Gathering for good practice sharing and networking
Update: The follow-up Webinar of Links-up took place on 24 October at 11:00 CET. The Webinar was recorded and can be viewed: Click for more.
The Links-up (Learning 2.0 for an Inclusive Knowledge Society – Understanding the Picture) and the FREE (Fostering Return to Employment through Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity) projects, two outstanding EU funded initiatives, organised their closing events on 22-23 September 2011 at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (Budapest, Hungary) to offer their audiences their highly valuable research findings, products and services. Both the Links-up and the FREE projects are co-funded by the European Commission?s Lifelong Learning Programme and will be finishing shortly after this jointly organised conference.
Web 2.0 for Social Inclusion
The Links-up Final Conference, titled ?Web 2.0 for Social Inclusion: Bridging Practices and Policies? drew a picture of the ?landscape? of ?Learning 2.0 for Inclusion? by reviewing what has been done in the academic and research field, and what has been achieved by practitioners working on the ground in projects that have been using Web 2.0 to work with disadvantaged groups. Links-up also reported on a series of ?action research experiments?, collaborating with ?live pilot? projects working in the field, to evaluate the added contribution Web 2.0 can make to practices that use learning to support social inclusion. Links-up, therefore, contributes to build a grounded as well as integrated evidence base in the field of Web 2.0, Learning 2.0 and Inclusion 2.0 in order to formulate realistic and feasible recommendations for future political actions and practical interventions.
Entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity
The FREE International Seminar offered in its programme a workshop where participants had an opportunity to carry out in depth exploration of the features and contents of the FREE Interactive Tool, developed for the benefit ofcounsellors, tutors, trainers and other professionals working with unemployed people interested in starting a business. This experimentation was facilitated by the members of the project partnership. In a following round table discussion participants exchanged their opinion and experiences about the previously discussed or other related topics.
Synergies between and beyond
The two projects joined forces in offering specifically dedicated sessions, where other projects and initiatives that have similar focus to that of the FREE and Links-up were introduced. Relevant contributions by participants were invited.
The participation at both events was free of charge.