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21-23 SEP 2022


On September 21-22-23, project partners participated in the first peer learning activity & consortium meeting held at the town hall of the Municipality of Vari – Voula – Vouliagmeni (Greece).


In particular, Envolve participated as a lead partner in the project scheme.

Representatives from the Municipality of Vari – Voula – Vouliagmeni (, the Municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch through the organization Weenwe XL ( and the Province of Rimini ( and the organization FIN PROJECT ( were involved in the discussions, too.


The project goal is to create municipal services in each country that support social entrepreneurship by exchanging know-how and experiences.

In order to reach this objective, service design methodology and tools were deeply explained during the sessions. Moreover, a comparison between national contexts and legislative frameworks regarding social economy was carried out.


The first phase of the pilot actions was implemented through the joint problems definition and stakeholder mapping in each project area.

During the consortium meeting the next steps were agreed, with each partner committed to explore local social economy ecosystem using the lens proposed by service design.


In November, the partners will meet again to proceed with the activities in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (The Netherlands).


15-17 NOV 2022


Following the first meeting in Greece, hosted by the municipality of Vari Voula Vouliagmeni, on November 15-16-17 the LADESE project partners carried out the second Peer Learning and Consortium Meeting in the Dutch town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Peer Learning activities were developed to consolidate the co-development of the pilot actions in the Netherlands, Greece and Italy, as well as for sharing best practices and experiences among partners regarding the use of service design.

It is clear the potential relevance that this innovative approach can bring to the social and solidarity economy ecosystem, especially for public authorities looking for effective ways to support user-centred social services.

Local WEENER XL members presented their initiatives which represent best practices in terms of social and job reintegration and all project partners had the opportunity to visit their headquarter and working spaces.

The Consortium Meeting was developed through intense and productive discussions among partners in order to set up roles and responsibilities for the Action Plan and the Design Option Paper elaboration.

The partners have worked in these months in a collaborative way, jointly developing project activities. The next appointment is in April, when the third meeting will be held in Rimini, organized by Finproject with support of the Province of Rimini.


3-5 APR 2023


The Project Partners met in Rimini on 3-4-5 April for the third session of Peer Learning Activity and Consortium Meeting.

Finproject and the Province of Rimini hosted partners showing some local experiences in social economy, in particular regarding the Cooperative movement which represents a key actor in the region.
Two organizations presented their activity: Cooperativa Sociale La Goccia and Associazione ISNET.


The former is a social cooperative carrying out different projects on social inclusion, creating employement opportunities for people with disabilities and special needs, while the latter is a research organisation active in the study and consulting about social enterprises, which presented the results of the recent edition of the Annual Observatory on Social Enterprises in Italy.


During the Peer Learning Activities an update on project implementation was discussed, focusing on the feedback collected through stakeholder interviews and on the preparation of a Toolkit aimed at helping local public authorities in providing better support to social economy organisations
Moreover, the draft of the Design Option Paper was presented, discussing next steps and potential improvements as well as the structure of the Action Plans to develop in each country.


The partners scheduled the next online meetings to work on communication and support the organisation and management of pilot actions that will be realized in the next months, by the end of October.


20 FEB 2024


On Tuesday February 20, the LADESE Consortium finalized the 2-year long effort organizing “Innovate4Change: Transforming Societal Challenges through Social Entrepreneurship” at the EU Parliament, in Brussells.

This project, co-funded by the EU under the Single Market COSME Programme, brought together the public and private sectors to boost the design-driven innovation capabilities of social SMEs.

The event, hosted by MEP Eleni Stavrou, has involved several guests who shared their experiences and thoughts about design-driven social innovation, funding opportunities for social economy and the evolution of legislative framework at the EU level.

Jerry Zagoritis, Founder and Chief Strategist at Campaign Lab has introduced the event, leading the interventions’ flow. Eleni Stavrou started highlighting the main development about European Policies for the Social Economy, together with Karel Vanderpoorten, Policy Officer at the EU Commission. They stressed the relevance of the Proximity and Social Economy Ecosystem, providing some insights into the Social Economy Action Plan, adopted by the EU Commission in 2021.

Then Christina Skoubridou (Director EU Innovation Department, Envolve Entrepreneurship) welcomed the guests for LADESE Consortium, drawing the main project’s objectives and milestones, such as the elaboration of a Toolkit for helping Public Authorities in the design of effective user-centred support services for SMEs and citizens.

After this session, three Panels were scheduled.

In Panel 1 “Scaling up Social Entrepreneurship in Europe” speakers from the private sector and social economy presented their organisation and how their daily activities help sustain the social economy ecosystem. In particular, Juan Manuel Revuelta Pérez (CEO FINNOVA) illustrated the functioning of the “2nd CHANCE Startup Europe Accelerator”, while Dorotea Daniele (Managing Director and Senior Expert at Diesis Network) and Chiara Frencia (General Secretary, Startup Europe Regions Network) focused their speech on the relevance of an ongoing dialogue between different actors, to align skills and knowledge basis in the sector towards a shared growth.
Finally, Koralia Kontou, Project Officer of DG Home at the European Commission, clarified the framework of funding opportunities stemming from the EU for the social economy.


Panel 2, titled “Nurturing Social Economy at the local level” was the time for LADESE Project Partners to share their experience regarding the impact of project activities at the local level.
Mark Scheutjens as Project and Innovation Manager in the Municipality of S‘hertogenbosch, Dimitris Apostolopoulos, Head of Organization and Christian Maffei, Senior Public Officer in the Province of Rimini exchanged feedback on how they handled workshops or the development of the Action Plan, recognizing the relevance of addressing the social economy role from different national perspectives. 
The dialogue was enriched by the online presence of Isabella Tymviou, City Councillor of Nicosia Municipality who gave her insights on the topic.

The event closed with Panel 3 dedicated to launching the “RES4CITY Startup Europe Accelerathon”, an innovative way to spur innovation in the design of potential solutions to a set of environmental and social challenges.

The event represented the best way to end a journey and consolidate a network that is ready to close the project’s activities, disseminating results and creating new partnerships to transform societal challenges in opportunities.

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28 MAR 2024


LADESE Project Partners are glad to publish online their new "Service Design Toolkit

It is a project deliverable aimed at providing public officers with guidelines and 15 effective tools to use during their service design process.


Project co-funded under the Single Market Programme (SMP - COSME) of the European Union

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