This presentation was prepared within framework of the training course ''Change Laboratory''.
"Change Laboratory'' is a platform where 29 young third sector representatives from Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Estonia, Slovakia, Lithuania, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Sweden, Greece and Romania will carry out a collaborative learning activity by questioning current ways of thinking, analyzing and modeling social entrepreneurship ventures, and conducting thought and action experiments concerning possible changes in their communities.
Main aim of this project is to promote active participation of young people and to contribute to developing the capabilities of civil society organizations in the youth field through gathering knowledge in social entrepreneurship area and through development of competencies essential for initiation of social entrepreneurship activities by non-governmental non-profit organizations.
Encouraging self-initiative and developing the capability to analyze obstacles and opportunities within a social sector and to identify potential strategies to effect change are other important objectives of the project.
Program is based on the experiential learning model and focuses on developing independent mind habits, entrepreneurship and leadership skills, on building understanding of creativity and innovations to meet genuine community needs and gain enhanced sense of responsibility to the communities in which we live.
The first part of the course will introduce the participants to the concept of social entrepreneurship and its various applications across sectors and organizational forms. Furthermore it examines the success factors and conditions of setting up social enterprise.
Through the program participants are expected to create a community project with potential to stimulate transformations and improvements in their chosen area, whether that is education, health care, economic development, environment, arts or any other social field - participants will develop plans for local or international social entrepreneurship entities or innovative projects, partnerships or other arrangements that would have a positive impact on social outcomes.
Project takes place in three stages. Within first stage from 01.09.2011 to 21.10.2011 participants are completing several home tasks. From 22.10.2011 to 31.10.2011 all the group will meet in Riga, Latvia, and develop their competencies in social entrepreneurship within the framework of the training course ''Change Laboratory''. From 01.11.2011 to 31.01.2012 follow-up activities will be carried out along with project evaluation.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This page reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.