Co working spaces can be the drivers for business development and innovation, by boosting talents potential and by creating synergies and networking opportunities among entrepreneurs and people able to fight against specific territorial challenges. They become local points of information and knowledge sharing and could activate rural areas by building social capital and creating new jobs (or opportunities for work) in the local community.
The Youth ReWorking Rural is a project about coworking spaces that focuses on the promotion of co-working spaces/hubs as a concept to reconvert abandoned paces and to promote entrepreneurship culture among young people. This project was inspired by similar experiences implemented in Europe.
It’s a consortium of 6 European countries, among the Institute of Entrepreneurship Development from Greece, that came together to try to find and implement new educational ways for the development of the young people to these spaces, and at the same time to create social awareness of this concept in rural areas which are characterized by similar structural issues such as high unemployment rate, brain drain and depopulation, lack of job opportunities and more innovation.
Though these two years of project implementation we can present you what we experienced together with young people coming mainly from rural areas. The booklet which is presented below, is a key milestone for the development of a long-lasting strategic partnership of key education, governmental and relevant stakeholders.
All the experiences, best practices and open challenges which are pointed came from
- a deep research activity implemented during the first phase of the project, the start of the art and map of opportunities.
- Feedbacks and relevant stakeholders on the validation activity
- Discussion held during the multiplier event implement in all partners countries
- Feedbacks from the participant during the coworking training week in Italy
- The evaluation of the online materials by participants
Flow co-working in Norway, Co-working Warehouse Factory in Italy and Katapult in Slovenia are just a few examples of the co working spaces that we had the opportunity to visit, experience, learn, and talk with people working or using the space.
How all these people experienced the co working spaces concept? Which good practices are existing? And, what are the open challenges that give us a new perspective to approach the different situations? Find all the answers to this booklet!