Regenerus was excited to host the first Unravel Tomorrow experiential workshop in Liverpool in May 2019. Creating an international learning experience for aspiring social entrepreneurs from across Europe, this was a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the best of the social economy across Liverpool City Region.
15 participants spent three days visiting 11 social enterprises operating in a variety of business sectors including women’s enterprise training, incubator units and co-working space, digital and media training, creative, arts and culture, food sustainability, maker spaces, tech and manufacturing.
From early stage start-ups like Alchemy Kitchen and iWoman and co-working spaces the Invisible Wind Factory, Make North Liverpool and DoES, to the well-established organisations generating profits through their trading activities, such as Baltic Creative, SAFE Regeneration and the Women’s Organisation, our local social entrepreneurs shared their organisations’ stories, from how and why they started to where they are now, highlighting key successes and challenges along the journey, and the roots to sustainability, so that our visitors could learn from their experiences.
The experiential workshop was designed to help these aspiring social entrepreneurs on their journey to setting up a new social enterprise, by improving their knowledge and understanding of social enterprise, and beginning to strengthen their skills and competences to develop their own project idea.
Inviting participants to join the Unravel Tomorrow community, we are also keen that the shape and content of the digital learning resources we are developing as part of the project (Massive Online Open Course) is designed by potential users to ensure that it reflects their needs and is useful, relevant and appropriate to adult learners in all national contexts.
Interspersed with creative activity sessions, the blended learning experience encouraged reflection and gathered feedback and views on the key skills and competences demonstrated by the social entrepreneurs to inform the Learning Framework.
This was the first of three Unravel Tomorrow experiential workshops. The second will take place in Porto, Portugal in September and the third will be Copenhagen, Denmark in December. Regenerus will be supporting six local people who are interested in setting up a new social enterprise and want to learn more by hearing about the experiences of social enterprises in Europe, to join these visits. All travel costs are supported by the project, which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. If you are interested in taking part, contact email@example.com to find out more.
The Tomorrow’s Land journey continues…
For two years project partners have explored how social innovation and collaborative economies will shape the future of Europe.
However, partners are now excited to announce that we have been successful in being awarded support for a second project from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union, to continue to work together and build on Tomorrow’s Land to develop our learning journey and support future pioneers as they Unravel Tomorrow.
Now we want to learn from the innovators, entrepreneurs and activists shaping Tomorrow – our collective future society and economy. Unravel Tomorrow builds on the foundations of Tomorrow’s Land, focusing on the mindset of social innovators to boost social activism and social entrepreneurship across Europe.
Through physical and virtual materials, workshops and meet ups we will connect aspiring change makers with the skills, resources and perspectives that will empower them to Unravel Tomorrow and shape a better future.
Again, Regenerus are the lead partners and we will be working together with partners Advancis in Portugal, Bespoke in Denmark, Politecnico di Milano in Italy, Münster University of Applied Science in Germany and Socialias Inovacijas Centrs in Latvia.
Our first steps in this new project are to undertake extensive research which will lead to two publications: our ‘Faces of Tomorrow’ catalogue and an as-yet-unnamed trend report, showcasing enablers and scenarios for a better Tomorrow.
Currently partners are busy interviewing 32 pioneers of Tomorrow, curious to find out more about the experiences, challenges, dreams and plans for the future of people who are already actively exploring and creating new ways of working.
Watch this space for our ‘Faces of Tomorrow’ catalogue, coming soon.
Follow us on our journey to empower a new generation of pioneers to unravel the present and create a better tomorrow.