The SEEDS workshop in Turku, Finland
Growing seeds of success with Saga Finland
On Saturday April 9th the Finnish youth association Saga Finland arranged a well-received and inspirational workshop on social entrepreneurship. The trainers Catherine Klingstedt, Rasmus Hoffström and Nicole Mattsson used methods from the toolkit that was created in the SEEDS project.
During 3,5 hours participants discussed and clarified the concept of a social entrepreneur in a global and local perspective (method: Entreprewhat), developed and assessed the frames of a business plan (method: Understanding the Importance of a Business Plan) and familiarized themselves with the meaning of project cycle management (method: Puzzle). The workshop was implemented in English for the sake of efficiency and openness to people from several language groups, especially since both Finnish and Swedish are official languages in Finland.
The workshop was advertised via the social medium Facebook both as an event and via the official page of Saga Finland. Posters were hung up in universities and polytechnic schools and e-mails sent to a variety of associations. Media coverage was done in the local Finnish-Swedish newspaper Åbo Underrättelser, which you can find and read (in Swedish) here.
In total 12 people participated in the workshop, including the trainers. The participants evaluated themselves in regard to knowledge on social entrepreneurship both in the beginning and at the end of the workshop and all of them found that they knew more than before or were at the same spot but with a different viewpoint by the end of the workshop. They also evaluated the workshop as both quite informative and fun. The non-formal method was new to all participants, but well-received nonetheless.
Many were interested in the workshop and would have liked to participate, but there were a lot of other happenings on the same day as the workshop and also the concept of a social enterprise is not commonly used or wide spread in Finland yet, which meant that some felt insecure about participating. However, Saga Finland received a request to inform some people about the project and the situation of social enterprises in Finland today and participants of the workshop expressed an interest in a more developed, in-depth workshop on the topic. So, the seed is planted and now more work will follow!