Category: Articles

  • Introducing the NEMESIS Online Course! (MOOC)

    Introducing the NEMESIS Online Course! (MOOC)

    Everything you need to know to get to grips with Social Innovation Education and how to deliver it! The NEMESIS MOOC is online NEMESIS has already brought you the Replication Handbook – a comprehensive guide to help you understand Social Innovation Education (SIE) and how to get it going in your school. It includes everything […]

  • Social Innovation Education: Nurturing the social self over the entrepreneurial self

    Social Innovation Education: Nurturing the social self over the entrepreneurial self

    Neoliberalism ‘has become so incorporated into the culture of western liberal-democratic societies, that few people ever think about it’(1) , which has resulted in people thinking that enterprise is more important than intrinsic value(2) . The basic neoliberal values of humans existing to compete in the market, the prevalence of individual responsibility and personal gain, […]

  • The NEMESIS Game – A serious game to support the creation of the changemakers of tomorrow

    The NEMESIS Game – A serious game to support the creation of the changemakers of tomorrow

    The NEMESIS project aims to combine education with social innovation to empower young people to address the social issues of the future and become the changemakers of tomorrow. In order to fullfil this ambition, it is important that young people realise that their efforts are not only important at the micro-level, but also for the […]

  • Social innovation competence development Vol 3: taking action both on an individual and collective manner

    Social innovation competence development Vol 3: taking action both on an individual and collective manner

    Having the ability to activate individuals into achieving collective goals while being committed towards a shared vision even if efforts fail to produce results, is when groups become more effective and productive (collective efficacy). During the first piloting period, both teachers and students have emphasised how satisfied they feel to collaborate and thus help others […]

  • Can Social Innovation Education support social, emotional & mental health?

    Can Social Innovation Education support social, emotional & mental health?

    Social Innovation Education was developed to give young people the chance to identify and address social problems in their local area and, through hands on experience for a real-life purpose, enable them to develop the competences to do this now and in the future.  But Jane Fearnley, CEO of Willow Tree Academy and Louise Greenwood, […]

  • NEMESIS, an Update

    NEMESIS, an Update

     The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everybody’s lives and businesses and it has noticeably affected education at all levels. As a result, NEMESIS has also been affected, especially because the NEMESIS schedule was intertwined to the schedule and work taking place in schools, all across Europe. Nonetheless, NEMESIS did not stall, the consortium did not stop […]

  • Piloting the NEMESIS Lessonseries

    Piloting the NEMESIS Lessonseries

    On a sunny Tuesday in October, we went to a high school in Alphen aan de Rijn, Netherlands. Today I was going to do my first pilot of the NEMESIS Lessonseries Co-Creation. I felt excited and a little nervous. What would they think? Will the students dig it? What I had planned was two groups […]

  • Is there a link between student participation rights and “doing well” at school?

    Is there a link between student participation rights and “doing well” at school?

    I want to draw your attention to the article “Four arenas of school-based participation: towards a heuristic for children’s rights-informed educational practice” by Mannion, Sowerby and L’Anson (2020).  They sought to understand if and how young people would make a link between their participation rights and ‘doing well’ at school.  The research involved a number […]

  • Competence development 2: Developing collaborations and building meaningful relations

    Competence development 2: Developing collaborations and building meaningful relations

    Education is not solely about preparing young people for the world of work but also about equipping them with competences that will enable them to become socially proactive, empowered, responsible and engaged citizens and thus collectively contribute to and benefit from an inclusive and sustainable future.  As part of the second blog series, this volume […]

  • Staying Together: online call between Los Albares, Ruffi and Willow Tree Academy schools

    Staying Together: online call between Los Albares, Ruffi and Willow Tree Academy schools

    One of the main outcomes for a NEMESIS school to participate in NEMESIS is that teachers and pupils become part of an innovative European community. After some months of lockdown, some of our NEMESIS schools decided to have an online call in order to share experiences to making connections across the world from Los Albares, Ruffi […]

  • Competence development Vol. 1: Identifying opportunities for social and collective value creation

    Competence development Vol. 1: Identifying opportunities for social and collective value creation

