SPEED – Social Processes Empowering Entrepreneurship Development is a Erasmus+ Key Action 2 – Capacity Building in the field of Youth project aimed at improving entrepreneurial skills of young people with fewer opportunities, at promoting and supporting their inclusion in the job market, through an extensive set of activities based on Non-Formal Education to start a personal, professional, social and cultural process of growth.
Skills We Transferred
Project Activities and timeline
Kick-Off Meeting / Study Visit
Janaury 2019, Buenos Aires – Argentina
The aims of the meeting were to strengthen the work team by developing mutual knowledge and trust; to define the coordination and division of labour and tasks with respect to the project objectives; to present the various territorial contexts of the partners. The Consortium has also produced a time schedule containing the programme lines to be followed in the coming months and the division of work among the partners.
Online Meetings with Partners and Online Meetings with Universities
During the project, the partners have carried out coordination activities and online trainings, through special video-conferencing software. Coordination and evaluation activities of the steps taken and further planning with respect to the sharing of academic content were implemented. The meetings allowed us to explore each time a different theme of Social Economy, Marketing, Sociology of Labor and others, so as to transfer important knowledge on the subject to the NGOs.
Coordination Meeting / Study Group
Meeting between the universities and Strauss in Italy to refine and continue the joint work. Through simulations and case-studies, the transferability of academic content to the world of non-formal education was deepened, so that it could be characterized as the result of the integration between traditional-scientific methods and new tools to be used with young people. The meeting made it possible to discuss the monitoring and evaluation plan, to better define the indicators to be used and the measures to regulate the interventions and their effectiveness.
October 2019, Nicolosi – Italy
The TC, through the ENF, addressed entrepreneurship, social economics, creativity, branding&positioning other academic notions about social enterprise and how they can be transferred to youth, other NGOs, and generally to all interested audiences, through the ENF. The TC included strong “hands on” practice and transfer of the knowledge gained, put into practice through the development of an enterprise strategy and implemented under the watchful eye of the trainers and academic experts. The result was the development of skills and capacities of Youth Workers to support the development of young people in local communities, through the use of NFE, entrepreneurial skills, creativity, marketing and other skills useful for the development of initiative, business plans, market analysis and promotion of social entrepreneurship in the fields of environment, equal opportunities, culture and education and social tourism.
All 12 volunteers (6 with fewer opportunities), although in different geographic and social contexts, in full synergy with the mission and activities of the Hosting Organizations, have been involved in 6-months projects aimed at fostering the development of entrepreneurship in the youth community and the local community of the host country, promoting their social inclusion and active participation in civil society of young people with fewer opportunities. Of the 12 volunteers, 6 from South America and 6 from Europe:
- 2 were hosted in Mussomeli, Italy
- 2 were hosted in Bystrzyca Kłodzka, Poland
- 2 were hosted in Pizarra, Spain
- 2 were hosted in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2 were hosted in La Paz, Bolivia
- 2 were hosted in Bogotá, Colombia
Local Labs on Social Entrepreneurship
Each partner, involving different stakeholders, has organized social entrepreneurship workshops in its territory, including volunteers in the organization of these workshops. The labs, whose training contents derive from the work previously carried out by the consortium, have mainly included disadvantaged people (economic, social, educational disadvantage, disability) and over a period of 5 months a total of 12 meetings have been carried out for each partner, with the aim of developing skills in the following areas:
- Personal skills: initiative, optimism, flexibility, risk tolerance;
- Interpersonal skills: communication (including digital), leadership, motivation, ethics, active listening, interpersonal relationships;
- Critical and creative thinking skills: problem solving, creativity, thinking out of the box.
- Critical and creative thinking skills: problem solving, creativity, thinking out of the box;
- Practical skills: planning and organization, problem solving, decision making, entrepreneurial knowledge, business, opportunity recognition and initiative.
- Specific focus on social entrepreneurship.
Final Evaluation Meeting
Originally planned for May 2020 in Puebla, Mexico, due to the coronavirus pandemic the final evaluation meeting was held digitally in April 2021. Representatives from all the organisations and bodies in the partner consortium set up a final evaluation activity that included a time machine of the cooperation, analysing the project’s major milestones and their results, presentation of the final products, their possibilities and content, and presentation and analysis of the paper. At the end of April 2021 an online dissemination event of Speed’s results and products was realised involving audiences from all consortium member countries, volunteers, participants of the local workshops, representatives of universities and organisations and coordination.