The idea: Build multicultural teams of interdisciplinary social entrepreneurs that dive into specific challenges of different european countries and design solutions and concepts by combining their trans-european expertise.
The perspective on Europe is currently marked by focus on problems, whereas actually trying to solve these problems falls short. Additionally, those wanting to create change find access to problem-solving skill limited within national borders. While societal problems may occur in each of the 28 countries, there is little transfer between them.
There is tremendous potential in bringing changemakers of different backgrounds and nations together to combine their expertise to better solve Europe’s problems. Rather than trying to solve each problem in an isolated manner, we believe there is huge benefit from exchange. So far this exchange has been applied on a cultural level. However, applying this to social entrepreneurs actually wanting to solve local problems, is the novelty of our idea.
The project teams will develop innovative solutions which meet actual local needs. At the end, they will present prototypes of their work which they either seek to implement themselves or allow others to work with and advance them. Collaboration across borders will have been enabled. Participants will not only enrich the country they are visiting, but will gain practical knowledge to take home back to their local entrepreneurship communities. Overall, we like to demonstrate the power of multidisciplinary collaboration and to spark inspiration for more projects of this kind. We will have proven that it’s better to work together than alone.
First of all we will create a internet-platform that explains our project and reaches out to possible participants with video pitches. Through existing partners for example in Poland, Sweden, Bulgaria and Greece we will spread the word in other countries. Our partners can also help us with providing working space and accommodation. Additionally, this might allow us to reduce expenses and extend the program to further countries with the budget.
Increase empathy for challenges of other europeans.
Focus on problem-solving rather lamenting about difficulties in the area of social innovation.
Demonstrate the potential of cross-border collaboration in Europe through joint Design Thinking.
Make progress accessible to a wider audience to spark further change.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Please tell us - which topics and social challenges in any of the 28 european countries do you believe should be adressed with this cross-european innovation journey?