YouthProAktiv is a proud partner in the project “DOIT – Entrepreneurial skills for young social innovators in an open digital world“, a European initiative for children and young people aged 6-16, piloting an early entrepreneurship education approach building upon social innovation and maker education.
The project and its 13 partners contribute to youth employment and creation of new jobs in the social economy by nurturing in young pupils seeds for active social innovation – entrepreneurial mind-sets, know-how and skills – while empowering both youth and educators to apply open innovation methods, maker tools (such as digital fabrication, electronics and/or coding) and collaboration skills to tackle societal problems and make learning more effective. The DOIT project is piloted across 10 European countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain) while also reaching further, and it showcases how its child-friendly, intergenerational maker approach enables young people to acquire the manual, technological, intellectual and social skills they need to be active and initiate social good. DOIT will provide open educational resources as well as practical opportunities, with the ultimate aim to build a network of organisations working on fostering, from an early age, entrepreneurial thinking, proactivity, social innovation, and intergenerational and multidisciplinary work – the foundation for Europe’s future entrepreneurs.
On 30 and 31 August, we attended the third partner meeting, hosted by our partner Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IaaC) in Barcelona. The meeting provided an opportunity for intensive collaboration at a very exciting time for the project: pilot actions for children and young people are starting across Europe (you can have a brief look at the first DOIT action in Vienna in the project article), and a new DOIT Platform, with its many wonderful resources and tools for young social innovators as well as facilitators, is launching very soon.
On Day 1, we were hosted at IaaC’s Fab Lab Barcelona, one of the leading laboratories of the worldwide network of Fab Labs. Apart from productive discussions and sharing sessions, we also had the opportunity to try out practical maker work in a busy makerspace through a workshop facilitated by two teenage makers, from problem analysis to creating a working prototype (working as much as the limited time allowed…). Make sure you have a look at the video produced by Fab Lab Barcelona’s Future Learning Unit during our Co-Creation with Youth workshop! On Day 2, we moved to Valldaura Self-Sufficient Labs, a research centre for self-sufficiency in the human habitat promoted by IaaC and located in a nature park.
The project is much more than simply giving children maker tools – it is about providing opportunities for practical intergenerational learning that develops young people’s social feeling and entrepreneurial skills, such as creative problem-solving, curiosity, persistence, communication and collaboration skills, risk management, self-efficacy and sense of responsibility, in stimulating environments. We are hoping to spread this approach, to change practices and policies related to education, and to maybe change the way people think about learning, about youth, and about innovation, social progress, and their own role in it.
What can YOU do?
There are ways for everyone to get involved, support the ideas behind the project and contribute to them – be it through everyday behaviours, new teaching practices, own activities, sharing information, and others. You can currently find more information in the Network – Get Involved! section of the DOIT website. Read and ‘sign’ the DOIT Manifesto and explore the different ways to get involved – how about becoming a DOer or a DOIT Hero? – or follow DOIT on social media or through the dedicated newsletter.
“DOIT – Entrepreneurial skills for young social innovators in an open digital world” (http://doit-europe.net, 10/2017 – 09/2020, H2020 – 770063)
Consortium: Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft m.b.H. (AT, coordinator), Stichting Waag Society (NL), Lappeenranta University of Technology (FI), Zentrum für Soziale Innovation (AT), mediale pfade.org – Verein für Medienbildung e.V. (DE), eduCentrum (BE), ZAVOD Kersnikova (SI), Polyhedra d.o.o. (RS), Capital of Children A/S (DK), University of Zagreb (HR), Institut d’Arquitectura Avançada de Catalunya (Fab Lab Barcelona, ES), European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute (LT), and YouthProAktiv (BE)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 770063