We know that young people face extreme barriers in the labour market and in access to usable welfare and education provision. However, there is also evidence that some young people have chosen (or been forced) to re-imagine entry into the labour market through their own innovations in economic and social entrepreneurship. These varied forms of entrepreneurship among young people involve imaginative engagement with the possibilities of youth culture, including alternative understandings of politics, culture and public space and adaptations of approaches to business and innovation. These have been developed in response to social exclusion and/or extremely limited opportunities in Europe or in other locations.The project considers how such practices could be co-opted as social innovations by policy makers enabling a broader understanding of the way inequalities manifest on the ground and how they are navigated by young people.
CITISPYCE partners will work on a three year multidisciplinary, multi-sectorial programme to:
Our programme of work includes a base line study into the current state of play in at least 10 countries across the EU, fieldwork focusing at the micro-level of individual practices and local communities, the identification of socially innovative practices and the active piloting of those which may be transferable.
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The Coordinator: Aston University at firstname.lastname@example.org