Social Values in a Changing World – Best Practices from Europe

Tuesday 23.10.2018, 9.00 – 17.00

Arktikum, Pohjoisranta 4 Rovaniemi, Finland


Depopulation affects large parts of the European countryside. With families and women leaving rural areas, it is often the elderly and men who are left behind.

While rural areas often possess opportunities for new industries, they are faced with diminishing public services, demographic challenges and the changing labor market.

One way to tackle these issues could be the establishment of a strong social economy and the boost of social entrepreneurship. Could therefore social economy and social entrepreneurship be one way to secure public services and develop employment opportunities?

The Regional Council of Lapland and the Lapland University of Applied Sciences organize a seminar discussing these issues in a European setting. The seminar “Social Values in a Changing World – Best Practices from Europe” is organized in cooperation with European partners and EU-funded projects:

  • Social Entrepreneurship in a Sparsely Populated Areas – SOCENT SPAs
  • International Cooperation in Community Based Civil Safety and Security (funded by ERDF).


Seminar programme

09.00-09.15 Registration and coffee

09.15-09.30 Welcome words

09.30-09.45 Project introduction by Ms. Paula Arribas, Project Manager, General Directorate for Social Economy and Self-Employed Persons – Regional Government of Castile and León

09.45-10.45 Key note, University of Salford

10.45-11.00 Commentary, Marko Palmgren, Chief Networking Officer, Regional Council of Lapland

11.00-12.00 Panel discussion:  From strategies to good practice: how to implement social values in sparsely populated areas

12.00-13.30 Networking lunch buffet and chance to visit the museum

13.30-14.45 Learning café

Topic 1: Strategies promoting social entrepreneurship in sparsely populated areas

Topic 2: Social accounting  in practice

15.00-15.15 Exercise and refreshment break

15.15-16.30 Learning café continues

16.30-17.00 Learning café summary and conclusion


Registration link:

For more information: marlene.kohllechner-autto(a), tel. +358406532446