Thanks for you patience the Spanish version of the Portfolio is now available.
The research highlights both the similarities and differences in the history and active participation in the Social and Solidarity Economy (Social Enterprise in the UK) among the participating countries within this project.
Full versions of the research
Summary versions of the research
The portfolio is a guide in the pathway into SSE. It is built upon the basis of 10 profiles – compiled from the research and focus groups. It contains transversal competencies common to SSE and specific competencies for each profile. It is an opportunity to map out your own route into or continuing path within SSE.
Training modules, which are currently being written and trialed, will be available in the autumn and these will link to the Portfolio.
The Portfolio is currently available in English, French, Spanish and Greek the other language of the project will follow in the next few weeks.
The Research has been developed through the work in five countries based on a literature review and local focus groups. The study is essentially about the characteristics and main practices of SSE in the different contexts and it makes an approach to training needs in SSE.
The Portfolio is a guide in the pathway towards Social and Solidarity Economy: What is your profile? What are your competences ? How do you intend to acquire competencies that you are missing? A course? A work-experience? It is built upon the basis of 10 type-profiles, under which could be sorted out different jobs or activities of SSE.
The Research and the Portfolio will be available online (in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Greek) on the 18 of April here in the project website.
This took place just before Christmas and was hosted by the the Greek partner ‘Citizens in Action’. Our thanks go to them for an excellent job.
Sadly the UK member of the coordination team lost their passport and was unable to physically attend the meeting, they did however attend via Skype.
A busy and intensive few days of reviewing current progress and planning the next steps.
One of the changes for partnerships within the Erasmus+ programme is less funding for face to face meetings between partners. The drawback for this is the meetings are more intense with less time to socialize and more importantly, less opportunity, in our case, to look at SSE experiences in the partner countries.
Despite the intensity of the meeting, overall satisfaction among partners regarding progress made so far, is good. Although we are a little behind, the timeline has been revised and all are confident of achieving the outputs specified within the schedule.
The meeting could best be summed up by the comment:
Research – this has taken a little longer than expected but the compilation of research from the partners has been completed in both English and Spanish. It was agreed to complete a summary version for translation into all 5 partnership languages. This is currently underway.
The research documents, both full and summary versions, will be available in March 2016 at the same time as the Portfolio of competencies is published.
Portfolio – Work is ongoing, following both focus groups and individual interviews – Generic job/role profiles have been completed with specific competencies; knowledge, skills and attitudes, and; transversal SSE competencies identified for each profile.
Planned as an E-portfolio each profile will be identified with an Avatar (which at present are being designed). (A sneak preview of my favorite to date – I stress this is only my personal favorite and may not make it into the final document).
This is planned for completion and publishing alongside the Research document in March 2016.
Training Modules – Work has begun on these and they will link to the competencies focusing on Attitudes, skills and knowledge. Due for completion in October. Trials of some of the activities are initially planned for April, June and July, to be followed by validating and translation.
Virtual Game – This is very much at the beginning stage and current thinking is to link to the Portfolio profiles and avatars. A mixture of SSE awareness raising and challenging attitudes through completing challenges within a virtual environment. Trials of the game are due to take place in July, August, September with completion in October.
Final Event – November is the month of SSE in France and the town of St Etienne hosts an SSE fair attracting around 5000 people during the last week of November.
We have agreed to host our final event as part of this larger fair. Our intention is to have a stand and workshops showcasing the project outputs; research, portfolio, Training modules and Virtual game during the event.
We are looking to raise additional funds to support attendance of individuals from SSE business’s who have participated in the focus groups / interviews and supported the project. And, who would benefit from attending our workshops / seminars and networking within a wider SSE audience.
I.S.S.E. is a special project, indeed. It gathers committed partners (see their description in the web of the project) and people that matured experiences in the field of Social and Solidarity Economy, but that feel that still it is needed to build a common ground and promote new tools in order to make steps forward for an “alternative economic sector”, or better, for an “alternative way of living” (depending on the point of view).
The project designed at the beginning a clear pathway, but now experts working on the ground face all the difficulties that real geography presents when we compare it to maps.
During these months, a working group of researchers, led by XES (Spain), has carried on a Research about Social and Solidarity Economy. The Research has been implemented through the work in five countries on literature, focus groups and bibliography, dealing with the notions and characteristics of SSE in the different contexts and starting to work on the competences needed for improving training in SSE. The Research is almost finished and it will be translated soon. Its results will be announced in autumn, keep tuned.
The focus on needed competences is leading now to the start of the second phase (or intellectual output) of the project: the creation of a Portfolio of Competences in Social and Solidarity Economy, which will be coordinated by Kaleido’scop (France). Here the main challenges for the working group will be to find a comprehensive definition of what is a competence in action, to give coherence to different needs (coming from different contexts) for the SSE competences development and to create a practical and useful format for a Portfolio of the SSE competences.
This is where we are now, in September 2015. The work on Training Modules and Virtual Game on SSE is waiting for the developments of these two first phases and will start in next months. In December there will be an intermediate meeting in Athens, aimed to check what has been done and to prepare the ground for the next steps in 2016.
We will update you in this Web about all our work and production!
Davide Tonon: Project Manager / Nexes
This is the second of the partnerships activities – Building on the research a Portfolio consisting of a framework of Competencies (identified, knowledge, skills, attitudes and values) grouped within key thematic areas. Continue reading