ISSE GAME – PLAY NOW

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Available to PLAY NOW

(Currently available in English, Spanish and French. Italian and Greek to follow soon)

It can be played individually but is ideally suited to playing in groups.

An analysis and decision making simualtion game. Its focus is the 4 core values which characterise a Social and Solidarity Economy (Social Enterprise in the UK) buisness or organisation; and the development of the core competencies needed for successfull management and day to day operation.

Research and Portfolio AVAILABLE NOW

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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.

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Full versions of the research

Research

Informe de investigación

Summary versions of the research

Synthèse de la recherche

Περίληψη της έρευνας

Sintesi della ricerca

Research Summary

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The communicator

 

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.

Portfolio of Competence English version

Portfolio de compétences en ESS

Porfolio de competencias en la ESS

Οδηγός δεξιοτήτων στην Κ.Α.Ο

The Portfolio is currently available in English, French, Spanish and Greek the other language of the project will follow in the next few weeks.

18th April: launch of Research and Portfolio

In the framework of the ISSE project (Initiatives of Social and Solidarity Economy) two working groups, led respectively by XES and Kaleido’scop, have carried on a Research and created a Portfolio on competences about Social and Solidarity Economy.

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.

Research Update

Research – the collection of data for the research, which comprised of both desktop research into the social and solidarity economy of each country and information gathered from focus groups, is now complete. Our partner XES based in Barcelona has been tasked with compiling the results into a document.

We knew at the beginning when the original proposal was submitted to the Erasmus+ programme there would be a difference between the partner countries but it was the similarities that brought us together and the research has demonstrated the similarities and some differences.

Without pre-empting the results I noted a difference within my discussions with members of the research team in how the different countries perceived there place within their economies;

Within the UK (which is my perspective) Social Enterprise, which is how it’s referred to in the UK, is integrated and well supported alongside mainstream capitalism. Social Enterprise in the UK does not seek to oppose capitalism but works happily alongside. The government has embraced the social element and actively supports business at a local and national level.

In Italy SSE appears to be outside of the normal economy. Business’s often have the feeling of being a small fragmented sector that is isolated from the main economy. They also work in isolation to other SSE businesses.

Spain was different again and cooperation between businesses was a consistent theme with business strong in the area of social action. The promotion of SSE over a capitalist economy is high on the agenda of SSE businesses.

France was in the middle between the UK and Spain. SSE is supported within legislation and sits alongside Capitalism but SSE businesses are more active in promoting SSE as an alternative to capitalism.

Greece has a different experience born out of austerity over the last 5 years or so. It is very much a bottom up experience and is viewed by many as a sustainable way of doing business in contrast to capitalism. It is people and needs driven rather than from the ideological standpoint of other countries.

The focus group in Spain noted that some terminology often associated with SSE, such as, entrepreneurial, had lost its meaning – this is perhaps true of countries with a longer history of SSE. The bottom up approach is perhaps lost in the past of some countries and reflects in how they perceive the place of SSE within their economy.

These are my initial impressions and not necessarily the views of the partnership. It is not the differences that unite us but the similarities and a shared mutual respect.

Common themes identified were ethical practice, sustainability, cooperation and a people centred approach, which all partners agreed were common to SSE practice in all of the countries.

Charlie Lockyer (Consilium Education and Training).

Virtual Game – Introduction

Game 1

Under Construction – This game will combine education with entertainment “EDUTAINMENT” + learning. The principle is learning by doing.

EXPLAIN ME AND I WILL FORGET,

SHOW ME AND I WILL REMEMBER,

INVOLVE ME AND I WILL LEARN.

This game is not just for entertainment it is a serious game. It will combine content and theory, informed from the research, with game design. It will facilitate understanding, encourage active exploration and allow experimentation without risk.

Although it will be self-contained Its primary purpose will be as a tool to be used with facilitation and feedback within the training modules.

Follow the link for an overview of the games proposed design.     https://db.tt/LMK3Mnwu

The mechanics of the game will be produced with the help of Idealudica a specialist Game company. Nexus, from Barcelona will oversee the content and the games development.

Kick off meeting – Barcelona 25th – 29th January 2015

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Getting to know each other

Although some of the partners had previously worked together not all had. This meeting provided an opportunity for us all to get to know each other and to find out about the different organisations represented.

1st meeting around table

The key factor within all but one of the organisations is training. Eight of the nine organisations are actively developing and providing training opportunities as part of their work. XES are different. They are a Social Solidarity Economy network consisting of organisations and businesses operating in and around Barcelona. Continue reading