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Making a Living Reloaded

Making a Living Reloaded

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This paper provides an overview of the mission reports and main messages created by the members of the Edgeryders community . The Edgeryders as a social game was started by the Council of Europe in 2011, based on a “think tank” approach, with an aim to provide inspiration, information, encouragement and support to young Europeans, giving them opportunity to act as “citizens experts” and have a voice in foundation of future European policies in all domains important to the young people. This paper focuses on “making a living” – a process of transition from education to economically active life. It joins personal stories and advice given by the people (not only young people) on how to transfer personal skills and social capital into a meaningful and self-sustainable life framework. What makes this project special is joint interaction of social actors who otherwise act in separate domains of life – citizens, researchers and policy makers. In pursuing so, this project proved to be inspiring and very concrete in steps proposed by its participants, steps that could restore trust into public policies and transform citizens from objects to subjects in creation of new programmes for making Europe a better place to live.
This paper provides an overview of the mission reports and main messages created by the members of the Edgeryders community . The Edgeryders as a social game was started by the Council of Europe in 2011, based on a “think tank” approach, with an aim to provide inspiration, information, encouragement and support to young Europeans, giving them opportunity to act as “citizens experts” and have a voice in foundation of future European policies in all domains important to the young people. This paper focuses on “making a living” – a process of transition from education to economically active life. It joins personal stories and advice given by the people (not only young people) on how to transfer personal skills and social capital into a meaningful and self-sustainable life framework. What makes this project special is joint interaction of social actors who otherwise act in separate domains of life – citizens, researchers and policy makers. In pursuing so, this project proved to be inspiring and very concrete in steps proposed by its participants, steps that could restore trust into public policies and transform citizens from objects to subjects in creation of new programmes for making Europe a better place to live.

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Making a living reloaded
Dunja Potočnik
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Summary
This paper provides an overview of the mission reports and main messages created by themembers of the Edgeryders community
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. The Edgeryders
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as a social game was started by theCouncil of Europe in 2011,
based on a “think tank” approach,
with an aim to provide inspiration,information, encouragement and support to young Europeans, giving them opportunity to act as
“citizens experts”
and have a voice in foundation of future European policies in all domains
important to the young people. This paper focuses on “making a living” –
a process of transitionfrom education to economically active life. It joins personal stories and advice given by thepeople (not only young people) on how to transfer personal skills and social capital into ameaningful and self-sustainable life framework. What makes this project special is jointinteraction of social actors who otherwise act in separate domains of life
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citizens, researchersand policy makers. In pursuing so, this project proved to be inspiring and very concrete in stepsproposed by its participants, steps that could restore trust into public policies and transformcitizens from objects to subjects in creation of new programmes for making Europe a better place to live.1. Introduction: Changed paradigm of youth values in the times of crisis 31.1. Concept of the Edgeryders project and methodological approach to its analysis 51.2. A profile of the Edgeryders 72. Horizon of the skills: Learned
vs 
Reality 93. Making a living: Clash of generations 123.1. What kind of work makes life meaningful? 143.2.
“Significant others”, or how networks enable and empower people
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Institute for Social Research, dunja@idi.hr , www.dunjapotocnik.org 
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3.3. Innovation and self-reinventing are essential to successful entrepreneurship 193.4. Sum
mary of the Edgeryders‟ perspectives
on making a living 234. Policy 2.0.: objects becoming creators of new framework for decision making 245. Conclusions 286. Literature 30
 
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1. Introduction: Changed paradigm of youth values inthe times of crisis
In the “Approach Paper for the Youth Employment Summit:
 
Toward Full Employment”
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(2000, p.
4) the authors emphasize the following: “
 As the right to vote is the basis for modern politicaldemocracy, the right to employment is the essential foundation for economic democracy. In theabsence of alternative means of ensuring the livelihood of all its citizens, society has the
responsibility to provide employment opportunities for everyone.”
 An issue of youth status is notonly a matter of human rights but also of providing quality prerequisites for assuring societalstability and intergenerational turnover.
“Employment and Social Policy” Special Eurobarometer 
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(2011: p. 9) emphasizes that “although
EU labour markets have been strongly affected by the crisis, overall job losses have been rather limited when compared to other global competitors, thanks in large part to the measures taken to
mitigate the impact of the crisis”. Although this observation seems optimistic, the European
countries and their citizens differ in their perspectives on the labour market. This is especially thecase when it comes to the young people; not only the youth unemployment rates are higher thanthat of the adult population, but the youth is also more prone to influences of unstable economiccycles and job uncertainty.
“Young people are under several risks increasing the odds of not accomplishing their private and
professional aspirations. Some of these risks are mentioned in the Salto-
Youth study “
Inclusionthrough Empl
oyability: Youth Work Approaches to Unemployment”
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(2011)
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early schoolleaving, high rates of unemployment, long-term unemployment and the high precariousness
 
of youth employment. For youth lacking work experience prolongation of working life meansdeterioration of the knowledge and skills acquired through education and training since they donot have opportunity to put their knowledge into practice. Moreover, jobless situation is related totheir financial and housing dependence on their parents and to postponing of starting their ownfamilies.The European Labour Force Survey on 15-24 aged youth brings some data on reasons for part
time and temporary work. Inability to find a full time job, followed by “other” reasons, taking part
in education, own illness or disability, looking after children or incapacitated adults and other family or personal reasons, lead the list of reasons for engaging in part-time employment. Unlikethe part-time employment, temporary employment is more often related to unreliable anduncertain job patterns that could deteriorate position of individuals participating in this sort of employment. High rate of temporary employment usually is related to the precarious jobs some
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