|CASES project – Leonardo da Vinci|
2 Provincial National Education Directorate of Eskisehir TR
3 Agrupamento de Escolas de Arganil PT
6 Euro-Idea Fundacja Społeczno- Kulturalna PL
7 LOA - LANZAROTE OCEAN ART ES
8 VŠĮ “Žinių kodas” LT
10 NATIONALFORUM ALTERNATIVES, PRACTICE, INITIATIVES BG
12 CESEP Centre Socialiste d’Education Permanente BE
13 Multicultural Network AT
16 Prolog GmbH CH
17 SEEDS, SEE beyonD borderS IS
18 Belvarosi Tanoda Alapitvany HU
19 Pathways: Inspirational Development CIC UK
20 CMO Groningen NL
21 HANDI JOBS, o. s. CZ
22 Association ESENIORS FR
PREPARATORY MEETING: the project idea was developed in Italy during a PM (18-20.11.2011).
In a period of world economic crisis, the consumerism coupled to the logic of profit at any price is not sustainable, especially with decreasing standards of living for large sections of the population and environmental impacts.
The reshaping of the economy is being stimulated by new approaches such as raising consumer’s consciousness that they have more choices, more information and more power to guide these choices.
Modern enterprises need to take into account the Social & Collaborative aspects of society and economy - which are amplified thanks to the developments in the world of IT.
This proposal is based on responding to the needs of the labour market and anticipates the new skills that will be required in this new environment. The project aims to:
-Investigate the world of Social & Collaborative enterprise throughout Europe, collecting good practices
-Build innovative educational tools, in different languages, such as e-book guides for start-up activities providing relevant information, guidance, resources
-Provide opportunities, through study visits and receiving on-site training in Social & Collaborative enterprises
-Create a website.
The aims will be reached by:
-Involving several institutions (public & private) from different countries
-Some study visits to enterprises based in the Social & Collaborative sector.
-Private: start-up basics
-Adult jobless: seeking employment
-Enterprises: enlarging the vision in a changing economic framework
-Local authorities/communities: supporting in active participation and open the accessibility to under-utilized public resources.
All materials will be disseminated through written and/or multimedia materials and ICT.
D.3. PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGY
1. Give an opportunity, by study visits, to receive an on-site training in selected collaborative and social enterprises;
2. Investigate the situation about the collaborative and social enterprise across Europe, collecting some good practices;
3. Promote creativity, employability and growth of an entrepreneurial spirit apt to face innovative experiences;
4. Production of tools, in different languages, useful to educate, teach and give support useful both to private and public sector;
5. Providing local communities with information and new ideas for a future and updated vision;
6. Stimulating some environmental sustainable activities;
7. Suggest and stimulate the consciousness about a more sustainable lifestyle;
8. Giving a broader view of the European dimension.
SUBJECT TO ADDRESS
- Private interested to a new economic activity and mainly during all start-up activities;
- Adults unemployed to acquire new skills necessary to find a job;
- Adults jobless after the economic crisis that are trying to reallocate themselves in a changed economy;
- Enterprises interested to enlarge the vision in a changing economy framework;
- Local Authorities interested to support the local community active participation and to open the accessibility to the public resources otherwise under-utilized.
The approach will be based both in study and practical activities.
The partners will start from a preliminary research about the collaborative and social enterprise in own countries. The results will be presented during the first project meeting and it is going to be the starting point for the building of an in- depth analysis that will be included in the good practices selection – the selection will be finalized during a project meeting by the participants.
To be effective and to ensure full involvement of each partner, the project will create, at the first meeting, a series of subject groups. Those groups will explore the specifics of their subject and report at regular intervals and each partnership meeting, to all partners. Members of the wider partnership will thus be able to contribute to the development of any sub- section.
An innovative educational tool will be the e-book guide for start-up activities in order to provide information, support, guidance and resources. The guide will be translated in all the partners’ national languages.
During the project meetings will be organized also some study visits, to receive an on-site training.
D.4. RESULTS AND OUTCOMES
Meeting in Groningen April 2013
Meeting in Groningen April 2013
Meeting in Lanzarote
Meeting in Iceland
Meeting in Iceland
Links about Solheimar
Links about Solheimar
Meeting in Portugal
Meeting in UK
REPAIRCAFES and other good practices in Paris
La Grande Fête de la DEPANNE April 2014
and best practices in France
SOTA and best practices in France
elsewhere in Europe
and elsewhere in Europe
Site of the week of sustainable development - April 2013
First repaircafé in Paris
First repaircafé in Paris
F.1. DISTRIBUTION OF TASKS
All partners will equally contribute continuously to each stage of the project, being involved in all activities, while the coordinator will ensure the administrative coordination and consistency of the project.
