. Put your mind to it and plan out what you need to do to acheive it, everything that you do will take longer than expected to complete. So start now!
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