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Entrepreneurial people
Entrepreneurial people are very important for society, business, formal education, and many other fields. Why? Because they show initiative, have the necessary courage, make decisions, and show responsibility.
Entrepreneurial types see opportunities and don't like to keep things the way they used to be when that doesn't work.
  • They draw their own plan and act accordingly.
  • Are well informed about relevant developments in the environment and use this knowledge effectively.
  • Has an eye for the effects of (own) decision-making.
  • Wants to continuously get the best out of him/herself and their projects and initiatives.
  • Can gain acceptance or agreement from others for his own point of view through argumentation, personal ascendancy and tact.
  • Identifies and investigates the wishes and needs of others and acts accordingly
  • Views situations from different angles and thinks outside the box.
  • Knows how to combine things, and makes connections
  • Consults others/experts and knows how to involve them through networking

Definition of entrepreneurship: ‘the ability to turn ideas into action that generate value for someone other than oneself.’* Therefore we have developed 3 learning playlists: ‘Ideas and opportunities’, ‘Resources’ and ‘Into Action’. These are the 3 areas where you show the ability to transform ideas and opportunities into action by mobilising resources. These resources can be personal (namely, self-awareness and self-efficacy, motivation and persever-ance), material (for instance, production means and financial resources) or non-material (for instance, specific knowledge, skills and attitudes).*

Entrecomp (The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework) defines entrepreneurship as a transversal competence, which applies to all spheres of life: from nurturing personal development, to actively participating in society, to (re)entering the job market as an employee or as a self-employed person, and also to starting up ventures (cultural, social or commercial). This competence model is used to define the Open Badges that you can earn during this learning playlist.

Why should you do this playlist
To understand how you can recognise and strengthen entrepreneurial traits and skills in yourself. And to be aware about how to take advantage of them.

Within this playlist you will work on the ability to identify and develop ideas and opportunities. 
Activity 1, Spotting Opportunities: You will practice how to use your imagination and abilities to identify opportunities for creating value. 
Activity 2, Creativity: Develop creative and purposeful ideas. 
Activity 3, Vision: Work towards your vision of the future. 
Activity 4, Valuing ideas: Make the most of ideas and opportunities. 
Activity 5, Thinking Ethically and sustainably: Assess the consequences and impact of ideas, opportunities and actions.

To know if this playlist is for you, you can complete the self-assessment to see which skills can be learned inside the different activities.

For each completed activity you can earn a micro-credential badge. When all steps are fulfilled you will earn the Playlist Ideas and Opportunities Badge.

Good luck and have fun!

There are two other playlist where you can learn and show how to be entrepreneurial: 

* Entrecomp: The Entrepreneurship Competence Framework, JCR Science for policy report, 2016, page 10

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‘Thinking Ethically and sustainably' is about assessing  the consequences of ideas that bring value and the effect of entrepreneurial action on the target community, the market, society and the environment. It triggers us to reflect on how sustainable our long-term social, cultural and economic goals are, and the course of action chosen. But most of all it guides us to act responsibly.

These skills are what you can recognise and acknowledge through this activity:
  • I can describe in my own words the importance of integrity and ethical values
  • I can recognise examples of environmentally friendly behaviour by companies that creates value for society as a whole
  • I can tell the difference between the impact of a value-creating activity on the target community and the broader impact on society.

Ethics are a system of moral principles. Ethics support in making decisions and how to live your life. For example ethics can guide people to tell the truth, show compassion, loyalty or keeping promises. Or to help somebody who needs support. Ethics also help to prevent people from stealing, fraud or even worse rape and murder.

Good questions to ask yourself in any situation to define if the situation is following your ethics is described by Cortland:
  • ’The Golden Rule Test: Would I want people to do this to me?
  • The Truth Test: Does this action represent the whole truth and nothing butthe truth?
  • The What-If-Everybody-Did-This Test: Would I want everyone to do this (lie, cheat, steal, litter the school, etc.)? Would I want to live in that kind of world?
  • The Parents Test: How would my parents feel if they found out I did this? What advice would they give me if I asked them if I should do it?
  • The Religion Test: If I have religious beliefs, how do they apply to this action? What would a respected member of my religion advise? Are there any religious texts that I could draw on for guidance?
  • The Conscience Test: Does this go against my conscience? Will I feel guilty afterwards?
  • The Consequences Test: Might this action have bad consequences, such as damage to relationships or loss of self-respect, now or in the future? Might I come to regret doing this?
  • The Front Page Test: How would I feel if my actions were reported on the front page of my hometown paper?’

Being sustainable means that you meet the needs of what you need now, but without putting a struggle to future generations to meet their needs.
Unesco writes: ‘There are four dimensions to sustainable development – society, environment, culture and economy – which are intertwined, not separate. Sustainability is a paradigm for thinking about the future in which environmental, societal and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of an improved quality of life. For example, a prosperous society relies on a healthy environment to provide food and resources, safe drinking water and clean air for its citizens.’

Ethical and sustainable thinking
Thinking ethically and sustainable means that you need to assess the consequences and impact of ideas, opportunities and actions. Your attitudes, behaviours, values and mindset are very important to make ethical decisions and act sustainably. Typically, an ethically thinking person does not just have profit but also the people and planet in mind.

Impact means the consequences, influence or effect of a situation on something or someone. It is the change that occurs as a result of that situation. The word impact is used all the time on, for example, websites, in annual reports and vacancy texts. You have impactful organisations, but also training courses with impact, impactful trips and courses with which you can increase your personal impact. “Impact” always stands for something good and positive. But it can also be negative. Perhaps the best conclusion is to say ‘impact is something that would not be there without you’.

Impact on society
Sustainability of your impact. It is very important to go for positive systemic change and not just for short-term impact. By doing good research into your own impact, you will find out whether you also make a difference in the long term, in your society, community, organisation or else.

When following the micro-learning activities based on the above skills you can earn your Ethical and sustainable thinking badge.

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The owner of this badge has shown to behave ethically, think sustainable, to assess impact.

The holder of this badge has worked independently and in collaboration with peers at the skill ‘Ethical and sustainable thinking’ which connects with the area of Ideas and Opportunities. And worked on:
  • Describing in own words the importance of integrity and ethical values
  • Recognising examples of environmentally friendly behaviour by companies that creates value for society as a whole
  • Telling the difference between the impact of a value-creating activity on the target community and the broader impact on society.

How the holder of this badge worked on these skills can be seen in the evidence in the badge tasks. Adult educators have assessed the completed tasks.

This badge is part of the Entrecomp, the European Entrepreneurial Competence framework to improve the entrepreneurial capacity of European citizens and organisations.
Task no.1
Evidence verified by: un organizator al activității
Step 1: Complete one of the ethical/moral test that you can find at the website EthicsOps
  • What was the most important learning for you?
  • Why is it important to be aware of your and others integrity and ethical values?

  • Then find an example in your community of environmentally friendly behaviour that creates value for society as a whole.
  • What benefits do they bring to society?


#Design value
#Be accountable
#Guide action
#Analyse the context
#Be innovative
#Define problems
#Be curious and open
#Think sustainably
#Assess impact
#Behave ethically
#Recognise the value of ideas
#Identify, create and seize opportunities
#Focus on challenges
#Uncover needs
#Share and protect ideas
#Develop ideas
#Think strategically
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