All partners will participate to:
- Project meetings
- Study visits
- Design, development, implementation and evaluation of the project
- Design of needs assessments tools and operation of the needs assessment
- Design of final kit: written and/or printed materials
- Preliminary research in own country
- Activities assigned to the sub-groups created during the 1st project meeting
- Report, at regular intervals, the activities of the sub-group that belongs to
- Give the contribution to other sub-groups by comments and suggestions
- Produce reports and evaluation after every meeting
- Discuss all aspects of the partnership
- Manage their own finances
- Draw up intermediary and final reports
The coordinator will:
- supervise directly every stage of the project
- check/manage the evaluation system – together with some partners
- monitor the activities coming both from the sub-groups and single partners
- promote the active participation
- update and distribute constantly the "Time Table and Work Plan"
- help to solve any possible conflicts
- furnish suggestions for the development of activities
- support and stimulate the participation during the study visits
Cause of the large partnership, the participation will be ensured by the activities realized by each partner:
a) in the partner institution, with the work of internal staff and/or volunteers
b) in the sub-groups created during the 1st project meeting, taking into account the specific skills and competences of the partners institution and of the staff persons involved in the project.
c) in the collective activities during the meetings and the study visits.
The tool called “Timetable and Work Plan” is created in order to have clear evidence of the deadlines, the tasks assignments and about the progress of all planned activities.
Before the 1st meeting any partner is going to focus the attention at the preliminary research in own country or area. The partners are also asked to prepare a detailed presentation of the institution and of the staff involved in the project activities.
After the above mentioned activity, is possible, during the 1st meeting, to highlight the possible contribution, in term of distinctive “input”, that any partner must be able to provide during the project lifetime.
F.2. COOPERATION AND COMMUNICATION
The communication will be held with the support of:
- international project meetings of partners;
- e-group (a Google group has been created since the beginning of the project);
- study visits;
- internet platform (website and Facebook);
- investigations and surveys through questionnaires;
- conferences on Skype.
The creation of common rules and communication system guidelines is essential. The coordinator has a long-term experience in EU activities and will build a tested and useful communication platform based on live and up-to-date communication system.
An internal agreement is going to be signed during the 1st project meeting in order to establish some simple basic rules in order to ensure the activities within the framework of the project.
The “Timetable and Work Plan”, continuously updated, give the possibility, immediately for anyone, to have clear evidence of the deadlines, the tasks assignments and about the progress of all planned activities.
The sub-groups created during the 1st project meetings are going to be assigned to specific subjects. Each sub-group is going to have a moderator, named to collect all materials and to report regularly to the group about the progress and the details of the activities. The reports will permit the other partners to participate and to give the contribution to other sub- groups by comments and suggestions
In order to disseminate the information, the project will use all the mentioned ITC tools and also written material such as leaflets, guides, etc.
Also, the dissemination of information on an international level, over the partners’ organizations and all along Europe, will be conducted with the help of existing channels and European networks.
F.3. PARTICIPANTS' INVOLVEMENT
The project will apply principles that are found in the project’s overall aim – exploring new approaches to business & economic development. Effective collaborative and social enterprises require cooperative management processes – frequently ‘flat’ structures. Thus whilst there is within each partner a core management group they will not operate the project in a hierarchical & directive manner but as facilitators to those with whom they work.
‘Core group’ management responsibilities will be based on framework actions (arranging meetings, contacting participants, communication with coordinator) as decided by all participants working consensually. Obviously, the core staff has been involved from the beginning (draft ideas) and has been active in the elaboration of project assumption and in planning general project activities into this project proposal.
In the implementation of project, the staff will work further in operating the needs assessment and in local activities (involving volunteers, stakeholders and all others ones interested in), translation of materials created. Between project meetings the staff will communicate directly through an e-group, Facebook and other ICT facilities.
They will also work with their learners and stakeholders (which will be involved as specified above ex. Study visits to selected enterprises). The learners will be involved in the activities planning and in evaluation (feed-backs): their suggestions also will be implemented into the drawing material.
The staff is going to be involved directly in the sub-groups created during the 1st project meetings for specific subjects. Each sub-group is going to have a moderator, named to collect all materials and to report regularly to the group about the progress and the details of the activities. The reports will permit the other partners to participate and to give the contribution to other sub-groups by comments and suggestions.
Where there is lack of confidence, low esteem & a sense of inferiority facilitators will require empathy and support to ensure full participation. Management will ensure that at each stage they are sensitively engaged in the processes. The project partners understand that it is with such people that the greatest success can be achieved.
F.4. INTEGRATION INTO ONGOING ACTIVITIES
The working methods to be used in order to ensure the integration of learners is various, with particular stress on the study visits to several selected enterprises already active in the collaborative and social sector. The meetings will be enriched by some workshops that could increase the active participation and stimulate the discussion.
