Old challenges new pathways: social enterprises fostering improvement and social innovation on social inclusion

 

Old challenges new pathways: social enterprises fostering improvement and social innovation on social inclusion is a project financed by the European Commission under the line Grundtvig Partnership, in which ENSIE is involved as observers.

Partners

Project and objective

This project is focused on the role of social enterprises - namely work integration social enterprises (WISEs), and other social and solidarity initiatives - in promoting social inclusion of disadvantaged groups. Its main objective is to explore and contrast different models of intervention in the field of socio-professional integration of disadvantaged groups, which have been widely developed in the last decades in European countries.

Two main issues will be addressed:

  • What are the current challenges of social enterprises and professionals working in the field of socio-professional integration?
  • Given the current trends of social innovation and social entrepreneurship in Europe – how can WISEs and other initiatives aimed at promoting social inclusion through work assume a strategic position and benefit from these trends?

Step by step

24-25 October 2013

First meeting organised in Porto, Portugal: presentation of the different partners, overview of the project work plan and visit of a local work integration social enterprises, AFUA.


20-21 March 2014

Second meeting in Gand, Belgium. The second project meeting aimed at building a common framework for analysis: operational tools for the comparison of work integration methodologies and deciding about activities, target groups and mobilities.

In each mobility the host partner is responsible for organizing a programme of 2 full days of work. This programme should include visits to WISES and other organizations, seminars or workshops which are inspiring to all the partners. These activities should promote the encounter between people (people from the target groups, professionals and visitors) and permit direct knowledge of how projects are being implemented. Best practices as well as challenges and difficulties should be addressed.


3-4 July 2014

Third meeting in Luxembourg. A public meeting with local authorities and socio-professional support organisations for disadvantaged groups was held in Luxembourg. Several visits to local WISEs were organized. The debate allowed a comparison between Luxembourg's work integration social economy sector and the Flemish and Portuguese systems.


30-31 October 2014

Fourth meeting in Prague. The theme of this meeting was to focus the attention on thetopic "Social enterprises fostering improvement and social innovation on social inclusion". Several visits and workshop were organized to give an overview of the ways of employment of disadvantaged people and social enterprises in the Czech Republic.

 

 

 


4-5-6 March 2015

Fifth meeting in Bertinoro. Participants from EU project 'Old challenges new pathways' discussing social entrepreneurship in Italy. Several visits and workshop were organized to give an overview of the ways of employment of disadvantaged people and social enterprises in the Emilia Romagna Region. The partner's project were also present to the international seminar "Social Innovation between policy and development" held on 6 March in Bertinoro. 

4 March

Meeting at the Training Restaurant “Le Torri

Preliminary Session "Social Enterprise - The Italian framework", with Flaviano Zandonai, www.irisnetwork.it

Presentation of the social model of Emilia-Romagna, by Cinzia Ioppi – Regional Office for Welfare and Housing Policies

 

 

 

5 March

  • Visit to the social cooperative CILS

Common frame of the models and practices CILS

Common frame of the models and practices Mafalda

  • Visit and light lunch at the social cooperative Apebianca

Common frame of the models and practices Apebianca

                                                                                                    Steering committee of the two projects at Apebianca

 

 

6 March


26 June 2015

FINAL SEMINAR OF THE PROJECT

A3S in partnership with RESIT and ENSIE is pleased to invite your to the seminar "Work integration social enterprises - old challenges, new pathways" that will be held on June, 26 in Porto, Portugal.