CooLabora is a cooperative for social intervention which was set-up back in 2008. Its mission is to contribute to the development of people, organisations and the territory, by means of the implementation of innovative strategies aiming at to the promotion of equality of opportunities, civic participation, education, training and social inclusion.
Its vision is to be a sustainable organisation, being recognised as a trustful and skilled partner for the promotion of social innovation, whose actions are framed by high quality standards and ethical principles.
The operation of Coolabora is thus bond to strict ethical principles which are also socially responsible, namely in terms of:
- The promotion of social cohesion;
- The support to the equality of opportunities;
- Democracy and civic participation;
- Collaborative learning.
MyFarm is considered to be the first Portuguese social entreprise active in the agriculture sector. Its social objectives are quite specific: to support the farmers and, at the same time, guarantee to consumers that the quality and food security standards of the products available are met thoroughly.
MyFarm is the visible result of an entrepreneurial project promoted within Beja Polytechninc Institute (IPB). The core team was formed by a professor and 5 students. This project was based on the assumptions that every person could have their own vegetable garden, being able also to manage and visualise its garden with an online app.
The goals of SEA are defined by the following guidelines:
- Creating innovative solutions in the social and solidarity economy that have high social impact;
- Boosting entrepreneurship as a way to economically integrate unemployed people;
- Promoting appropriate, location-specific intervention strategies that reinforce the endogenous capital of each area;
- Carrying out intervention within an inter-institutional network.
To be a reference institution for designing and developing social entrepreneurship projects that contribute to building a global society that is more enterprising, cooperative and solidary by empowering the population at local level.
The development and implementation of social entrepreneurship projects that contribute to sustainability at social, economic, cultural and environmental levels in order to generate local, integrated development.
Flor da Quinta (APPACDM Lisboa)
Flor da Quinta was incorporated in 2002 with the support of the Lisbon branch of APPACDM (Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Handicapped Citizen). It is a company dedicated to the conception and maintenance of green spaces.
- 5 persons in the process of social insertion;
- 1 full-time collaborator;
- 1 agronomist.
- Conception and maintenance of gardens and other green spaces;
- Maintenance of indoor flower pots;
Ornamental and floral displays.
We are a young research group with a strong interest in ecological, evolutionary and conservation questions. We tackle these questions at a variety of scales and use a multidisciplinary approach that includes field ecology, molecular analyses, physiology, climatology, and modelling.
We are currently leading and working on a number of research programs focused on:
- Impacts of climate change on biodiversity, including intraspecific genetic diversity;
- Climate modulating effects of local interactions among distinct ecosystem components;
- Adaptation and genetic diversity in central and peripheral populations;
Mechanisms that determine the introduction, establishment and spread of invasive species.
Pirilampo Mágico (FENARCI)
Pirilampo Mágico is the name of a yearly campaign launched back in 1987, which takes place every May. This campaign has the sponsoring of a radio station named RDP – Antena 1, in parallel with the institutional support of FENACERCI (National Federation of Social Solidarity Cooperatives), namely via the efforts of its collaborators and board of directors.
- Raising funds in favour of CERCIs (Cooperatives for the education and rehabilitation of citizens with disabilities) and similar organisations. This campaign involves about 100 non-profit organisations and mobilises thousands of people among family members, technicians and anonymous citizens;
- Information and public awareness about the issues related to people with intellectual disabilities and/or multi-disability, seeking to safeguard the right to equal opportunities and the exercise of full citizenship of this type of population;
- The integration of people with intellectual disabilities and/or multideficiency is a value to be defended. Its difference is a value to be respected and the monetization of its potential a value to consider!
The beneficiaries of these campaigns are private non-profit institutions that provide direct or indirect assistance to people with intellectual disabilities and/or multi-disability in various fields: Educational Bodies, Training Centres and Employment Support Centres, Protected Employment Units and Occupational Activity Centres designed to develop socially useful activities for people with profound disabilities, Residential Units, Domiciliary support and Early Intervention.
To contribute to the improvement of the living standards of social and economically vulnerable citizens, who are facing difficult situations of risk, social exclusion and of deprivation.
