For a Better Tomorrow: Social Enterprises on the Move (FAB-MOVE)

The project “For a Better Tomorrow: Social Enterprises on the Move” (FAB-MOVE) is funded by the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). It brings together researchers and practitioners from 17 countries worldwide in order to explore the question of how social enterprises can grow and flourish.

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Tiziana Crispino “fab” moved to Scotland

Tiziana Crispino from FAB-MOVE partner University of Calabria (UNICAL) has successfully concluded her three-months secondment to the Scottish hosting institution Inverclyde Community Development Trust (ICDT). During her stay, Tiziana met with local practitioners and explored a wide array of local projects, thus grasping an understanding of the ICDT’s work as well as of the Social Enterprise sector in Scotland. Moreover, she has been interviewed for a blog post by the FAB-MOVE partner Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) which is accessible here.

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FAB-MOVE at the Hitze-Haus Conference in Münster

FAB-MOVE has been present at the conference “Civil Society and the Welfare State” in Münster four times: Coordinator Annette Zimmer, Project Manager Katharina Obuch and Student Assistant Christina Grabbe (all WWU Münster) have presented their research findings on the welfare state and social enterprises in Germany. For the FAB-MOVE team, it was moreover a great pleasure to host Salvo Fallica (Impact Hub Syracuse, Italy) who presented the Hub at the conference. Salvatore has just finished his two-months secondment to WWU Münster. During his stay, he discussed social innovation and enterprise in Italy and Germany with researchers from the university as well as with practitioners.

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Ilona Matysiak presents her research in Argentina

During her two-months secondment to University of San Andrés (UdeSA), Buenos Aires, Ilona Matysiak from Warsaw University presented her findings on the third sector and social economy in Poland to the Argentinian audience. The research seminar, held in Spanish, aimed at facilitating discussions on commonalities and differences between Poland and Argentina. This output from Ilona’s research has been accompanied by several discussions with staff members and practitioners in Argentina and by her participation in numerous case studies.

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Danny Raveh seconded to Muenster University

Danny Raveh from FAB-MOVE partner Impact Investing Israel (III) has successfully started his secondment to Muenster University. His one-month stay in Germany aims at discovering the broad range of the field of Social Enterprises in Germany, and comparing the political and economic environment of SEs to the situation in Israel. Thereby, he met FAB-MOVE project manager Katharina Obuch and research assistant Mats Ahrenshop as well as other staff members of the Institute of Political Science.

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Social Innovation Summit in Malmö

Thomas Persson from Syddansk University (SDU), Denmark, who was seconded to COOMPANION in Sweden this year, is going to travel to Sweden once again as he has been invited as a discussant in the annual Social Innovation Summit in Malmö, Sweden. Under the title “Take the temperature on research: What do we know in Sweden?”, the seminar will specifically focus on the state of the art in Sweden and provide an overview of ongoing research projects. For further information on the event, which will take place on October 26, click here.

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FAB-MOVE talk held in Costa Rica

On October 3, FAB-MOVE and INCAE Business School (Costa Rica) have presented and discussed their results of research on entrepreneurial ecosystems and sustainable standards for social entrepreneurs in a comparative perspective. Thomas Dietz, WP3 leader of FAB-MOVE from Muenster University whose secondment to INCAE comes to an end in the middle of October, and Urs Jager from INCAE have, alongside with the PhD students Janina Grabs and Andrea Estrella, provided a forum for discussing the results of their analysis.

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NEWS: Spanish-Austrian-German FAB-MOVE combination meets in Vienna

¡Viva FAB-MOVE! Richard Pfeilstetter (Universidad de Sevilla), seconded to Gabarage Upcycling Design (GUD), and Antonia Avalos Torres (Mujeres Supervivientes de Violencias de Género), seconded to Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), have sent some photographs as an inspiring completion of their secondments. They took advantage of the opportunity to meet Ruth Simsa, Hanna Schneider and further staff members from WU to discuss and explore current developments of Social Enterprises, e.g. at the local center of competence for NPOs and SE. An awesome coincidence that they also met Andrea Walter (WWU) during her secondment to GUD!

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NEWS: FAB-MOVE’s network reaches Washington D.C.

PhD students Christiane Bomert (Münster University) and Francesca Calò (Glasgow Caledonian University) are currently seconded to the FAB-MOVE partner institution Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Apart from networking with students and researchers of Georgetown, the two seconded researchers had the opportunity to meet and discuss current developments in the realm of social enterprises – and, at times, discover the U.S. capital. They will stay until October.

