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development consultant and applied anthropologist
"live before you die"
At present I am most interested in inter-linking different experiences, ideas, opportunities, actors, meaning and value, anthropology and business and in triggering entrepreneurial attitudes and practices for the growth of social innovations.
As an experienced applied anthropologist, I promote social innovation and socio-economic development through the construction of meaning and relationships that make sense in inter-cultural groups. In order to do so, I carry forward participatory research and planning in the community. For example, I have conducted Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) for the economic empowerment of rural women; participant-observation and ethnography amongst Roma members of a social enterprise; focus groups, interviews, collection of life-stories and field-visits with evicted Roma families and individuals with mental health challenges. Participation tools rendered community members, Roma individuals and women groups more aware of their situation and of the context and stimulated them to become more active in advocacy initiatives (cooperatives, local action groups). The synthesis/analysis of the data was used to develop: local action plans for sustainable economic growth; consensus amongst local public and private stakeholders on development priorities; Cross-Border projects financed by the EU; gender and diversity sensitive employment measures; social enterprises; community-based mental health centers and day-cares for children with disabilities.
Working for the past 12 years in the context of EU integration in Eastern Europe (Serbia) I gained extensive experience as both a development consultant and a direct agent of change. I have been engaged in consultancies entailing: project design and elaboration; baseline analysis; peer-reviewed studies and ethnographies; training of trainers and workshops moderation. As project manager and field officer I was able to follow the direct implementation of activities and develop organizational skills.
BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! I live in Serbia and these days there is a lot of talk at the policy level on the need for entrepreneurial education in schools!!!! Of course, in Mediterranean Europe "education" is interpreted 99% of the times as "formal education": teacher from their high status and podiums and students listening to teachers. This video is educational in so many ways!!!! It is peer-to-peer (taken for granted in Anglosaxon countries...:)), it is entrepreneurial, it is creative, it is encouraging, it is scientific...It also is a great ground on which to strengthen social inclusion (not identifying failure with vulnerable categories...and building potentials for success through failures...) :)
I am at present cooperating with Three Coins a start-up from Vienna that has very innovative ways of filling the gaps between "knowledge" and behavior in terms of personal finance management. In order to diminish the debt that in which 20% of youth seems to be (according to national stats in Europe), Three Coins uses interactive and creating education and technical assistance through virtual games. Playing such games is supposed to encourage an attitude change towards spending http://threecoins.org/about-us/ Maybe we can see how to integrate the "interactive virtual game" aspect into the Smart grid Games :)
YES, James!!!! The links are definitely fitting!!!! I am now writing a project for the development of local economies in municipalities along Danube in Serbia and I think that these kind of activities stimulate entrepreneurship and cooperation which is supposed to break the vicious circle of "stagnation"...So, I will definitely keep in touch to share upgrades :) THANKS :)