- To promote the social integration of people in poverty and/or social exclusion, through specific training methodologies aiming at to ease the return to the labour market. The focus is to help them to recover their self-esteem, competences and their place within the society;
- Promote partnerships with companies, as well as other national and international non-profit organisations, aiming at to enhance a social responsibility culture through employability. It is intended also to support and participate in networks for knowledge sharing, innovation and social entrepreneurship;
Promote the reflection and identification of adequate and fair social solutions for the most needy, involving local communities and civil society, in favour of a closer, just and solidary society.
Betel Portugal is a non-profit institution providing social and moral assistance to people who are victims of social exclusion. This institution was established in Spain back in 19985. The operation in Portugal started in 1996, so Betel Portugal is active since then in terms of helping many people free of charge.
This institution is mostly dedicated to the welcome and assistance to different groups of people facing complicated situations of risk and social exclusion, with a particular focus on the drug addict sub-group.
Betel Portugal implements a comprehensive social program of free access supported by the resources generated by a large set of professional activities, namely:
- Repair and Restoration of Furniture;
- Scrap collection;
- All kind of paintings (indoors and outdoors);
All types of cleaning services.
SAPANA means “dream” in Nepalese. It is a NGO for the Development. In a nutshell, these are the principles of SAPANA:
WHO? Set of people who believe that there is nothing impossible and that dreams are to come true.
PURPOSE? To promote human dignity.
MISSION? Person-to-person empowerment.
VISION? To make the organisation disappear, because it will be the result of “mission accomplished”.
The model comprises a non-profit dimension, as well as a for-profit dimension. The various action lines are outlined below.
NON-PROFIT: from passion to action
TLT Project – Employment talents. Focus: EMPLOYMENT
Breaking Bars Project – Social reintegration. Focus: RECLUSION
POWER2U Project – Cultural integration. Focus: ETHNICITIES
ECHO HAMLET Project – Sustainable. Focus: ETHNICITIES
FOR-PROFIT: from problem to solution
CORE Services – Corporate with purpose. Transformational Services to Companies/Public Sector
SUPER Solutions. Incubation and incorporation of social businesses
APROXIMAR is a Cooperative of Social Solidarity and henceforth a non-for-profit institution. It was set-up in July 2006 by a group of committed professionals, looking at the design of services and products targeted to empower organisations as well as the communities for a sound response to the challenges posed and further opportunities.
The purpose of APROXIMAR is to value the social and human capital of organisations and their stakeholders, as a strategy to respond in a sustainable manner to the challenges and opportunities created by the environment.
Whenever fulfilling its mission, APROXIMAR organises and manages personal, social and professional journeys in the framework of the development of customised projects and social innovation which transfer and disseminate good practices between peers.
- Individual and Organisational Consulting;
- Management of National and International Projects;
- Support to Entrepreneurship;
Evaluation and Applied Research.
BRIGADA DO MAR
BRIGADA DO MAR is an environmental intervention project with three main areas of activity:
- Beach cleaning
- Environmental Education and Eco Team buildings
- Development cooperation
In 2009, the Brigada do Mar developed actions to protect biodiversity and carried out cleaning interventions in non-concessionary coastal areas. With the support of Grândola City Council every year in May, it carries out a 15-day cleaning during which 45 kilometers of the coastline between the beach of Melides and Troia are covered and decontaminated. The collected garbage is separated into: plastics, glass, undifferentiated and hazardous waste and then forwarded to competent entities to transform and reuse it. In 8 years more than 150 tons of waste have been collected.
The amount of garbage found by those who participate and the state of degradation of the landscape of the beaches where the Brigada do Mar operates is impossible to describe. Therefore, raising awareness and educating is an important step towards the effectiveness of this project! In this way throughout the year, the Brigada do Mar organizes the following activities:
- Traveling exhibition, where photographs, testimonies and debris collected specifically for the purpose show the public what is hidden.
- Lectures in schools, companies and associations where you share experiences and know-how.
- Eco Team Buildings, where through environmental awareness ties, creates synergies and develops skills.
Cleanings in “urban” beaches as a form of mobilization and alert to the problem of marine litter.
ACEP, which stands for Association for the Cooperation of the People was founded at the beginning of the 90s. This organisation has defined set its main action goals the contribution towards a more equitable and united world, and build cooperation ties through mutual reinforcement and citizenship expressions, especially in Portuguese Speaking Countries.
