In March 2020, all partner teams for the latest iteration of the Erasmus + ArtE program (“ArtE-the Art of Employability”) travelled to Witten in Germany to participate in the initial staff training event, a wonderful oppportunity to share best practice and learn from the more experienced partners in the program. The program is based on the JobAct® theatre methodology - which addresses disadvantaged people and fosters their social inclusion with a combination of theatrical education and social work. Read more about the approach in the blog post: Introducing the Erasmus + program “ArtE-the Art of Employability.

ArtE project partners meet in person in Witten, March 2020

Through theatrical work, participants acquire competences in communication and interaction, as well as personal and social skills, underpinned by creative theatre approaches to boost their self-confidence. JobAct® projects actually taking place on stage. The sense of achievement by developing a successful stage play, leads to a long lasting trust in one's own capacity.

To discover new possibilities and synergies between the entrepreneurial mindset, employment and artistic principles, the ArtE program was launched on the 27th of November 2019. This program is a development initiative of the JobAct approach, implemented by the lead partner, Projektfabrik based in Germany and it has been running for over 13 years now.

The basic concept of JobAct® theatre methodology - is that it addresses disadvantaged people and fosters their social inclusion with a combination of theatrical education and social work. By and through their theatrical work, participants acquire competences in communication and interaction, as well as personal and social skills, underpinned by creative theatre approaches to boost their self-confidence. JobAct® projects are actually taking place on stage. The sense of achievement by developing a successful stage play, leads to a long lasting trust in one's own capacity.

Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash

By Cláudia Pedra, Managing Partner
Stone Soup Consulting
Editorial of quarterly newsletter 1/4 April 2020

In the last months, we have all been learning about a strangely named virus, which is holding humanity hostage and making us self-isolate and rethink the way we communicate, work and even relate to the people we love. It is not a dystopian novel, nor a figment of our imagination, but the hard reality of a situation for which we were all unprepared to tackle. 

In risk assessment we normally speak of catastrophic level event. Something so negatively impactful that it can destroy an organisation. When we do discuss this, organisations seem reluctant to design detailed mitigation strategies. The reason why? It will never occur. In the matrix of probability versus impact, they always consider that the probability is so low that it is not worth the time spent. Unfortunately COVID-19 has shown us this is not the case. 

COVID-19 has put our organisations through difficult times. You might have had to take urgent and important decisions with a high degree of uncertainty. The current context leads us to think that changes are here to stay and we want to support you the best way we can. Together we can face the challenges ahead.
 
Stone Soup’s mission is to help optimise organisations and initiatives so that they achieve their greatest possible positive impact. Today our team wants to pay our community back and voluntarily share their knowledge and expertise with social organisations. We want to be useful, practical and efficient in our support, without missing our community touch.
We want to share our Recipes for impact with you.
 
The past few weeks have shown us an urgent need for support in four specific areas that we would like to focus on: 
 
1. Rethinking business models
2. Fundraising opportunities
3. Strategic rethinking
4. Communication


By Cláudia Pedra
Managing Partner, Stone Soup Consulting

Hoje em dia, em plena pandemia da COVID-19, o que mais ouvimos falar é da necessidade de fazer trabalho remoto. Mas será assim tão fácil gerir pessoas e equipas em trabalho remoto?

Há 11,5 anos atrás quando criámos a Stone Soup Consulting,  discutimos muito como acompanharíamos pessoas, espalhadas um pouco por todo o mundo, em trabalho remoto. Pensámos que seria um dos nossos maiores desafios. 11,5 anos depois o desafio mantém-se, agora com novas condicionantes.

O trabalho remoto tem imensas virtuosidades. Podemos diminuir a nossa pegada ambiental, cortando em deslocações desnecessárias, trabalhar com pessoas em locais remotos e de difícil acesso, e cortar em custos de viagens e estadias. Permite trabalhar de forma flexível, aumentando a produtividade, com uma gestão de trabalho mais eficaz e eficiente. Tem também a vantagem de permitir um maior equilíbrio vida-trabalho, pois podemos acompanhar a nossa família/nossos amigos de mais perto, sem perder tempo nas (por vezes muito complexas) viagens entre a casa e o emprego.