by Florent Orsoni, Chair of Consolidation of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs model
AYCH Legacy isn’t only a « what works story ». With an Internet hub (Aych2030.eu) you will have access to different channels. You can access to the book, which relates and links the AYCH cornerstones and the story, the Wiki which delivers the tool box in an open source version and detailed framework, and a progression support desk, which connects people, experiences, to make your own path with AYCH.
AYCH Legacy delivers an experience, a way. But there is something beyond AYCH.
First of all, AYCH Legacy has a message in education. At L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, we decided to include this process as part of the curriculum. We not only worked with students, but as a professional team. We gave them confidence and self-awareness. They produced tools for facilitation, discovered MIRO which is the core tool of our workshops. We changed the mindset : when I saw « poor quality » prototypes (first impression) in Vida Lactea or Space, Richard or Xose told me : this is the first time they have produced something by hand, this is the first time an International expert has said : it’s worth, go on. AYCH makes me understand that education is more an experience than a programme.
AYCH Legacy also has a message on the value of design. We had to redesign AYCH to succeed, to adapt ourselves, to vision and vocabulary. AYCH Legacy celebrates this approach that encourages dialogue, diversity, flexibility… Design thinking has been the way to transform AYCH into an education path with meaningful experience, that builds self-confidence, trust, and openness.
Most of all, Aych legacy is anchored, nourished by European values : a way to collaborate, to build something resilient trough the crises (Brexit, COVID). We were resilient, because we were mainly driven by values, utopia. Indeed, and we accelerated our process during the crises.
We are in the darkest times of human history. I have no doubt that this crisis drives us towards a new world. Aych leaves with a method, an approach, a way to bring new ideas into life. And we have this urgent challenge to design this « new world ». « When it’s dark enough, you can see stars »… I hope Aych could be one of these stars that guides you through an unknown path of cooperation, knowledge sharing, ideas spreading, something youth oriented where everything is possible… With AYCH, we embodied the vision that gave birth to another utopia, Europe, that turns such dreams into reality.
The purpose of the Youth Summit is to encourage reflections around 3 challenges that have been at the core of AYCH’s actions: Social Entrepreneurship, Creative Education and Workforce of Tomorrow. At this event, we provide an opportunity to young people to think, to present and to share their vision to their peers and a wider audience. AYCH is providing the framework for young people to work collaboratively to build official recommendations for an Agenda 2030 and is committed to raise this at a European level.
Challenge #1: Social Entrepreneurship
The objective of this roundtable is to break the stereotypes around the paradox between entrepreneurship and sustainability. By definition, entrepreneurship should be in contradiction with sustainability, because producing wealth is damaging the earth. Yet, it is unrealistic to expect a world without entrepreneurs and not desirable also since growth is mandatory for the development of a country and to erase poverty.
Therefore, social entrepreneurship is necessary in order to combine the two notions. But how is it fair to ask a young person to sacrifice its profit in order for their business to respect sustainable criterion when older business didn’t have to take that into account? What is the limit? That will be the whole point of this roundtable. Besides, there will be a specific focus on the blue economy because of the growing place it’s taking nowadays.
Challenge #2: From Creative Education to Impactful Careers
This round table brings together in conversation professionals from different disciplines who make a societal impact through their work within creative education, the arts, and community-led initiatives. Through sharing pedagogical innovations and inspiring career stories they will explore ideas about creative ways of learning, how creative professionals are able to make a substantial social and environmental impact within their careers and impactfully shape our society, and how these relate to the aspirations of young people in the contemporary world.
Challenge #3: Workforce of Tomorrow
The way we do work is changing rapidly. This round table will explore the ways we will work from now on and the news skills that are required. Hard skills are no longer the most important, being quickly replaced by soft skills and a creative mindset. What are the skills of tomorrow?
Also, remote positions are taking people from offices and revolutionizing everything. How do we see into the future and prepare for the unknown?
Gather your crystal ball, because these are the questions that we will try to answer during this event to map how the workforce of tomorrow is going to be!
30 recommendations for a Creative Europe: Agenda 2030
Working with creative methods during 44 months has shown us the importance of implementing creativity at different levels of decision making, as well as revealing the possibilities of change for people and the impacts on territories.
We are keen to and accept the responsibility to accompany young people in their design of an official Agenda 2030: 30 recommendations for a Creative Europe. AYCH partners are setting the framework for young people to think, to share and to design collectively actionable and aspirational recommendations for a creative Europe. Partners are committed to bring this Agenda 2030 to the European Parliament in the name of European young people.