Research, reflections and debates in which ACEP cooperates with other organisations and institutions, has been developed as contributing to construction of new and useful shared knowledge, faced by multiple challenges of the changing worlds.
In its awareness-raising and advocacy work, ACEP tries to document and reveal experiences and contexts of development, dispelling stereotypes and simplistic views, combining ethical and esthetic concerns, in collaboration with media professionals and different forms of artistic creation.
VITAMIMOS Food Education Center emerged from a challenge launched by DNA Cascais, being the winner of the 1st Cascais Business Ideas Contest in 2007 (health category). The idea arose from the need to multiply initiatives for the prevention of childhood and juvenile obesity and Promotion of healthy lifestyles. The Vitamimos initiative was recognised in 2009 by the EsMais Academic Research Council, promoted by the Institute of Social Entrepreneurship, as a “High Potential Social Impact Initiative”. Since then, it has been presented with example and case study in several events, formations and publications related to social entrepreneurship.
Vitamimos pretend to intervene in the prevention of childhood and juvenile obesity, through the promotion of healthy eating habits and lifestyles.
“Chefes de Saúde” (Health chefs)
A number of diseases are associated with eating errors and less healthy lifestyles. Science proves that engaging children in food preparation has a positive impact on their food choices. That is why Vitamimos aims to transform children into authentic health experts with the “Chefs de Saúde” program. For this, we offer you the possibility of receiving in your school a food education program, which integrates other health promotion themes: physical activity, quality sleep, hygiene and feelings and emotions.
The Eco-Chef program aims to sensitize primary school students to the importance of making healthy food choices while simultaneously acting to protect the environment. The promotion of healthy food is associated with the promotion of conduits that contribute to environmental sustainability, in a logic of eco-nutrition, economic and ecological. Alarming data on childhood obesity and environmental pressure for food security from a growing population ground the intervention. Fruit of partnership with the Health Platform at the School of the City Hall of Cascais, the initiative is based on the methodology of Peer Education.
“World Carrot Lollipop”
It is an international project of Vitamimos that aims to raise awareness about the problems of obesity and diabetes. Carrots, which are generally very appreciated, are a sweet alternative and can be a symbolic example for combating the current excessive consumption of sugar.
“Nutritional Personal Shopper”
A nutritionist accompanies you in the supermarket shopping, helps you make purchases appropriate to your health and living need. A practical way to learn how to read nutritional labels, plan purchases, properly carry and store food.
Crowdfunding is a simple and recent way of raising funding for a project through a community that shares the same interests. PPL is a platform that brings together this network of entrepreneurs and their supporters. Our goal is to enable the immense potential of ideas that thrive in our community to become a reality through fundraising.
We want to promote the campaigns of people with talent and motivation in areas as diverse as social, artistic, cultural or sporting events. Do you want to release a CD of your new band or organise a concert of your favorite band? Maybe write a book? Or build a picnic park in your neighborhood? With PPL you can publicize your campaign and bring together the community that shares the same interest. If each member contributes a little support, together we can carry out the largest projects. This is the force of crowdfunding: small investments × large community = excellent projects! The PPL works simply and transparently, using the “all or nothing” mechanics.
A avó veio trabalhar
A Avó veio trabalhar project (“grandma came to work”) is an idea to fill the gap between generations offering everyone a place where they can meet, discuss and learn from each other. As a result we create unique handmade products and experiences of local immaterial culture and tradition.
MISSIONCreate a place to share knowledge where different generations learn from each other. Grannies are the masters bringing their skills to modern culture. They mix traditional crafts with creative techniques such as silk screening, photo embroidery, engraving or paper working. The combination of old and new generates the common language which through creativity allows different generations to bond.Every four months we develop a new collection of homeware products inspired by traditional crafts our grannies are familiar with. Developing a new visual language, we mix old and new techniques, looking at new trends, materials and experimenting unusual colored materials. The final products are unique and a reflection of local culture.
