25th November 2016
Byzantino Hotel, Patras, Greece
17.00-17.20 Welcoming-getting acquainted, brief presentation of the participants
17.20-17.30 Brief introduction by InterMediaKT regarding the SETTLE project, objectives, timetable, the produced outcomes so far and the objectives of the specific workshop
17.30-17.45 Presentation of the main results of the research focused on Social Entrepreneurship in Europe entitled “IO1: Learning and training for social entrepreneurship. European Approach“ based on information and interviews from organizations and institutions across Europe during the period March-June 2016.
17.45-18.00. Q&As and discussion
18.00-18.30. Presentation of the methodology focusing on educational approaches in Social Entrepreneurship entitled “IO2: Developing a EU Social Enterprise Learning Pathway” that leads to a European certification level 3 (European Qualification Framework – EQF3).
18.30-20.30. Discussion and feedback regarding the EQF3 requirements and the training units.
Discussion regarding a successful implementation via e-learning tools
- Panagiotis Antonopoulos, ICT expert, InterMediaKT
- Greg Archimandritis, Knowledge Transfer Consultant, InterMediaKT
- Efi Daskalopoulou, ICT expert/social entrepreneur, Prosvasis
- Chrysoula Patrikiou, Business Administration, Solidarity Mission
- Vassilios Verykios, Professor, Hellenic Open University e-CoMeT Lab (Laboratory of Educational Material and Educational Methodology)
- Dimitrios Theodoropoulos, Social worker, Frontida Zois
- Stoumpou Stavroula, ICT/Front-end developer, Susurrus
- Dimitra Rizou, Business Administration, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit of Patras University
- Kapogiannopoulos Vasilios, Digital Marketing Engineer, Patras Science Park
- Dennis Rodis, ICT/Back-end developer, Susurrus
- Nasos Koskinas, Engineer/Facilitator, POS coworking space
- Ignatios Fotiou, Engineer/Executive Director, TOBEA
- Antonela Kotsoni, Social affairs expert, AAU University
- Panagiotis Tsaggas, Computer Engineering/CEO/Facilitator, Open Coffee Patras & Susurrus
- Niki Lambropoulos, ICT based creative learning expert, Author, Researcher, Educator
- Nancy Karamouzi, Business Administration, Hellenic Open University Career Office
- Nikos Fazakis, ICT expert/developer, Prosvasis
- Nikos Matsankos, Business Administration and Information Systems
- Elina Petousi, Blogger
- George Melissaropoulos, Entrepreneur/Mentor/Facilitator, Open Coffee Patras
- Viktoras Forlidas, Manager, UP FM Patras
Summary of the workshop and results
The goal of this event was to present the Project IO1 – IO2 researches -and deliverables of the project so far and to have a relevant brainstorming coffee table, to discuss and comment on these contents in the field of social entrepreneurship and the associated training among the guest experts.
InterMediaKT presented what has been achieved so far by introducing the Analysis of the previous report and then the discussion proceeded to the round table of experts with feedback about how to incorporate the new elements that were stated during the event in the SETTLE platform.
1st part of the Research
Do social enterprises need to charge for their services? How to change the public mentality, which confuses them with NGOs and other types of organizations?
– Education and training is the key to it. In Greece, one should take into account all of the preconditions such as financial instability and lack of knowledge/expertise.
Feedbacks/ Round Table discussions:
- POS: Emphasis on the models of BtB and BtG, make the public to understand where the funding is coming from; which institution is providing it. Hence we need education on entrepreneurial models.
- Tobea: Selling a social product is indeed considered a “sin”!
- Niki Lampropoulou: There is a new system: Globalization vs Localization, we think locally but act globally, using the inductive method in our daily activities in order to start creating a new ecosystem mentality.
- Sussurus: Urgency of educating/ presenting a way to make the public understand the modern “new enterprises/ companies” (such as startups) Collaboration and networking between them is the answer! The need of a collaborative environment among these companies first in order for a better public debunking.
- Prosvasis: One needs role models, best practices and examples are very important to start believing in a successful plan and start building a social enterprise to based on a particular philosophy.