The objective of this facilitated discussion is to bring together the work of Challenges 1-3, to focus on the top 3 prepositions of each of the challenges with an expert in the field & achieve a live signature of the declaration by partners.
This is the last AYCH event! Its mission is to collectively design a desirable future for Europe. (registration link)
The first Challenge of our Youth Summit week is about Social Entrepreneurship. Young European professionals will demonstrate through inspiring projects that entrepreneurship using resources in a responsible way is possible with the example of the blue economy. The second day of our Youth Summit week is about will look at innovative and inspiring approaches to education and work and how they can impactfully shape our society. Designing now for better Tomorrow!. This third day will explore the ways we will work from now on and the news skills that are required. How do we see into the future and prepare for the unknown? Gather your crystal ball, because these are the questions that we will try to answer during this event to map how the workforce of tomorrow is going to be!. And the last day: 30 recommendations for a Creative Europe > The objective of this facilitated discussion is to bring together the work of Challenges 1, 2, 3, and to collectively design an official declaration to raise at a European level in the name of young people.
Will young people be able to meet the challenges of the future Europe? Have they appreciated non-formal education as another important opportunity for their development? Will they be able to develop the work of the future? Will they provide solutions to youth unemployment in Europe? …
This transnational event will be in the Brest Metropole as host partner and has been masterfully designed by project manager Philippine Mahe de L’École de Design Nantes-Atlantique and will be led by project manager Callum Elliot from Space*, partners of our project.
At the same time, Space* has created a virtual exhibition through a multimedia platform where we will be able to enjoy Aych’s last exhibition from Monday, March 22, before the end of the project; the direction of this great work has been Richard Doak.
Some partners have been working on Aych’s Legacy led by one of the project’s ideologues, Florent Orsoni, laying the methodological foundations for Aych’s results to have dimension beyond the project’s completion.
You will be able to see these results at the Final Conference of the project that will be on March 26 in the morning (registration link).
🇬🇧 The Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project would like to invite you to its final event, where we will analyze your results and evaluate with you the entire trajectory of our project under the Interreg Interreg Interreg Interreg Atlantic Area programme. Register for our online meeting 𝗻𝗲𝘅𝘁 𝗙𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟮𝟲𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝘁 𝟬𝟵:𝟬𝟬 𝗚𝗠𝗧.
🇫🇷 Le projet Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs souhaite vous inviter à son événement final, où nous analyserons vos résultats et évaluerons avec vous toute la trajectoire de notre projet dans le cadre du programme Interreg Interreg Espaço Atlântico. Inscrivez-vous à notre réunion en ligne le 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗶 𝟮𝟲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗮̀ 𝟬𝟵:𝟬𝟬 𝗚𝗠𝗧.
🇪🇸 El proyecto Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs quiere invitarte a su evento final donde analizaremos sus resultados y donde evaluaremos contigo toda la trayectoria de nuestro proyecto dentro del programa Interreg Interreg Atlantic Area. Regístrate para nuestra reunión en línea el 𝗽𝗿𝗼́𝘅𝗶𝗺𝗼 𝘃𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝟮𝟲 𝗮 𝗹𝗮𝘀 𝟬𝟵:𝟬𝟬 𝗚𝗠𝗧.
🇵🇹 O projeto Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs gostaria de convidá-lo para o seu evento final, onde analisaremos seus resultados e avaliaremos com você toda a trajetória do nosso projeto dentro do programa Interreg Interreg Espaço Atlântico. Inscreva-se no nosso encontro online na 𝗽𝗿𝗼́𝘅𝗶𝗺𝗮 𝘀𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗮-𝗳𝗲𝗶𝗿𝗮, 𝟮𝟲, 𝗮̀𝘀 𝟬𝟵:𝟬𝟬 𝗚𝗠𝗧.
SAVE THE DATE! 🇬🇧
From March 22nd to 25th 2021, #AYCHEU has invited speakers from all over the world to debate our 3 Challenges and to create an #Agenda2030: 30 recommendations for a future Creative #Europe.
We will give you more information very soon, stay tuned!
RÉSERVE CETTE DATE! 🇫🇷
Du 22 au 25 mars 2021, #AYCHEU a invité des intervenants du monde entier à débattre de nos 3 défis et à créer un #Agenda2030: 30 recommandations pour une future #Europe créative.
