What is Our Shared Future?
Our Shared Future is a project that provides skills to social entrepreneurs of the EuroMed and Middle East region. The project produces young entrepreneurs that can scale up and sustain their businesses and offers them a network to inspire each other and exchange ideas to trigger innovation. This year the theme is ‘Smart Cities’.
In the hands of skilled entrepreneurs, Social enterprises provide not just employment but also positive social impact in the community and on-going social innovation where community needs are left unserved by traditional public or private service. It is vital therefore to provide these entrepreneurs the business skills to realise their social innovation and to have a growing and positive impact on the community.
What is the Value of the project?
The project is about excellence, skills and innovation and hope. We select entrepreneurs with the business ideas to make positive social impact, and give them the skills to realise their goals through innovative online and offline means.
The project embraces not just the new business paradigm of social enterprise but also diversity and intercultural dialogue. As well as sharing ideas, the entrepreneurs get to know and appreciate the realities and cultures of the communities where each of them work. Our Shared Future is a story then of how Europe, north Africa and middle east is increasingly becoming a single community, rich in its diversity but united in a hopeful future. A shared future, where youthful enterprise contributes not just to GDP or employment figures but to personal fulfilment and wider social wellbeing. That is the value of social innovation.
How does it work?
A select group of social entrepreneurs were chosen from an international ‘call for ideas’ and were given the chance to follow an online business course given by Cisco Entrepreneur Institute. This interactive course with live tutoring from highly qualified trainers honed their business skills and refined their business plans. The entrepreneurs then met in Malta over two days to receive further consultancy to finalise business plans, to consolidate the network and produce some policy recommendations. Sessions also aimed to promote the transfer of innovative ideas in social enterprise between these regions. The group of 18 select entrepreneurs was varied, coming from countries including Libya, Egypt Spain, Morocco, Kazakhstan and Ukraine and the UK. The trainer and CISCO entrepreneur institute is based in the UAE.
These are the presentations at the workshops made by:
Filippo Addarii - Executive Director Euclid Network
You can watch them on the web
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