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NEWS: Workshop brings together academia and practice

As part of his secondment to FAB-MOVE coordinator Münster University, Ross Ahlfeld from Inverclyde Community Development Trust (Scotland) gave an inspiring talk about the aims, principles, and functioning of his institution. This created an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers from the University and the practitioner’s point of view. Thus, the comparison of the social enterprise environment in Scotland and Germany was one of the key aspects in the subsequent discussion. Ross Ahlfeld will stay in Germany until September 16. He has hitherto visited many social enterprises and other projects in the region of North Rine-Westphalia.

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NEWS: FAB-MOVE workshop in Lyon, France

On September 15, several FAB-MOVE participants will come together to hold a workshop in Lyon. Mara Benadusi (University of Catania, Italy), Rosario Sapienza (Impact Hub Syracuse, Italy) and Yuval Dror (MINGA, Israel) who are currently seconded to France will bring in their different international perspectives to discuss the "challenges for Social Entrepreneurship" with FAB-MOVE host Didier Chabanet (Sciences Po, France).
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NEWS: Seminar on Social Enterprises

We are happy to announce that FAB-MOVE is supporting the seminar “Social Enterprises in Europe and the USA”, which will be held by Aimable-André Dufatanye (Atelier de l’Entrepreneuriat Humaniste, Lyon) and Francesca Calò (Glasgow Caledonian University). Both are currently seconded to Georgetown University (GU) in Washington and have organized the seminar which will take place on Monday, August 29, 10:00am-12:00pm. The seminar aims at elaborating the concept of social enterprises in different cultural, political, and economic contexts, including comparative perspectives from France, Italy, the UK, and the USA. You can register here.

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NEWS: Secondment portrayed in a blog entry

Dr. Stephen Sinclair from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is currently seconded to the FAB MOVE partner University of the Western Cape (UWC) and has written a short article for the Yunus Centre social innovation blog about his FAB-MOVE secondment. Stephen has done a lot of fascinating activities as the blog entry shows. Get access to the article here.

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NEWS: Stephen Sinclair visits Philippi Village

At the invitation of Sarah-Ann Arnold (MTN Solution Space Manager), Dr. Stephen Sinclair (GCU), currently seconded to the FAB-MOVE partner University of Western Cape (UWC), visited Philippi Village, a satellite campus of the University of Cape Town’s Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship on 11th August.
Philippi Village is a community business facility, providing space and support for SMEs and social enterprises in a reclaimed factory site on the outskirts of Cape Town - http://www.philippivillage.co.za/
The Village is itself a social innovation, and hosts several social enterprises, including Harambee - an employment recruitment and training initiative which integrates marginalised young people into the mainstream economy. Dr. Sinclair toured the facility and discussed UCT’s MPhil programme in Inclusive Innovation which is partly delivered on their new Philippi Village campus.

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We are pleased to welcome Yaala Sohar Braver from our FAB-MOVE partner MINGA (Israel) to her one-month secondment to the FAB-MOVE coordinator WWU. Accompanied by her colleague Anat Maor, Yaala focuses on the exchange with researchers from the WWU about social enterprises in Germany, e.g. with Katharina Obuch (see photo). Besides, there is the possibility of networking with social enterprises in Berlin. As a part of the global Impact HUB network, MINGA is a platform which aims at developing, supporting and accelerating the social entrepreneurship arena in Israel.

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NEWS: FAB-MOVE networking in Vienna

FAB-MOVE partners move and meet all around the world. As a recent evidence, Andrea Walter from Münster University sent us this photograph portraying her alongside Victoria Kadernoschka from the hosting institution gabarage upcycling design (GUD), Vienna, and Richard Pfeilstetter (Universidad de Sevilla) who is currently seconded to GUD as well. They had the opportunity to explore and discuss recent developments in the realm of Social Innovation, particularly by comparing Austria and Germany.

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NEWS: First secondment to South Africa

Stephen Sinclair from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has just flown over to South Africa in order to spend his one and a half month secondment at the FAB-MOVE partner University of Western Cape (UWC). For the time being seconded, Stephen will attend various events about Social Innovation and meet representatives of several institutions to discuss the social enterprise sector in South Africa.

