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ERIKA NATALE – ERASMUS+ “Social impact 3.0” TESTIMONY

In the hope that more and more people will learn about Erasmus +, I would like to emphasize the importance of experiences like this not only for the notions that enrich our cultural background but also for the soft skills we develop within these contexts. Doing activities in a welcoming context, where people believe in you and encourage you to do your best, a context in which «unity is strength» helps to have more self-confidence and to come up with ideas and projects that can really have an impact on society. “Learning by doing” understanding what you are studying is not a feature of the Italian education system because, personally, since I was a child, I always wondered what all those notions were for since they were not put into practice. This more practical method, together with the Design Thinking methodology I think can be an inspiration for a new educational program to be proposed in schools where we can touch the future with our own hands, where we can understand the importance of following the lessons and learning new things in order to make a difference in the future and to be free to choose our future. My friend Federico and I were inspired by this experience to solve an issue to this day in Italy: school dropout. And, thanks to this experience, we will always have an eye on «how» we try to change society, starting with a business model canvas in which there is an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable project.