Social inclusion, entrepreneurship



Who is behind this?

Aristodimos Paraschou

United Societies of Balkans


Who is joining forces?

Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki




Our partner organisations will be chosen in the build up network phase. As international partners we will have organisations from Italy, Spain, Malta that USB has a long lasting cooperation with. Our local partners will be the Goethe Institute of Thessaloniki, and UNIC.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Youth unemployment and integration are the main challenges that are affecting today’s Europe. Our transnational project is based on considering the variety of European job traditions – that are about extinguish - and combine it with new cultures and technology. Greece, Italy, Spain, and Malta will implement workshops using experiential learning methods. A fair within a international forum (2017) will be held in Greece, and local public events will see participants as multipliers of development.

Where will your idea take place?

Greece (Thessaloniki), Partner Countries

Why does Europe need your idea?

The outbreak of the financial crisis and its continuum has clearly shown that the youth bear a hefty burden with vast immediate and long term consequences on many aspects of life. The Unemployment has reached a high level mainly in Med countries. Moreover, the recent attacks of Paris and Cologne have also strengthened nationalist parties across Europe that are now promoting both the idea of security behind closed borders and the equation migrants equal threat.

What is your impact?

Our project seeks to link the past and the present with tradition, innovation, and social integration. We believe that young people can trigger a mutual exchanging process of of knowledge and abilities among generations and different cultures. This will create a lifelong learning environment where social cohesion and active citizenship fertilize people’s creativity and innovation.

How do you get there?

• Build up partner network. (Nov. – Dec.2016)
• Kick off meeting (Thessaloniki). Outcome: visibility of the project. (Jan. – Feb. 2017)
• Local Workshops (partner countries): will be held to collect traditional jobs (craftsmen) experiences and point of views of how to combine with technology. Outcome: creation of a new local map of revisited traditional jobs, website, and a old/new wisdom book. (Ape.-Jun. 2017)
• Europe MED Fair (Oct. 2017). 5 pax per country will present their work at Youth and Social Innovation forum 2017 (Thessaloniki). Outcome: After the TC a European map with prototype ideas will be created.
• City centre partner countries public events. Forum outocmes will be shown for raising debates on how to put into practice or improving the prototype ideas. (Nov. Dec. 2017)

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our twelve months project is meant to bring together adults, youngsters and groups of migrants for proposing innovative ways to tackle the current issues such as unemployment and integration. Our project targets at young people as we strongly believe that by empowering their cultural understanding, entrepreneurial skills they can lead our society towards a more inclusive-oriented future – one that will benefit Europe as whole.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Our project wants to exploit the variety of European traditions and combine it with new cultures for tackling common issues that have a political and social dimension. Starting from the analyses of youth unemployment, community disconnection and closure we can use creativity as a common topic for a future oriented vision: by showing the diversity of sustainable development initiatives across Europe, creating an international network and empowering entrepreneurial skills.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

15.000 Eur for implenting local activities, 20.000 Travels, accommodations; 5.000 materials; 10.000 operational costs

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Through the implementation of the Europe MED fair we will reach out at least young around 100 youngsters from 42 Euro Med countries. This number will grow in terms of people involved through the implementation of local workshops and public events. A website will be an available source for sharing contents, proposing ideas, as well as giving feedback on the implementation of the project.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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