The event took place at London, UK, at the UEL premises in September 29th, 2017. After the presentation of the platform and interaction with it, the participants concurred that was a great resource and gave back a really constructive feedback that the consortium will take into consideration.
The SETTLElab fair in Vienna, organised by BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH , took place on 4th September 2017.
After theoretical information, the 20 participants were animated to discover the contents on the Open Virtual Platform by themselves. They were also invited to work out the case studies and tasks in groups, to discuss the topics altogether.
The event was very successful and the oral feedback very positive. The participants were very interested and motivated to learn something new about Social Entrepreneurship.
SETTLElab Fair has been held on the 19th of September in Albacete at the campus of UCLM (University of Castilla la Mancha). During the event, the participants have been introduced with Social Entrepreneurship topic and characteristics as well as 2 cases or examples of social enterprise. After the introductory session, Dramblys presented the main outcomes of SETTLE project together with the SETTLElab platform.
41 participants have attended the event, providing with a positive feedback towards the SETTLElab platform. On behalf of Dramblys, we would like to express our special thanks to UCLM for providing this space and opportunity to share the results of the project.
The multiplier event ME16 in Germany, the SETTLE Lab fair, took place on 14th September 2017. The fair took place in an alternative co-working space in Kiel, Germany. The co-working space is situated in a cultural building complex, Kiel’s former arts school. There, many social and environmental projects and companies work together and inspire each other. We, therefore, chose the venue: to attract potential final users and share the SETTLE lab among the existing community.
The 20 participants of the fair had very different backgrounds, ages, interests and knowledge (also concerning social entrepreneurship). The aim of the event was to make potential final users experience the platform, to share their experience with the crowd and to stimulate each other. For that purpose, DomhanVision chose practical activities: we gave the participants possibilities to interact and to discuss contents and the structure of the open platform as well as to discuss possible uses of it. The participants only received firstly background on the SETTLE project and working process but the focus was put on the independent discovery of the platform.
The SETTLE Lab fair was a success for the organisers and participants. Everyone enjoyed connecting with other participants and the openly designed agenda. They, furthermore, highly appreciated the output of the platform itself and gave helpful comments on the platform.
The SETTLE Lab fair consisted of an informal get-to-know round among the participants. Everyone shared openly his or her experiences concerning social entrepreneurship in the plenum to enable free communication and connections from the beginning. DomhanVision, then, continued with a presentation about the SETTLE project and the SETTLE lab. We gave the participants an insight into the structure, activities of the project, its milestones and consortium.
Later, the participants grouped to work in teams of 5 and chose one of the themes of the SETTLE Lab: ‘Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise’, ‘Business Planning and Management’, ‘Funding and Finance Management’, ‘Social Impact and Change’ or ‘Growth and Sustainability’ – concerning their interests and backgrounds. They had one hour to discover the theoretical and practical parts of the lab: the slides, the case studies and quizzes. After that, they discussed in the plenum about their thoughts on the lab and what ideas they developed in the groups. Later on, food and drinks were served and the participants enjoyed free conversations in a laid-back atmosphere.
The SETTLE Lab fair offered much open space to the participants to experience the platform by themselves and to discuss over the contents and structure.
In four different groups, the participants registered in their team on the platform. Therefore, everyone brought its laptop. They took some minutes to get an overview of the platform and to understand the different elements. Some of the groups already had background in social entrepreneurship. Therefore, they decided on a specific practical project they are involved in and used a theme to clarify certain topics. Other groups had no experience. Therefore, they registered for one of the first two themes: ‘social entrepreneurship’ or ‘Business Management’ to get an introduction into the topics. Because of this, the individual groups discovered the platform very differently.
Specific themes the groups registered for:
Group 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Social Enterprise
Group 2: Business Planning & Management
Group 3: Funding & Finance Management
Group 4: Growth & Sustainability
While some concentrated on the development of their own project, others were inspired by the case studies that were presented on the platform. Later on, all groups shared their impressions and ideas on how to make the platform more effective and entertaining.
Many showed interest in using the platform in the future to fill it with own ideas, knowledge and questions.
The offered level 3 modules were considered to be very useful to students and professionals who are relatively new to social entrepreneurship or do not have any or little business administration experiences. For further in-depth study of social entrepreneurship, modules with more detailed and depicted contents would be necessary. This would mean that the differences between for-profit and social entrepreneurship should be further elaborated on and examples and case studies need to be more precise in what the important success factors of sustainable social enterprises are.
SETTLElab Fair has been held on the 22nd of September in Kaunas, Lithuania.
During the event, the participants had a great opportunity to try created open courses and learning material during the project implementation period. The participants of the event also were introduced with the possibilities of the created Settle Lab platform. Multiplier event introduced all participants with Social Entrepreneurship topic. The participants were going through the learning material of the courses and were able to try every created module.