    During the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 schools from 5 European countries involving 56 teachers, 1030 students and 80 external stakeholders, experimented with different methodologies for embedding Social Innovation Education in their contexts. The impact of these efforts towards the cultivation and progression of students’ social innovation competences has been outstanding. The 14 SI competences have […]

  • NEMESIS, Social Innovation, Digital Technology and COVID-19

    NEMESIS, Social Innovation, Digital Technology and COVID-19

     The last few months the COVID-19 has affected everybody’s lives and changed substantially our way of living. One area that these changes are particularly evident, is education. The current situation all across Europe is changing the way schools operate, the way teachers deliver content and communicate with their students, and the way students learn and […]

  • NEMESIS Projects Map

    NEMESIS Projects Map

    During these times of uncertainty, the education system is one of the things that has been affected more than anything. With schools and colleges closed, there was a sudden shift to online and home-learning, as well as uncertainty about the future regarding exams, graduations, and ongoing projects. Like many other school activities, most of the […]

  • Stakeholder engagement in NEMESIS: Lessons from Pilot 1

    Stakeholder engagement in NEMESIS: Lessons from Pilot 1

    NEMESIS conceived co-creation labs as open learning environments. Here, teachers and students join forces with parents, social innovation practitioners and any other member of the local community to collaborate in the design and development of social innovation projects.  You can think of a Co-Lab as the main decision-making structure of the project, bringing together student […]

  • What is digital storytelling and what is not?

    What is digital storytelling and what is not?

    Digital storytelling has its origins in one of the oldest arts in the history of mankind – telling stories. It is based on creating and telling or sharing narrations using not only words, but also modern IT tools and multimedia materials like: graphics, video, audio, animation. As Silvia Rosenthal points out in her article “Digital […]

  • Launching the online learning platform: A new shared space to bind the growing NEMESIS community

    Launching the online learning platform: A new shared space to bind the growing NEMESIS community

    NEMESIS’ online learning platform marks a new step in the journey of the project.  The online platform provides resources to teachers and educators interested in applying the model. There they can find practical information, good practices, and online courses for their professional development.  The platform also works as a hub for educators and social entrepreneurs to be […]

  • 7th partner meeting in Utrecht

    7th partner meeting in Utrecht

    Our 7th international partners’ meeting wrapped up three weeks ago, and as usual, it was filled with both insight and inspiration. The beautiful city of Utrecht served as the backdrop to a discussion on the progress of the project and how it is being developed. The event was held at UniC, an innovative school with […]

  • Scaling up social innovation education in Europe

    Scaling up social innovation education in Europe

    In collaboration with primary and secondary schools from Greece, Spain, the United Kingdom, France and Portugal, the NEMESIS framework and resources were developed and tested over the last year. A second pilot phase will take place from September 2019 to June 2020, in which more schools will be invited to join the project. NEMESIS expects […]

  • How students’ attempts to contribute to a better society impact the school?

    How students’ attempts to contribute to a better society impact the school?

    The previous year in NEMESIS, 8 schools, 56 teachers and 1030 students around Europe used a new and experimental educational approach to empower young people. This involved the creation of social innovation projects within schools. Co-creation labs were set up to promote collaborative relations between students and adults where they were tasked with jointly address […]

  • The student experience of NEMESIS: cultivating self-positivity in the classroom

    The student experience of NEMESIS: cultivating self-positivity in the classroom

    Having had the privilege to take part in and closely observe pilot period 1 of NEMESIS at Rockingham Junior and Infant School, I realise how important the power of self-positivity is. We all know what it means to be positive, and how this can sometimes be a struggle. So when ‘positivity’ becomes an intrinsic part […]

  • Pedagogies for active citizenship: flavours, strategies and tensions

    Pedagogies for active citizenship: flavours, strategies and tensions

    “Our education systems and schools need to prepare young people to become active, participative and responsible individuals: the complex, multicultural and rapidly evolving societies we live in cannot do with less.” (Reference Framework for Competences for Democratic Culture  vol.1, p.7) Few would disagree that preparation for life as active citizens in democratic societies is one […]

