30 Ene ECOOPE – Secondary Education Pilot – Day 2
Day #2: Call me “team”
First we were explained what social economy is and then ASATA (Social Economy and Labour Companies Association in Asturias) posed the co-operative challenge for the week: how could we introduce co-operatives to secondary students like us.
We met the mentors and were organised in 5 teams, then we had a coffee break where we could enjoy the traditional Portuguese sponge cake called “bolo negro” 🧀, it was really nice, thank you guys!
We were impressed when we found out that workers are owners of co-operatives! We were also shocked to learn about the unemployment rates in both our countries (Portugal and Spain) and saw that co-ops are a good option when you want to set up a business.
In the afternoon we met the CEO at Dominaria S. Coop, a virtual and augmented reality co-operative. He told us about their experience being a social entrepreneur and we realised that not all cooperatives have to do with agriculture, but that you can create a co-operative in any sector.
We also grasped the value of defining a problem properly, of planning as a team and the first steps in prototyping. This session also helped us work using creativity and taking the initiative. As a summary, we got to know one another while understanding the principles and values of cooperatives, and how to set up one.