A Vita Europe selection of civil society events around Europe.
Listed events (for further descriptions of events and links scroll down):
4 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium, Children and Youth in Crisis - Protecting and Promoting Human Development in Times of Economic Shocks
6 February 2013, London, UK, Discover Social Enterprise: Forge Your Own Path after University
7 February 2013, London, UK, New Ways of Raising Money from the Rich
7 February 2013, Birmingham, England, An enterprising future
9 February 2013, Berlin, Germany, SenseCamp Berlin 2013
19 February 2013, York, UK, World of Social Enterprise: Making 2013 your best year yet!
19 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium, 'European Year Of Citizens Kick-off'
20 February 2013, worldwide, World Day of Social Justice
20 February 2013, Barcelona, Spain, Promoting Social Innovation through Collaboration
22 February 2013, London, UK, Hub Crawl! Mini Social Innovation Adventure in London
26 February 2013, London, UK, Measuring Social Impact Masterclass
26 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium, Children First and Foremost: Realising the rights of children and families in an irregular migration situation
26 February 2013, London, UK, Charity Investment Symposium
28 February 2013, London, UK, Housing, Innovation and Social Finance
28 February 2013, London, UK, Leading a learning organization – one day workshop
4 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Children and Youth in Crisis - Protecting and Promoting Human Development in Times of Economic Shocks
Previous attempts at comparative research on the impact of crises on individuals, in particular on children and youth, have been largely ad hoc. This is the first time that research has been undertaken in a systematic and rigorous way, across different settings on the effects of financial shocks on the development and well-being of children and youth.
The research provides a synthesis of experience and evidence on the impact of crises on children and youth, leading directly to recommendations for policy change.
To read more: http://www.europeanfoundations.eu/
6 February 2013, London, UK,
Discover Social Enterprise: Forge Your Own Path after University
Today’s graduates want work that makes a difference: we’re more likely to look for employment that is flexible, independent, and that has a social purpose as well as delivering a fortnightly pay-cheque. But how to achieve the Gen Y dream in a job market that’s more precarious than it has been in decades?
Join the HUB Islington for a conversation with three young entrepreneurs who have made their dream a reality, setting up businesses and working for organisations that are revolutionising the charity and activist sectors.
To read more: http://www.clearlyso.com/event/
7 February 2013, London, UK
New Ways of Raising Money from the Rich
Action Planning is pleased to announce the launch of 'New Ways of Raising Money from the Rich' – a one-day interactive conference on working with philanthropists and investors. The event will be hosted by Action Planning with ACEVO and CAF.
To read more: http://actionplanning.co.uk/
7 February 2013, Birmingham, England
An enterprising future
Following on from the success of previous ‘Enterprising Future’ events Social Enterprise West Midlands are working with Social Enterprise UK to run another business support event for organisations working to provide children and young people’s services (CYP).
To read more: http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/
9 February 2013, Berlin, Germany
SenseCamp Berlin 2013
SenseCamp is an event dedicated to social entrepreneurship and social business. It brings together social entrepreneurs, social business enthusiasts and the MakeSense gang for one full day of inspiring talks, interactive workshops and networking. MakeSense is a global grass-roots and open-source movement to promote Social Entrepreneurship and to accelerate the impact of Social Entrepreneurs.
There will be a huge BarCamp on February the 9th, a succession of several simultaneous workshops, whose content will be brought by the participants themselves and scheduled the D-day. The format’s flexibility blurs traditional notions of speakers and listeners and creates a highly interactive experience of shared learning and development.The SenseCamp is also unique chance to experience the MakeSense Hold-Up format of innovation workshops for social entrepreneurs. Both seasoned social entrepreneurs and simply interested in the topic will find a place to discover and exchange new ideas, actionable insights and success/failure stories.
To read more: http://sense-camp.org/
19 February 2013, York, UK
World of Social Enterprise: Making 2013 your best year yet!
York Social Enterprise Network presents: World of Social Enterprise: Making 2013 your best year yet! Come along to share ideas, consider new possibilities and network with others interested in social enterprise. 3pm: World cafe - join in some powerful conversations about social enterprise. The group will decode on questions that are relevant and could include: What will make 2013 your best year yet? What are new ways we can generate more income? Who do we want to influence in 2013? Why and how? 5pm: World food - enjoy sharing world food together, made locally, and continue the conversations - business is often done when we're eating! 6pm: World film - Sit back, relax and enjoy the new giant screen in the main hall, at the Priory Street Centre.
