At 21st February 2017 RurInno researcher Ralph Richter (IRS) held a lecture at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn/Poland. On invitation of Prof. Joanna Ostrouch-Kamińska he presented the approach of the RurInno project and discussed intermediated results of the research stay in Poland.
Particular attention attracted the combination of on-site research and the training of practitioners from social enterprises. The RISE funding scheme was seen as a good opportunity to bridge the gap between researchand practice. Among the many findings of the project, Ralph put up for disuccion the assumption that the Polish government considerably supports the social economy but undermines the development at the same time with negative incentives. For the latter he gave the example of the newly implemented extensive child allowances, which make young disadvantaged people rather to found a family than to invest first in their qualification and to build up a professional existence in the social business. The attendees – among them students who intend to work in the social economy after their studies – felt inspired by the lecture.