Nous vous donnerons plus d’informations très prochainement, restez à l’écoute!
RESERVE A DATA! 🇵🇹
De 22 a 25 de março de 2021, #AYCHEU convidou palestrantes de todo o mundo para debater nossos 3 desafios e criar uma # Agenda2030: 30 recomendações para uma futura #Europa criativa.
Em breve daremos mais informações, fique ligado!
¡ANOTA ESTA FECHA! 🇪🇸
Del 22 al 25 de marzo de 2021, #AYCHEU ha invitado a ponentes de todo el mundo para debatir nuestros 3 retos y crear una #Agenda2030: 30 recomendaciones para una futura #Europa creativa.
Muy pronto te daremos más información, ¡estate atento!
Our partner from Invest Santo TirsoMunicípio de Santo Tirso showed us in the presentation of the International Creative Jam the fashion that young creators are doing, some of whom have worked in the field of our project.
Good morning Pilar, thank you very much for joining us today, we are doing a series of inspiring interviews for the youth and we believe that your experience will be good for them. Tell us a bit how you are!
I am Pilar del Oro Sáez, galega, I studied Romance Philology in Santiago de Compostela and I complemented my studies with training in the field of the European Union and Foreign Trade. I alternated these with training periods in European institutions and public administrations. I work as a coordinator in the field of the Euroxuventude at the Galicia Europa Foundation.
Among my hobbies an open sea or a peaceful estuary, as well as a lofty mountain, without missing a good read. Enjoy the historical-artistic-cultural heritage and get to know new and emblematic places.
One day at work is usually intense. Varied. Updating of ongoing projects; collaborations with both public and private entities; advice, monitoring, support of / to young people, entrepreneurs, entities, associations,…. with which we have started programs; a lot of email; phone calls; meetings, committees, reports … and now with this COVID19 situation a lot of video conference.
Young people often see Europe as something very distant, and especially Galicians, can you explain to us what the Fundación Galicia Europa is?
The Fundación Galicia Europa* is a non-profit entity and an instrumental entity of the Galician autonomous public sector. The work of the FGE revolves around two main objectives: a better communication of community activity in Galicia and the defense of Galician positions in the European context. Promotes the rapprochement between Galicia and Europe
And how can the Fundación Galicia Europa help Galician youth?
The Foundation provides Galician youth with various online tools that allow them to explore all the opportunities that exist in the European Union, promote active citizenship and their participation in the community building process. Through the virtual platform that we have on the web, we provide updated information on the different opportunities that the European Union offers for young people. In addition, with the European projects that we carry out, we promote their training and support those initiatives that they themselves design and want to implement.
We already know that you have participated in different projects where you seek the involvement of youth in entrepreneurship, how do you reach young people? And what is more important, how do you maintain them?
The social networks of the FGE and our partners in European projects, as well as collaborating entities, are being a good platform to publicize the initiatives we are launching. The transmission that young people themselves make is also important. We “don’t support the youth”, “we chase it” and later “we let it fly”: we train young people on European Union issues (policies, programmes,…) through courses in which we get involved and make a strong follow-up, we talk with them to see which way they want to go, and we continue with a more personalized advice, we put them in contact with entities or people who can also advise them, “we tire them” so that they do not stop fighting for their goals and ideals; when they reach them they no longer need us, and they pilot their own life. While they always remember us.
There are many projects that are executed from the Foundation, but in reality we could know how many or which are focused more on youth than on other population sectors? Or those that you remember with the most affection, tell us a little…
The vast majority of the projects carried out by the Foundation have been aimed at young people, there are many if we take into account that the Foundation was born in 1988. You remember almost all of them with fondness, because the technicians who direct them have also learned from all of them. In order not to pigeonhole ourselves in a specific programme, I am going to mention three:
PARTICIPATE was a pilot project of the European Commission with which we achieved that many young people of different origins and academic level in Galicia could train and debate on the policies of the European Union, they were received and presented their conclusions in the Galician Parliament and finally in Brussels with the European Commissioner for Education and Culture (Viviane Reding), who of the 10 minutes that she had reserved for them by agenda, stayed to talk with them for almost two hours.
NONEETS, project of the Action Programme in the field of lifelong learning. Where I met and worked with young Galician companies with which I still collaborate today. It was a project aimed at NEETs, on which no one was betting and in which we learned that, by listening to NEETs with patience, tenacity, and speaking they could go very far. Young people in whom few believed, are today exceptional entrepreneurs and workers. With this project I learned that we need a lot of time to implement a good idea and be able to execute it, and that even who you think will not get very far shows you that with determination you can achieve “impossible”.
