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SOFA WITH ENTREPRENEURS IN PLYMOUTH

Today, we are having a great chat on the sofa with entrepreneurs to learn how to run a business every day as part of the AYCH Incubation Programme, in Plymouth.

“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus” Bruce Lee

The Aych incubation program is designed so that non-formal education reaches all young people in an informal, close and close way in which they feel a total accompaniment.

AYCH OCEAN

Involve young people from four European countries through the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project of the Interreg Atlantic Area programme in initiatives to conserve the good environmental condition of its beaches. The second is to create educational and informative material, achieving an active and interventive communication of these values with the work of European youth.

To achieve these objectives the project invites all its partners to develop activities for the benefit of the conservation of the seas and oceans with special incidence in the problem of plastic in those fulfilling the commitment that the whole partnership has acquired in relation to the circular economy and on the basis of starting this common project.

This year the objective is to have a “sea of ideas” and for young people from all over Europe to prototype solutions for environmental problems.

The Volunteer Camp of the Cíes Islands of the General Directorate of Xuventude, Participation and Volunteering of the Xunta de Galicia and the National Park of Atlantic Illas of Galicia gathers 120 young people from all over Europe this summer to work in the Cíes Islands.

A wonderful experience for youth throughout Europe.

Soon you will have more news from us.

“SANTO TIRSO INCLUSIVO, SUSTENTÁVEL E NA MODA” IT’S THE MOTTO FOR AYCH CREATIVE JAM

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Event takes place on January 10 and 11, at the Fábrica de Santo Thyrso

The Santo Thyrso Factory hosts the AYCH Creative Jam event on 10 and 11 January. The initiative, which is part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project, is a competitive challenge, along with young participants will have the opportunity to form new project ideas to interact with Santo Tirso.

The Santo Tirso City Council, through INVEST Santo Tirso, is the Portuguese representative in the European project AYCH, an international partnership whose main objective is to develop new approaches in support services for young people throughout the Atlantic Area in the creative sector, seeking to foster entrepreneurship and youth employment.

Environmental and social sustainability is also one of the priorities of the Municipality of Santo Tirso, in a perspective of the evolution of the city as a creative and inclusive territory. The AYCH project also contributes to these social challenges by stimulating the participants’ creativity and critical thinking.

As part of this international partnership, the AYCH Creative Jam will be held on 10 and 11 January. Under the theme “Holy Tirso Inclusive, Sustainable and Fashionable – Reinvents the City!”, The event is a competitive, creative and enterprising challenge, in which participants will be invited to develop new ideas and projects, aiming at creating spaces and dynamics for tourism, leisure and work, to experience and interact with Santo Tirso, as a city that is intended to be inclusive, sustainable and fashionable.

The program includes visits to iconic points of the city, workshops aimed at promoting entrepreneurship and the development of specific skills and techniques, project development sessions and the final presentation of ideas in the elevator pitch format.

The AYCH project, approved by INTERREG Espaço Atlântico, has 13 partners from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Focused on promoting entrepreneurship and youth employment, the program offers participants multiple initiatives to develop their skills, from international placements and incubation programs to participation in workshops and competitive challenges and entrepreneurs.

QUESTIONS: RICHARD HAYMAN

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Today we are talking with Richard Hayman (Second one from Right to Left in the picture) Lead Partner of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Project, representing the Devon City Council. Who answers clearly to our three questions of today:

Do you represent an British county in this project, how did you decide to create a project like Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs?

My role within Devon County Council is to optimise the drawdown of all funds including European to deliver the Counties Strategic objectives, amongst which is the provision of opportunities and employment for the youth of Devon. This together with both my and Oli Rauds experience in European funding through various Interreg programmes led us to the idea to create the AYCH model  (probably over a beer) to give creative youngsters the opportunities AYCH is delivering.

Do you think Transnational events or trainings are an important aspect in the formation of young Europeans?

Absolutely it is vitally important that as wide a range of experience both culturally and technologically is available to young people across the EU including the UK!!

We are in a process between the EU and the UK complicated with the arrival of Brexit; How could this situation affect this Aych project and Interreg projects in general?

