Engage with NGOs, local governments, and social entrepreneurs to learn skills that will help you make changes in your industry. You will learn by working on real social innovation projects.
Develop products and business opportunities for people living in poverty in collaboration with a Hungarian NGO.
Develop a sustainable agricultural product brand in Eastern Poland in collaboration with a local action group.
Envision future opportunities for preserving and utilizing Szalatna Castle over the next 20 years in collaboration with the county government.
Although we have different topics for each of our summer schools, they all focus on learning skills that will strengthen your ability to solve complex problems–– regardless of the field you come from. We believe that hard skills are important, but with the rapid evolution of technology, a focus on hard skills can potentially leave you vulnerable to change as these often have a shorter shelf life. Soft skills, on the other hand, enable you to adapt to change more easily.
We strongly believe that we all are responsible for the health of our society and environment. Because of this, we teach the aforementioned skills through working on real-life social and environmental challenges. We always work with local partners who help us identify these challenges, generate and refine prototypes, and implement the final ideas.
The first Holis focused on the future scenarios of an old felt factory in Hungary, which at the time was suffering from a 90% loss of income due to the rise in popularity of synthetic felts. As a result of the solutions that Holis participants helped to identify and implement, the felt factory now has new owners, new products, and other thriving business activities. Since then we’ve been working on the challenges of ageing and retirement in Ajka and Herend (HU), new functions for the Rákóczi-Bánffy castle in Gilău (RO), and the challenges of alienation, small-scale farming, public spaces, and well being in Sobole (PL).
In 2018 we explored what are the challenges of rural Poland and what can we do about them.
We partnered up with Spomlek, a local cheese factory and asked ourselves: how a local business can serve the community around it?
I can't thank HOLIS enough for the great experience, the people I've got to know, and all the doors that have been opened.