SOCIAL INNOVATORS PROGRAMME (SIP)

COORDINATOR AND PARTNERS Rotaract Club Bucuresti (RO) together with Edinet (UK) and Ustav (CZ)
IMPLEMENTATION PERIOD September 2015 – November 2017
MAIN RESULT The Social Innovators Programme Training Guidelines (SIP E-Guide), a complete training manual for organizations to use in order to provide social innovation and social entrepreneurship training for young people.
Young people + education + social innovation = Change makers!
Social Innovation in Romania According to the European Commision social innovation means developing new ideas, services and models to better address social issues. It invites input from public and private actors, including civil society, to improve social services.
Below are several examples of social innovation projects found in Bucharest, whose representatives have participated as speakers in the SIP training course. Additional information on social innovation can be found here Harta inovatorilor sociali - Ashoka
Mesteshukar ButiQ- logo
A network of social economy enterprises and an active supporter of Roma traditional crafts. Meşteshukar ButiQ managed to bring a fresh vision on Roma crafts and revive traditional products and objects with contemporary design.
Gastrobar Deschis - logo
Young people who hav e transformed an old warehouse into a restaurant and event space. Gastrobar Deschis - articol Business magazin
Nod maker space - logo
A creative workspace for people with ideas – turning the old warehouse of the Cotton Factory into a coworking space and the first materials library in Eastern Europe, aiming to become the hub of the creative industries by 2020.
La firul ierbii - logo
The first center for public debate and civil society initiatives. La firul ierbii
Social Innovators Programme began 2015 as an entrepreneurial education project developed by Asociația Rotaract Club București (Romania) in partnership with organizations from Scotland (European Development Innovation Network) and the Czech Republic (Ustav socialnich inovaci).

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

1. Social Innovators Programme – our story
Social Innovators Programme began 2015 as an entrepreneurial education project developed by Asociația Rotaract Club București (Romania) in partnership with organizations from Scotland (European Development Innovation Network) and the Czech Republic (Ustav socialnich inovaci).
2. Educate to innovate in 3 steps – Piloting, Training, Implementing
Over the course of two years, we have worked to create a training manual on social innovation and social entrepreneurship by transfering know-how from Scotland to the Czech Republic and Romania, adapting the information received to the social and economic context of the two countries, but more importantly, to the local reality of young people.
  • We have had 3 transnational meetings – in the Czech Republic (2015), Scotland (April 2017) and Romania (November 2017)
  • Creating, translating, adapting the training materials and methodology – December 2015 – July 2016
  • Piloting the training materials and methodology – September 2016 – July 2017
    Rotaract Club Bucuresti and Ustav socialnich inovaci organised 3 training sessions, supporting young people to develop their social innovation projects.
  • Study visit in Scotland – March-April 2017
    20 young people, selected based on the project proposals from among the participants in the training sessions, went to Edinburgh, Scotland, for an advanced 9 day training course during which they met entrepreneurs and discovered social innovation projects
  • SIP Ideas in Action – June 2017
    Multiplier seminar with over 45 people presents, representatives of youth organizations and young people interested in developing social innovation projects. The agenda included a project presentation followed by sessions dedicated to the Social Innovators Programme Training Guidelines (SIP E-Guide). A similar multiplier seminar was organized by Ustav socialnich inovaci in the Czech Republic.
  • Social Innovation Day – final conference – November 2017
    The final conference brought together stakeholders involved in social economy and youth education in order to support young people in developing their own social innovation projects.
3. Social Innovation and entrepreneurial education workshops
The project result is the Social Innovators Programme Training Guidelines (SIP E-Guide), a complete manual which organizations can use to implement social innovation and social entrepreneurship trainings for young people.
The SIP E-Guide features:
  • Theoretical materials on: Social Innovation, Marketing and Branding, Financing, Legal and accounting for social initiatives, Social Impact, Leadership and Communication, Pitching and Public Speaking,
  • Training methodology using non-formal methods of education, and not only
  • Social innovation case studies from Scotland, the Czech Republic and Romania.
The training course format is structured as follows:
  1. Non-formal education activities,
    1. Speaker sessions on Social Innovation, Marketing and Branding, Financing, Legal and accounting for social initiatives, Social Impact, Leadership and Communication, Pitching and Public Speaking
    2. On-site visits to social innovation initiatives.
Future perspectives
We encourage organizations to use the Social Innovators Programme Training Guidelines (SIP E-Guide) and organize social innovation and social entrepreneurship training for young people.
Reach out to us via the website and we will answer your questions, provide information and offer support to help you implement a social innovation training course for young people.

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