The participants was impressed that the platform allows for learners and future social entrepreneurs to collaborate with the other social entrepreneurs and discuss in collaboration centre in the platform.
In all 25 participants have attended the event, providing with a positive feedback towards the SETTLE lab platform.
After the introductory session, Vytautas Magnus university introduced all participants with the main project results and outcomes. Also we discussed all together about the platform possibilities in the future and the first impression of the platform, the things that could be improved in order to make the platform more attractive and useful.
Patras – Greece
Venue: POS Coworking Space
InterMediaKT had the pleasure of presenting our SETTLELab (lab.settle-project.eu/), the free electronic platform.
The purpose of the event was to give a day-to-day view of Social Entrepreneurship and to talk to people who are socially involved and to share their experiences with us.
Key Speakers were persons that followed SETTLE Project for the past 2 years!
Mr. Lampros Arapakos, Social Worker MSc, Association for Mental Health -SOPS Patras, Member of the Social Cooperative Society of Vulnerable Groups “Bridges Cafe”. In his speech Mr. Arapakos talked about the possibility of professional rehabilitation of people with mental health problems through social entrepreneurship, while he presented the “Bridges Cafe”, the first cafe in Patras that employs people with mental health problems.as a good practice of social enterprise,
Ms. Efi Daskalopoulou (http://intermediakt.org/project/efi-daskalopoulou-2/) – co-creator of Prosvasis.co, the award-winning internet accessibility tool / accessibility platform for people with disabilities. With experience in the areas of social need and entrepreneurship, she will share her experiences with us.
Mr. Dimitris Theodoropoulos, Social Worker MSc, KDΜΒ ΑΤΟΜ, Member of the Social Cooperative Society of Vulnerable Groups “Bridges Cafe” where he presented the importance of Social Entrepreneurship and the relevant framework in our country and beyond. He also presented the relevant European Project that participates, “Social Youth Enterprises” – “Social Economy-Social Entrepreneurship”, a new way of connecting young people to the labor market – socialyouthenterprises.eu.
Last but not least, Nasos Koskinas, owner of POS Coworking Space, presented his own experiences on youth entrepreneurship and the building of a team for this purpose.
Agenda – Presentations
17.30 – 18.00: Attendance
18.00 – 18:20: Introductory welcome from InterMediaKT’s President Greg Archimandritis and presentation of SettleLab from ICT Consultant Panos Antonopoulos
18.20 – 18.40: Lambros Arapakos – Good Practices for Social Entrepreneurship in Patras – Presentation of the SE “Bridges Cafe”
18.40 – 18.55: Efi Daskalopoulou – Social Need, Social Problem, Collectivism and Volunteering in the Age of New Technologies and Action “Accessible Roads” – http://intermediakt.org/project/accessible-routes-gr/
18.55 – 19.15: Dimitris Theodoropoulos – “Social Economy-Social Entrepreneurship”, a new way of connecting young people with the labor market – Social Youth Enterprises Presentation.
19.15 – 19.35: Nasos Koskinas – Young Entrepreneurship and Team Building. Key Facts and Challenges.
The SETTLE Final Conference was held on 30th June 14h00–18h00 at University Square Stratford.
14h05: Overview of SETTLE Project
14h15: Overview of Outputs
IO1: Lina Klemkaite, Dramblys
IO2: Stephanie Sandland, UEL
14h30: Guest Speakers
Bob Lisney OBE Chief Executive and Trustee Public Monuments and Statutes Association
‘Social Enterprise and Sustainability: Pitfalls and Opportunities’
Ingrid Stellmacher Chief Executive: Le Menach Foundation
‘The Role of Dignity and the Dignity Diaries’
15h45: Introduction to the SETTLE Lab, Virginija Bortkevičienė, Vytautas Magnus University
16h45: Launch of Level 3 Award
17h00: SETTLE way forward and Sustainability Partnerships
The multiplier event (ME8) in Austria took place on 10th November 2016.
We organised the event following suggestions on the World Café methodology from the project application. Some 10 people participated at the event representing other organisations and business areas. The event was organised in one of the BEST premises in Vienna. The main aim was to inform people coming from different expertise areas on the project and its objectives, as well as products. The workshop furthermore was organised to help collate input and feedback from representatives working in social entrepreneurship, training, innovative business, supporting policy matters and initiate a dialogue among participants.
The event had its welcoming and introduction session, the World Café for the discussion of the learning pathways and a general discussion with closing round for all participants. The aim was first to present objectives, current activities, members and structure of the project to then get input and feedback on the development.
The World Café session consisted of four rounds in which participants discussed simultaneously individual topics to then share results with their peers. Participants had some 15-20 min. before changing of groups. The main aspects they were asked to discuss and then brought together with all partners were:
Does this give a good base?, Are the contents fit for purpose?, What is your experience in teaching these topics?, Are there any synergies and collaborations you see?
We then organised receiving joint impact on these contents and discussed aspects experts considered as key success factors. Finally, bringing actors in the field of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education together, we also organised social gathering.
