In the middle of the most disenfranchised and underfinanced part of Wroclaw, there is located one of the most advanced and successful social enterprises PANATO. This cooperative is radiating to the vicinity with hope and solutions, creating a space full of a friendly, inclusive, positive atmosphere, where people can not only play chess and socialize in the innovative café (innovative because they pay by time and during that time can eat /drink all they want) and participate in the many social events, but also experience the vibrant space of designing, producing, meeting clients, selling art and artisan’s products.
The PANATO group of ex-unemployed artists and artisans has created a self-employment paradigm, successful in business as well as active in promoting the idea of social cooperatives and through that – empowering others. While drinking coffee in PANATO’s café one can see the place full of artistic products: caps, T-shirts, handbags, dresses, watching the process of their design and production; also you can observe the most up-to-date 3D printer producing, for example, an artificial limb, namely a hand for a child (this child, while growing, will keep subsequently changing the limb to a larger one, so it is critical to keep the process at low cost).
On top of that the team operates as a real team, not as a simple sum of artists: they discuss each obstacle, brainstorm on the future strategy, make unanimous decisions. In that way they build a strong social capital, becoming a model example of cooperation and trust which are foundational to market and social success.