Methodology for Creating a FairShares Lab

RIDLEY-DUFF, Rory, SCHMIDTCHEN, Roger, ARNOLD-SCHAARSCHMIDT, Martin, VUKOVIĆ, Sonja, WENDLING, Nika, KLERCQ, Jumbo, SOUTHCOMBE, Clıff, TRZECINSKI, Stefanie, PATAKI, Veronika, OPARAOCHA, Karin and KÁROLY, Judit (2018). Methodology for Creating a FairShares Lab. Project Report. FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation (Erasmus+ Project).

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Welcome to the first intellectual output (IO1) of the Erasmus+ project FairShares Labs for Social and Blue Innovation Project (Project 2016-1-DE02-KA204-003397). IO1 has been prepared by project partners to describe their methodology for creating FairShares Labs. Work started in Erfurt, Germany (7-9 December 2016) and has been discussed in three further transnational meetings in Sheffield (26-28 June 2017), Berlin (27-28 August 2017) and Osijek (20-22 Feb 2018). In this document, we set out the purpose of IO1. This document provides any person involved in the creation and development of a FairShares Lab (partners, coordinators, trainers and advisers) with an overview of the methodology for creating their lab. This includes an account of the FairShares Model itself as well as processes for setting up, recruiting people to and marketing a FairShares Lab, and supporting lab participants as they incubate new FairShares enterprises and contribute to building an ecosystem for FairShares. Section 1 provides background information and an overview of the methodology. Section 2 provides an overview of five elements of a FairShares Lab. Three elements come from the FairShares Model of social enterprise development (created by FairShares Association Ltd) - values and principles; key questions and; legal choices. The other two elements are social and technical support systems selected by the partners for this project. Social support is provided through learning and development methods (elaborated further in Section 3). These generate ideas, improve the effectiveness of team work and enable stakeholders to make decisions together. In Section 4, we examine the process of establishing a lab, inviting people to it, running activities, selecting projects, producing prototypes of goods and services, planning and incorporating (social) enterprises. In Section 5, we consider the marketing of FairShares Labs, who they are for, what needs they serve, what messages should be communicated to target groups (and future lab organisers).

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: co-operatives, social innovation, blue innovation, FairShares Model
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Ethical Organisations
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Management
Identification Number: Erasmus+ Project - 2016-1-DE02-KA204-003397
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Depositing User: Rory Ridley-Duff
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 11:04
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2018 11:46

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