A Vita Europe selection of civil society events around Europe
Listed events (for further descriptions of events and links scroll down):
3 February 2014, London, UK, How to Escape the City
4 February 2014, New York, USA, Mont Blanc Meetings (MBM) side-event in the United Nations
4-5 February 2014, Brussels, Belgium, European seminar: Evaluating and Monitoring Apprenticeship and Traineeship Schemes
4-5 February 2014, Geneva, Switzerland, Workshop "Future of social housing: environmental and social challenges and the way forward"
5 February 2014, London, UK, Strategies and Models for Growth
5 February 2014, London, UK, Internships and Enterprise Networking Event at Queen Mary
5 February 2014, London, UK, Legal essentials for start-ups
7 February 2014, Barcelona, Spain, Mindful & Meaningful Entrepreneurship: The Social Coin! @ itnig
7-8 February 2014, Brussels, Belgium, EU Studies Fair 2014
13 February 2014, London, UK, Using the Social Values Act
18 February 2014, London, UK, Fostering an enterprise culture
21 February 2014, Berlin, Germany, LMO conference: Tapping the full potential of diversity in the workplace: culture, age, gender and disability aspects
21-22 February 2014, London, UK, The Work and Family Show
24 February 2014-21 March 2014, online, Social Intrapreneurship - Innovation Within Institutions
26 February 2014, London, UK, Guardian University Forum 2014
27 February 2014, Brussels, Belgium, Capacity building seminar: What migration and integration measures are needed for employment, education and social inclusion?
3 February 2014, London, UK
How to Escape the City
Escape the City is a London-based online platform for corporate professionals who want to 'do something different' with their careers.
Escape the City evenings are a fun way to spend an evening with some friends, meet some interesting like-minded people, and hear from someone who has an interesting story.
These events are for those who are in a job that they know they don’t want to be in forever. And they are not quite sure where to start when it comes to transitioning into meaningful work. This event is designed to give practical insight into how to find meaningful work.
4 February 2014, New York, USA
Mont Blanc Meetings (MBM) side-event in the United Nations
On February 4th, The Mont-Blanc Meetings (MBM) – International Forum of the Social and Solidarity Economy Entrepreneurs will organize a side-event in New York at the headquarters of the United Nations in the framework of the eighth session of the Open Working Groups on Sustainable Development Goals.
In collaboration with the Research Institute of the United Nations for Social Development (UNRISD) and the United Nations Liaison Service with the Non-Governmental Organizations (UN-NGLS) and with the support of the governments of France, Ecuador and Morocco, the MBM organize this side-event on the following theme: "Social and Solidarity Economy: Changing economic relations for equity and sustainable development in the post-2015 agenda". This will be an opportunity to present the final declaration of the 6° edition of the MBM, the international leading group of the social and solidarity economy (SSE) and the recent creation of theinter-agency taskforce of the United Nations dedicated to the SSE of which the MBM are a member with observer status.
To read more: https://www.rencontres-montblanc.coop/
4-5 February 2014, Brussels, Belgium
European seminar: Evaluating and Monitoring Apprenticeship and Traineeship Schemes
The seminar will be an interactive event providing an overview of the role of monitoring and evaluation in improving the effectiveness of traineeship and apprenticeship programmes.
It will also provide a critical analysis of monitoring and evaluation practices with focused sessions on methods for evaluation covering use of data, monitoring, impact and economic evaluation.
The seminar is hosted by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and is part of the European Social Fund's Technical Assistance to Member States on apprenticeship and traineeship schemes.
To read more: http://ec.europa.eu/social/
4-5 February 2014, Geneva, Switzerland
Workshop "Future of social housing: environmental and social challenges and the way forward"
UNECE and UN-HABITAT, in cooperation with the European Federation of Public, Cooperative & Social Housing (CECODHAS), will hold the workshop "Future of social housing: Environmental and social challenges and the way forward" from 4 to 5 February 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
The event will develop different concepts of social housing and identify the main challenges that ECE countries need to address. Participants will discuss how to: provide and finance social housing; improve social cohesion and living conditions; reduce energy poverty; and promote environmental sustainability.
The workshop will include a field trip (free of charge, including transport) to an exposition of energy efficient technologies at TA Hydronics, in Nyon
To read more: http://www.unece.org/
5 February 2014, London, UK
Strategies and Models for Growth
This seminar is aimed at established social enterprises trading in public sector markets considering different approaches to growth. It is the second in the E3M social enterprise growth seminar series.
The seminar will explore a range of strategies and models for growth. Using successful case studies it will look at the legal, financial and practical issues involved and with commentary from experts in the field.
The seminar programme is based on the E3M values of ‘learning together’ in which E3M members and partners share their practical knowledge and experience with one another and with the wider social enterprise movement.ì
5 February 2014, London, UK
Internships and Enterprise Networking Event at Queen Mary
The day will celebrate a year of entrepreneurial activity at Queen Mary University of London.
February 2013 saw the launch of the university new internship programme which has placed QM students and graduates in internships with start-ups and small to medium enterprises, enabling students to gain skills while helping local businesses get their feet off the ground.
During 2013 the university also supported 18 QM students and staff members to start up their own enterprises ranging from bicycle workshops to nurseries; and plan to develop even more of our student entrepreneurs in 2014 with support from our partners Santander and Unltd.
Over the evening some of our student interns, entrepreneurs, and employers will be sharing their experiences and achievements so far.
