Improving technological and business skills in Work Integration Social Enterprises
- June 2020
“INNO-WISEs intends to activate a process to change the business approach in social enterprises, introducing a sustainable business and development model to ensure their competitivity in the market”, Eugenio Gatti, General Director of Fondazione Politecnico di Milano
INNO-WISEs is a project designed to offer an innovative pathway to Work Integration Social Enterprises and provide them with new skills to bridge the technological and management gap that sets them apart from other organisations. Partners from the world of research and technology, public authorities and social cooperative networks will work together to create a digital platform for sharing ICT and management tools, as well as designing a business training programme to consolidate their position on the market.
The role of the Foundation
Fondazione Politecnico di Milano is the project leader
INNO-WISEs is financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Central Europe 2014-2020 programme. The initiative started in July 2017 and will run for three years, bringing together partners from Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Poland and Slovenia. The sectors involved are farming, tourism, waste management and recycling.
National reports on Croatia, Italy (the region of Lombardy and province of Trento), Poland and Slovenia, the countries involved in the project, were produced during the first phase of analysis, together with defining a transnational intervention strategy. An outline project was also prepared, to remodel skills in WISEs on the basis of business organisations, in view of establishing their own pathway of management and technological development. The platform is currently being tested by its end users, these being the WISEs in the countries involved and other social enterprise networks in Central Europe. Running in parallel with this is a three-part training programme for social enterprises, involving regional face-to-face training, an international masterclass and a platform-based MOOC.
Since its launch three years ago, INNO-WISEs has achieved its intended results and has emerged as a highly innovative project in the field of social economics. It has introduced WISEs to new management practice and digital transformation, positioning them to use technology and skills previously beyond their reach, and acting as a turning point as they evolve into competitive businesses on the market. The initiative achieved two major outcomes:
– A progressive training programme with in-class and online teaching, held in each of the partner companies (12 programmes in all), plus a transnational masterclass. A total of 251 people received training through the initiative, which also created a MOOC, “Business for WISEs”, hosted on the POK PoliMI platform, with a link from the INNO-WISE platform.
– The platform designed exclusively for WISEs and offered in seven languages, which provides 240 tools for improving performance, 7 lessons and 13 articles giving additional targeted information, and the link to the MOOC. The platform will remain online after the end of the initiative, and be managed and updated with new material by a three-partner team.
Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, Gruppo Cooperativo CGM, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, SENT – Slovenian Association for Mental Health, SASS – School of Advanced Social Studies, Municipality of Nova Gorica, ITC – Innovation Technology Cluster, ACT Group, Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar, Medjimurje County, ENSIE – European Network of Social Integration Enterprises, BARKA Foundation for Mutual Help.