The ComEnt project team held it’s third transnational project meeting at the University of Applied Sciences Vorarlberg (FHV) in Dornbirn.

After being welcomed by FHV research director Markus Preissinger, the team visited an exemplary social enterprise in Dornbirn called s'Fachl. This is a cooperative that runs a shop in the heart of Dornbirn where small producers of regional products can rent a box and sell their products. The highlight of the two-day event was the site visit and discussion of the community project “Gasthaus Taube" in Andelsbuch, situated in the rural Bregenzerwald region. The Gasthaus Taube is a former inn in a protected building dating from around 1800, which closed two decades ago. A community initiative is now trying to revive the place. Two members of the community initiative, Bianka and Herbert Franz, provided an impressive guided tour through the rooms of the old building, showing the group a variety of historic objects. The crowning final was a fresh cooked regional dish with cheese, called “Käsknöpfle”, which was served in the old dining room.

Next steps defined

Furthermore, the project team worked diligently on the development of the curriculum for the future “Certificate in Community Enterprise Development”. Discussions were held around the topics of teaching, learning and assessments strategy as well as recruitment for the accredited program. "The meeting at the FHV has helped us to move a big step forward. We are now in an exciting project phase in which we are developing and testing the contents of the teaching modules," summed up Robert Moosbrugger, project manager at the FHV.