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Co-Design Methods towards Inclusive design in Diverse Communities: Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurial Skills.

Co-Design Methods towards Inclusive design in Diverse Communities: Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurial Skills.

Maragiannis, Anastasios ORCID: 0000-0002-1662-0189, Kennedy, Stephen, Rehal, Kamalveer and Maffioletti, Catherine (2019) Co-Design Methods towards Inclusive design in Diverse Communities: Empowering Youth through Entrepreneurial Skills. In: Design Research for Change 2019. Lancaster University, pp. 118-119. ISBN 978-1862203631

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In North West Europe 14% of young people aged 15-34 are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs). Since NEETs are rather unresponsive to traditional top-down approaches and have limited opportunities to engage with existing support and referral schemes, they risk long term labour market exclusion.
While entrepreneurial education has become an EU priority to tackle labour market exclusion, a consistent approach to engaging NEETs is missing. To make a real difference, a transfer of knowledge across regions in Europe is needed to generate an innovative, inclusive, transnational model. This model can provide NEETs with the necessary essential support (in North West Europe) while responding to the specificities of local/regional contexts and NEETs’ individual needs and goals.

The co-designed EYES approach combines entrepreneurial education with personalised coaching supported by a digital platform to help NEETs access local services, resources and regular support schemes, to encourage the development of an entrepreneurial mindset. Following evaluation of coaching approaches across regions in North West Europe, the Digital Tool champions best practices in coaching – enhancing capacity for outreach and cross-connecting services, methods and resources.

The EYES Approach package includes digital tools and coaching materials; four bilingual training sites that will prepare 25 coaches to run the pilots in the Ruhr area, Greater London, Flemish triangle, European Metropolis of Lille, and Tilburg. All regions supported by a common helpdesk.

Part of our work package within this €4.28m majority EU funded (alongside other funders) project is to lead a team to develop a co-design methodology under the supervision of the CI Prof Kennedy. Research within diversity and design-inclusion are currently vital for the EYES project – outputs on gender, disability, ethnicity, and accessibility contributing essential learnings for a series of interdisciplinary and multicultural co-design workshops run in the project partners’ respective regions – which will result in the development of a responsive, socially inclusive digital tool.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Design Research for Change 2019
Additional Information: Design Research for Change Symposium Design Museum, London Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 December 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: Research, Eyes, NWE, Interreg, Lancaster University, AHRC, Design, Codesign
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NC Drawing Design Illustration
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DSC)
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