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On this page: an introduction to our eZine and blog

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We publish a regular online eZine for our members.  Articles are sourced from across our international network and cover a wide range of topics related to the entrepreneurial mindset.  New members receive a welcome email with a link that allows them to access our latest eZines.

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You can [submit your own article] at any time to a future eZine edition.  It is a great opportunity to share your ideas, lessons and successes with people all over the world. Share your inspiration today!

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Our director's blog and monthly posts for 2020 are shown below. The posts are uploaded here and posted on LinkedIn.  We record the countries of people who like or comment on the posts.  This is one of the ways we can demonstrate the international significance of the entrepreneurial mindset.

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You can access our 2019 posts, 2018 posts and 2017 posts.  This archive includes posts about the benefits of the entrepreneurial mindset, higher education, leadership and management, innovation in healthcare, local government and lessons from failure. 

2020 Blog: MARCH

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Running a successful online webinar

On 26th March a  CREATIVE SKILLS conference was scheduled to be held in Brussels and I was invited to moderate the event. Due to the coronavirus crisis the planned event was unable to go ahead.   However, instead of cancelling, the organisers of the event, the British Council, worked with the speakers and myself to devise a replacement webinar. We all quickly learned how to plan an online event, with the aim of  engaging participants in an online environment.


As it happens the webinar was a great success, with over 70 online participants. As the moderator for the event, I was delighted by the positive feedback, with one participant writing “Wow, amazing conference with lot of interesting organisations and very stimulating contributions.” Some of the things that made the event successful were short presentations, strict moderation to keep things to time, good technical support and a rehearsal for speakers a few days before the event. The webinar presented the outcomes of two projects:


The ASAP project looking at the changes in the competences and skills required in the publishing sector http://www.erasmus-asap.eu


The Live Skills project, involving vocational education and training in the Audiovisual and Live Performance sectors https://www.live-skills.eu


Thanks to the organisers Ioanna Avgerinou, Nikoletta Nikolaou, Enrico Turrin, Irini Vouzelakou & Matthew Williams.  Thanks to the speakers William Artt, Piero Attanasio, Vassilis Avdikos, fabrizio boldrini, maria rita bracchini, Katrine Carstens, Momchil Georgiev, Dimitris Giakoulas, PhD, Antonios Glaros, JAVIER GONZÁLEZ LÓPEZ, Theodor Grassos, Eliza Kavanagh, Katerina Kostakou, paolo lippi, Virginia Marconi, Kathryn McGrane, Glen McMahon MBA, Leonard Octavian, Richard Polacek. Panagiotis Raptis, Enrico Turrin, Christiana Vlad and Irini Vouzelakou. And many thanks to all our participants.


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February

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Are your employees afraid to fail? Should they be?

Interesting conclusions were generated from our small group discussion of this topic at the  MERIT Summit and Leadership Community in Seville.    We concluded employees are afraid to fail because of a culture of blame. We thought employees should not be afraid to fail & proposed a culture that supports more risk-taking. Some of our main points:-   A culture of blame - nobody wants to be seen as a failure - discussion of failure is avoided - customers suffer when there are failures   A culture of risk taking - experimentation should be encouraged + learning  - Simulations (e.g. planning for disaster recovery) can be a safe way to explore failure - Prototyping allows for learning & quick correction of minor failures  


Thanks to the moderator Oliver Olson of our group:- Sophie Bonnot Paul Coyle Nick Hamilton-Archer Dr. Heba Makram Marita Salo Hendrik Sandbrink Henning Trill Ana Yturriaga Saldanha 


Thanks to the Merit team for another great event: Sevda Bahchevanska Flavio Bishop Cabral Romina Cheshmedzhieva Christophe Coutat Kremena Dimitrova Carolyn Gonglefski Stefan Gueorguiev Lilia Kirova Ani Kodjabasheva Rumy Le Gal Zornista Licheva Deborah Naïm Militsa Sabeva Atnas Terziev Kirt Wood 


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January

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The strategic development of entrepreneurial higher education in Europe and beyond

As the pictures in this post show, it has been a productive and enjoyable two-day meeting of the HEInnovate experts group in Brussels, as we worked together on exciting upcoming projects and the strategic development of entrepreneurial higher education in Europe and beyond. The experts: Adina FODOR Alessio Cavicchi Annmarie McHugh Bárbara Coelho Gabriel Ben Jongbloed Elena Oikkonen Ester Bernadó Guy Bauwen István Vilmos Kovács Katerina Pramatari Klaus Sailer Maciej Markowski, PMP Mateja Drnovsek Martin Wain Mikkel Trym Milena Stoycheva Nadine Burquel Oto Hudec Professor Paul D. Hannon Peter Baur Paul Coyle pedro saraiva Rui Coutinho Steve Stevens Zsuzsa Javorka and their countries 🇧🇪 🇧🇬 🇩🇰 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇫🇮 🇫🇷 🇩🇪 🇬🇷 🇮🇪 🇮🇹 🇱🇺 🇳🇱 🇵🇱 🇵🇹 🇷🇴 🇸🇰 🇪🇸 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿


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