5 February 2014, London, UK
Legal essentials for start-ups
Entrepreneurs (generally) are not lawyers, and may not know the full extent of how the law can help or hurt them. In fact, there are many legal considerations that impact start-up companies and entrepreneurs, particularly in the areas of business formation and structuring, employment and intellectual property protection. This fireside chat will touch on these topics and more, and teach students about the core legal issues that affect small businesses
To read more: http://www.eventbrite.com/
7 February 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Mindful & Meaningful Entrepreneurship: The Social Coin! @ itnig
The Social Coin is an altruistic initiative of exchange of favours emerged in Barcelona. This itnig friday we have invited Ivan Caballero, CEO & co-founder of the project, because we would like to know more about how does the Social Coin works and how it's improving people's lives with the altruistic favours it generates.
This will be an itnig friday about entrepreneurship, self compromise, transcendence and social vision.
#itnigfridays are free events with free Moritz as well.
7-8 February 2014, Brussels, Belgium
EU Studies Fair 2014
Under the patronage of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism, sport, media and youth. With the participation of Jan Truszczynski, director-general for education and culture at the European Commission.
10 February 2014, Brussels, Belgium
EVPA Training Academy- VP in practice: the fundamental toolkit
On 10 February EVPA head office in Brussels, Philanthropy House, will host the second module of the EVPA Training Academy Course: VP in practice: the fundamental toolkit. The focus of the second module will be on how to manage impact during the investment process and exit strategies. Participants will share their experience, learnings, successes and failures in implementing the takeaways from the first module. At the end of the course participants will be capable of applying best practices in their own due diligence work. Their proficiency will allow them to assess the management and develop a constructive relationship. They will be able to provide the SPO with the appropriate non-financial support and will anticipate an exit. The second module of the EVPA Training Academy is the first of a number of further trainings and events throughout the year.
To read more: http://evpa.eu.com/events/157
13 February 2014, London, UK
Using the Social Values Act
Ealing Community Network(ECN) are hosting a session on the Social Values Act for voluntary and community sector (VCS) to learn more about the this new Act which places a duty on public bodies to consider social value ahead of a procurement. Head of Procurement and Policy from Ealing Council will be present to answer questions on how they plan to implement the Social Values Act in their commissioning decisions.
13-14 February 2014, London, UK
Leadership Development - SSE London
The School for Social Entrepreneurs London and business psychologists YSC have partnered to deliver a new course designed to utilize leadership qualities most effectively when developing future strategy and leading change within your charity or social enterprise. This course has been designed specifically with the leaders of social enterprises, non profit and public sector organizations in mind, and will enable you to understand and develop your own leadership skills.
To read more: http://www.the-sse.org/courses/
18 February 2014, London, UK
Fostering an enterprise culture
This course will examine key entrepreneurial traits and behaviours and explore problem solving, team working and other models to generate effective fundraising strategies. It will offer an overview of relevant fundraising models and income strands , including philanthropy and social investment, to give participants confidence to develop entrepreneurial fundraising strategies that respond to both sector and organisational needs.
21 February 2014, Berlin, Germany
LMO conference: Tapping the full potential of diversity in the workplace: culture, age, gender and disability aspects
Diversity is about recognising, respecting and valuing all types of difference. This conference will look into how diverse workplaces can be beneficial for all: businesses, employees and society in general. Practical examples from across the EU will be presented. The issue of intercultural differences will be addressed in the context of intra-EU mobility.
21-22 February 2014, London, UK
The Work and Family Show
The Work and Family Show will provide you with everything required to create the ideal balance between work and family. Whether you are working full time or flexibly, returning to work, looking for new challenges, or simply going it alone, this opportunity will enable you to meet potential new employers, discover flexible working solutions, and receive expert advice.
The event will give working parents and career break women all the practical advice, ideas and answers needed to fulfill your ambitions. Speak with experts about creating an ideal work life balance, meet family friendly companies, and discuss business ideas and future career opportunities, and take a step closer to achieving the perfect work-family scenario for you.
To read more: http://www.theworkandfamilyshow.co.uk/
24 February 2014-21 March 2014, online
Social Intrapreneurship - Innovation Within Institutions
TechChange has teamed up with Ashoka Changemakers, one of the leading organizations in the field of social enterprise, to create a four-week online certificate course in social intrapreneurship. Social “intrapreneurs” are employees within institutions across the private, public, and non-profit sectors that apply an entrepreneurial skill set to create positive social and environmental impact.
This course is designed to assist individuals in pitching, planning, and executing innovative and socially conscious programs within existing organizations. It will feature a dynamic learning environment with a number of real-world case studies, custom animations and video tutorials, live sessions with leading social intrapreneurs, and practical simulations to apply new skills and strategies
To read more: http://techchange.org/online-courses/social-intrapreneurship-entrepreneurial-strategies-social-innovation-within-institutions/
26 February 2014, London, UK
Guardian University Forum 2014
This year's forum features a new streamlined format, including a series of keynotes and panel discussions focusing on two central themes: the future of higher education in the UK and the internationalisation of higher education, featuring leading policy and decision makers from across the politics, business and university sectors.
To read more: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/university-forum?INTCMP=dis_232147
27 February 2014, Brussels, Belgium
Capacity building seminar: What migration and integration measures are needed for employment, education and social inclusion?
Migration and integration policies are shaped in the context of European co-operation on socio-economic and financial affairs, justice and home affairs, and international relations and development. Different policy-making rules and mechanism apply in these areas. This meeting will discuss what migration and integration measures are needed and how can they be put on European agendas. The Migration Policy Group will present its findings of a review of annual reports prepared in the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy and by DG Home Affairs, where they have studied what policies and practices are reported on and what Country Specific Recommendations are made.
To read more: http://www.socialplatform.org/