Thematic Focus: “Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Promoting Diversity – Potential and Challenges”
Social entrepreneurs have widened the definition of traditional entrepreneurship by adding social value to their activities and ventures. As social agents they take on an imperative role in that their innovation, resourcefulness, and ability to continuously adapt and respond to changing social, economic, and political realities help redefine accountability and sustain social value in society.
Social entrepreneurship is growing rapidly as a concept and comes in all forms and shapes, spans over many sectors, and responds to a wide range of challenges. As experienced social entrepreneurs, participants will explore concepts and models and share best practices. As social entrepreneurs are characterized by their ability to quickly (re)adapt their “business models” to realities on the ground, much focus will be given to national and regional differences among participants. The potential for the replication of models in other countries, as well as building lasting networks with like-minded social entrepreneurs across Europe and the Arab world, takes center stage.
Key Program Components
AEYLF can be described as a dynamic and viable platform for young leaders. As the initiative is viewed in linear terms – thus as a process – input and feedback provided by participants and partners has been taken into account while formulating the forum’s 3rd edition. The following provide an overview of draft key program elements for this year’s forum:
Key Note Speaker: At the outset of the forum, a key note speaker will address the audience to share experiences and best practices, as well as highlight challenges in the field of social entrepreneurship. This format will provide insight in the field of social entrepreneurship and help capture current models and break down relevant regional dynamics. It also presents participants with the opportunity to meet and discuss with an expert from the field.
World Café: has been found to be successful concept at the outset of the event. A dynamic and innovative way to prompt initial discussions on the respective topics, participants will gather in small groups with a lead facilitator.
Capacity building: While candidates possess strong profiles, the forum aims at strengthening skills and solidifying know-how among participants. A tailor-made training will provide valuable insight.
Workshops: will allow participants to work out project ideas that not only depict a regional focus, but also engulfs on the main theme of the AEYLF, namely: “Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Promoting Diversity” – Potential and Challenges”. The goal is to pool skills, knowledge and experience together in such a way to allow groups to look for innovative, solution-oriented responses to the given problem at hand.
Field Trips: have also proven a successful way to present relevant, successful initiatives in the field that could easily serve as role models. A careful selection of trips is being offered, so as to provide participants with a complete picture of their working environments.
Cultural Program: An extracurricular activity, a cultural program will offer participants the chance to learn more about the culture and arts of the host country. Such informal gatherings oftentimes provide for unique situations for constructive dialogue and exchange.
Network: Turning the forum into a dynamic platform for sharing information and best practices requires continuous communications and exchange. Regular updates on participants and their projects, on developments in the region, on opportunities for cooperation or funding, and on future AEYLF for could be greatly beneficial to participants and partners alike. The AEYLF alumni network could easily stay connected through biannual newsletters, providing useful information. During the 3rd AEYLF an alumni network facilitator will be identified who shall be responsible for gathering and sharing relevant information.