The event was successful and given feedback was in general positive. Participants were interested in receiving access to the SETTLE platform when ready and learning more about the final products. The discussion on the learning pathways was fruitful; good suggestions were given that shall be taken into consideration for the finalization of the SETTLE products. Finally, the participants appreciated the possibility of sharing knowledge and thoughts and welcomed the development of the SETTLE products.
The structure of the event considered presentations and discussions. Participants were informed on the project in general, the partnership, as well as the status of the development progress. For input and feedback collation on developed SETTLE European learning pathways, participant groups were formed and asked to discuss them following the World Café idea. All participants were engaged and motivated during and after the event to contribute, giving feedback, sharing experience and also using in the future SETTLE outcomes where possible.
Contents of the pathways presented/ discussed were approved and found useful. Presentations however were estimated maybe not suitable for all participant groups envisaged by the SETTLE project.
They were also interested in learning more on support the platform would later give to learners, social learning included. They highlighted the necessity of simple and easy registration as from experience learners would have access to many contents suitable for learning. They also suggested to include more dynamic learning material then, e.g. giving more practice to theory. Few participants suggested to insert more activities (assignments) in the theory presented in the slides that learners could do on their own with any project they might already be involved in – or should do.
Some mentioned the need on considering how the project intended to keep learners motivation at a high level and avoid drop-outs. They were also interested in feedback mechanisms, progress overview and mentioned moodle being in frequent use but not being very appreciated by users in general.
When asked in final discussion rounds if they were interested in registering, some would be interesting in using the material for training but were rather skeptical on the format (slides) the material was presented in. They suggested to clearly first address the target audience and then would need material that is adaptable to individual groups. They would register once they could see the real implementation of the learning pathway material.
In sum, the event was very fruitful and showed participants were interested in the topic. Particularly learning material on social entrepreneurship was sought after and well appreciated, even if the expectations on SETTLE outcomes might not be met completely at this point.
The workshop was organized on the 14th of November, 2016 by Vytautas Magnus university. The aim of this World Cafe was to get the feedback of the experts and to discuss on the contents of the entrepreneurship modules. The content of the modules was created by SETTLE project leading partner University of East London. The discussion between organizers and experts was fruitful in a way of getting feedback on the developed material and sharing knowledge and experience.
The World Cafe consisted of two parts: theoretical and practical-discussion part. Theoretical part introduced project, the main results of the project, developed products. Practical – discussion part was organized in sessions, where the main questions were discussed: the content of the modules, the main competences for social entrepreneurship and how to teach them, do the modules fit the needs of the environment, social entrepreneurship learning pathway, the SETTLE learning platform.
Participants were experts from social entrepreneurship field in universities, entrepreneurship institutions, other education institutions working with social entrepreneurship. Also experts from entrepreneurship education.
The discussion and work sessions on the content of the modules, learning pathway and collaboration were productive and fruitful. There was agreed that it is necessary to revise the created material and to adapt the material to the learners and the environment need. The learning pathway should stress the practical way of learning. It is necessary to include in the learning material more real, practical business cases; to analyse the real situations, videos. This will make sense in learning about social entrepreneurship and will make the platform more attractive.
The overall discussion gave as the further guidelines how to work and where to go. Also the World Cafe helped us to distinguish the main competences of the social entrepreneurship and to identify the learning pathway of social entrepreneurship.
II WORLD CAFÉ: European learning pathway on social entrepreneurship
The 2nd World Café within the framework of SETTLE project was held on the 17th of November, that counted on the participation of 10 participants. The World Café took place at Leche Millitina, C/La Parra 9, Albacete from 18.30 to 21.00.
From 18.30 to 18.40 Lina Klemkaite on behalf of Dramblys welcomed the participants, introducing briefly Dramblys and SETTLE project. From 18.40 to 19.30 Amaia San Cristobal presented the progress made in the project, focusing on the Intellectual Output 2 “European learning pathway on social entrepreneurship”. From 19.30 to 20.30 the participants were invited to join World Café, where two key questions were raised and discussed: social entrepreneurship competences and European training itinerary on social entrepreneurship.
As far as social entrepreneurship competences are concerned, the participants highlighted and suggested the following competences for social entrepreneurs: marketing (digital marketing included), learn to be entrepreneur, social consciousness, lifelong learning and communication, both, internal and external. In terms of financing, due to a variety of types of social enterprises, different needs and thus, access to funding shall be taken into account.
Training itinerary on social entrepreneurship was another key topic introduced and discussed. Creativity and design thinking were suggested as potential and relevant topics to include. On the other hand, the importance of working on prototypes has been stressed and so, the feedback.
From 20.30 to 21.00 the participants were invited for a networking coffee, to exchange further opinions and points of view in an informal environment.
On behalf of Dramblys, we would like to thank all the participants for their valuable contributions and inputs for the project.