To read more: http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/events/
19 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium
'European Year Of Citizens Kick-off'
The European Commission has named 2013 "European Year of Citizens" to raise awareness about Union citizens' rights in shaping the future of Europe.
On 19th February the European Commission and the European Parliament kick off the European Year of Citizens with a special hearing on EU Citizenship. It will look at practical solutions to remove obstacles, still encountered by EU citizens in their daily lives, especially relating to free movement and political rights.
Even though progress has been made there are still hurdles for citizens to benefit from their rights as EU citizens, as a public consultation by the Commission shows.
To read more: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/
20 February 2013, worldwide
World Day of Social Justice
The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on February 20. It aims to contribute to the efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and justice for all.
To read more: http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/
20 February 2013, Barcelona, Spain
Promoting Social Innovation through Collaboration
Collaboration between business and non-profit organisations is being increasingly seen as one of the main avenues for social innovation. At this year's Annual Conference ESADE Institute for Social Innovation aims to share experiences and reflect on a wide range of forms and degrees of collaboration capable of generating social innovation both in civil society as well as for the organisations concerned. The complexity of today's challenges effectively demand a joint response that, from the viewpoint of social innovation, should succeed in bringing together different actors, knowledge, procedures and resources.
To read more: http://www.esade.edu/research-webs/eng/socialinnovation
22 February 2013 , London, UK
Hub Crawl! Mini Social Innovation Adventure in London
Visit three Social Innovation Co-working Spaces in one night. From the very first Hub in Islington, through the beautifully designed Kings Cross , to one of the very latest Hubs in the Hub global network in Westminster.
Hub members will get to know interesting people working in other Hubs around London and maybe inspire a few to make a leap into the world of co-working and social innovation.
Non Hub members will have the opportunity to meet some of the people that work in all sorts of socially beneficial businesses.
To read more: http://hubcrawl-es2002.eventbrite.co.uk/
26 February 2013, London, UK
Measuring Social Impact Masterclass
This Masterclass, organized by Economic Change, is for organisations who want to develop a framework, reporting process and system for measuring the social and economic impact of their projects.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
-Defining your aims and objectives
- Defining your outputs and outcomes
- Methods of capturing evaluation data
- Producing social impact materials
- Designing a comprehensive client management and social reporting system
To read more: http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/events/
26 February 2013, Brussels, Belgium
Children First and Foremost: Realising the rights of children and families in an irregular migration situation
This international conference seeks to consolidate both PICUM’s work on undocumented children and PICUM’s two-year capacity-building project entitled “Building Strategies to Improve Protection of Undocumented Children in Europe.” The conference will highlight the difficulties undocumented children face in accessing rights such as education, healthcare and housing, and the good practice strategies that have been developed to surmount the practical and administrative barriers to accessing rights. This will also be an opportunity for PICUM to present the project’s final publication, a guide on protecting the rights of undocumented children in Europe.
To read more: http://picum.org/picum.org/
26 February 2013, London, UK
Charity Investment Symposium
T he Charity Investment Symposium is specifically tailored for charity finance directors and trustees who are responsible for significant charity investment assets. The event aims to: • combine high-level investment insight and strategic input with opportunities to meet and discuss problems with peers and charity investment professionals; • provide an opportunity to hear from multiple investment managers enabling you to compare and contrast investment approaches and to hear ideas challenged and debated in open forum; • give you a good understanding of investment styles and frameworks; and, • provide a chance for you to meet key professionals from leading charity investment, advisory and legal firms and to network extensively with your peers. To read more: http://www.ctia.org.uk/events/charity-investment-symposium-3
28 February 2013, London, UK
Housing, Innovation and Social Finance
How can we ensure that the developing financial models will work for the housing sector? This HACT seminar will focus on new models of social investment and finance, and the opportunities for housing providers.
Bringing together a number of housing associations currently experimenting with a variety of social finance approaches and social impact bonds, HACT will discuss the relevance and viability of this method of finance and how it can best be utilised by the housing sector.
Social Enterprise UK, who co-ordinate and chair the Social Investment Forum with all the major social investment intermediaries, will provide up-to-date insight and information from the field.
28 February 2013, London, UK
Leading a learning organization – one day workshop
So much has been written about the value of creating a 'learning' organisation which can develop the people who work there, shift the culture, as well as improving performance and morale.
People think that a learning organisation is one that encourages individuals to learn, but this workshop will help you see the added –value of building a whole organisation learning system. It means that any learning, innovation, or creativity can filter into the rest of the system, and be useful to many, not just one.
It means individuals want to contribute to the whole and feel both valued and encouraged to contribute their knowledge
To read more: http://www.acevo.org.uk/leadinglearning