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SETTLE Workshop 1 – Patras, Greece

Patras, Greece

Venue: POS Co-working Space, Dimitriou Gounari Str. 69

Agenda

10-10.30 Welcoming-getting acquainted, brief presentation of the participants (5 minutes max each)

10.30-10.40 Brief introduction by InterMediaKT regarding the SETTLE project, objectives, timetable, outcomes, objectives of the specific workshop.

10.40-11.00 Short presentation by InterMediaKT regarding key points arising from the case study of Greece (social entrepreneurship status and interviews) and more specifically for the ICT training/learning.

11:00-11:40 Skype call with Donham Vision (SETTLE Consortium Partner – Germany)

11:40-12:00 Coffee break

12:00–13:15 Discussion among participants about what has been mentioned above, the status of social entrepreneurship in Greece, focusing on the state of ICT training/learning and future prospects.

13:15-13:30 Presentation from Dr Niki Labropoulos by title: “Social Innovation via New Technologies Support in Transitional Historical Periods”.

13.30-14.30 Interactive workshop. Analyzing the practical needs of a social entrepreneur in the field of education and the future ICT tool of our project.

Participants

1. InterMediaKT (Host, SETTLE GR Partner)

  • Panagiotis Antonopoulos (ICT expert),
  • Greg Archimandritis (Consultant, President)

2. Prosvasis

  • Efi Daskalopoulou (Social entrepreneur)

  • Evi Angelakopoulou (Volunteer)

3. POS4Work co-working space

  • Nasos Koskinas (Engineer, Facilitator)

4. Open Coffee Patras

  • George Melissaropoulos (Entrepreneur, Mentor/Facilitator)

5. Hellenic Open University (HOU)

  • Thodoris Vagenas (Financial affairs office, Former HOU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Unit)

6. TOBEA

  • Niki Papageorgiou (Assistant Manager)

7. ICT experts

Summary of the workshop and results

Introduction

After a short welcoming and brief presentation session from all the participants, InterMedi@KT made a brief introduction regarding the SETTLE project and its objectives, outcomes, as also the specific objectives workshop. We continued by referring the key points we identified during our case study in Greece about the social entrepreneurship status in our country and more specifically regarding the ICT training/learning. We did those sessions in order for all the participants to have the same background knowledge as also the same starting point for our conversation.

Skype call

After that, we had the pleasure of a Skype conference (Annex A – Image 3) with Donham Vision (SETTLE Consortium Partner – Germany) representative Iris Rickhof who inform the team about the status of social innovation/entrepreneurship and ICT training in Germany as also about the results of their relevant workshop.

Two key points were highlighted and kept in mind also by our participants:

  • What is the scope of a European platform as ours? Lets make use of the European approach: two social entrepreneurs will not be competitors when they offer similar local products in two different countries/cities.

  • The necessity of networking and the development of synergies between innovators, entrepreneurs, facilitators, trainers, investors etc.

Discussion

The representatives of Prosvasis shared the following with us:

They are considering themselves primarily as social projects aiming to solve real social needs and secondly as enterprises. They realized that they wanted to offer something that could have a social impact.

Issues/problems:

  • Many people tangle social responsibility with philanthropy.

  • Various social problems are not easily recognized in Greece.

  • Lack of education, not well organized public services.

  • Difficult to raise funding by investors (aim should be to establishing corporate social responsibility!). This kind of activities get financed mainly by private institutions or EU programmes.

Needs from ICT tools/ e-platform:

  • Most important: Networking! Connecting with other social entrepreneurs, mentors, investors.

  • Training is always welcomed but it needs to provide practical knowledge, not so much text, be interactive and use lots of imagery and multimedia.

ICT experts Dr Niki Labropoulos & Mrs Lina Stoumpou reached the following conclusions:

  • While there are really helpful initiatives promoting social entrepreneurship in Greece, the lack of ICT tools and e-learning is dominant!

  • Many training events and workshops are taking place in a local level but we don’t save the knowledge in a digital way in order to promote it and other people have a chance to!

Open Coffee Patras facilitator/mentor and entrepreneur Mr. Melissaropoulos shared his opinion:

  • It is very difficult for these companies (social enterprises) to find the right people that will help them to go out to the market.

  • Many times they are lacking in promoting an attractive product (lack of proper marketing) and face difficulties in raising funding.

  • All these social innovative actions should first of all raise awareness in order to change/shift the attitude in society and they they should not be directed only to the target-groups/clients as they mostly do.

  • A learning platform should also provide mentoring and networking, not only courses.

POS4Work facilitator and entrepreneur Mr Koskinas says that:

  • A crucial observation is that there is no technical knowledge in senior entrepreneurs, the young entrepreneurs don’t have the right acquaintances and they are falling..into walls! NETWORKING is the key!

  • Also regarding social innovation Greek mentality is a serious problem even with the big steps of the last years, especially in public services!

  • Social entrepreneurs need mentoring and learn about good practices.

Presentation

After the above conversation, a presentation (Greek language) from Dr Niki Labropoulos (Annex A – Image 5) by title: “Social Innovation via New Technologies Support in Transitional Historical Periods” that gave a deep insight in various aspects of open and social innovation, creative methods and the use of new technologies, preparing our participants for the last session.

Interactive workshop

In the last session (Annex A – Images 6-12), we tried to analyze the practical needs of a social entrepreneur from an e-learning platform (thus the outcome of our project). A collective brainstorming took place for more than an hour in order to decide or propose what are the most important features/needs, as also the possible risks and the challenges we might face:

Needs and proposed features

Risks and Challenges to beware of

Technical

Quality assurance!!

Prefer audiovisual and multimedia material

Maintenance over time

A wiki for social entrepreneurship topics

Participants to have involvement and stay in the platform (also keep them from the transition from Alpha to Beta and from Beta to final version)

Social media interaction

Find, attract and keep mentors/experts

Interoperability

How to achieve transfer of innovation (also outside the platform)

Customization, personalization, user friendly

Keep the (consortium) team together

Give the possibility in social enterprises to have virtual profiles, post statuses etc

Constant administration of the platform/social interactions

Have webminars, tutorials and glossary

Risk management

Bookmarking (favorite) what you find interesting

Sustainability after the end of the project (fee or crowd-funding)

Content & potential

On line meetings with experienced social entrepreneurs and mentors/experts

Networking with other social entrepreneurs

Include case studies/success and failure stories

 

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The team concluded in 4 pillars of content OR “must have” features that our platform should offer:

1. Educational material/courses (not boring, mostly audiovisual)

2. Case studies/success and failure stories

3. Offer networking

4. Offer mentoring