Besides the various networking, capacity-building and learning sessions, the training also aimed at sharing and analysing good practices that were identified during the research phase performed by partners of the project – DYPALL Network (Portugal), Centrum Rozwoju Inicjatyw Społecznych CRIS (Poland), Sende (Spain), Social City Wien (Austria), HIGGS (Greece) and Impact Hub. The study focused on mapping practices that:
- could boost the learning potential of coworking spaces;
- have the potential to make them more inclusive and adjusted to the needs of youth;
- have the power to foster the development of social innovation and increase its impact at the local level;
- could trigger and/or build cooperation between a private, public and non-governmental sector;
- strengthen coworking spaces sustainability.
Straight from Austria, Impact Hub Vienna’s Community Manager Gianluca Latocca pointed that, over the course of this process, he “had the chance to explore new innovative ideas, learn basic concepts on how coworking spaces can make the difference when it’s about social entrepreneurship and youth participation and, most importantly, to build a new network that could help me and Impact Hub Vienna in scaling our impact”.
Besides learning about the different possibilities for youth to be involved in innovation processes, Gianluca shared that by “talking and exchanging experiences with all the participants that came from different sides of the civil society, I was able to expand the pool of solutions to those problems that we are sharing due to the current global condition. The fact that we are facing the same challenges, in different contexts, helped me realise how we are interconnected and how important it is to establish a relevant level of constant cooperation”.
Register to the final event of the “Coworking spaces for social innovation” program and learn how you can also take part in this impact-led and cooperative environment.