Unravel Tomorrow

New reports are published

Building on the strong relationships built during the Tomorrow’s Land project the partners Advancis, (Portugal), Bespoke (Denmark), Münster University of Applied Science (Germany), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Regenerus (UK) and Socialias Inovacijas Centrs (Latvia) continue their collaboration on Unravel Tomorrow, again supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

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, to develop our learning journey to support future pioneers as they Unravel Tomorrow and shape a better future.

Experiential learning is at the heart of our project, so, curious to find out more about the experiences, challenges and dreams for the future of the social innovators, social entrepreneurs and social activists who are already actively exploring and creating new ways of working, partners have interviewed 34 pioneers of Tomorrow from across Europe.

Now we are excited to launch The Unravel Tomorrow Journal and The Unravel Tomorrow Gallery presenting insights to inspire social entrepreneurship and social activism. Both reports are now available for download on our website www.unravel-tomorrow.eu.

Follow us on our journey to empower a new generation of pioneers to unravel the present and create a better tomorrow.

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Experiential workshop 2 – Matosinhos – Portugal

In September 2019, our pioneering social entrepreneurs shared ideas, perspectives and experiences by immersing themselves in the Matosinhos community in Portugal, being introduced to different social innovation projects and social enterprises.

Regenerus were delighted to support three participants from local organisations – Sefton CVS, the Feelgood Factory and the Venus Centre – to meet up with other like-minded people from across Europe, all interested in how we can build more social enterprises to make a difference in our local communities.

Together the 15 participants enjoyed learning from local organisations including:

*CEiiA, a hub of innovative research and invention, developing new ideas into products and processes to address some of the challenges we face in today’s world.

*The local market in Matosinhos, which has rebuilt itself with a real community focus, led by the stallholders and local shops.

*Scholé, a school with a difference, which aims to educate in active collaboration with the family and the community to stimulate curiosity and encourage exploration and discovery to nurture active citizens.

In the Talkshop, the group met with two social entrepreneurs, one encouraging people to try to achieve a zero-waste lifestyle, and the other designing avatars to encourage children to engage and connect, learning from their experiences in establishing their projects.

Interspersed with workshops investigating key skills and competences, participants were also set a challenge, so they could putting their newly-acquired skills into practice working on the design of a real local project!

There are so many benefits to international learning experiences, as our participants told us, from “meeting inspired change-makers” to “learning about the different community initiatives from my peers in their home cities”. Everyone came away inspired by “knowing that there’s people thinking in an ‘alternative’ way, away from the traditional system”.

Showcasing some of the best of our local social enterprises

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 hello@regenerus.org.uk 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.

Website http://www.unravel-tomorrow.eu

Facebook @unraveltomorroweu

Twitter @UnravelTomorrow