What Governments can learn from the NEDs (New Employment Disruptors)

How Europe’s social entrepreneurs are seizing the initiative and creating innovative new approaches to job creation

Introducing the New Employment Disruptors

Where there is demand supply follows. Not from the usual suppliers — business and governments, but from social entrepreneurs. With the freedom and insight to see the market failure and to attack the problem differently, they have pioneered revolutions in many sectors. Social entrepreneurs like Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia who opened up the world’s’ knowledge to everyone and rendered encyclopedias obsolete; or Ursula Sladek, founder of networked energy movement EWS who shifted the ownership, management and production of energy into the hands of citizens, thus fostering energy saving and renewables sources. Now social entrepreneurs are tackling the problem of long-term unemployment in Europe with new approaches to an old problem.

Sandra Schurmann, Founder of JobAct

Impactful solutions need incubation and scaling support

But Peridis, Serra and Sandra’s plans for expansion and scale need a central resource which can help them to implement their initiatives in other regions or countries that would benefit from them to reverse the trend in youth unemployment. To make this happen, in 2014 the NEDs allied themselves with Ashoka, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, one of the largest foundations in Germany. Together they have created a knowledge network of local foundations in Spain, Greece and Italy under the banner of THIS WORKS.

How to reach scale for unemployment solutions

So how can these great ideas and initiatives overcome the financial and logistical obstacles and achieve greater impact and scale? June’s summit in Brussels gathered these and many other social entrepreneurs who presented their solutions for unemployment, not only to other social entrepreneurs who could replicate them in their countries, but to representatives of the European Commission and Member State Governments who can take these ideas and supersize them — make them European, national or regional policy. These ideas are already reinventing the sector across Europe, so the beta testing is done. The next step for the New Employment Disruptors is to scale up and provide networked solutions to unemployment across Europe. Tough job, but it works.

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