25 January 2016
27 October 2013
Synthesis has signed a sub-consultancy agrement with a GHK Consulting of United Kingdom to provide information and feedback on the situation of social entrepreneurship in Cyprus.
"This Contract is a further recognition of our expertise in the field of Social Entrepreneurship," says George Isaias, director of Synthesis.
The study is undertaken on behalf of the European Commission and will last until May 2014.
30 September 2013
22 August 2013
Synthesis is now based in the United Nations "buffer zone" of the divided city of Nicosia.
"We are very excited with this development as this will enable us to transmit the spirit of social entrepreneurship across Cyprus reaching both communities" said George Isaias, director of the Synthesis Center.
"Our move here is a conscious decision to contribute to turning the buffer (or dead) zone into a social innovation zone."
The office is housed at the Home for Cooperation, opposite Ledra Palace.
5 October 2012
The Synthesis Center participated in the partner meeting of the project "Future Europe" that took place in Tubingen, Germany, 1st and 2nd of October 2012.
7 June 2012
George Isaias presented on Social Entrepreneurship practices that could contribute to the economic and social inclusion of migrants in Cyprus. The presentation was held in Nicosia on June 6th 2012 at the University of Nicosia, within the framework of the Mediterranean Migration Network (MMN).
26 November 2011. Liverpool, UK
Representatives from organisations from 6 countries gathered in Liverpool on 24th and 25th of November for the kick off meeting of the project IGNITE Europe. The project aims to train trainers to develop and support social entrepreneurs. The project is expected to also raise awareness of the field of social entrepreneurship in the partner countries and across Europe. The partnership is comprised of organisations from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Germany, Lithuania, Sweden and UK and is co-funded by the Life Long Learning Programme of the European Union. The project is coordinated by South Sefton Development Trust, UK, while Synthesis Center is the Cypriot partner.
7 October 2011
Social Innovation Europe (SIE) has selected Synthesis as its Cyprus partner. Funded by DG Enterprise at the European Commission, and run by a consortium including SIX, Euclid Network and the Danish Technological Institute, SIE has been designed to promote, support and develop social innovation across Europe. The SIE initiative aims to streamline the field of social innovation by bringing innovators together and increasing the capacity to face priority challenges such as ageing and climate change through an events series, reports, and an online hub.
Athens, May 30, 2011
Mr. George Isaias was a key note speaker at the Conference "Social Solidarity Economy: Corporate Social Responsibility & Social Entrepreneurship - the challenge of our era." His presentation was titled "Mediterranean Practices of Social Entrepreneurship."
The Conference was organised by Social Cooperative Activities for Minority Groups "EDRA."
30 September 2011
With excitement, we hosted a visit by South Sefton Development Trust (SSDT) and the School for Social Entrepreneurs (Liverpool). The visit took place on 18th-20th September 2011. South Sefton Development Trust was represented by Cate Murphy (Chief Executive) and Eve Money (Development Manager). Also on the delegation were Lynne Jones from Social Enterprise Wise Connections, which works primarily with women in ethical businesses, Cathy Varley (Liverpool SSE Learning Manager) and Hilary Berg, a PR, Marketing and Branding professional who is an expert witness and mentor for the Liverpool SSE. Synthesis was represented by George Isaias, Golfo Kateva, and Irene Antoniou. During the meetings, the participants discussed the situation of Social Entrepreneurship in Cyprus and UK, exchanged views, and agreed on a number of joint actions for closer cooperation for pushing the sector forward at national and European level.
25 September 2011
George Isaias presented on "Employability Skills for Immigrant Communities" during the "Peer Education Conference" held in Montecatini, Italy, on September 23rd 2011. Golfo Kateva also presented on exercises and methodologies in empowering immigrants to enter the labour market. The Conference was held in the framework of the "Peer Education-A Pan Europe Programme."
October 31, 2010
December 23, 2010
October 31, 2010
October 7, 2010
Interchangeably called social entrepreneurs, changemakers, or social innovators, more and more people around the world are starting creative new ventures with the intention of tackling social and environmental problems. During the first week of November this year, Connecting Social Innovation 2010 (cosi10) is calling social innovators together at events in cities around the world with the aim of strengthening and moving the sector forward.
September 22, 2010
September 9, 2010
SYNTHESIS is hosting in Cyprus the first Social Entrepreneurship Conference in Cyprus, part of global learning event "Connecting Social Innovation 2010" (Cosi10). Cosi10 is a global collaborative event for social entrepreneurs from all sectors and backgrounds which takes place in the first week of November 2010 in more than 10 cities around the world, including Brussels, Paris, and New York. The event in Cyprus is the only one that is offered in the greater Middle East area. It will be held in Nicosia on November 6 & 7. More information including online regisration is available at http://cosi10.com
May 27, 2010
George Isaias was an invited speaker at the seminar "Guidance and Counseling for Migrants and Returnees." His presentation was titled "Guidance and Couseling in view of training and employment: The case of Acta Vista and its potential application to Cyprus."
The seminar was organised by the Public Employment Services of Cyprus, with speakers and participants from Cyprus, Greece, Netherlands, Slovakia,and the UK.