winter school

april 4th-6th, 2022

The SEVERE Winter School was hosted for 3 days in Montpellier Business School in April 2022 and included 9 project groups of students from each partner institution.

The SEVERE Winter School was an opportunity for the nine groups of students to come together and present their achievements over the first six months. During these 3 days, students could finally meet in person and share the videos of the self-assessment journey of their projects with other groups, summing up their progress, where they currently are at. They could also attend a variety of workshops and mentoring sessions, where they could get  very insightful feedbacks from partners and social entrepreneurs, as well as elaborating a plan on their projects’ next steps for the next couple of months.

monday 4
welcome & workshops

09:30 – 10:00

welcome session
Dr Mélanie Ouvry, Dean of Faculty (MBS – France)

10:00 – 11:00

icebreaking activity: “Theatre Workshop”

Mark Anderson 

11:00 – 12:30

Introduction to “Self-Assessment Journey” – 1st Check-in (Videos + Posters Instructions)

Natalia Popielska

12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 16:30

Peer Mentoring Sessions (alternating rooms after 1h30):

The “5 Whys”

Mark Anderson 


The “6 Thinking Hats”

Teresa Franqueira

tuesday 5
self-assessment & mentoring

09:00 – 09:30

Peter Robbins

09:30 – 11:30

Self-Assessment Journey – 2nd Check-in
Natalia Popielska

10:30 – 11:00

Mentoring Process: Clinics & Perspectives

Mentors from Partner Institutions

11:30 – 12:00

Power Walk

Rose Cawood-Campbell & Natalia Popielska

12:00 – 13:30

“The Story of my shoes”

Erica Gasperotti & Barbara Palla

13:00 – 14:30

Lunch (Restaurant on Campus)

14:30 – 16:00

Introduction to the Road to Florence

Mark Anderson

14:00 – 14:50

wednesday 6
final self-assessment, Peer to peer mentoring & feedbacks

09:00 – 09:30

Self-Assessment Journey – 3rd Check-in

Natalia Popielska

09:30 – 11:00

Peer to Peer Mentoring on Road to Florence

Mentors from Partner Institutions

11:00 – 11:30

Wrap up

12:30 – 13:30


monday 4th april 2022

tuesday 5th april 2022

Over the course of one week participants took part in many workshops and webinars including:

· A Theatre Workshop to work on their speech, presence and confidence;

· Self-Assessment Journey (Check-ins);

· Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Sessions;

· Mentoring Process: Clinics & Perspectives;

· Power Walks;

· “The Story of My Shoes” (Storytelling);

· A quick Dance Break session to shake off the stress! ;



Students had the opportunity to assess their own projects as well as providing and getting feedback from other students’ groups and mentors. Some social enterprises also attended the projects presentations and provided advice on strategies and next steps to students. 

At the end of the Winter School, students could collect all the feedback and advice that will be used for their next steps and preparation to pitching their projects as main objective for the Road to Florence.

Students have now:

· the feedback they need to adjust and improve their projects’ strategies and ideas;

· the right tools and tactics to prepare and visualise their next steps and effectively progress in their projects

· strengthened their mindset and increased their motivation to working on effectively Pitching their ideas as main objective for the next step in their training, the Road to Florence.


tuesday 5th april 2022

wednesday 6th april 2022

In 2022 all groups will be working remotely, transnationally and digitally to develop their project into a potential social business using the Virtual Platform Glocal and the Handbook of Remote Working for Social Innovators

Students will also be now working on the Pitching of their projects and ideas. All groups will be supported, monitored and mentored by the partner institutions to effectively apply their vision for positive change within their communities. 


In September 2022 all groups will meet in Florence, Italy to participate in the live Pitching Session where they will be given the opportunity to showcase their final project ideas and action plan.