Petrklic Help, z.s. / Cesky Tesin (Czech Republic) 16.-20.04.2018
A team of twelve from Italy, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Belgium, Portugal and Germany gathered in the international small city of Český Těšín/Cziszin located on the Polish-Czech border during the 16th to 20th of April. The objective of this meeting was to kickstart a long-term project which aims to make people forget the boundaries we have in our lives. Taking the border inside of the city, that you’ll only find on signs, as an example the group thought of activities like workshops and seminars which specifically social borders between general society and marginalised groups.
Often times these people have less opportunities and experience less encouragement to fund their own businesses - a situation demanding to be changed, with a special focus on social enterprises. Although the project is planned to last for about 2.5 years, it’s planned to have a long-lasting impact, encouraging and supporting environmentally friendly startups in particular. Talking about all those things in meetings all seriously was important for the future, but it was important to us to do something right now as well. So after our meetings and planning, we took part in cleaning the town from garbage and created workshops for local children on Earth Day, bringing them closer to nature and the concept of sustainability.
We are going to keep you updated on all the trainings, exchanges and seminars that are about to come, you are going to see fusions of already existing projects to create something that will last and change the way we think about the relationship between industry, social impact and ecology.