YSBA is happy to announce that Andreas Heinecke, the YSBA ambassador in the world, also the famous social entrepreneur of Dialogue in the Dark will be mentoring the Accelerator Program this year!
Andreas Heinecke started his path as social entrepreneur in 1985. While working for a radio station, he was charged with developing a rehabilitation program for a blind colleague. Inspired by this encounter and realizing the potential he created a dialogue with a reversal of roles – the concept of Dialogue in the Dark, which was launched in Frankfurt in 1988.
Since then, numerous Dialogue in the Dark exhibitions and business workshops have evolved worldwide and are established independently through a social franchise-system. More than 7 million visitors and participants have been taking part in this unique experience, thereby promoting empathy and tolerance towards “otherness” in the greater public understanding. In 1997 Dialogue in Silence was created as complimentary experience in total silence where participants discover a repertoire of non-verbal expression with the help of hearing impaired guides and trainers.
In 2005, he became the first “Ashoka-Fellow” in Western Europe and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship appointed him as “Outstanding Global Social Entrepreneur”.
In 2009, Heinecke founded the Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH to establish an umbrella for all current and future projects, the latest one being Dialogue with Time, created together with his wife Orna Cohen and opened its doors in Israel in August 2012. The exhibition guides are seniors from 70 years up and visitors experience aging and can enter to a dialogue of generations.
Since 2011, Andreas took a Professorship at the Danone Chair for Social Business at the European Business School in Wiesbaden, Germany.