Building a network of cooperative enterprises for empowered employment and sustainable change
More than 10 million young people in Europe are unemployed. With 50%-60%, the rates are the highest in Spain, shortly followed by Greece, Portugal, Italy, France, UK. Traditional concepts fail to bring them into work and so a lot of our generations' potential remains unused. On the other hand, the way we work and live changes quickly and profoundly. More and more people are looking for jobs where they can involve all their creative potential and have a sense of purpose in their work. But still, a lot of young people are bound in jobs that restrict their potential through strict hierarchies and old-fashioned working styles, while others are pushed to work towards an early burnout in corporations serving profit as their only goal. Creating entrepreneurial cooperatives can serve to combine the power of entrepreneurial drive to shape and change the world, and create employment, with the wisdom of co-creation and collective intelligence. The YES Initiative aims to inspire and support young people across Europe to start founding cooperative enterprises to reshape the way we do business and work together, creating an economy actually serving society's needs in a sustainable way. We aim to contribute to an ultimate vision of overcoming youth unemployment across Europe through forming a network of self-governed initiatives.
On 7.-10. April 2016, the first YES Initiative Gathering will take place at Schloss Tempelhof Community, Germany. Be invited to embark on a learning journey together with us and set up a fourday laboratory for collaboration, developing concrete projects and a network of mutual support. We are looking for participants (age 18 to 30) from across Europe who are interested or already starting a cooperative and entrepreneurial project in their country.
What to expect from this gathering:
You should apply to be part of this, if
Call for Applications by 05.02.2016: https://goo.gl/p7brGS
Concept Note & Team: goo.gl/6Yse9W
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