Ludotempo – Associação de Promoção do Brincar is a non-profit association created in October 2015 by a group of professionals related to education and health, by “gamblers” who share in common the knowledge of the power of the game and of playing in the Construction and transformation of people and communities. Ludotempo was created with the aim of being a meeting point for innovative projects and good practices, a project that generates initiatives capable of connecting people, cultures and generations through play. In 2012 a large part of the founding group of this association launched an initiative unprecedented in Portugal, the 1st Play Seminar in Portugal, which was, in a way, the first stone of this house that we want to build in a solid and sustained way in the needs of our communities.
The Ludotempo – Association for the promotion of play has, statutorily defined as objectives / mission:
- to stimulate reflection and training meetings that promote good educational practices, starting with play and play;
- to develop community projects to promote play;
- investigate play, play and play in the perspectives: intercultural, transgenerational and pedagogical;
- promote play and play as essential mediators of human well-being and development;
- to make available games and toys suitable for different stages of development, whether by loan, toy dynamics or sale to the public, not for profit;
- to create and dynamise games, toys and activities that promote personal and social development for the benefit of the community!
AidHound is a management SaaS (Software as a Service) designed to help volunteers and the management of nonprofits that work with local individuals, households or communities in need.
To provide the best managing tool for nonprofits and social economy entities that provide local aid, helping them to increase efficiency and allowing informed decision making, for a more assertive help to those in need and to maximize the social impact per money invested.
We dream of a World where nonprofits cooperate with each other and use big data to solve social problems.
SPEAK is a linguistic and cultural program built to bring people closer together – a crowdsourcing language and culture exchange between migrants and locals that breaks barriers, promotes multilingualism, equality and democratizes language learning. Anyone can apply to learn or teach any language or culture including those of the country where they are residing.
The courses in SPEAK are diverse and inspiring. Throughout this learning process, participants get to know other people, learn and explore common interests, break prejudices, misunderstandings and even promote comprehension as well as cooperation. Besides classes, there are social events aimed at creating a bond between participants and where there is room for dialogue, celebration and friendship.
Migrants, such as refugees, expats, foreign students and guest workers, face many difficulties when they arrive in a new country. Not being able to rely on a support network or simply not understanding the local language and culture creates misunderstandings and communication difficulties between migrants and locals. These xenophobic issues increase prejudices and racism situations, therefore contributing to a hostile environment within modern societies.
SPEAK helps solving all these issues. Also, it strengthens solidarity networks in communities, particularly between migrants and locals, by promoting relationships between people of different backgrounds, thus tackling a contentious issue that has a lot of negative externalities.
SPEAK also promotes the full participation of all individuals in society, making for stronger communities.
What is our utopia for a better world? Societies that integrate, value and promote cultural diversity. A world that recognizes that there are social problems, that are global and do not respect boundaries, and which solutions require the engagement of all humanity in its full diversity. How do we get closer to our vision? We help solving the problem of social exclusion of migrants and contribute to their integration in the cities where they live, with a language and culture exchange program that breaks the linguistic barrier and brings people of different origins together.
- Inspiration & Fun – we want to inspire people and want people to inspire us! We are a lot of fun, we love events, we enjoy games and have lots of people around us!
- Excel – we aim to be the best we can be
- Leadership – we are innovative and want to keep leading the way on how to solve the social integration challenge!
- Purpose – we work for people! We believe in diversity, in the best of people and in the ability to change the world!
- Accountability – we never forget our individual roles combined with SPEAK’s goals.
- Freedom of speech and thought;
- Equal rights to migrants;
- Gender equality;Equal rights to LGBT community We position ourselves on liberty. Except for something that is free, we are all for it (except prison breaking).
Quercus is a Portuguese nongovernmental organisation (ONGA) founded on October 31, 1985. It is an independent, non-partisan association of national scope, non-profit and made up of citizens who have gathered around the same interest for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and in Defense of the Environment in general, with a view to sustainable development. The Association is known as Quercus because this is the common Latin name attributed to oaks, holm oaks and cork oaks, trees characteristic of the most evolved forest ecosystems that covered our country and that there are currently only very degraded relics.
