What is the European Event?
This European Event, organized by the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion of Acción contra el Hambre, is an annual date that brings together national and European experts in the field of social innovation. It is an inspiring space in which to learn about European priorities in innovation to generate a more inclusive social and labor ecosystem.
This meeting recognizes and shares best practices in inclusive employment and entrepreneurship from all over Europe and facilitates the meeting of key actors, favoring collaboration and networking.
X EUROPEAN FORUM ON INCLUSIVE EMPLOYMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
TEN YEARS SHARING EXPERIENCES AND TRENDS IN INNOVATION FOR INCLUSION
On this occasion, under the slogan Ten years sharing experiences and trends in innovation for inclusion will take place on the 3rd of November in Madrid with life streaming through our Youtube and Linkedin channels.
The forum will delve into the Spanish and European social innovation ecosystems and key issues to promote inclusive employability in Europe will be shared and discussed, such as approaches that integrate healthy lifestyles, and digitization as a transformative tool and process with great potential for integration and professional development of all people.
Highlights from the X Forum of Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship
Cooperation ecosystems and food security as key elements to foster socio-labour inclusion
Last November 3rd, the European Network of Innovation for Inclusion together with Acción contra el Hambre celebrated the X Forum of Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship in Madrid. This gathering, in which experts in employment and entrepreneurship participated, highlighted the need to address, through different social spheres, public entities and companies, issues such as the health-employment binomial or the importance of ecosystems to promote cooperation and collaboration in social innovation. These topics were discussed as key elements to improve the impact on vulnerable groups and enhance their access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The CEO of Acción contra el Hambre, Olivier Longué, emphasized how “the multiple crises we are currently facing underline the need to foster collaboration between entities in order to keep thinking, devising and innovating for social inclusion". Drawing on this idea of interconnectedness and innovation, the General Director of Open Government and Social Innovation at the Government of Aragón, Raúl Oliván, highlighted the importance of placing social innovation “in a pivotal position within the current political system and linking it to the social contract. We must understand that social innovation cannot be a magical seed, but rather a systemic one, and needs long-term involvement of key actors”.
Pilar Martínez, Sustainable Food Programme's Manager at Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso, together with Claudia Rocío Magaña, researcher at the University of Barcelona, directed the discussion towards new food security approaches and health practices, stressing how “food security goes beyond mere economic access to food products and includes broader aspects such as education or physical access to products”. Additionally, they encouraged all attendees to innovate, think and imagine through the ecological transition process.
During the presentation of her research study “Feeding a sustainable future”, Claudia Magaña put forward some relevant figures, like the fact that 13% of Spanish households experience some type of food insecurity. She also stressed how "understanding why these households cannot access sustainable, adequate and decent food" is the first step that needs to be taken in order to fulfil people’s right to food security. In her speech, she also recalled the value of measurements, since "what cannot be measured is difficult to manage”, and “in order to design effective solutions that tackle food insecurity, we ought to know the scope of the problem”
In a similar vein, Noemi López, Researcher at the Research Group in Nutritional Epidemiology (EPINUT-UCM) at the University Complutense of Madrid, explained the work she undertakes jointly with Acción contra el Hambre in the promotion of the healthy life approach as a driver for employability, entrepreneurship and health. “Job insecurity increases the risk of suffering from food insecurity and, at the same time, health also conditions access to employment. It is a bidirectional relationship between health and employment”, the researcher claimed.
Finally, the event finished with an award ceremony to the winning and finalist entities of the VI Call for Good Practices on Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship. The awarded organizations were Monaliiku, Plan International Spain, Ingeus, APID – Imprendirotialià Donna, Cyprus Energy Agency and KMOP.
X EUROPEN FORUM'S PROGRAMME
Ten years sharing experiences and trends in innovation for inclusion
Olivier Longué, CEO of Acción contra el Hambre
Luís González, Technical Engineering and Social Action Director
- HOW TO APPLY SOCIAL INNOVATION IN OUR ORGANIZATIONS?
By Raúl Olivan. General Director of Open Government and Social Innovation at the Regional Government of Aragón.
- TACKLING FOOD INSECURITY IN ADVANCED SOCIETIES.
By Pilar Martínez, Sustainable Food Programme's Manager at Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso.
- FEEDING OUR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE.
By Dra. Claudia Rocío Magaña González, lecturer at Serra Húnter, UFR Escola de Treball Social and Universitat de Barcelona.
- THE IMPACT OF A HEALTHY LIFE IN EMPLOYABILITY,
By Noemí López, Researcher at the Research Group in Nutritional Epidemiology (EPINUT-UCM) and professor at the Unit of Physical Anthropology of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
- HEALTHY MENTORING MODEL. MENTOR ON THE MOVE.
By Kati Vertiö. Project Manager in Monaliiku.
- DIGITAL EDUCATION IN THE EUROPEAN DIGITAL DECADE
By Leonie Bultynck. Policy assistant in the Digital Education unit, European Commission Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC)
- EUROPEAN NETWORK OF LIVING LABS – TASK FORCE SOCIAL INNOVATION + DIGITAL RIGHTS.
By Antonia Caro González. Senior researcher at the Digital Society Technology Unit at the I2Cat Foundation.
- DIGITALL: WOMEN, STEM, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND DIGITALIZATION.
By Serena Bonfanti. Member of the Board of Directors of APID.
- EXPERIENCES OF THE NETWORK’S TEAM, MEMBERS AND CONTACT POINTS.
With the participation of:
Irene Theodoulou. Researcher and Project manager at CARDET.
Paolo Montemurro. Director of Materahub.
Roger Molins. Director of Regional Economic Development Programs at CCBLL
Iana Avramova. Transformation Designer, Accredited Life & Executive Coach.
- AWARDS CEREMONY FOR AWARDED PRACTICES IN 2022
With the awarded orgnizations:
APID Imprenditorialitá Donna - Italy
Monaliiku - Finland
Plan Internacional - Spain
Green jobs and entrepreneurship platform - Spain
Cyprus Energy Agency - Cyprus