Austria: How High Living Standards Can Restrain the SE Ecosystem

Austria’s social entrepreneurship scene is small but dynamic. The main reason why the sector is still in its early stage is the relatively high level of social welfare and low level of unemployment, which might impact the perceived need for new actors and innovative solutions. Social businesses are largely absent from the traditional welfare sectors such as social services and health services. However, the Austrian social economy, the high level of social welfare and an active non-profit sector still strongly contribute to social businesses.   The sector is characterized by a high degree of heterogeneity and complexity concerning the organizational legal

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Small Gestures, Big Impact: Herzorte

Herzorte is German and is the name of a Viennese initiative just about to start. It means “places for a heart” and tries to establish a network of exactly that: public space(s) that are open and welcoming, even to those that are financially, socially or culturally excluded – places for open-heartedness. When Hannes was working for “SUPERTRAMPS” – where homeless people give special tours through the city of Vienna – he found that in many industrialised societies there is too little solidarity and understanding for people that happened to lose their home in public’s general awareness. He was searching for

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Everyone Codes – Training For Newcomers

In the summer 2016 an idea for action rose in the minds of the everyone codes founders when Vienna was facing the arrival of many refugees from the middle east. Back then Stefan Steinberger, was working as a teacher and had some young refugees in his class. He got closer to them and their families and most of them reached out to him for help to find a job in Austria. He was stunned by their motivation and their will to integrated themselves into the Austrian society. He knew, out of his own experience, that there is a huge shortage

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Erdbeerwoche – Breaking the Bloody Taboo

Every woman uses about 17,000 tampons or pads during her lifetime. But how many women have thought about the impact that the use of these products has on their body and on the environment? Annemarie Harant and Bettina Steinbrugger had worked as consultants in the sustainability sector for many years. Then they noticed something odd: in all the conversations about sustainability feminine hygiene is usually completely excluded. This is at least in part due to the fact that menstruation is still a taboo in many societies. Annemarie and Betttina decided to dig deeper into the topic and found out quite

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