#PJstories – Interview with Valerio Tropea

Valerio participated in the Training Course “Drive the change” organized by PROJUVEN in Torremolinos, Spain

Hello Valerio! Can you give us your opinion about the project “Drive the change”?

Project was implemented through non-formal way, very interesting and well organized. Activities included interactive lessons, energizers, team building games, intercultural night, Oxford Debate. In each activity participants were divided randomly into groups to complete tasks assigned. Each group was interested and, at the same time, had fun to complete the assigned task. I think this is the main advantage of non-formal education, learn while having fun.

Activities covered various topics and every time the trainer was able to explain them in a clear and precise way, involving all the participants with whiteboard, videos, photos and interactive lessons.

Project location was amazing, Torremolinos is wonderful city, Spain is awesome. Accomodation and training room were good.

In your opinion how can Social Entrepreneurs create value for our society?

Value can be created through innovative tools and market mechanisms to solve important and urgent social problems, leaving a positive mark on society as a whole.

Social Entrepreneurs exploit their innovative thinking, their own enthusiasm and their passion to achieve the goals that have been set. They are visionaries who see beyond the usual. They solve social problems by applying synergistic approaches, in which the result is something more than the mere sum of individual ideas, it’s a value.

They leave their mark and create value because they collaborate globally, investing time and creativity to change their policies, legislation and reference structures. It is important to emphasize that entrepreneurs are those who not only invent and realize an innovative idea, but who successfully complete it from an economic point of view, considering its feasibility on the market and the positive financial impact on the members of the community.

What is the most important thing you have learned during the training? How do you plan to share and use your knowledge?

The most important thing I learned in the training is that idea needs an investor. Even if the purpose is noble, most of the time it is difficult, or impossible, to complete the idea due to limited economic resources.

I will use these knowledges for my job career. I improved my public speaking skills, that are very important, I will use it for my future business meetings. I learned how to schedule, in an appropriate way, the activities through the project management techniques. I learned how to manage time and questions for a short meeting, as example with an investor or business man, thanks to the Elevetor Pitch. I also learned to spend time with people from different cultures and I think one day I maybe create a social enterprise thanks to different opinions come from different people. It was a great intercultural experience, I will be a good engine for a social enterprise.

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