180 Moires (180º)

This Entry has been submitted.

180 Moires (180º) : Inclusive job-creation for financial dignity

Athens, GreeceAthens, Greece
Year Founded:
2013
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

180 Moires (180º)'s vision is to transform employment through social inclusion and financial dignity. We seek to increase job creation of economically inactive groups through training, coaching and ecosystemic balance amongst the key players of the social and business sector.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

we could provide financial dignity through inclusive job creation?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Unemployment is a symptom within the market, a result of a non-viable economy such as that of Greece and other countries of Southern Europe. The official unemployment numbers are increasing (~30.8%). There are groups of economically inactive people e.g. inactive freelancers, underemployed, etc. (~3-5 %) who are without a sufficient income or job but not eligible to register as unemployed thus without access to labor market programs by the state

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Our solution is based a framework of pillars which are interconnected to each other: 1) Capacity building scheme for NGOs where the participating organisations work on their sustainability opportunities 2) Joint effort of NGOs & businesses towards partnership projects based on training programmes for the unemployed (including the “hidden” unemployed), based on the identified sustainability potential. At the same time, participants will be offered the opportunity to acquire work experience, thus eventually being empowered and equipped with new entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial skills, full use of which will be made over time either by the NGOs, or the businesses, or even through participants’ own entrepreneurial initiatives.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Maria is a Production and Management Engineer and in her late 50s. She worked as a freelancer with companies and the last two years she does not get contracts that cover her living expenses. She is not eligible to OAED-programs and her depth is increasing. She applies to 180 Moires and works with a non-profit organization, which just partnered with a production company in order to create a new product line as a collaboration project and gets training to focus her skills on a different sector than she was used to. The company pays the non-profit for conceptualizing the product line, which gives Maria a direct basic income but also healthcare access. The company decides to renew the partnership and Maria becomes the project lead.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The unofficial unemployment rate is 3,5% higher than the official one. The number of inactive freelancers without sufficient income will be available within 2014 from the Ministry of Finance. One can foresee "hidden" unemployed professional re-activation and re-entry in the job market with a sophisticated and sustainable way answering current socioeconomic challenges as personal needs, while leading to their empowerment with respect to each participant's background and interests. Moreover, new job opportunities and vacancies will be created, giving also access to officially unemployed people to regain financial dignity. On the other hand, NGOs will learn to explore new paths of work and finally enter in a sustainable route getting closer to fully financial independence from any kind of funding. As far as enterprises are concerned, they will enter new niche markets.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Spreading the scheme to counties with similar characteristics, mostly North Mediterranean, with restricted access to re-activation opportunities over the traditional market mechanisms. We have identified some areas within Greece e.g. Region of Attica like Athens city center, western suburbs where we want to start our pilots and then include Northern Greece e.g. Thessaloniki, Katerini into our schemes in collaboration with partner organizations. We aim to develop our framework of instruments (training, financial, capacity building for social impact, public policy interventions).
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

Three main categories of stakeholders will be the sources of funding: 1) One business partner already exists who wishes to access a new niche market while being interested in offering the healthcare access of the participants of the program. 2) Public Benefit/Philanthropy Foundations that aim to support sustainable projects of the social sector 3) A number of businesses have expressed an interest in paid participation in the project.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

1) Local actions for vulnerable groups (TOPEKO) and Local programs for employment (TOPSA): Mobilizing stakeholders for the creation of jobs for unemployed and business creation by unemployed. 2) Praksis Business Coaching Center: Support structure for entrepreneurial activity to people facing social exclusion. 3) IQ Consult seeks to increase employment of disadvantaged people through training, coaching, microfinancing and mentoring. 180 Moires (180º) establishes a bridge between the economically inactive and job creation based on an intergenerational and inter-sector approach.
Team

Founding Story

180 Moires (180º) mission is based on the own experience of its founding team, who within the financial crisis faced the challenge to work as freelancers with restricted income or underemployed. We shared ideas and experiences, common and different at the same time. Deeply affected by the domino-effect of the crisis - unemployment, marginalization, homelessness, lack of access to resources for an ever growing number of people - we also shared visions of a better world that we would love to create. The outcome was 180º (180 Moires), founded by an intergenerational (ages 22-64), intercultural team. We have pooled together the broad spectrum of our knowledge, talents and skills. Our shared vision is to transform the status quo of employment.

Team

We are a multidisciplinary founding team, consisting of 6 members, all of them equally members of the board. The overall strategic leadership regarding this project is lead by one team member (Konstantina Zoehrer) and its implementation is supported by three team members (partnerships/Evita Kolokouri, training/ Tonia Eliascou, service design/ Alexandra Velnidou), two members advise on finance (Andrea Solomonidou) and usability (Nasos Kouroupis)
About You
Organization:
180 Moires (180º)
About You
First Name

Konstantina

Last Name

Zoehrer

About Your Project
Organization Name

180 Moires (180º)

How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

, Athens

Country where this project is creating social impact

, Athens

What awards or honors has the project received?
Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Individuals, Foundations, Businesses, Customers.

Supplemental
Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

With the partnerships we established through our research process, we saw that there was potential in preventing unemployment from rising whilst creating job opportunities. We engage with communities, private HR Agencies, businesses, social organizations that have programs for unemployed and create strategic partnerships. Some of our partners:

European Alliance Insurance Company (Europaiki Pisti) invested in our vision by providing us our office space as operational utilities and advises us on an operational level supporting us towards a sustainable business model opening also niche market for the company in the future.

Alternative Trade Network partnered with us on a community development portal around social entrepreneurship in Greece as we share a common vision around the significance of information around key issues. The partnership is based on knowledge exchange and community building. The website is under development.

Boehringer Ingelheim: We discussed with BI Hellas a framework in order to activate intrapreneurial mindset within the company towards social impact.

Public Benefit and Philanthropic Foundations: We are working with Public Benefit and Philanthropic Foundations on an initial assessment for their future and existing grantees and give them options towards sustainability potential based on a collaborative training and capacity building aiming to create jobs.