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WHAT IS THIS WORKS?

THIS WORKS aims to scale proven social innovations in the field of employment in Southern Europe and kickstart local ecosystems for social entrepreneurship and employment.

Solutions

Specialisterne changes the way society perceives autism. By employing autistic people, who have ten times lower fault rate in software testing, programming, data-entry and other tasks, Specialisterne transforms autism from a handicap to a competitive advantage.

JobAct pioneers intertwined paths of self-discovery and skills training to dramatically increase the chances of employment for unemployed people of all ages, a new method that outperforms state agencies’ rates by 24%.

Through a simple market mechanism, a legal holding company with publicly available shares, Regionalwert AG has created an accessible financial investment opportunity that is changing the structure of the agriculture sector.

Boutique de Gestion (BGE) pionieered the profession of Entrepreneurship Advisors in Paris in 1979 and launched the first open management shops where entrepreneurs can ‘shop’ for management advice for their business idea or project. 

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A young person living in Southern Europe today is five times less likely to be employed than someone born only several hundred miles away, in Germany. With youth unemployment rates averaging nearly 50% in some areas of the region, an increasingly frustrated population has been turning to both policy makers and entrepreneurs for help. The landscape of unemployment isn’t entirely hopeless, high impact solutions are emerging in impressive new ways. Since 2009, through his organization, Career Moves, Gregor Demblin has promoted over 12,000 jobs for people with disabilities with over 450 companies in Austria. The question is: how can we get the ideas that work to travel across borders and work on a countrywide level?
"La Ruche qui dit Oui" was founded in 2011 in France by Ashoka Fellow Guilhem Chéron aiming to provide consumers with access to a small-scale, environmentally-sustainable supply system for local products. Nowadays there are more than 800 Colmenas all over Europe (Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Belgium and France) changing the way we consume and providing work opportunities to several hundreds of people.
Or how to spread solutions that work in jobless economies Over the past five years, the quest for highly innovative entrepreneurship solutions to some of the most urgent societal issues has seen a growing interest from policy makers, social investors and even support organisations. Yet, if we look at the overall survival rates of enterprises, less than half of them survive the first five years. With THIS WORKS, we support changemakers in Southern Europe to acquire the confidence that they can trigger an upward spiral by learning from what works in other countries, partnering up in smart, fluid and cross-sectorial teams of teams and launching powerful solutions to drive systemic change.

Events

29 June 2016

THIS WORKS SUMMIT aimed to illustrate first-hand the power of scaling proven social innovations for employment and recovery across Europe and inspire bolder and grounded employment policies throughout the European Union. The summit was a unique opportunity to meet 10 outstanding social innovators and their partners and discuss how the programmes they developed could be transferred and applied elsewhere in Europe to scale their social impact

29 April 2015

Seven Ashoka Fellows from Europe, the US and Africa presented their solutions in Athens on April 29th at the "Innovation for Society" Summit. Over180 local changemakers, supporters and strategic potential partners joined Ashoka to co-create a Greek society where everyone is a changemaker, get inspiration and collaborate with Fellows to scale their models and foster employment in Greece. On April 30, the Ashoka Fellows participated in one on one discussions with key local players and Ashoka Greece is currently following up with the replication plans.

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Partners and Sponsors

Specialisterne

Specialisterne changes the way society perceives autism. By employing autistic people, who have ten times lower fault rate in software testing, programming, data-entry and other tasks, Specialisterne transforms autism from a handicap to a competitive advantage.

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JobAct

JobAct pioneers intertwined paths of self-discovery and skills training to dramatically increase the chances of employment for unemployed people of all ages, a new method that outperforms state agencies’ rates by 24%.

English

THIS WORKS SUMMIT

THIS WORKS SUMMIT aimed to illustrate first-hand the power of scaling proven social innovations for employment and recovery across Europe and inspire bolder and grounded employment policies throughout the European Union. The summit was a unique opportunity to meet 10 outstanding social innovators and their partners and discuss how the programmes they developed could be transferred and applied elsewhere in Europe to scale their social impact

English

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