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This wiki serves as a collaborative platform for all learning activities of the ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership, '''Social Entrepreneurship for Local Change'''.
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[[File:Visual Output 1.jpg|thumb|400px|right|Community Learning for Local Change - A blended learning model]]
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[[File:Estonia 35.JPG|thumb|400px|right|Community interaction in Lahemaa, Estonia, May 2018]]
  
The project aims to develop an interdisciplinary study module on the topic of 'Social Entrepreneurship' founded on a European partnership of universities and NGOS.
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Funding period: 09/2018 - 08/2021
  
Here, you can find the information about all our learning activities as well as their outputs.
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== Project objectives and rationale==
  
Each learning activity has an '''online component''' open to anyone interested in the topic and a '''workshop component''', which is addressed to students enrolled in the study programmes of the university partners.
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The [https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=CELEX:52017DC0247&from=EN EU’s renewed higher education agenda] suggests ''countering the growing polarisation of our societies and distrust of democratic institutions (and) calls on everyone  -including higher education staff and students-  to engage more actively with the communities around''. And further: ''higher education institutions are not ivory towers, but civic-minded learning communities’ connected to their environment''. The Community Learning for Local Change project is designed to address these challenges.  
  
== ERASMUS+ Programme ==
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Our consortium will develop, implement and test a new approach to promote creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and skills for designing innovation in close cooperation with the communities in which the universities are embedded. This will be achieved by two core activities:
[[File:Eu funded logo.jpg|thumb|none|400px|The Social Entrepreneurship for Local Change Project has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no.2015-1-DE01-KA203-002161.
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#Our '''Community Innovation Labs''' will provide a transdisciplinary framework for students, teachers and the community to collaborate on issues that really matter locally. Our labs will allow for a multi-faceted understanding of what the local challenges are and thus provide students with a realistic analysis of the change potential. Social entrepreneurship is the guiding principle here, aiming at merging social, environmental and economic sustainability.
Neither the European Commission nor the project's national funding agency are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.]]
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#We will expand an existing online course on Social Entrepreneurship '''with a new component focussing on the start-up phase'''. This will happen in synergy with the community innovation labs as starting points for co-creation and co-founding. Involving the community as equal partners in both our online and face-to-face learning activities will contribute to breaking up the ivory tower of academia.
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Our focus on '''developing entrepreneurial approaches with civil society partners''' supports another important topic of the EU’s renewed HE agenda: ''People’s capacities to be entrepreneurial, manage complex information, think autonomously and creatively, use resources, including digital ones, smartly, communicate effectively and be resilient are more crucial than ever.'' Our aim is to foster these competences not only among our staff and students, but to transfer these skills to the civil society that surrounds us.
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== Target groups ==
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The project is addressed to an interdisciplinary target group of educators, students and young professionals in the fields of economics, business administration, geography, agriculture, regional development, urban/landscape planning. Next to the academic audience we actively involve local community members and stakeholder in our community innovation labs.
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== Project Activities ==
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*Linking the partner universities in Bucharest, Nürtingen, Arnhem and Tartu to local communities by setting up '''Community Innovation Labs.'''
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*Implementation of '''blended learning activities''' on the subject of social innovation in combination with local workshops organised alternately by three of the consortium partners.
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*Development and publication of online course materials and an online course concept titled ''''From Idea Generation to Start-Up'''' (Output 1)
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*'''The Social Entrepreneurship Community Learning Model'''(Output 2). This output will document the partnerships’ learning experience from the Community Innovation Labs in order to share relevant knowledge about how universities can partner and collaborate fruitfully with their community environment to co-create and co-initiate social businesses.
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== ERASMUS+ Programme and the German National Agency ==
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[[File:Eu funded logo.jpg|thumb|none|480px|The Community Learning for Local Change Project has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no.2018-1-DE01-KA203-004227. Neither the European Commission nor the project's national funding agency are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.]]
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[[File:NA_DAAD.JPG|thumb|none|480px|The EU grant of 386.345,00 Euro from the ERASMUS+ programme has been issued by the [http://www.eu.daad.de National Agency for University Cooperation] of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).]]

Latest revision as of 08:11, 28 May 2019

Community Learning for Local Change - A blended learning model
Community interaction in Lahemaa, Estonia, May 2018

Funding period: 09/2018 - 08/2021

Project objectives and rationale

The EU’s renewed higher education agenda suggests countering the growing polarisation of our societies and distrust of democratic institutions (and) calls on everyone -including higher education staff and students- to engage more actively with the communities around. And further: higher education institutions are not ivory towers, but civic-minded learning communities’ connected to their environment. The Community Learning for Local Change project is designed to address these challenges.

Our consortium will develop, implement and test a new approach to promote creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and skills for designing innovation in close cooperation with the communities in which the universities are embedded. This will be achieved by two core activities:

  1. Our Community Innovation Labs will provide a transdisciplinary framework for students, teachers and the community to collaborate on issues that really matter locally. Our labs will allow for a multi-faceted understanding of what the local challenges are and thus provide students with a realistic analysis of the change potential. Social entrepreneurship is the guiding principle here, aiming at merging social, environmental and economic sustainability.
  2. We will expand an existing online course on Social Entrepreneurship with a new component focussing on the start-up phase. This will happen in synergy with the community innovation labs as starting points for co-creation and co-founding. Involving the community as equal partners in both our online and face-to-face learning activities will contribute to breaking up the ivory tower of academia.

Our focus on developing entrepreneurial approaches with civil society partners supports another important topic of the EU’s renewed HE agenda: People’s capacities to be entrepreneurial, manage complex information, think autonomously and creatively, use resources, including digital ones, smartly, communicate effectively and be resilient are more crucial than ever. Our aim is to foster these competences not only among our staff and students, but to transfer these skills to the civil society that surrounds us.

Target groups

The project is addressed to an interdisciplinary target group of educators, students and young professionals in the fields of economics, business administration, geography, agriculture, regional development, urban/landscape planning. Next to the academic audience we actively involve local community members and stakeholder in our community innovation labs.

Project Activities

  • Linking the partner universities in Bucharest, Nürtingen, Arnhem and Tartu to local communities by setting up Community Innovation Labs.
  • Implementation of blended learning activities on the subject of social innovation in combination with local workshops organised alternately by three of the consortium partners.
  • Development and publication of online course materials and an online course concept titled 'From Idea Generation to Start-Up' (Output 1)
  • The Social Entrepreneurship Community Learning Model(Output 2). This output will document the partnerships’ learning experience from the Community Innovation Labs in order to share relevant knowledge about how universities can partner and collaborate fruitfully with their community environment to co-create and co-initiate social businesses.

ERASMUS+ Programme and the German National Agency

The Community Learning for Local Change Project has been (partially) funded by the ERASMUS+ grant program of the European Union under grant no.2018-1-DE01-KA203-004227. Neither the European Commission nor the project's national funding agency are responsible for the content or liable for any losses or damage resulting of the use of these resources.
The EU grant of 386.345,00 Euro from the ERASMUS+ programme has been issued by the National Agency for University Cooperation of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).