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SETTLE World Café – Germany

Conducted by:

Domhan Vision UG (haftungsbeschränkt)
October 2016

Introduction
The multiplier event (ME9) in Germany took place on 27th October 2016. As agreed in the SETTLE consortium skype meeting on 1st September 20161, it was decided that DomhanVision should conduct the multiplier event completely online as a Virtual World Café2 to reach European experts in the field of Social Entrepreneurship, ICT and Design Thinking and to include other countries that are not covered by the consortium members.
For this purpose DomhanVision rented a multi-media room in Jesteburg, Germany, located at Emotivo GmbH, to take account for the high technological requirements of conducting a professional online world café.3 The external experts who are located in Northern Germany participated the event by coming to Jesteburg and also joined the online discussions.
The contents of the World Café was provided by the SETTLE project lead University of East London and consisted of the first draft of the level 3 sessions for social entrepreneurship. The aim of this event was to receive feedback on these contents and to connect European acteurs in the field of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education.
The SETTLE Virtual World Café was highly successful in setting up connections between key experts of Social Entrepreneurship in Europe, which fascinated both, participants and organisers. The discussion of the level 3 learning pathway was fruitful in a way that the SETTLE consortium was encouraged to build this material into a collaborative open access online platform. However, the event setting of a world café with rotating discussion rounds did not allow to go into great detail of the session contents. However, the participants appreciated the possibility of sharing knowledge and thoughts and welcomed the development of the SETTLE platform.

Agenda
The Virtual World Café consisted of three breakout rounds, in which experts discussed on three separate online tables simultaneously – each time with different group members. These rounds were embedded in a welcome and introduction round and a closing round with all participants, in which the SETTLE project, its aims, current activities, members and structure and a short summary of the World Café, respectively, were presented.
In the breakout rounds the participants were given 20 minutes to discuss in their changing groups about the level 3 sessions of the SETTLE learning pathway. Each virtual coffee table was (technically) guided by one assistant of DomhanVision, the participants had the possibility to pin down and draw ideas on a virtual table cloth (webwhiteboard) and three key questions concerning the sessions were discussed:
– Are the contents fit for purpose? – What is your striking experience in teaching these topics? – Do you see international synergies and collaborations?
To become familiar with the sessions’ contents, they were provided to the participants some days in advance via dropbox links.

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Attendances

Iris Rickhoff-Fischer (DomhanVision’s project lead) and her team welcomed the twelve external social entrepreneurship experts and entrepreneurship education experts, representing five countries: Germany, Denmark, Estonia, India, and Sweden. They represented social entrepreneurship institutions, universities and community-level education experts and, hence, fulfilled the target group of this multiplier event in an excellent way. Three of them were physically attending the event while the others participated online via google hangout.
Beside the list of participant, DomhanVision recorded the online event via snagit, which will be delivered to the SETTLE project lead UEL.

External participants
PD Dr. Mark Euler, Entrepreneurship Education expert, CEO Counted UG
Adalbert Pakura, ICT expert of the Entrepreneurship Hub, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Tatjana Timoschenko. Design Thinking and Idea Creation expert at Entrepreneurship Hub Leuphana, Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Erika Augustinsson, Forum of Social Innovation (Sweden)
Ellen Fetzer, HfWU Nürtigen-Geislingen, Project manager Erasmus + Project SE for Local Change / Teaching
Per Bach, Social Entrepreneurs in Denmark, Chair
Tanja Stanossek, Lawyer and Freelancer in Design Thinking, Munich, Germany
Dr. Bhavna Chadha, Head of Corporate Relations, Pearl Academy, India
Ruby Rabinder Singh Johar, Strategy and Business Development, Alliances, Incubation & International Projects at School of Design, Pearl Academy, India
Michael Wunsch, Cool Ideas Society Business Developer Manager, Mainz, Germany
Roger Evans, Teacher and Project manager, Estonia Social Enterprise Network / Estonian University of Life Sciences

SETTLE Project Germany / DomhanVision
Maik Fischer, Founder and CEO
Iris Rickhoff-Fischer, Project Lead
Verena Himmelreich, Project Assistant
Christina Lehmann, Project Assistant

Main results

The Virtual World Café engaged all participants in a fruitful discussion in the learning pathway, international networking was facilitated and the SETTLE idea was promoted.
Regarding the contents of the level 3 sessions, the participants agreed that it is necessary to revise the presented slides. Too much text and too theoretical was one of the most frequent statements the participants claimed. They highlighted that the whole platform should become more vivid by reducing text and by adding informal and practical learning methods to the presented sessions. The presented pathway does not yet include this aim. With the help of collaborative learning students do not study given information by heart but turn the platform into something real. By this, the participants agreed, an exciting pathway can be created that the students feel closely connected to as it touches them personally. Nevertheless, everyone agreed that the presented contents are useful as a base of competences that is the starting point of the collaborative platform.
To really make the platform effective and widely accepted, the experts showed much interest in giving more feedback during the next stages and to be part of the platform once it is launched.

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Coffee tables
On each table, a group of participants discussed the contents of one or two sessions per round.
Round 1: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship & Business Idea Development
Round 2: Social Impact or Change
Round 3: Effective Selling and Trading & Growth and Sustainability
They were asked to note their ideas on the provided virtual white board (see annex). On all three tables, many comments were shared. In the following, some frequently mentioned ideas are presented.

Table A
On table A, the possibility of including real business examples was highlighted. They can illustrate e.g. measurement and CSR methods. Additionally, more videos, interviews and games combined with less text make the platform more attractive. To overcome language difficulties, a network translator was, furthermore, suggested.

Table B
On table B, participants mentioned that differences between countries are to considered. So, including case studies from different countries are a way to meet this challenge. Also, the different expectations between starters and social entrepreneurs should be satisfied on the platform. To make the platform successful, a combination
of interviews is necessary to elaborate the best methodology and applications should be included. Next to methods, participants are to be motivated to not only focus on online methods but to go outside and talk to people.
Lastly, many already existing groups and projects were shared (see annex – table B).

Table C
On table C, participants particularly focused on the sessions contents. They suggested to include holistic impact measurement methods, easy (not to complex) and action oriented methods. By this, group working skills are strengthened as well. Furthermore, legal elements of social entrepreneurs are important and are often forgotten. They should, therefore, also play a crucial role on the platform. To take into account previous taught skills, individual learning pathways were recommended. Finally, to make the platform more vivid interviews with experts and fail stories should be shared on the future SETTLE platform.

Final Assembly room
In a final round, all participants were informed about what happened on each table. It was, furthermore, pointed out that everyone is invited to participate further on in the design and elaboration process of SETTLE. All participants were very open to further collaborations and Ms. Rickhoff-Fischer thanked the participants for taking their time for the SETTLE project.

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