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Research Article

Social design for inclusive local learning ecosystems: an entrepreneurial cultural affinity approach

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.30-7-2019.162947,
        author={Stefania Savva and Nicos Souleles and Ana Margarida Ferreira},
        title={Social design for inclusive local learning ecosystems: an entrepreneurial cultural affinity approach},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies},
        volume={6},
        number={20},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={CT},
        year={2020},
        month={2},
        keywords={urban regeneration, local learning ecosystems, embodiment, entrepreneurship, social innovation, circular economy, social design, underrepresented groups, social inclusion, social impact},
        doi={10.4108/eai.30-7-2019.162947}
    }
    
  • Stefania Savva
    Nicos Souleles
    Ana Margarida Ferreira
    Year: 2020
    Social design for inclusive local learning ecosystems: an entrepreneurial cultural affinity approach
    CT
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.30-7-2019.162947
Stefania Savva1,*, Nicos Souleles1, Ana Margarida Ferreira2
  • 1: Art and Design: elearning lab, Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus
  • 2: UNIDCOM/IADE, Universidade Europeia, Laureate Universities, Lisbon, Portugal
*Contact email: stefania.savva@cut.ac.cy

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: The ECAS (Entrepreneurial Cultural Affinity Spaces) framework seeks to transform social design theory and practice, through an emergent instructional paradigm of heritage-led, local learning ecosystem approaches, to leverage on diverse assets of people in community settings.

OBJECTIVES: This paper addresses the theoretical backdrop of how such ecosystems can be co-designed, implemented, and evaluated, to include disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.

METHODS: We seek to introduce the ECAS framework and how it can present an inclusive and open instructional paradigm that improves design for social change, innovation, and entrepreneurship in practice.

RESULTS: In this paper, we address implementation through an Erasmus Plus, Adult Education research project, discussing the framework, conditions, and support mechanisms developed.

CONCLUSION: Reconfiguration of design for social change and our collective mind-set, will create the conditions for more dynamic and powerful collaborations that stimulate and enable social innovation, entrepreneurship and inclusion.