The realizations of the goals will be ensured by the research of good practices and initiatives already developed in the partners’ countries.
The project aim is to give learners the chance to acquire new skills that could create new and different job opportunities in a sector that could also favour significant environmental benefits.
A real survey is going to be created to investigate on and to reveal the situation in several European countries and to provide the data for our investigation: using the results of this investigation we should be able to understand the way the citizens are approaching to the social and collaborative enterprises.
The learners will also obtain a real training on how to use ICT tools such as create a e-book, implement a website, manage a social network and they will be involved, together with volunteers.
In every meeting we are going also to focus on a sensitization about a sustainable lifestyle.
The ideas will be promoted together within an European dimension where everyone is encouraged to contribute: this will demonstrate that every little contribution is a big step forward in the developing of a European sense of active citizenship and sustainable lifestyle.
Moreover, the study visits will be used as working methods to discover the possibilities, the needs and promote a entrepreneurial spirit.
Obtaining effective feedbacks evaluations from the learners will also affect positively the partnerships: those evaluations will be the starting points for some of the outcomes and products.
The knowledge developed through the exchange of good practices will be used also by public administrations in order to support the local needs to realize the objectives of Europe 2020 Strategy from the European Commission.
During the first meeting an evaluation plan and the evaluation criteria for assessing activities will be designed.
The evaluation will be part of each meeting and the staff will work before and after each meeting in order to collect data and open a discussion about the evaluation results (e-group).
The evaluation is going to be applied also to the sub-groups and the moderator of each group is going to share the results by specific reports.
The evaluation system will take account of three factors: quantity, quality and formative/personal aspects.
- Quantitative evaluation: number of people who will benefit (staff, partners, stakeholders of each partner, people from local communities, beneficiaries etc.)
- Qualitative evaluation: quality of materials obtained (evaluated by questionnaires, interviews and other methods), improvement in participants skills; internal exchange in each institution, volunteers activity etc.
- Formative: The programme of the activities will be adjusted to be:
! sensitive to need (allowing for fragile nature of some learners);
! understanding of personal and group progress,
! developing positive aspects,
! correcting variance from aim,
! applying informal reflective process.
Evaluation ‘conversations’ will occur amongst partners with learners assessing the project and their own learning. This can be achieved, in part, by issuing regular online evaluation processes.
Sensitivity to individual need will require FACILITATORS to develop contextually relevant approaches that are non- threatening to participants.
Such a process will require:
! informal processes of listening and observing (with facilitators engaging in detailed analysis of results),
! facilitated (possibly by a peer) group de-brief
! on-line processes
! paper questionnaires.
Participants will evaluate project delivery and pedagogical quality - facilitators ensuring that this is accessible and understandable.
The informal approach requires managers to ensure all are ‘heard’ and ‘attended to’ and share their expertise with each other. This is for facilitators intense and time consuming requiring encouragement & development of skills where informal approaches are less common.
Also an external evaluation will be provided by stakeholders (by questionnaires and interviews) and mass-media (positive/
negative appreciation), specially through questionnaires and study visits activities.
F . 6 DISSEMINATION AND THE USE OF RESULTS
Among participating organisations the dissemination is going to be effective from the beginning through discussions on e- group.
With the participation of staff in the internal needs assessment stage, the internal dissemination will be also arranged. The experiences achieved in the project (especially during meetings and study visits) will be disseminated by each partner between the institution members. Each organisation is going to acquire competences useful to respond to the needs of the labour market and in anticipation of skills needed in labour market.
Another aspect to be considered is that the staff will develop the ability to manage large international group.
Dissemination to the stakeholders in the local communities will be ensured first of all by the participation of the learners in the mobility; after that, those learners will become “dissemination vehicles”.
During the partnership the dissemination will be produced in the meetings thanks to the involvement of local communities and local authorities.
The meetings are going to include public administrations in order to to support the local community active participation and to open the accessibility to under-utilized public resources and to observe the solutions that could be adopted.
A big part of dissemination will be done by local and regional networks, accessible and approachable by the project partners, as well as by the most appropriate methods (ICT tools – internet, seminars, mass media).
The adult jobless are going to be part of the project as main direct beneficiaries and the enterprises also could have the possibility to enlarge the vision in a changing economic framework
The material produced will be available in resource centres, mediatised and spread in different situations (as workshops, conferences, press communication, meetings etc.).
The materials will be donated to public administrations, community centres, NGOs, associations, other institutions, schools etc.
The internet platform, created during the partnership, will be in fact the main vehicle for dissemination, with the additional contribution of guides and leaflets.
Wider lifelong learning community
This kind of dissemination will be effective through the various e-groups operating as tools of adult education network. The internet platform will be promoted and included in all partners networks.
Final products will be shared online on partners resource centres or on demand.
G.2 WORK PROGRAMME