This article is the first part in the series about the II European Social Innovation Competition semifinalists and presents the first 10 out of 30 projects that passed the first round of the competition.
All of the semifinalists earlier this March participated in the Social Innovation Academy in Bilbao and several days ago submitted the detailed implementation plans. Read more about the competition in this article.
Hope You will find some of these projects inspirational!
01. AllaGiornata (Italy)
This is a web platform for matching between the offer of agricultural employer and the supply from disadvantaged people (emigrant people, not-employed, people with psychical problems). The innovation aspect of this platform is that the match is realized when the employer accepts an entire “team” of new employees even if for some days, using the voucher system of payment.
This idea solves three different problems: unemployment, “black” job and (indirectly) the work rehabilitation of people.
02. AutieCorp.com (United Kingdom)
AutieCorp is a web-based employment search and matching platform, run as a social enterprise by and for autistic people. The service enables people with autism to showcase their distinctive interests and abilities and broker formal, ad hoc and voluntary work opportunities with employers who can use their talents.
03. Bookics (Belgium)
Bookics proposes innovative solutions to improve the understanding of the immigrants’ working experience when arriving in a country to increase their chance to find an adequate job in the hosting country.
Bookics vision is to create a new language where sentences can be replaced by a sequence of drawings.
They have already created and published a book and a travel sized booklet which help doctors and patients communicate when they don’t speak the same language. This book is, among others, used by the Red Cross.
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04. Career Moves (Austria)
Career Moves focuses on the ability of disabled people to perform in their jobs and consults companies in becoming disability confident and thus using the whole potential which lies in People with disabilities.
As an intermediary to bring people with disabilities into jobs, Career Moves’ key message is that
people with disabilities should be judged by their performance rather than by their disability.
05. COMPRENEURSHIP (Germany)
COMPRENEURSHIP is about students and disadvantaged people working and learning together to run a business.
It combines action learning, service learning and inclusive business models, involving disadvantaged people as suppliers, distributors, employees, freelancers or volunteers.
Long term vision: Emergence of compreneurial* universities – similar to entrepreneurial universities, but more open and welcoming to disadvantaged people and with an overriding commitment to solidarity, diversity and inclusion.
This is when compreneurship will start realizing its full economic, social and educational potential.
* Compreneurial initiatives are facilitated and supervised entrepreneurial endeavours which emphasize learning (COMpetencies), understanding (COMprehension), exchange (COMmunication) and belongingness (COMmunity)
06. Developing Community Based Enterprises, Civitas Foundation for Civil Society (Romania)
Developing CBEs follows a certain methodology:
- identifying local economical relevant resources,
- involving people willing to produce / crop that certain product,
- involving local authorities to support that associative structure.
07. Five click to plan your future (Italy)
If you are a runner, you have a trainer or a coach. Often it is an app that helps you to monitor your goals. This app and website works using the same idea: sometimes people need to have help to plan an idea.
This is a website connected to a mobile app through which young people can create, plan and monitor their career development plans.
The application is a “tutor” that monitors the achievement of milestones and timeframe of the implementation. The project aims to provide a “smart” on-line tool which allows to support you in 5-step to translate your idea into practice. The project will not create a connection with a workplace. It will use to help you planning your professional future.
More: ESIC Website
08. Fork in progress – cook & social business (Italy)
Fork in progress is a restaurant serving traditional cuisine made with quality local ingredients and it promotes cooking as a mean of informal education, employment development and production of social value in Foggia, Puglia.
Food is prepared by elderly people at risk of social exclusion with hotel management school students, in a teaching kitchen that develops intergenerational solidarity: six couples of“grandfather and grandson”, one for each day of the week, contribute to elaborate the daily menu.
09. From waste to wow! (Italy)
Take the superior quality of Made-in-Italy products, add a small team of in-house fashion directors, and blend with the creativity of local designers. Do not forget the expertise of specialised tailors. And THE secret ingredient, of course, QUID.
QUID employees are women from disadvantaged backgrounds under the careful supervision of the creative team. QUID materials – for their creations we select only the best, unused first quality materials and fabrics and prevent them from ending up in waste bins. QUID customers – get guarantee of a 100% ecological item, because made of recycled scraps. QUID brand partners – by converting unused scraps into unique creations in a smart, environment-friendly and fashion-savvy way QUID help partner brands optimise their waste-disposal strategy while offering them a concrete formula for effective social responsibility.
10. Jo.B Job in the “Bosco di Capodimonte” (Italy)
The project aims to use idle public assets with high touristic potential to create jobs and to revive local traditions.
Real Bosco di Capodimonte is a huge park in Naples, with a surface of 134 hectares. Today, in the park there is the Museum of Capodimonte, surrounded by a variety of small paths, lawns, trees, and species of plants. There are several historical buildings abandoned and unused. Furthermore, there are no services that would render the place attractive for visiting.
The idea is to build a series of productive activities that will transform the Bosco into an attraction, such as services of accommodation, touristic welcome, bike renting, rest places, organization of leisure activities, and creation of a ceramics laboratory open to the public.
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