Jellies are occasional meetings at which a small group of people come together to collaborate in an informal atmosphere. Unlike coworking spaces, no membership is required, they cost nothing and take place in a variety of locations. They offer the opportunity to exchange ideas, with no commitments or costs. And at the same time, they allow a community to build that can eventually lead to the development of an institution like a coworking space. With these two benefits in mind, Anni Roolf, a communication designer from Wuppertal, has organized the first European Jelly Week. It will take place from January 17 to 23 in many cities across Europe.
I wanted to share with you observations by David Barrie. He reviews examples of social innovation that changes the face of the city. There are similar things in Lithuania worth mentioning as well.
For example arts and culture ( Street Music Day ) come out into the public, the street becomes part of life. Social relations are changing: strangers meet to share emotions and activities together (bubbler ), some second hand stuff ( fleamarket at teachers’ house), their skills and experience ( Eco Wave at Gedimino 9), ideas ( Pecha Kucha ) or just simply talk to each other. Artists and other active people are changing their communities inside Vilnius as well: starting in Uzupis adn ending with Newtown . Coworking in our Hub is part of this movement as well. And that’s just the beginning:).
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Today I came across a post by Auren Kaplan on social entrepreneurship in the Huffington Post. Auren gives short overview of some of the more known stakeholders in the field of social entrepreneurship. And I am not going into the discussion of differences between social business and social entrepreneurship this time. However I included his post, partly because he mentions The Hub Network as well and our coworking center aspires to join the Network some time soon. On the other hand social business/entrepreneurship is still unknown subject in Lithuania, although in UK alone there are over 60.000 social businesses, with turnover of over 3 billion pounds. Just to remind the readers that social business is about using business like approach in solving social and environmental problems, by selling services and/or products.
Here is Auren’s post: „Want to end poverty? There is a lot of work to be accomplished. According to GiveWell.org, over 2.5 billion people live on just $2 per day — more than one-third of all humanity. The vast majority of the population of the African continent is included in those statistics. For some perspective, the United States has roughly 307,000,000 citizens. Given those statistics, the amount of people living on $2 per day is equivalent to nine United States’ of Americas. That is a lot of people in poverty — too many — that need the help of first world institutions (like business) to empower them. So what has humanity been doing to create lasting solutions to the issue of pervasive poverty? ….