Firstly our Government have guaranteed funding over the life of any existing Interreg or UK Structural funds currently approved by the EU, so in that sense nothing changes for AYCH and all the other prprojects/programmes which DCC is involved with.  However the political situation is extremely fluid at the moment to say the least!!) and if we leave there are obviously various scenarios

Pablo Castro: Aych en Lugo

Hoy hablamos con Pablo Castro, encargado de la oficina de Asuntos Europeos de Vida Láctea y Coordinador de Actividades en el proyecto Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs.

¿Cual puede ser la importancia de Aych para la juventud de Lugo?

Proyectos como el Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs AYCH tienen un impacto vital en la juventud de una ciudad como Lugo, donde el paro juvenil puede llegar a ser una preocupación.

Por ello toda la ayuda de la Unión Europea es crucial, y el proyecto AYCH casa a la perfección al tratarse de un proyecto orientado no sólo a la formación, sino también a fomentar el emprendimiento juvenil, la trasnacionalidad y la búsqueda de nuevas formas de desarrollo de proyectos e ideas; AYCH contribuye de manera sustancial a dotar a los jóvenes de las herramientas necesarias tanto para hacer realidad sus proyectos como para abrirse camino en el mundo laboral.

Lugo ha especializado su incubadora en lo audiovisual, cual es el motivo principal de haberlo hecho y que puede ofrecer a los jóvenes de Lugo?

Lugo tiene en su entorno una casuística especial: la escasez de desarrollo tecnológico relacionado con el prototipaje de producto, debido a que Lugo es una provincia con un trasfondo rural que poco a poco va adaptando su estilo de vida a las nuevas tecnologías. Los jóvenes hoy en día se encuentran inmersos en el uso de aparatos de última generación, uso de redes sociales e internet; y por esa razón se optó por fomentar las herramientas audiovisuales, las cuales a parte de brindar un camino diferente al ya existente, pueden ser empleadas para fomentar y expandir sus líneas de negocio.

Accediendo a nuestra incubadora los jóvenes de Lugo serán asesorados por nuestro equipo de expertos, recibirán formación de distinto tipo, tendrán acceso a lo último en tecnología y formarán parte de un proyecto transnacional. El Proyecto AYCH cuenta entre sus acciones la de realizar procesos de incubación de manera transnacional entre los distintos socios del proyecto, establecidos en cuatro países del Arco Atlántico (España, Francia, Portugal y Reino Unido). Por lo que de ser interesante para el incubado cabría la posibilidad de realizar un corto período de formación en una de las incubadoras de nuestros socios en el extranjero, de manera gratuita.

Nuestro sistema de incubación sigue las líneas formativas del Proyecto AYCH, por lo que persigue el formar al joven para que sea capaz de pensar por sí mismo, planteándose el tipo de ayuda que necesita, cómo podría mejorar su idea o incluso si sería necesario un intercambio con uno de nuestros socios en otro país. Este tipo de formación tiene también un importante impacto económico-social ya que de nuestra incubadora audiovisual podrían surgir novedosas formas de fomentar líneas de negocio muy tradicionales; como por ejemplo una explotación ganadera.

Pero no sólo nuestra incubadora está especializada en lo audiovisual, también tenemos otras opciones dirigidas al prototipaje y desarrollo de producto a través de nuevas tecnologías.

Para este año 2019-2020, cuales son los objetivos de Vida Lactea para Aych? Que quieren hacer?

En Septiembre de 2018 el partenariado del proyecto depositó en nosotros su confianza al ceder la gestión de la Comunicación del proyecto a Vida Láctea. Durante estos meses hemos abierto nuevas redes sociales y reforzado de forma notoria los medios de comunicación que existían previamente. El objetivo que nos marcamos para el 201-2020  no se basa tanto en darle un impulso aún mayor al apartado de Comunicación como en utilizar los medios disponibles para hacer llegar toda la información posible a los jóvenes.

