24-27 October 2019
For 3 intensive days, youth workers, social entrepreneurs and policy makers convened in Skopje, Macedonia, from 16 different countries, came together to discuss cross-sectoral collaboration in social entrepreneurship.
Belle and co.’s director, Belisa Rodrigues, was a panelist on the “Zero Poverty + Social Enterprise” session – see presentation here.
The title of the conference “DIVE 3: Zero to One > 1 to N”, refers to Peter Thiel’s premise, that doing something someone is already doing which takes us from 1 to n, is familiar. However, when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1 – this enables leaders to emerge with unique solutions and businesses to rise above competition. The DIVE 3, refers to the third edition of the EU Erasmus+ programme called “Dive into Social Entrepreneurship” started in 2017.
So the conference played around with this “zero” theme, to extend the conversation further around social innovation in a future “zero” world: zero poverty, zero unemployment and zero carbon emissions.
The conference programme was divided into morning sessions focusing on the local Macedonian context; and then the early afternoon sessions focused on international contexts; with the late afternoon/evening sessions focused on group work and policy recommendations borne out of the inspiring sessions that day.
Watch this space for the full report and outcomes of the conference.