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NEWS: Call for applications: 4 Grants for the FILFest

The call for the third edition of the Festival of Gross National Happiness (“FILFest”), 2-3 December 2016 in Catania, is now available. The festival is organized by one of the FAB-MOVE non-academic partners, Impact Hub Syracuse (IHS). FAB-MOVE will sponsor 4 grants covering the travel costs for social entrepreneurs from all across Europe who would like to be participants. Be aware of the deadline for applications, 30 July 2016, gather further information and submit your candidature here.

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NEWS: International FAB-MOVE networking in Catania

This photograph has recently reached us from Catania portraying the seconded researchers Joanna Jasinska (UNIWARSAW, Poland) and Benjamin Gidron (COMAS, Israel) along with staff members at the University of Catania. During Joanna's and Benjamin's secondment to Impact Hub Syracuse (IHS), FAB-MOVE partners are involved in discussing and studying the issue of Social Enterprises in all three countries.

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NEWS: ISTR newsletter presents FAB-MOVE

In the recent April-June ISTR newsletter "Inside ISTR" (Vol 24 N° 2), FAB-MOVE receives a short presentation that provides information on the basic research goal, the projects’ dynamic and current secondments. The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) as an academic association aims at promoting research and teaching about the Third, Voluntary, or Nonprofit Sector. Get the whole ISTR newsletter as a pdf  here.

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NEWS: Anna Domaradzka (WP 1 leader) visits Münster University

Anna Domaradzka from Warsaw University spent a four-week research stay at the Institute of Political Science. Her visit provided an excellent opportunity to discuss the upcoming country reports and work packages with the FAB-MOVE team Münster and local civil society activists - and, besides, discover the beautiful city of Münster.

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NEWS: University of Catania organizes seminar on 'Social Enterprises in Italy and France'

On May 25 FAB-MOVE Partner UNICT (University of Catania, Italy) holds a seminar on the topic of Social Enterprises in Italy and France. Didier Chabanet, researcher at Sciences Po (France) and currently seconded to Italy, will participate with a presentation on 'Social Economy Sector and Welfare-State in France: Toward a Takeover Market?'

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NEWS: Teams of Catania and Calabria meet to discuss upcoming country reports

FAB-MOVE academic Partners from Italy met at the University of Catania on April 29. The teams of Giulio Citroni (UNICAL) and Mara Benadusi (UNICT) discussed the upcoming country report on ‘Social Entrepreneurship in Italy’ (WP1).

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NEWS: Simone Baglioni (Glasgow Caledonian University) seconded to Impact HUB Syracuse

Simone Baglioni, Professor of Politics from Glasgow Caledonian University, started his secondment to Impact HUB Syracuse in Italy. On march 17 he participated in the Presentation of the National Statistical Dossier on Immigration at the University of Catania, Department of Political and Social Sciences.

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NEWS: Seconded researcher holds lecture on the 'Third Sector and Social Enterprises in Germany'

On March 18, Benedikt Pahl, researcher seconded from Muenster University to FAB-MOVE Partner UdeSA (Argentina), held a research seminar on the Third Sector, its current trends and developments in Germany. In the debate that followed his presentation stakeholders, researchers, and students of social entrepreneurship discussed the similarities and differences between third sector organizations and particularly between social enterprises in Germany and Argentina.
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NEWS: Secondment to 'gabarage upcycling design' (Austria)

Danielle Gluns, research assistant at Muenster University and currently seconded to FAB-MOVE Partner ‘gabarage upcycling design’ (Austria) met with representatives from gabarage to discuss Social Enterprises and Austrian welfare state structures. Gabarage is a highly innovative Social Enterprise combining the idea of ecological sustainability with efforts to (re-)integrate people into the labor market.


NEWS: First secondments started

We are happy to announce that on February, 2nd, Benedikt Pahl, research assistant from Muenster University started his secondment to the Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA), Buenos Aires, Argentina. He will stay for two months and collaborate with our FAB-MOVE Partners from UdeSA to conduct research on social enterprises, their contextual embeddedness and factors for their success in Argentina.


NEWS: FAB-MOVE Kick-Off held in Warsaw, Poland

The FAB-MOVE Kick-Off Meeting was held on January 4-5 in Warsaw, Poland. The Kick-Off provided an excellent occasion for the 28 Partners to get to know each other, discuss expectations and responsibilities. The Partners also refined the FAB-MOVE dissemination strategy and the outline of the three work packages and planned their cooperation for upcoming events. All project Partners are excited about and are looking forward to the cooperation between all entities.