 

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Exeter MBA Alumni Conference

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University of Exeter: Business School, MBA Alumni Conference, 23 November 2018
A fabulous and immersive day at University of Exeter Business School, thinking about the New Economy:
  • How emerging business models challenge established ways of working
  • The need for sustainable business practices that respect and conserve limited resources
  • The challenges of new technology and its effect on the way we work and live
For me this day resonated with some of the raison d’etre of Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs. I have made short notes to share on topics and I have made some interesting and promising connections which I will help develop and share over the next few days.
Agenda:
Welcome: Professor David Bruce Allen
Keynote: Ed Mayo, Secretary general of Co-operatives UK
Talk : Professor of Leadership and Head of Management, Alex Gerbasi PhD
Talk: Sandra Norval, MD, Catalicity Ltd
Talk : Dr Stuart Robinson, Director of Exeter MBA
Panel debate
First Topic:
Make developing relationships part of your job
Alex Gerbasi PhD who is Professor of Leadership and Head of Management at the University of Exeter Business School talked about her research and experience of relationships and networking. She urged everyone to invest in their own development by consciously making developing relationships part of your job, and to think “who do you know, who knows you and how do they know one another?”
Many of us have networks which are frequently characterised by:
 Immediacy – where you are right now
Proximity – contacts you often see
Similarity – contacts who are like yourself
Relational Inertia – its easy to stay the same and not to change
But we can all thrive, grow and deliver by improving our networks by:

 Diversity – Including people beyond your area of immediate interest and expertise. This is important for inter-disciplinary working and for more mobile working opportunities.

Depth – Including people who are more experienced/senior and less experienced/senior as well as equivalent, in short up, down and sideways

I want to apply this to AYCH:

How can our Young People use AYCH for developing relationships which help them thrive, grow and deliver in the New Economy:
 
Always think about your security and safety. Over 18 years old? Perhaps use professional networking sites to develop relationships which will help with career mobility. When they are participating in AYCH events use the opportunity to have conversations with new people. Aim to think about:

Diversity – Include other young people from thier own and other nations they meet at the Creative Jams, as Interns etc. Connect with young people with the similar and different skills and interests.

Depth– Include people who are more experienced/senior and less experienced/senior as well as equivalent to themselves. Connect with experts, and AYCH team members.ap

João Sousa: new collection

João Sousa, designer installed in the fashion and design incubator of the Santo thyrso factory, in the framework of the AYCH project, continues his professional growth.

The young designer has just released the promotional video of the new campaign, completely recorded in the factory of Santo thyrso.

Here it is.

QUESTIONS: RICHARD DOAK

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Today Richard Doak visits us to talk about his work at Aych and with young people from Devon County. Space works in several centres directly with the young people and Richard makes a personalized accompaniment that motivates them in their futures.

Can you tell us what is your work in Space and how do you work with young people?

My role is AYCH Project lead worker. I am a qualified Senior youth support worker with a specialism in music technology,  I am also a sports coach, archery teacher and climbing instructor. I have been working with young people for over 8 years,  running various successful Youth projects mainly around music delivery in the wider community. The way I work with young people is to allow them the opportunity to make their own decisions and mistakes on the way the projects they are part of go. My role is to facilitate, Inspire and support their ideas and decisions, helping them to reflect and evaluate their learning.

How do you think that Aych can change the life of the young people you work with?

Here in Devon, we are part of a large rural community. We took the decision at space to take this project away from the cities and out into the wider community giving young people in smaller towns, A chance to have their voices heard. We have created 3 hubs in which the AYCH  project will work from trying to spread them out across the county of Devon. One in the North, One in the south and one in the middle of the County. All of these areas face rural deprivation, poor transport networks, high youth unemployment and a disconnect from the wider UK. With this international Project, we hope to encourage young people to see a bigger picture and connect them with a wider community using are skills as youth workers and utilising modern communications technologies.

What do yo think that can ben the advantages for young people when forming part of a transnational project?

For young people in our county, the opportunity to gain real skills relevant to today’s job market is key.  The opportunity to work across countries is a concept unfamiliar to the young people I am working with. For example, as we prepare to take our group of young entrepreneurs to the next creative jam in Spain 3 out of the 5 young people do not have a passport or access to the internet in their home.  Through the AYCH Project, I can support them through the first ever trip abroad opening new horizons to their outlook. The chance for them to meet other young entrepreneurs from across Europe is an exciting one and for them to gain experiences with professionals from all walks of life is an opportunity not to be missed.

