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.
In 2014, Ashoka and the Robert Bosch Stiftung launched THIS WORKS – Ideas and Solutions for Employment and Recovery in Southern Europe to accelerate social innovation in the field of employment in Greece, Italy and Spain. THIS WORKS initiative started from a shared conviction that focusing on opportunities instead of problems is one of the keys to putting an end to this crisis.
Over the past two years, Ashoka and the Robert Bosch Stiftung have worked together to look for proven innovative solutions tackling unemployment in various countries around the world and help replicate them in Southern Europe where local communities are eager to attract and adapt these solutions to their own conditions and needs.
This Works includes innovations which directly or indirectly promote an improvement in the employment situation, such as solutions that focus on the personal or transversal development of the jobless or empower and engage youth.
There are three key steps we undertook to scale these innovations in Southern Europe.
PREPARE AND ACCELERATE
Select 25 international outstanding social entrepreneurship solutions tackling unemployment
Enable participating social entrepreneurs and their teams to explore and develop a strategy for spreading their idea through the GlobalizerX program.
SHOWCASE AND CONNECT
Promote fellows’ solutions through local events in Southern Europe
Inspire local changemakers
Mobilize local stakeholders to inspire local replication of the most relevant of these solutions into their countries.
DEVELOP LOCAL ROADMAPS
Facilitate the creation of committed partners to implement 50% of the solutions brought in the country
Launch sustainable support programs for local changemakers and citizens to start their own social enterprises, and grow them successfully.
Read more about This Works and its impact in our latest report available here and read some of the roadmaps here.