Tag: Social Innovation

  • 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 […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Teachers’ Training Event in Thessaloniki

    Teachers’ Training Event in Thessaloniki

    Some days before the official start of the academic year 2019 -2020, the NEMESIS team organized a teacher’s training workshop in the premises of the 9th high school of Kalamaria in Thessaloniki, Greece. The aim of the workshop was to introduce to new schools and the 56 participating teachers the NEMESIS educational philosophy and set […]

  • NEMESIS in the 7EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

    NEMESIS in the 7EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise

    In 24-27 June 2019, the NEMESIS team participated in the 7EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise which is one of the world’s central meeting places for all researchers that are involved in social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social and solidarity economy research across the globe.  The first day of the Conference was launched with […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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: Social Innovation Community (SIC) meeting in Seville

    Discover NEMESIS philosophy in a nutshell: Social Innovation Community (SIC) meeting in Seville

    We had the pleasure of attending the last Social Innovation Community meeting in Seville. The discussion centred on how to foster a culture of social innovation and how to ensure the practice of this in society. In the NEMESIS project we believe the answer to this is simple: education.

  • Social Innovation in Schools. A proposal for the future of education.

    Social Innovation in Schools. A proposal for the future of education.

    For the last 30 years, students have been taught the same way. We keep teaching them how to acquire and memorise knowledge, even if what they need in this era of ‘information overload’ are skills and tools that allow them to make sense of that information  – and act accordingly. That is part of what […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • Margherita Bagacilupo: “Schools must open up to their environments”

    Margherita Bagacilupo: “Schools must open up to their environments”

    “Entrepreneurship is like happiness: everyone is searching for it but everybody has their own definition of what it is”. Margherita Bagacilupo, a qualitative researcher and policy analyst at the Joint Research Centre, once used that analogy to explain the relevance of the EntreComp Framework, an EU publication she co-authored defining what entrepreneurship as a competence is.