Impact Hub is the ecosystem that makes impact makers thrive. Hubs set out to create spaces that combine the best of a trusted community, innovation lab, business incubator, an inspiring workspace and the comforts of home. Spaces are equipped with all of the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop innovative ventures for the betterment of the world. But above all, these spaces create meaningful encounters, exchanges and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things. The idea has been spreading like wildfire. This resulted in the emergence of a global movement. To date, there are 60+ Impact Hubs around the globe and many more in the making. In the EFESEIIS Project Impact Hub will be leader of WP5- New Generation of Social Entrepreneur and of WP 10 – Dissemination. Impact Hub will be also performing the activities foreseen in all WPs.
Mara Benadusi is an anthropologist, researcher and lecturer at the University of Catania in the Department of Political and Social Sciences and member of the teaching staff of the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at the University of Messina, in Italy. She is the author of several books and articles at national and international level. Her research has been focused on educational ethnography, Actor-Network Theory (ANT), and the analysis of resilience in time of crisis and catastrophe. Among her interests she studies the community of practice approach (CoP) and its circulation among second generation of social innovators. She provided her consultancy for the EC, the Italian Cooperation, CENSIS Foundation (Italy), CISP, ABATON Srl, UNICEF. Since 2010 she is Deputy President of HUB Sicily and member of Impact HUB Network.
Rosario Sapienza is an anthropologist with more than 15 years of experience in the field of social sciences. After the degree at the ‘Sapienza’ University in Rome he started his professional career as associated researcher at the CENSIS Foundation, Italy. He carried out and coordinated several research projects on immigration, criminality, trafficking of human being and on different youth related issues. Since 2000, after a Master in ‘Euro-project management’, he started collaborating with ABATON Srl, Rome. He monitored, evaluated, planned and managed projects in more than 25 countries in the field of the International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. Among the principal organisations he provided his services there are the EC, the Italian Cooperation, IFAD, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID. Since 2010, Rosario is co-founder of Impact HUB Siracuse and co-coordinator of the “EU Cluster Working Group” within the Impact HUB Network.
Alfons Bauernfeind studied Sociology at the University of Vienna and completed the postgraduate training programme for further professional qualification in the social sciences (SOQUA). He was researcher at the working life research centre (FORBA) and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Politics and interpersonal Relations. 2013 he founded his own company, his main research topics are entrepreneurship, social capital, Social Network Analysis, labour market policy and further education and trainings. He is member of the Impact Hub Vienna since 2013.