And the last one: LIDERA, a project underway under the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal 2014-2020 program (POCTEP). Its title sums up its objective: Catalyst for cross-border youth entrepreneurship and employment opportunities”. Promote cross-border economic development through the enhancement of the labour and entrepreneurial skills of young people in the territory, stimulate the cross-border business fabric, promote the launch of new business initiatives and achieve the employment of young people in the territory cross-border is the great purpose of this project and one of the illusions of my day-to-day work. We could say that LIDERA is synonymous with Pilar del Oro on a professional and personal level. It joins two paths that I have always opted for: cross-border cooperation Galicia – North of Portugal and opportunities for those who need them most.
We are in a very difficult moment where many young people see no way out, or if they see it as very far away, after this pandemic, how can we encourage or motivate young people, even from institutions?
The pandemic will, without a doubt, mark a before and after at all levels of life. I am convinced that the day to day will mark us which way to take to live up to what is expected of us as people, as companies, as institutions, as associations… It is essential to listen to young people and convey confidence and support to them. We must encourage them to dive into their illusions, we must support them in their initiatives and above all we will have to work together and find solutions to their problems in the shortest possible time. We will also have to stop and analyze in depth what lines of incentives, financing, we can launch NOW.
On the other hand, we are seeing many young people who are also at a point of nonconformity or rejection of everything that is offered to them, where have we done it wrong, if you think we have done it that way? And how can we support them?
Sure we have done things wrong, we are not perfect, and neither are they. I do believe that it is a turbulent moment, very different from what was expected, for which no one has prepared us. We will come out stronger, history is like that, and you always learn. It is essential that the whole society calm down, that we calm down, the hubbub and tension does not lead anywhere. We will have to listen to each other and listen to them, we will have to work together and show them that there is a way out and that they will be the executors of their future. We will have to understand each other and accept ourselves will be the best way of support. Respect each other.
If you look back and see where you are now, would the fifteen-year-old Pilar be satisfied with the Pilar now? Or in any case, would you do something differently?
I think so, the young Pilar would be satisfied with my achievements and with my failures, it was already like that at 15 years old. Rebel, fighter, nonconformist. There are many things that she would do in another way, the years brings you perspective and some good sense, but you also learn to accept and love you despite your defects. If I had to start over at fifteen, it would change my professional future, I would like to be able to innovate more, be more professionally independent, there are fields that I am passionate about where my daily work has not left me time, such as rural and local development. And if she came back again at fifteen, then another field; there are so many things to do that the important thing is to feel alive, venture out and above all learn.
I know that you have participated in Aych’s book, for which we thank you, but according to your point of view, as a professional who has worked for so many years with youth and entrepreneurship, what practical advice could you give to young people who have an idea or project, what could they do?
That they believe in them, in their idea, in their project, that they mature it, that they sit down and analyze it in depth; to fight for it. Let them work on it, seek advice. Coworking, nurseries, hub, specialized entities can help them develop their initiative, even other young people with the same ideas. Work and ask for advice, advice is important. These steps would be for me, the preliminaries to carry out your business future.
In our project we have a body of ambassadors and we always ask them to ask a question for you, and this is yours: “A good part of entrepreneurship has always been a boy thing, how has a woman like you developed in this world? And what do you think should be improved regarding the role of women in the company? “
When I started working I moved in a more masculine environment, I am from another generation! I have tried to be me, I have had difficulties, but I have fought against them. Today it is easier, the woman has her place, the one she wants. My environment, which is the same, is more feminine.
If it is true that in certain environments or certain people undermine the role of women, this for me is inconceivable. It cannot be, nor should it be allowed and for this there are legal instruments that protect us and with which we can fight, always from equality and legality. Those who do not perceive it should not have a relevant role in our society. Respect is paramount in a democratic society like ours.
Thank you very much, I hope this interview is inspiring for our young people, it has been a pleasure. Once again, thank you for your work and all the love you have had with our project.
Enjoy now the eighth episode of our podcast series, today we speak with María, Patricia and Giulio, three young leaders of our project in the Atlantic Cities organization, an AYCH partner who works in France, United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain. They tell us about the importance of the AYCH project in the Atlantic Europe.
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