Innovation in Learning Institute
The Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) is the competence center for digital education of the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) and as a research institute part of the Faculty of Philosophy. An interdisciplinary team of around 30 scientists from the humanities and technology sciences research and develop on the subject of digital, media-supported learning across the entire lifespan, from schoolchildren to senior citizens. In a large network of European and national partners, ILI realizes relevant projects and offers services, advice and know-how transfer.
Founded in 1995, Humusz is a national network of 12 NGOs in Hungary. Our work aims to change the linear thinking regarding goods – exploitation of natural resources, production, consumption and disposal of waste – which ends up in an ever-increasing problem of waste. We strive to make policymakers, NGOs, municipalities, businesses and local people understand that focus should be shifted from end-of-pipe technologies towards zero waste concept and action for prevention. We do community outreach through workshops, events, website and database, publications and social media, maintain a youth-oriented environmental education centre in Budapest, and do media and advocacy work. Humusz is the biggest Hungarian NGO that works in the topic of waste management and waste prevention in particular. Humusz has 25 years of experience in lobbying, environmental education and awareness raising campaigns.
Stimmuli for social change
STIMMULI is a social innovation research organisation working on projects focused on social impact. We design and develop new approaches, innovative projects, effective practices, and tools to enhance social innovation. Our work aims at harnessing the power of collaboration between universities, non-profits, social enterprises, businesses, and governments, to address pressing societal challenges more effectively and on a wider scale. Our vision is to support people to become powerful catalysts for social change. To achieve that, we design and implement educational and empowerment projects that cultivate changemaking attitudes, inject entrepreneurial thinking and nudge behavioural shifts for more sustainable lifestyles. Our main activities are Learning design and assessment: STIMMULI designs inclusive educational programmes and curriculum for equipping learners of all educational levels (from primary and secondary to higher and adult level education) with 21st century competencies (social, civic and entrepreneurial), fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and attitudes.
Training and capacity building: STIMMULI develops tailored made material and programmes and delivers training and capacity building activities to individuals and organisations with the aim to provide them with the required knowledge, skills and attitudes for strengthening a culture of continuous social innovation.
Social Research: STIMMULI carries out research on a variety of topics related to social innovation, education, (social) entrepreneurship and sustainable development by employing a mix of tools.
Project Management: Our team brings more than 10 years of experience in the coordination, management, financial monitoring and reporting of EU funded projects. Leveraging this experience STIMMULI has the capacity to design, develop and coordinate successful and impactful projects.
Giota Digkoglou / Γιώτα Δίγκογλου
Sofia Kantsiou / Σοφία Κάντσιου
The “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” National College, Galati, Romania
The “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” National College is a prestigious school in Galati, Romania, founded in 1864. Our high school proposes an attractive educational offer which combines students and parents’ options with community’s professional needs. We educate our students according to the democratic principles of the open society. Our teachers, who are highly trained professionals and willing to take part in permanent education programs, help students develop the spirit of active citizenship, promote plurilingualism and intercultural diversity.
We help our students build well-found competences and abilities in order to achieve professional and personal success as well as become active members of a society of knowledge.
Open-mindedness, faith and promotion of true values, tolerance and altruism, flexibility and adaptability of our students will only ensure the progress of both local community and Romanian and European society;
The “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” National College boasts tradition as far as studying foreign languages is concerned, providing students with a wide variety of opportunities to choose from.
The theoretical studies consist of two main profiles: Humanities (Philology), or Sciences (Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and intensive studies of Computer Science, and Natural Sciences). We educate almost 1000 students from 6 to 19 years old and our main purpose is not only to give them information in different subjects but to teach them how to learn to become active citizens of the 21st century society. We were part of many international projects and in 2017 our school became an Ambassador School of the European Parliament.
GENIKO LYKEIO ASSIROU
Assiros Upper High School (Geniko Lykeio Assirou) is a small educational institution, situated 25 km away from the city of Thessaloniki. Believing that it is the management of knowledge, and not merely its transfer, that constitutes a desideratum for 21st century citizens, the school attempts to equip students with the so-called “soft skills”, such as problem solving, teamwork, social skills, emotional intelligence, and self-confidence. All of the above are reinforced not only by means of individual learning, but also through co-operations, local community activities and European programmes as well. In this regard, our school carries out eTwinning and Erasmus+ projects, while also participating in activities such as the MUN, EYP and Greek Youth Parliament. The school, located in an environmentally burdened area, views lyceum more as an obligatory bridge to real life than to university, and thus targets student participation in programmes concerning the protection of the environment and active citizenship.
Center for Social Innovation
Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) is a Research and Development organisation, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about a positive change to local, national, regional and global entities. These entities include but are not limited to governments, local administrative agencies, non for profit agencies, commercial entities, and educational institutions. The CSI team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers and Information Technology Developers. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives, and provide for sustainable growth. The CSI team's areas of expertise are in the fields of traditional education and e-learning, entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation, creativity, negotiations, IP advisory services, social responsibility, business advisory solutions, data analytics, information technologies, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, training and computer gaming. CSI draws know-how and skills from its wide global network which includes academic institutions, IT companies, public services, international organizations, start-ups, and public services.