A team of FAB-MOVErs led by Richard Pfeilstetter (US) has recently presented the project at the „2nd Ibero-American Conference of Social Economy“ that was held in Osuna, Andalusia, from 4th to 8th June. In front of a diverse audience made up of university members, public authorities and social entrepreneurs, Richard shared the FAB-MOVE slot with Antonia Avalos (MS) and Olga Biosca (GCU) who is spending her secondment in Seville at the moment. The photo shows them with Itziar Gomez and Cristina Jurado from the US-Team. The FAB-MOVE researchers all participated in a debate about the role of social economy in achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) and shared their experiences with successful initiatives operating in the Ibero-American region.
Benedikt Pahl (WWU) has just sent us this photograph after returning to the second part of his split secondment at FAB-MOVE partner Mujeres Supervivientes (MS) in Seville. During his month-long stay, he supported the ongoing projects of the non-profit organisation and assisted in its weekly held soup kitchen. In collaboration with the members of MS, Benedikt also started the first preparations for the Final FAB-MOVE Event that will take place in Seville on 15th/16th November this year.
Once again, Danielle Gluns (WWU) has spent another month joining the activities of our FAB-MOVE partner in Italy, the Impact Hub Siracusa. One of the reasons for her stay was to study the interaction between public institutions and the Third Sector regarding the admission and integration of refugees in Sicily. She therefore has interviewed representatives of different social organisations to use the outcome for publications, presentations and further projects together with her local colleagues. Besides, Danielle could impart her knowledge of social entrepreneurship to groups of pupils visiting the Hub as seen in the photo.
On 23rd January, FAB-MOVE researcher Didier Chabanet (Sciences Po) has started his two-month secondment at the FAB-MOVE partner institution Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he will stay until the end of March. Didier has recently sent us this picture showing him in front of the local “BMW Center for German and European Studies” which serves as a Hub for research, teaching and event programming with special focus on Europe and the transatlantic relations.
Ruth Simsa (WU) recently gave a lecture at the University of Seville, following the invitation of her FAB-MOVE colleague Richard Pfeilstetter (US). In her presentation, the Austrian researcher critically discussed different perspectives of social entrepreneurship with special regard to its implications on the Third Sector in Spain and Austria. Ruth additionally presented a few results of the FAB-MOVE project, aiming to analyze and compare the situation of European social entrepreneurs in different national contexts.
Stephanie Dziuba-Kaiser (WWU) has successfully concluded her three-month secondment to the University of San Andrés (UdeSA), Buenos Aires. During her stay, Stephanie explored the conditions of civil society participation within the framework of regional organisations with a special emphasis on sexual and reproductive health issues. She met with local practitioners and researchers and attended two regional conferences in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Moreover, she used the opportunity to discover the political past and present and – at times – the beauty of Argentina.
The „VI. International Research Conference on Social and Solidarity Economy“ took place at the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM) in Manaus, Brazil, from 29th November to 2nd December with the two FAB-MOVE researchers Simone Baglioni (GCU) and Didier Chabanet (Sciences Po) among its participants. During several panels and presentations Simone and Didier reported on how social innovation and social enterprises are experienced in Europe. They pointed out differences in the European conceptualisation and understanding of the social economy compared to Latin-American countries and answered the audience‘s questions about governmental interests in supporting social enterprises or academic programs devoted to social and political studies. Didier finally stated: „Apart from the round-table as such, we made lots of new acquaintances and of course this was a good occasion for us to talk about FAB-MOVE.“
Among policy makers from diverse political perspectives all over the world, social impact bonds (SIBs) are being met with increasing enthusiasm for their potential to transform the provision of social services. Being seconded to the University of San Andrés (UdeSA), Neil McHugh (GCU) held a seminar on this emerging topic, reflecting on possible side effects of SIBs. His presentation, that drew on a collaboration with FAB-MOVErs Stephen Sinclair and Michael Roy, gave an overview of unintended consequences, the evaluation challenges SIBs pose, as well as the inevitable commodification of service users. Not only academics and students, but people from management areas of the public sector, nonprofit organisations or government representatives used the opportunity to inform themselves due to initial talks about introducing SIBs in Buenos Aires.
The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) hosted its “11th Latin American & the Caribbean Network Conference” at the Universidad de los Hemisferios and the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar in Quito, Ecuador, from 18th to 20th October. FAB-MOVE was altogether represented there by researchers Annette Zimmer (WWU), Mariana Lomé (UdeSA) and Ruth Simsa (WU), who provided an insight into the project’s preliminary results focussing on Latin America and Spain within the scope of an academic panel.
Salvatore Fallica (IHS) has just returned from his four-week secondment to the Southern Denmark University (SDU). He spent an intense month of knowledge exchange, lectures and travels around Skandinavian universities, incubators and social enterprises under the excellent coordination of Professor Thomas Persson. Salvatore retrospectively evaluates his stay as a fundamental experience that marks the beginning of stronger collaborations between actors or social innovation ecosystems from Skandinavia to Sicily.