SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR IMMIGRANTS
Sentim multiplier event
More than fifty people have participated: professionals from social organizations that works with immigrants or people in social disadvantage; managers and technical staff of public administrations working in the fields of social economy, employment and local development; students from Burgos University; representatives of enterprises and immigrants interested in entrepreneurship.
The attendants have had the opportunity to know first hand the results of Sentim project and the e-learning platform. In addition, have been offered different views about social economy in Burgos, critical reflection has been stimulated and foundations have been laid to advance in the construction of networks of collaborative dialogue around the social and solidarity economy, considering the social economy as way for the social integration of immigrants.
In short, the event has been a multi-stakeholder forum to search for options to promote the development of social economy projects, especially aimed at immigrants or people at risk of social exclusion.
Among others, the following entities were present: University of Burgos, Chamber of Commerce of Burgos, ACCEM, Alter Foundation, ATIM CYL, Espacio Tangente, Aransbur, University of Burgos (Ubuempleo), Sodebur, Territorial Management of Social Services of the Board Castile and Leon, Cáritas, Junta de Castilla y León, Antisida Committee of Burgos, Unión Gitana de Burgos, Burgos City Council, Juan Soñador Foundation (Connection) and Burgos Acoge.
And in the organization of the event have collaborated the following social and / or social economy entities:
In addition to the presentation of the Sentim project and its results, there has been talk about social economy as an opportunity for the most disadvantaged people and for NGOs. Vito Komac, a representative of agricultural cooperatives in Slovenia, ofered a view about Slovenia’s social economy situation.
In a ronund table of experiences, the Citycouncil of Burgos has committed the modification of the call for grants to non-profit organizations for the promotion of social economy, we have known the experience of Caritas, the interest of ACCEM in the development of this type of initiatives and the process initiated in the framework of the Integration Commission of the City Council, the experience of Juan Soñador with Mama Margarita and the vision that the Alter Foundation has of the social, solidarity and collaborative economy.
In the last part of the event the attendees had the opportunity to participate in a dynamic in which they addressed the following topics:
How can public administrations enhance social entrepreneurship?
The proposed options or answers to this question can be grouped into five sections: Through networking, through financial instruments and other supports, by promoting training and research, favoring social economy entities in the processes of public procurement and, finally, informing, sensitizing and disseminating.
How to fit social economy projects into the market economy?
Despite the difficulty, almost contradiction, of matching these projects within the competitive and individualistic framework of the market economy, many opportunities were identified such as the importance of people, the horizontality of the social economy, proximity, principles and values that incorporates, projects are more motivating, the answers offered to many of the problems of society, greater social awareness. On the contrary, some threats were warned, as the denomination does not guarantee the spirit (bad labour conditions in some projects, miss of values), too much bureaucracy, the legislation does not help, it is complicated to be competitive in an economy dominated by the economic benefit, lack education and social conscience, social economy means overcome the individualisms and a paradigm change, sometimes we do not know the sector in which we create the social enterpirse.
How to overcome stigmas and prejudices through the implementation of social economy projects?
Situations of discrimination, stigmas and prejudices, are due to cultural issues, ignorance, barriers, the use of language and, ultimately, our own beliefs. We change beliefs through education, information, communication, with the direct contact, through the spaces of encounter, with the daily experience and with the example. We need institutional support and positive discrimination measures to create jobs through social economy projects. Employment that normalizes, communicates and gives value to people.
How to promote social economy projects in a collaborative way?
We can start from the consideration of the needs of the entities (resources) and society (to satisfy needs from a business point of view ). It is important to build networks for the horizontal exchange, the collaboration with mentors, it is necessary to be able to involve the business community. And generate spaces to talk and talk about the little culture of social entrepreneurship in our environment.
Sentim Multiplier Event in local media
On October 2nd and 3rd, also in Burgos, took place the last of the transnational meetings of Sentim project. At the meeting, held at Foro Solidario of the Fundación Caja de Burgos, the last issues were addressed, paying special attention to the e-learning platform and to the evaluation of dissemination project results. Also were decided the activities and tasks to fulfil in the last month of Sentim.
In the framework of the meeting, the partners had the opportunity to know the facilities and activities of Burgos Acoge and visited two local social economy projects promoted by the deaf people association Aransbur and the Fundación Alter.
MQD “Mira lo Que te Digo, SLU ” is a service company aimed at suppressing communication barriers that was born in April 2000 and has the status of Special Employment Center, resulting from the training and employment actions developed by ARANS-BUR (Association for the Hearing Rehabilitation of the Deaf People of Burgos). At present, it provides employment for fifty people who offer the following products and services: audiovisual productions, graphic design, computer products, multimedia applications, computerized stenotyping, community services and web development.
The Alter Foundation (“alter” means the other ) aims to build a society and a world more just and supportive, giving prominence to people and paying special attention to the less favored. The Foundation was created more than ten years ago from the criticism towards the system but with the will to act, to intervene in the economic activity in another way, through the incorporation of solidarity and sustainability. Alter operates under the principles of the solidarity economy and the two initiatives managed by the foundation, that fall within the scope of social economy, are the auditory center Alteraudio and Huerto Molinillo.
Huerto Molinillo manages a greenhouse in the city and an orchard in a town of the province. They are dedicated to organic farming. It is a collaborative social economy project since the production of the “orchard” is distributed only among its members. Currently it has about 110 members, each member pays an annual fee that entitles them to receive every week five kilos of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Four people are working in the project and thanks to the project an abandoned space in the city center of Burgos has being recovered and put in value.