SOCIAL ECONOMY 4CES

We released edition 3 of the SE4Ces newsletter🗞: 

✅Results of the first Living Lab 

✅Progress of the Wiki platform 

✅Events: Conference on the future of social economy, CCR Athens 

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RESEARCH PARTNERS

University of Bologna; AICCON; Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece); Stimmuli for Social Change (Greece); Anaptyxiaki Karditsas Anaptyxiaki Anonimi Etairia O.T.A. (Greece); University of Bristol (UK); Federation Europeenne de Finances et Banques Ethiques et Alternatives (Belgium); Cooperatives Europe asbl (Belgium); Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain)

TEAM

Federica BandiniCarolina Graffi, Francesco Savoia, Elena Barison

BACKGROUND AND GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Joining Social Economy forces towards Community development, Connected societies, Co-creation of knowledge, Collaborative education practices. Social Economy’s potential is still untapped. Education on Social Economy in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is still largely absent. Where it does exist, it remains largely theoretical, failing to connect students with their communities and real-world learning experiences. Our mission is to boost the transformative potential of Social Economy in Europe by disseminating the professional skills needed in the context of social economy. The project will proactively mobilize students, faculty and staff, social entrepreneurs, networks and local communities to improve the connection between these stakeholders in order to co-develop collaborative educational practices. 

ACTIVITIES AND METHODS 

PHASE 1: Providing an overview of the current Social Economy education landscape and analyse the needs in training and skills in SE organisations. Adopted method: 

  • Desk-research on Social Economy courses in Italy, Greece, France, UK and Spain, with focus on contents, teaching methods, collaboration with social economy stakeholders. 
  • 65 Interviews with professors, students and social economy stakeholders in Italy, Greece, France, UK and Spain, asking for an evaluation of different social economy degree and training courses in Italy and other partner countries. 

PHASE 2: Design and Pilot of Social Economy Living Labs in 4 EU countries – spaces for interaction, collaboration and knowledge co-creation connecting HEIs, students, organisations and communities. Adopted method: 

  • 100 surveys submitted to professors, students and social economy stakeholders in Italy, Greece, France, UK and Spain, asking for an expression of their interest in different innovative teaching methods that could be implemented in social economy courses in the future. 
  • Co-creation workshops on innovative content and methods to include in Social Economy study programmes. Students, teachers, stakeholders and professionals come together and discuss solutions on how to improve the educational offer of SE courses. 

 

READ THE FIRST RESULTS of the state-of-the-art and need-analysis in Italy, Greece, France, UK and Spain. 

The synthesis report provides a comprehensive review of educational provisions on the Social Economy (SE) across 5 countries (UK, France, Spain, Italy and Greece) and sets the foundations for understanding the ways in which an SE programme could be designed to meet the needs of various relevant actors (in particular, educators, students and organisations).

Our findings suggest that most programmes are quite general in terms of their focus on social economy or social entrepreneurship, with SE actors expressing an increasing appetite for more specialised courses which makes the development of new programmes with an explicit focus on social and solidarity economy strongly advisable.

Collaborations between Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and SE actors take different forms, yet they tend to be at the delivery stage rather than in the development of the programmes or the co-creation of knowledge, hence the role of SE actors in the designing and delivery of these programmes could be strengthened. Existing provisions do offer a range of innovative practices and any new programmes should build on, and expand, these practices. New programmes should provide a good balance between theory and practice, be flexible in their modes of delivery, create opportunities for networking, and have a strong grounding in SE values whilst being open enough to attract a variety of different audiences and adapt to different and changing environments.

ROAD TO SOCIAL ECONOMY LIVING LABS 

Social Economy Living Labs are partnerships operating on the basis of SE principles between HEIs (in the field of SE), SE organisations, SE students and community actors aiming to co-create and offer educational materials and innovative methods of collaborative teaching that will leverage the full potential of the SE sector towards community development. The Living Labs will be built on 3 pillars:

  • Co-creation of knowledge and educational material means that social economy professors/educators create the educational material and the curriculum of the study programme in collaboration with social economy professionals working in the field, as well as the students themselves.
  • Co-teaching and participative teaching and training means that professors/educators in social economy are delivering classes or activities together with SE professionals and students play an active role.
  • Service-learning is a short internship of students in SE organizations on a voluntary basis. Students join SE organisations for a short period of time and provide services for the benefit of the community through the specific SE organizations. The aim is to improve transversal skills and connect with community. 

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