Over the years, Quercus has been occupying in Portuguese society a place both irreverent and constructive in the defense of the multiple Causes of nature and the environment. Its scope of action now covers a number of thematic areas of environmental relevance, including, in addition to conserving nature and biodiversity, energy, water, waste, climate change, forests, sustainable consumption, environmental responsibility, among others. This specialized monitoring is largely supported by the work of various working groups and permanent projects. This status was progressively conquered through an attentive conduct to the real, without losing the fundamental point of reference of the principles, or moving away from the needs of complementing the critical denunciation with the effort to build consensus in Portuguese society, without which no effective Model of sustainable development will be possible in our country.
One of the characteristics of Quercus is its decentralization, through the 18 regional centers scattered throughout the country, including the autonomous regions of the Azores and Madeira, which accompany the environmental reality and carry out awareness activities within its geographical radius. In 1992, Quercus was awarded the United Nations Global 500 Award and the honorary member of the Order of Prince Henry, awarded by the President of the Republic, Dr. Mario Soares.
At the end of 2015, ZERO is born out of the common interest of about 100 people in achieving sustainable development in Portugal. Our DNA demonstrates the ambition to intervene in Portuguese society through a proactive participation in the defense of sustainability values, because we understand that only through the balance between environment, society and economy will it be possible to build a more cohesive, social and economic world, In full respect for the natural limits of the planet. ZERO’s intervention is based on solid ideas and an ongoing dialogue with the different key players to achieve goals such as: · ZERO fossil fuels;· ZERO pollution;· ZERO wasted resources;· ZERO destruction of ecosystems and biodiversity;· ZERO social and economic inequality.
- Promote actions that contribute to curb and reverse environmental degradation and unsustainability in the use of natural resources. Promoting sustainable development based on principles of reduction of consumption, promotion of renewable energies and the circular economy – always with the aim of respecting the limits of the planet and promoting social equity and cohesion;
- Valuing biodiversity and defending ecosystem services;
- Develop projects demonstrating sustainability and activators of social involvement, with their own initiatives or cooperating with other institutions in local and community development, in the social economy and in the creation of environmental entrepreneurship;
- Promote environmental citizenship by encouraging public participation and citizen involvement through awareness raising, training and education for sustainable and responsible production and consumption;
- Contribute to the dissemination of scientific knowledge and collaborate in research projects relevant to the achievement of environmental intervention objectives;
- Collaborate with similar associations, movements or initiatives, public or private entities, and integrate national or international federations that fit their intervention objectives;
- To establish itself as a pole of reflection on the future of the area of sustainability with the aim of influencing public policies at national, European and global level, promoting social change in this sense;
- Contribute to the cooperation of all states and peoples in order to make environmental challenges and goals of economic sustainability and social justice a factor of unity and peace.
ZERO – Associação Terrestre Sustentável is a national non-profit association and carries on its activities with complete independence from political parties, companies and profit-making organizations, associations of a confessional nature and the government.
Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa is a voluntary, non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian institution that operates in compliance with International Humanitarian Law and in compliance with the Fundamental Principles and recommendations of the International Cruz Vermelha and Crescente Vermelho Movement.
It is the mission of the Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa to provide humanitarian and social assistance – especially to the most vulnerable – by preventing and repairing suffering and contributing to the defense of life, health and human dignity.
Its humanitarian activities and services range from home support for the elderly to Proximity First Aid, Health Care, awareness of young people to different issues, monitoring of vulnerable groups and vocational training, among many others. This institution also aims to prepare the community at large to respond to emergency situations of natural or human origin. And when the emergency ends, provide the necessary support for the recovery and re-establishment of the lives of the people affected.
At the international level, the Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa is involved in several development and emergency programs, either directly or within the framework of the International Cruz Vermelha and Crescente Vermelho Movement.
The Portuguese League of Animal Rights (LPDA) is a National Non-Profit Public Utility Association founded in 1981. LPDA is a member of the World Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).
This league is registered under number 22 within Portuguese Environment Agency (APA) and is a founding member of the Portuguese Federation of Environmental Associations, being affiliated also to several organisations for animal welfare.
LPDA holds the representation of Portugal within the Eurogroup for Animal Welfare in the European Community.
LPN is a national non-governmental environmental organization (ONGA) founded in 1948 and the oldest environmental protection association in the Iberian peninsula. It is a non-profit association with Public Utility status.