  • It’s time for better schools: NEMESIS partners meet in Sheffield

    It’s time for better schools: NEMESIS partners meet in Sheffield

    In June 2019 the pilot schools, along with the rest of the partners involved in NEMESIS, met in Sheffield (UK) to put in common the experience with those pilots schools that have been implementing NEMESIS. The meeting was held in The Chimney House, a part of Sheffield’s important historic industrial heritage that once housed an elephant […]

  • Three concepts in a boat: co-creation, youth-adult interactions and student voice

    Three concepts in a boat: co-creation, youth-adult interactions and student voice

    Co-creation is a central piece in NEMESIS model.  Such a fancy word deserves a better explanation. What follows is an attempt at translating it into educational jargon. I’ll be indulging in two conceptual leaps to make my point. NEMESIS projects aims at bringing individuals from different backgrounds and ages (parents, SIPs, teachers, students) together to […]

  • NEMESIS and the unexpected

    NEMESIS and the unexpected

    In the Co-creation Labs at Rockingham Junior and Infant School the process is bringing up some exciting possibilities and activities that we hadn’t bargained for.  One idea that a 10 year old (Year 6) voiced about feeling intimidated by older children when he walks to the local shop has led to a whole off shoot […]

  • With great innovation comes great citizenship…

    With great innovation comes great citizenship…

    With great innovation comes great citizenship… How social innovation and youth activism skills complement each other to create the 21st century citizen!  Or what Spiderman’s uncle would say if we asked him about the power of social innovation…   Maybe it was Gandalf, the benevolent white-haired wizard of Lord of the Rings, or some presidential […]

  • What is social innovation education and why should I care?

    What is social innovation education and why should I care?

    It’s five o’clock, and Óscar – student from year 3- has his hands covered in dust. He’s kneeling in a sunny corner of the playground together with his mother, Itziar, who is rolling up her sleeves before pouring soil into some recycled tyres. The soil has been brought by Luis, father of another student in […]

  • Discover NEMESIS philosophy in a nutshell

    Discover NEMESIS philosophy in a nutshell

    We had the pleasure of attending the last last Social Innovation Community meeting in Sevilla. Many conversations revolved around how to foster a culture of social innovation, how to embed its practice in society. In NEMESIS project we believe there is an obvious answer to that: education.

  • Introducing NEMESIS schools

    Introducing NEMESIS schools

    In every journey there is a a group of brave pioneers whose involvement and commitment are essential to succeed. Such is the case in our schools. We are already on the hunt for more schools to be involved, so keep an eye on this page – we will be updating!

  • NEMESIS teacher training: bringing teachers and social entrepreneurs together

    NEMESIS teacher training: bringing teachers and social entrepreneurs together

    NEMESIS’ first teachers’ training took place in the middle of June in Thessaloniki.  A meeting reflecting NEMESIS’ philosophy at their best – combining different knowledge to drive social change- which brought together more than forty teachers and several social innovators from five European countries.

  • Developing the entrepreneurial citizen

    Developing the entrepreneurial citizen

    How can the incorporation of democratic citizenship, entrepreneurial competences and social innovation practices in education contribute towards the empowerment of students as active citizens and drivers of positive social change?

  • Meet our Social Innovation Practitioners

    Meet our Social Innovation Practitioners

    In NEMESIS we are trying a social innovation education model for and with schools to empower the changemakers of tomorrow. For that to work, the combination of teacher and social innovators expertise is essential. In three years, we aim to develop a European social innovator community and engage around 200 SIPs (‘social innovation practitioners’, our […]

  • NEMESIS partners meet in Seville

    NEMESIS partners meet in Seville

    What is social innovation? Is it about finding imaginative solutions for social problems? About subverting power relations? About bringing systemic change? Is it the same that social entrepreneurship?  Trying to define social innovation was one of the challenges NEMESIS partners faced at our second project meeting, held in Seville.

  • 3, 2, 1… NEMESIS!

    3, 2, 1… NEMESIS!

    Fürth, Germany. October 10th 2017. Around twenty people from fourteen organizations across Europe meet for the first time. Some have known each other for years. For others, this is their first encounter. But we are all here for the same reason: to build a bridge between education and social innovation. Welcome to NEMESIS kick-off meeting!