THIS WORKS – Ideas & Solutions for Employment & Recovery in Southern Europe
with support of Robert Bosch Stitung
(Prepared by Cristina Gabetti, Lavinia Ferné and Laura Catana)
Publikacja w języku angielskim
THIS WORKS sought to accelerate innovation and job creation by showcasing social enterprises that work in their native countries with the objective of replicating them in Southern Europe. It is a process that requires cultural adaptation and building trust. Ashoka, the largest network of social entre- preneurs in the world, selected 30 of its Fellows with proven solutions in the area of employment, and connected them with local partners, advisors and supporters interested in adapting
them and increasing their impact. Today, Southern Europe is a different place. Spain is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe, Italy is the only country in the G7 to grow more in 2016 than 2015. Unemployment is going down across the region, with encouraging signs regarding youth employment, too. While we cannot take credit for this, we are happy that THIS WORKS has contributed to the upward trend, in a direct and indirect way. 30 Fellows have showcased their solutions in Italy, Spain and Greece through 55 events. 17 of them are scaling to at least one of these countries, collaborating with local partners to adapt them and generate impact. In this process, we have involved over 60 partners and mobilized € 3,5 M from other sources, investing in the necessary infrastructure to develop a change- making ecosystem in the region. 3,000 people have received training and coaching directly from these social innovation projects, or from Ashoka, and about 1,500 people found a job.