The main objectives of the LPN are to protect the environment and contribute to the conservation of Natural Heritage, species diversity and ecosystems, as well as specific objectives:
- Contribute to Nature Conservation through activities that include research and implementation of conservation projects;
- Support and develop projects for the sustainable management of natural resources with a view to the Conservation of Nature in a perspective of sustainable development;
- Promote environmental citizenship by encouraging public participation, through training and environmental education;
- Disseminate and raise awareness of environmental issues;
- Prevent the destruction and destruction of natural resources, or their elements, and cultural heritage;
- Contribute to the dissemination of knowledge produced by the academic and scientific communities;
- Participate actively in the planning and planning of the territory; and
- Collaborate with counterparts and official entities of the country and abroad.
The mission of the LPN is to contribute to the Conservation of Nature and to the defense of the Environment, in a perspective of sustainable development which ensures the quality of life for present and future generations. In this sense, LPN, as ONGA and representative of civil society, intends to contribute to sustainable development; Working with different actors in society as national and international NGOs, farmers, local authorities, researchers, technicians, regional, national and international; Support the development of internships, master’s and doctoral theses through the establishment of partnerships for the Environment and Nature Conservation; Participate in public discussion processes, territorial planning instruments, environmental impact studies or legislative proposals, as well as organizing and participating in events on different environmental themes, such as conferences, seminars, debates, workshops and Meetings of working groups; To exercise the right of public participation in decision making, accompanying and influencing, for this purpose, the development of public policy on the environment, and also intends to demonstrate the necessity and relevance of associativism as a way to fill gaps existing in contemporary society. In summary, the activities of the LPN include civic intervention through projects of Conservation of Nature and Environment, Research, Training, Education and Environmental Awareness.
PONG-Fishing – Platform of Portuguese NGOs on FisheriesThe idea for this platform first came up during the Workshop on the Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) held by Seas at Risk (SAR) at the Luso-American Development Foundation (Lisbon, April 2009). The members of Portuguese ONGs concluded that it would be very interesting and possibly more effective if there was a mechanism to support the public discussion about CFP.
A few months later (on November 2009) PONG-Fishing was presented for the first time to general public. Its main initial goal was to follow and influence the CFP reform, although it was clear from the beginning that its work would go beyond this process in terms of thematic areas, geographical scope and time scale.
After 5 years of work and with the end of the CFP reform, on Novmeber 17 November, 2014 there was a new memorandum of understanding signed by PONG-Pesca members, which aims to adapt the platform to the implementation phase of the new CFP, Both in terms of guidance, working procedures and working methods.
Portugal Inovação Social
Portugal Social Innovation acts as a catalyst for the social innovation and social investment sector in Portugal, contributing to the creation or reinforcement of the instruments, knowledge and skills necessary to have more and better social innovation in Portugal, with greater impact and sustainability.
Portugal Social Innovation promotes regional centers of social innovation, through a team of ecosystem activators, who work in each of the five regions of mainland Portugal.
A particular focus is on building-up foundations for the social investment market. In this context, the Portuguese foundation named Fundação das Misericórdias is an important partner which acts as potential social investors.
Also relevant are the companies willing to assume their social responsibility strategically and proactively, the financial institutions and investors who wish to carry out impact investments, as well as public sector entities, entities Supra-municipal or local authorities that assume strategic lines of support for social innovation.
Description ǀ ‘Develop social and personal skills of children, youth and adults based on the principles of non-formal education.
Through the organization of local projects, international, cantonments, training courses, lectures, conferences, seminars, workshops and other educational activities based on the principles of non-formal education for children, young people and adults.
Our purpose corresponds to the realization of a sociocultural project, idea generator of energy, feelings, through a diverse programming genres, forms and contemporary artistic expressions, thought from the desires and cultural challenges of the various public segments.
We want to contribute to an artistic and cultural program aimed at promoting the quality of life with meaning, and not just as entertainment. We also want that this multidisciplinary program associate tradition and modernity, in a logic of constant proximity with citizens, and training and public loyalty.
We believe that this project is part of a global strategy of affirmation of our region as a creative community where Metaphora Theater , among other communities and projects to take as a place of innovation and modernity, aimed at strengthening the excellence of our land.’
Website ǀ https://www.teatrometaphora.org/
Contact Info ǀ [email protected]