[Webinars] Multi-stakeholder Approaches for Innovative Societies
19 April at 10:00 am — 20 April at 12:00 pm
We are pleased to invite you to two webinars examining the ways in which multi-stakeholder approaches help build more innovative societies.
To build innovative and creative societies, it is necessary to work both at a system level to improve innovation ecosystems and at an individual level to encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to participate in society. The events are part of the Skillnet webinar series organised by the AER, which provides an opportunity for mutual learning around topics identified by AER members.
Creating Effective Innovation Ecosystems
19 April 2021 at 10:00 CET
An innovation ecosystem describes the complex set of relationships among very diverse actors and entities, which work for technology development and innovation in a territory. Amongst others, this includes the material resources and human capital of universities, colleges of engineering, business schools, business firms, venture capitalists, industry-university research institutes, state or regional economic development agencies and chambers of commerce, funding agencies and policymakers.
Connectedness, Competence and Talent, and Capital are identified as issues of major importance by the European Commission’s Report on the 2020 stakeholder consultation “A Robust Innovation Ecosystem for the Future of Europe”. This webinar will look at the elements which make for an effective innovation ecosystem. In particular, it will examine how regional ecosystems involve different levels of education, specifically whether technical and vocational education and training stakeholders are involved or how they can be involved further.
Technical Vocational Education & Training and Civic Participation
20 April 2021 at 10:00 CET
Civic participation is a process in which people take collective action to address issues of public concern and can adopt many forms: from individual volunteering, community engagement efforts, organisational involvement, and government work. With regard to governments, effectively engaging with stakeholders translates into better services, source ideas and knowledge, co-creation solutions and seizing new opportunities.
For the quality of civic participation, it is however crucial to make sure to involve all regional stakeholders. Research shows there is a large participation gap between college students and other young people. Thus, this webinar will look at the factors that can improve civic participation of people in technical and vocational education and training, and how such multi-stakeholder strategies benefit regions.
This webinar will look at:
- Whether activities for youth participation are addressed to Technical Vocational Education & Training learners and tailored in a way that encourages participation;
- how Technical Vocational Education & Training learners and teachers can be encouraged to contribute and be visible in political arenas;
- identifying the systems which allow all segments of society to feel capable of contributing towards the fulfilment of SDGs.