“Plastics, plastics, and more plastics” by Sira López

Sira López has a degree in Marine Sciences and an expert from Aych. He currently works as a manager of the Cíes Volunteering Field where Free Plastics activities are carried out.

Plastics, plastics, and more plastics. Look to your right. Now to your left. And now head on. It seems impossible not to see plastics wherever we look up. And we have begun to use this material in such a massive way that it is everywhere. But, being honest, the truth is that they are very comfortable. They do not weigh. It Does not Break. They are cheap … They seem all advantages. But unfortunately, in this story, there is a B face. And we don’t make responsible use of them. We generate tons and tons of plastic waste annually. Most of them end up in landfills, where they are incinerated. Some, the least, recycled, usually in third world countries. And, more and more plastics are accumulating in the oceans, the true lungs of the planet, since this is where most of the oxygen we breathe is generated. Plastics spend hundreds of years in our seas until they degrade completely. During this process, they break into smaller and smaller pieces. So small that they are practically imperceptible to the human eye. They are the microplastics. But these microplastics can also come from cosmetic products, such as scrubs, going directly to wastewater, so that it is impossible to treat them in a treatment plant due to their tiny size. And although they are not seen, they are fatal. For a while now, plastics are appearing in the most unexpected places. Not only are they in the stomach of fish, but they have also appeared in table salt, in tap water or in honey. Without us noticing, they have become part of the food chain, incorporating into living beings the toxicity that everything derived from oil entails. And the long-term effects that they can carry are not yet well known. Alarms about this problem have jumped worldwide and, fortunately, more and more countries are deciding to ban the use of single-use plastics.

For some years, young people from all over Europe flood the Terrestrial Maritime National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia. But, unlike the ordinary visitors who receive the islands, we want to talk about people who come with a clear idea: to contribute their grain of sand to make this dream place a little better place. They are part of Pink-Power, a group of volunteers who decide to spend part of their summer in the Cíes Islands doing multiple tasks in coordination with the park staff. His work is focused on the environment, highlighting the cleanliness of beaches, awareness of the citizenship or the proposal of prototypes that help replace the plastic of our daily life or eliminate it from our environment. Thus, through the cleaning of beaches, they not only systematically collect the garbage that reaches our beaches, but also identify and quantify it, transferring this data to the Ministry of Environment through its Citizen Science program. With the help of these results, which will be subsequently analysed in more detail, action will be taken accordingly according to the type of waste most frequently found. In this way, the chain of awareness continues. It is no longer simply about eliminating waste from an area. It’s about going further, preventing this from happening, not making the same mistakes again. Seeing the will of the coming generations, it seems that we are on the right track.

“S’way Tales – Stories of a community”, Plymouth, UK

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S’way Tales was established as a pilot partnership project, working with a small cohort of young people, Southway Community Group, a burgeoning Community Interest Company (CIC), Southway Play Care Charity, Plymouth Community Homes, Local Councillors (elected local representatives), local youth and community groups, local residents, and Fotonow (CIC) and Plymouth City Council Community Connections Youth Workers.

The project stemmed from identified issues within the community, specifically social isolation amongst residents (older and parents). Engaging with local young people, the project sought to identify innovative ways to both develop young people’s understanding of digital (lens-based) technology, whilst collaborating within a community environment. Sessions included; project development, filmmaking, photography, audio recording, interviewing, editing and event management / exhibition production.

The project culminated with a community event, on Saturday 19th May 2018, the day of the Royal Wedding. The young people’s work, a short-film, project photos and portraits, were exhibited to the local community and wider stake holders. This pilot social history project, led by young people, brought a community together whilst offering informal education in digital technology – working with the ethos of ‘visual culture for social change’.

The project that was kindly supported by donations from #Luscombedrinks #Aldi #Cooperativefood #Langagefarm #ABCBouncyCastles and co-financed by Interreg.


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