This year’s eucen seminar will focus on entrepreneurial thinking in Lifelong Learning that expands our perceptions of entrepreneurship for a more inclusive and sustainable future.
University Lifelong Learning and Adult Education can play an important role in reaching the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs place future proofing human society to the fore, which demands radical new perspectives and practices.
Entrepreneurs are people who see and act on opportunities not readily apparent to others. In the carbon-neutral, digital age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution drain by the rise of artificial intelligence, we will need people who can see the opportunities for sustained planetary flourishing beyond a narrow profit paradigm.
The 2019 eucen Autumn Seminar has open a Call for Contributions. You can submit your abstracts here on one of the following three topics:
- World Citizenship: One of the implicit or explicit goals of university education is to prepare students to become World Citizens. UNESCO uses the term Global Citizenship Education, which builds on the work of Peace and Human Rights Education. “It aims to instill in learners the values, attitudes and behaviours that support responsible global citizenship: creativity, innovation, and commitment to peace, human rights and sustainable development.” https://en.unesco.org/themes/gced In the area of University Lifelong Learning the goals remain the same and it is the task of each University to implement World or Global Citizenship Education not only into their traditional programmes, but also into their lifelong learning activities. Good practice of how Global Citizenship Education is organized and learned in a ULLL context are more than welcome. Learning through active engagement in designing and building social startups can be one example. Strand leader – Michael Wihlenda (Global Ethic Institute, University of Tuebingen)
- Citizen Science: Citizen science has many dimensions among which are giving citizens a greater awareness of scientific methods and opportunities to shape research on topics that concern them. Essentially citizen science is a very important lifelong learning process: it offers ordinary citizens new methods for understanding both the social and physical world, and it provides them with methods to design and conduct research and also how to interpret data and develop critiques. In this workshop we will look at a citizen science project called Parenting Science Gang, which was funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Parenting Science Gang model put parents in charge with scientists helping them. Members have designed research projects relevant to their own parenting questions, seeking advice and support from relevant researchers. Over two years, Parenting Science Gang has enabled 2500 parents across eight groups to design research. This session will introduce the Parenting Science Gang model from the perspectives of members, researchers and public engagement professionals; examine the myriad benefits of user-led research through the lens of equality; and explore how lessons learned can be applied in the wider ULLL agenda. You are invited to bring in comparable experiences when you submit your abstract. Strand leader – Tamasin Greenough Graham (expert in science outreach programmes, educational resources and advising professional bodies on public engagement)
- Development of Micro-Enterprises. with displaced and vulnerable populations. Microenterprises and social entrepreneurship are not synonymous, but are very often closely linked. Microenterprises are defined largely in terms of scale, having a very small number of employees, a very low asset base and a low annual turnover. While they may be small in scale they are seen as critical drivers of economic activity in less developed economies, generatorsof employment and in all countries they very often have strong social mission. Among these social missions can be the inclusion of displaced people in host societies. For instance the NGO “Vzayenodiya Plus” (Interaction Plus), based in Ukraine, promotes social entrepreneurship with a specific goal to assist young people, women and internally displaced people. Social entrepreneurship always has a social goal like tackling poverty, sustainability and wider societal transformation. Lifelong learning is a key driver of both social entrepreneurship and microenterprise growth. In the Autumn Seminar we welcome insights into the links between ULLL and both social entrepreneurship and microenterprises. Strand leader – Vladlin, Larysa (Vzayenodia Plus, NGO based in Kiev)
Do not lose this opportunity to share your work! The best abstracts will be invited to submit full papers that will become part of the next eucen eJournal of ULLL. Check this link to see previous issues of our eJournal.
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