We are proud to share, that Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova, founder and director of the International Council for Cultural Centers (I3C) and the Bread Houses Network (BHN) has received the Iconic Innovative Trailblazers of the Decade award. It is bestowed by the Women Economic Forum 2016, which has taken place between May 16 and May 21 in New Delhi, India. The prize has been granted to Nadezhda for her contributions for the global development of social entrepreneurship.
Nadezhda, who holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology by Princeton University, is the creator of Bread Houses Network. It started eight years ago in the Bulgarian town of Gabrovo, and nowadays it spreads over five continents and in twenty countries. The Network develops socio-cultural centers, which function as bakeries at the same time. Their mission is to unite the local communities through bread making, and to revive the tradition to prepare authentic sourdough bread. The main instrument for social change applied by the Organization is community bread making that has social, therapeutic, cultural, and educational character.
The knowledge and the experience acquired through the years with Bread Houses Network are summed up in the game Bakers without Borders, created by Nadezhda and her husband. Recently the game has received the Intercultural Innovation Award by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. With the resources by the award Nadezhda plans to work on the global distribution of the game. This is the first of her priorities, and the second is to further develop Bread in the Dark, a program whose mission is to connect sight-impaired facilitators with sighted people in 100% darkened environment where the group engages in bread-making as a catalyst for dialogue on various existential questions, experienced tangibly through the processes of kneading bread as metaphors for life.