Centers Of Social Innovation /
Factfinding Visit Austria
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The second time a group Social Innovators mainly from the Přerov and Šumperk districts in Olomouc Region of Czech Republic will visit Austria. (See here for the first run). This time it will be 10 people who are active multipliers within their region and we will make a big effort to get them in touch with Austrian hotspots of Social Innovation. Since they will come by bus, we will travel together and this time cover not only the Vienna Region, but also Lower and Upper Austria.
We always think it is exciting to show to visitors what you always wanted to visit yourself, it helps a lot in Austrian networking, and we invite friends to follow up what we are doing, to visit us in the concluding days and use this event for networking.
Also, we see a lot of potential in supporting our Czech friends creating excellent Centers of Social Innovations in small towns, serving rural areas. The questions that peripheral regions face are maybe not so different in Austria and Csech Republic: an increasing process of migration to the large centers, loss of qualified young people, high unemployment and little support for creative entrepreneurship.
We will pool our best solutions and apply them locally.
cannot come on Sunday, will arrive in Vienna only Monday midday
12:00 arrival @ Hotel Karolinenhof in Vienna
14:00 St. Andrä Wördern, the "Borderless Initiatives" http://www.grenzenloskochen.at as an excellent example of rural innovation climate in a place near the Vienna woods.
A long trip westward
We seek to arrive at 11h30 in Vorchdorf, home of OTELO (Open Technology Lab Austria) and also now the second village Campus in Austria. We will spend the rest of the day with them. (otelovorchdorf(AT)gmail.com)
On the basis of a feasibility study for creating regional development areas, local centres for community-based activities were established first in Gmunden and Vöcklabruck and then in Walding, Kirchdorf and Vorchdorf. The centres are supported by teams of Otelo volunteers as needed and depending on the stage of the activity (idea / game / project); otherwise, they are self-organizing. From workshops for transmitting knowledge through stimulating “idea bars” to jams in open format, there is room for everyone (and everything). The municipalities take care of basic infrastructure in municipal buildings and provide an orientation 'manual' for groups and new locations. Currently, a cooperative society is being formed as a place of alternative employment for entrepreneurs.
11:30 Stefan Reiter Short presentation OTELO
Morning early rise
12:30 Lunch (Ybbsitz)
free morning and noon for sightseeing and shopping / or simply retreat and lunch in VIENNA
afternoon 14:00h : Speeches and visitors PUBLIC MINI SYMPOSIUM, personal access needs to be assured by email to f.nahrada(AT)reflex.at
Theme 1: Turning natural wealth into social diversity
morning: Vienna / Lower Austrian Excursion
16:00 Meetup at the Vogt Farm in Obersdorf near Wolkersdorf - Self harvest field, local networking &local initiatives that grew in the last year
19:00 Visit at celebration at Ecocenter Lobau, Presentation of eight different initiatives to work on ecological farmland, from horse therapy to aquaponics and farm school
20:30 Arrival at Karolinenhof, Vienna: Overnight Stay
cancelled - group arrives one day later
afternoon: PAN Community
evening: Watzmanns, Apfelweberhof, ( http://www.apfelweberhof.at) private center for artistic creativity. The region near Csech border has managed to create fiberoptic networks to the most remote farms.
We planned to eat and sleep in Apfelweberhof
cancelled - instead we "check in" at Wiener Deewan for dinner
Visit to Mühlviertler Alm on Way to Vorchdorf ?
cancelled - too much stress and detour