"ChangeMakers'ON" - the place where innovative ideas will be born

By Vytautė Merkytė

Was there a moment in your life you wanted to change people’s lives for good but had no idea how to do it? February 24-26th is the time when you can learn all about it! European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative studies Institute is hosting an international “Useful Usability Disposability“(UUD) project’s conference, which will be held during the “ChangeMakers’ON” event on developing social innovations.

Even though February in Lithuania is cold, if you are into social innovations there is no way you can miss out on “ChangeMakers’ON” held in Kaunas. During the three days conference stakeholders and community leaders, professionals and those from Baltic and Nordic countries will work on social innovation ideas and will be introduced to new tools. Using these tools, participants will learn how to use Erasmus+ programs to bring those ideas to life. The organizers hope that the participants will develop at least three ideas that could use the funds of Erasmus + program and implement a change in our society.

On the first day, the participants will be introduced to good practice and what is going on in social innovation market, and the tools to make their ideas reality. During the other two days, the participants with the help of mentors will work on developing them. The mentors include Director of European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative studies Institute and founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial travel VOYAGE Challenge Simona Šimulytė, Entrepreneurial travel VOYAGE Challenge captain and mentor Saulius Šukaitis, Managing Partner at “bnt attorneys-at-law” (Lithuania) Frank Heeman, Justinas Katkus CEO and Co-Founder of “Blue Ocean Robotics” in Lithuania and also a robotics pioneer in Lithuania, Harvard graduate  Justinas Jarusevičius and Povilas Riauba who started his own business at the age of 11 and at the age of 14 he provided his services to the UK market (he’s now 19 years old). The list of mentors is growing every day.

The conference has already attracted a lot of attention higher education institutions that believe in the value of social innovations. Kaunas university of Technology (KTU) is the social partner of “ChangeMakers’ON”. They will include “ChangeMakers’ON“ event in their formal teaching program and will encourage their scientists to join “ChangeMakers’ON” goal to create social innovations.

European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative studies Institute hopes that “ChangeMakers’ON” event will become an annual event in Lithuania. To achieve this, the “ChangeMakers’ON” has invited Transparency International to invoke the participants’ selection criteria and their ideas evaluation.

The event has attracted international support as well. “ChangeMakers’ON” international partner “Bridge for Billions” in 2013 at Carnegie Mellon University. The platform provides mentorship and tools for bringing ideas to life from anywhere around the world. They are ready to share their knowledge and techniques with the participants of “ChangeMakers‘ON“:

“ChangeMakers’ON” also has governmental support. All of the “ChangeMakers’On” partners recognize that social innovation theme is very relevant and it is important to talk about it.

“Social innovations are important to the state because they meet the needs of certain groups or social needs.

In Lithuania, I think, social innovations are only in the stage of the very beginning. We only have hints of social innovations. Perhaps some of them will develop into real social innovations, will create social value, and generate money.” – said doc. dr. Liutauras Labanauskas of Kazimieras Simonavičius university.

With partners, European Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovations Institute guarantees that the ideas developed during the “ChangeMakers‘ON“ will have the means to become a reality and improve our lives, even if only a little.

You can register for the event here.

Reusing Plastic Bottles

By Viorica Alexandru
2017-01-03 in Braila, Romania

Reusing plastic bottles...a workshop that took place at Mihail Sebastian College in Braila Romania ...after the info-doc tutorial practice... in view of a future civic event taking place under UUD project .

Tutorial on Moodle Usage for Teachers

By Borja V
2016-11-22 in Huelva

The tutorial on Moodle Usage for Teachers will allow teachers, trainers and in general any person using Moodle as a learning delivery solution to reinforce their knowledge with the platform to create educational content in the form of an active community.

Moodle is an open source and free software e-learning platform that has become the de facto standard for educational institutions at levels of schools, VET providers, universities or non-formal training.

We really hope that this tutorial will help you in, and we invite you to join our e-learning platform and unite the rest of the participants.

UDD Erasmus+ , Plastic Food Tutorial

By Pierluigi Monsignori
2016-11-21 in Umbertide

My tutorial will be part of the UUD e-learning platform on this site.

We start by searching the web or via other methods schools to contact and you proceed with making an appointment with the head teacher.

It sends an informative email about the project.

The head teacher, approved our presence mella school will provide to introduce the person who will follow us during our training.

