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Germany - new ebbf member Pinar Güner offers insights into the role of education to reduce youth unemployment
Pinar has recently joined ebbf and right away decided to contribute, by sharing with the ebbf community some of her thinking and research. Pinar has been a European Commission`s Marie Curie fellow at “Education as Welfare for Socially Vulnerable Young People in Europe” research project. Also a visiting pre-doc at Harvard Graduate School of Education and affiliated with “Harvard New Civics Early Career Scholars Program” and researcher in the research group “women and gender studies” at Faculty of Education in Oulu University Finland. Her research field is inclusion of youth, quality of education, welfare research, European education and welfare systems with special focus on Germany, comparative education, education policy,planning, leadership and curirculum development.
MEANING OF QUALITY EDUCATION AND YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
What is the purpose of education and how can it address the growing issue of youth unemployment, specifically considering the European Union?
Joey is a forward thinking student and business dreamer who always wants to innovate things to be better. He characterizes himself as “ambitious and optimistic” and carries the feeling that he can make his hopes come true.
ebbf’s make it meaningful series is the result of 25 years of experience, evolving its international events. We discovered that people are not just looking for knowledge. They want to participate. And even more important, they want to contribute. Together we challenge the working environment and come up with ways of making our work more meaningful, connecting it to a wider purpose. Making change happen at the level of the individual, organizations and institutions.
This May we will be exploring interconnected business and specifically the mutual influence between organizational culture and structure and the people who work inside a system and give life to it. How do we as individuals affect positive change in the organizations where we operate? how can organizations enable instead of disabling people?
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Marcelino Congo was one of the participants from the last ebbf conference in Barcelona on justice in the workplace. He was born in Angola and moved to Portugal when he was young where he completed most of his studies, after which, pursued a PhD in Food Safety at Catholic University (Oporto, Portugal) and Cornell University (NY, USA). He is currently a teacher and a researcher in Microbiology.
Jelena, through her work with the Loop, organized a get-together, between, what they called at that time, two ‘opposite tribes’: young social activists and business leaders from large corporations. They wanted to create a space for human interaction between leaders of today and those who have started shaping the world of tomorrow.
Arthur, Former Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and consultant to the World Bank, spoke at CSR Meetup Geneva about ‘The impact of climate change and pollution on the global economy’.
BAS brought the pioneer business model, Path to Zero, in which an integrated solution was offered to customers to lead them towards energy independence, thus turning energy cost into value creation. The company was the first energy company in the world to accept Bitcoin as payment and won two categories at the 2014 MIT Climate CoLab Challenge.
Wendi Momen was welcomed at Buckingham Palace for an investiture ceremony during which she was recognized for her services to Equality, to the Empowerment of Women, and to the Community in Bedfordshire. For those services, she received an MBE Award (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a grade within the British order of chivalry).
Philippe Gerling featured an article in the January 2015 issue of the Nissan Motor Corporation in Guam focusing on the concept of the company as a “work community”. To better explain this idea he mentioned a TEDx Innsbruck talk by ebbf member, Oscar Mendez Rosa, titled “Transforming companies into communities“.