- InterMediaKT indicated at that point that in SETTLE Project, we have the opportunity to welcome these examples and cases to involve a showcase database/ library where everyone can visit and read all about.
- POS: Students must be able to take internships in social enterprises. That means that institutions have to announce relevant calls for internships to social enterprise as well. The responsible public/ governmental entity for that (Maybe the separation of a union just for social enterprises should be needed) to take initiatives about that.
- The platform will be built on three pillars: training/ networking/ internship
Part 2. Desired outcome
How can we make the platform successful?
- Niki Lampropoulos: The trend nowadays for platforms is to prefer competence based education instead of subject based education models. This might help the users’ skills integration in the platform and the relevant educational materials.
- UpFM: It is a pool for connecting people with new perspectives. There are a lot of students who would be interested, mainly because it also involves mobility to other countries. If such a qualification is in accordance with the legal framework, then it does open up new opportunities in the labor market.
- TOBEA: The qualification should be accompanied by some sort of practical experience (as for instance in various Master programs which require a minimum of experience, before enrolling somebody)
- TOBEA: Pauses! There should be pauses, the ability to start the training, pause and restart in the future, should any issue arise.
- Prosvasis: Marketing/ Communication/ Networking and how to encounter the target group. There are techniques for such a thing, models for idea generation, for example BLue ocean strategy
- HOU: IP management, it is a substantial part of entrepreneurship and is not present in the present platform as well as patent management
- POS: Is EQF 3 enough? There is a lack of mastering (?) The concept of expertise is the missing puzzle piece for its achievement. The levels of each project should be interconnected, including the sense of progression. In social innovation there is not impact but progression, which is explicitly connected to the society.
- Niki Lampropoulos: There is the need for a kinesthetic simulation, or maybe in a gamification form.
- PSP: For e-learning sessions, most important is the content, mainly the video and not so much the text content. In terms of content the main issue to be covered, is the existence of resources. A list like LinkedIn is a good idea, an individual profile to match people with interests and vice-versa. Also, to “connect” mentors and enterprises with the relevant courses. Visitor profile- Professional profile is an interesting match. The network is the pool for offering practical experience to the participants
- Niki Lampropoulos: Combination of synchronous and asynchronous data, by establishing a standard minimum in order to obtain qualification
- Mentors (Sussurus+ Prosvasis) first thing to look are the mentors (Emphasizing on this in particular). The ability to have associates. Maybe the creation of an “open calls” section.
- HOU: A minimum set of requirements for somebody to subscribe to the platform (e.g a required field to be filled about the purpose and the scope of the person regarding social entrepreneurship and economy / motivation letter to platform members)
- PSP: After the finalization of each unit, in a method of 1 to 1, mentors and e-students should examine the acquired knowledge, by providing feedback. Interactive feedback loop to get feedback by the users. Pilot application of the platform first, alpha and beta phases (Proper timeline and evaluation).
- Frontida Zois: A Post SETTLE Lab Case studies section? Practical framework of the platform; biggest challenge, how many of these participants do have their own social enterprise after their participation in the platform
- Solidarity mission: A catalogue of enterprises to be informed for the list of “graduates” of qualified participants of the platform
- Open Coffee: Another desired outcome would be a job pool (Only the ones who have completed the units, would have access to the relevant social enterprises job ads)
- POS: Notifications to the potential employer that a participant with the required profile (e.g. by using certain tags) has completed the units and is ready to collaborate.
ROUND TABLE QUESTION: Who is to benefit more? The non experienced students or the self-taught potential social entrepreneurs? They both have different interests and experiences, but they could somehow be incorporated. A competence based educational model connected to the social issue concerned in each case would be ideal.
Awareness! Simplicity is essential during the presentation of knowledge. Not too many words but examples and best practices.
- UpFM: The qualification itself is definitely interesting but it’s not the main door to access the labor market. Dissemination and marketing are important factors.
- Prosvasis: There is no space for training and education within the enterprises in Greece. Α factor that complicates The transnational scope of SETTLE must be enriched and emphasized.
- TOBEA: An enterprise gains in time and efforts if one is to take the platform training before entering their staff. A call to existing social enterprises to use the platform during staff training (or even as a requirement) would be a great start.