Determined the day of the lesson, you look for the plastic containers inside the school, you take one and bring it to the class, it is important to make it clear to pupils that the trash that are in that bag, are those that have produced and then It must be disposed in some manner , but even better the solution is not to produce them also to avoid energy waste for the Recycling. You have to bring the students to the garbage (if possible make them touch it), if in the classroom there's a projector, use it to project images about the problem of pollution thematic produced from the trash . After showing students the clip, the class is required to do research on their waste in their daily life, plastic bottles, snacks cards, all that for them is disposable, to have their solution as an answer to avoid such waste. When the lesson ends students will be able to give lessons to the whole institution, and you are prompted to create a pubblic event to 'external institute to bring their sensibility against waste to all' entire town, to ask those who produce and wastes more sensibility. For the 'civic event will proceed as for the head teacher to contact the municipality and the various institutions that deal with environmental issues. The garbish were distributed and given to the students to create an emotional shock, to give a concrete example. And this is the power of Plastic Food's art.

the project UUD Erasmus+

USEFUL, USABILITY , DISPOSABILITY (UUD) ERASMUS+ is a project which addresses the issue of plastic invasion of our communities and households with a purpose to bring the message of a safe and healthy environment closer to the citizens through civic education. Five organizations decided to use their capabilities and expertise to produce a Moodle based e-learning platform with a content capable to serve the project needs.

At the end of the project there is a consortium in place with a leading team, a joint pool of trained staff capable to provide training and development support, a joint website, a joint e-learning platform and a number of partnerships ready for new applications. We believe this is a good model of sustainability . The project partners include organizations for Romania (coordinator - seniors organization), Spain (ICT company), Italy (land art installation artists ), LT (civic adult learning), BG(dissemination).

Tutorial on Socio-Civic Events

By Simona Savickienė
2016-11-21 in Kaunas, Lithuania

We are pleased to invite you to Mr. Organicy’s on-line course about how to organize socio-civic events, what you must know, what skills would be preferable to develop, what attitude should be demonstrated and expected for to be able to design, manage and access civic actions while involving school children , youths, seniors, families and disadvantaged people.

If you are organizing Socio-Civic events, like we do, I am sure you recognize the feeling that you are doing something amazing for the people around you, but you cannot quantify the impact or carefully measure the results. This is because the way we create events is broken. This is how important this tutorial is.

We have embarked in one of the most challenging tasks we have ever witnessed: changing the way we create events to offer better value for our attendees, partners, sponsors, community and for ourselves.

This tutorial is aiming high, against biases, traditions and over a hundred years of doing things the same way. More than a manual, it is a manifesto of how events should be made. More than a process it is a philosophy.

Change needs to happen at a deeper level, challenging the status quo, but it also has to encompass simple steps and actions that you can take to make an impact. We, Socio-Civic Events professionals, love innovation but are very practical people. We will not take you through self-pleasing exercises, we are giving you a plan to action today.

This is not a tutorial to read. This is a tutorial to devour, to pass to your colleagues and  partners. If you’ve ever felt frustrated with the way your company or organization does  events, this book will be a relief. It will soothe that feeling you always had in the back of your mind when planning your Socio-Civic event that most of the time ended up in frustration. This tutorial is also for the sceptical. It is for the seasoned event professional who has been tremendously successful in their career but is feeling the wind of change. For you, there is some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we got you
covered. We know how your organization works, we know how your stakeholders think, we know how you make decisions. The bad news is that you need to be ready to challenge  the way you do things.

Eventually this will be the most beautiful takeaway from this journey. What do you need to get started? Before you embark in this adventure, get ready to analyse your behaviour, challenge it and, if required, change it. Events are tools that through education, networking and entertainment change behaviours. If you want to change behaviours, you need to be ready to change yours. The results will be amazing. We promise. So amazing that you will brag about them to your friends and family. Yes, because planning events is
not about being obsessive compulsive with details. It is about hacking an experience until you get the best possible result. It is about making even the smallest element count toward a satisfied participant. So let’s not waste any more time, let’s go for it and create your own story on Socio-Civic events organized by you.

Tutorial on Information and Documentation

By Viorica Alexandru
2016-11-21 in Braila, Romania

Image result for earth and plastic pollution

Why an info-doc tutorial on the UUD e-learning  platform?

KOWLEDGE. Nobody is able to do research, speak, give lectures and conferences, organize events, lessons, report  about anything unless they have knowledge about the topic to be approached.

UUD knowledge regards the invasion of plastic, related  facts and figures, law, institutions, NGOs, civic events, land art installations, art works using plastic bottles and bags and the likes.

The Internet is your best source because it has got to store a huge amount of  info-doc from all walks of life in different formats from different sources and there is  wide access for most of those interested. You can search info-doc  from home, school, library, museum, public and private bodies or even in the street as is convenient for you.  

Before  starting your info-doc voyage,  first things to reflect on are:

  • information and documentation are not an end in themselves, meaning  that only some minuscule amount of it answers your need in this case or in any case;
  • information gets outdated everyday, meaning that you need to reflect on how old can be the info to be useful for your purpose;
  • information sources and resources are vast and growing  -meaning that you need a plan to restrict your search in terms of  content and date in compliance with your needs.

After foing through the Info-Doc tutorial,  you will be able to easily reflect on :

  • what kind of civic event you would prepare
  • what message you would send to your community group and/or the general public
  • what kind of land art installations or crafts you would use how to disseminate your civic event, in what format and through which channels
  • how to disseminate your civic event, in what format and through which channels