Herne Hill SME representing UK in Europe as a Social Innovation semi finalist

The European Social Innovation Competition, launched in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos, is a challenge prize run by the European Commission across all European countries, now in its fifth year. The theme of the 2017 competition is Equality Rebooted and seeks to find innovations in tools, services, and models that can close the gap and allow everyone to seize the opportunities offered by technological change.

The competition is organised by the European Commission, supported by Nesta, Kennisland, Shipyard, Impact Hub and Matter&Co.

Scribeasy has been invited to The social innovation academy, from 3-5 July in Madrid, where semi-finalists will take part in workshops and visit examples of successful social innovation projects in Spain. Following the academy, ten finalists will be selected by the jury and the three most effective projects will each be awarded a prize of €50,000 at the awards ceremony in Brussels in October 2016.

Amanda Duncan Founder of Scribeasy said;“Scribeasy is technology designed to make an impact for children who struggle with writing to enhance the outcomes around improving equality and helping the young have more control in shaping their future and the roles they play in our society.  Making the shortlist for the 2017 Competition, means so much to me because it connects us with the EU - that's 500 million people, 7.3% of the world's population. Scribeasy grew from making connections between teaching, personal experiences, and the desire to help my young son with his literacy. There was a link between children who struggle or feel disengaged around writing, and teaching adults who need creative confidence and thinking strategies to help spark ideas and gain mileage around working with new information. The ability to think creatively is a life skill that affects how we respond to life - for example -do challenges defeat us or does a problem become an opportunity?

Scribeasy stimulates the mind like a toy (not a game). It instils a sense of story responsibility where the individual creates their learning context; it builds up connectivity and awareness around how different choices can define different outcomes.  Feedback like "I didn't think I was this clever"  from struggling boys indicate how quickly Scribeasy can shift a user's self-esteem and long-term engagement with writing and creative thinking. 

Scribeasy has taken over two years of devotion in order to offer a remarkable teaching and learning resource, A writing workflows that gathers code for meaningful and incentivising metrics. The investment has been financial and labour intensive, with over fifty writing workshops, and the build of a beta iOS app that achieved tens of thousands of global downloads in under a year, with active daily users sharing stories written at home and in school. 

But we have only just begun. With all the advantages of being cloud-based, our technology can start to embrace the mission as a community tool that contributes holistic and educational outcomes. Including bridging gaps between museums and objects to inspire writing, creating writing activities for schools and youth groups and the build of an international story sharing and liking community".

If you are interested to know more, scribeasy.com or please get in touch -Amanda  - info@scribeasy.com 


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