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New Paths to InclUsion Network

Background and aims

The "New Paths to InclUsion Network” with 19 Partners from 14 European Countries will transfer the evidence based concept of Person Centred Planning. Person centred planning is a family of process-oriented approaches to empower people with disabilities to live a self-determined life in the community. Through international research Person centred approaches have proven to be innovative and evidence based ways of connecting fundamental beliefs about Inclusion with practical ways of making changes in individual life's happen whilst steering developments towards person centred organisations.


The New Paths to InclUsion Network builds on the experiences of the LdV-TOI "New Paths to Inclusion” (NPI) project which was carried out from 2009-2011. The main output of the project was the development of a modular and inclusive training course in person centred planning (European Training Course on Inclusion) to improve VET capacity to stimulate organisational change towards person centred practices.

The central aim of the New Paths to IncUsion Network is framed around the guiding question: "What is needed to move towards transformative change in the ways that services for disabled people across the lifespan are organised and what kind of Vocational training is necessary to effectively facilitate this process?”


The challenge of transformative change, which is characterised as "being open to surprises and new directions”, requires new ways of thinking and behaving and involves an approach that is discontinuous with the past.

To this end the project has developed a project design which is modelled around an internationally acclaimed model for achieving transformative Social Innovation which was developed on the experiences of leaders of some of the world's most innovative business and non-governmental organisations – the Theory U developed by OTTO SCHARMER.

Theory U stands for an understanding of Social Innovation that calls people to move outside their familiar assumptions and patterns of behaviour that re-produces current reality. Instead Theory U offers a series of practices and guidelines that foster Social Innovation by learning from the best possible future possibilities that can emerge (= Presencing). In building on the experiences of the NPI project the project consortium has identified three keys for achieving Inclusion for which the proposed thematic Network seeks to develop socially innovative strategies. The specified objectives take into careful consideration that to create transformative change people need more than just receive training. In setting up an innovative project structure the project objectives are:

  • To provide a contribution for the European Learning, Development and Networking framework for Social Transformation through practicing, documenting and disseminating innovatory project elements, which in itself are modelled after the logic of future oriented Social Innovation.
  • To build a shared foundation for the development of a European Network through (re-)training of staff members from diverse organisational levels as well a people with disabilities, in all countries of the Consortium where no structured VET formats on person centred approaches have been developed and thus to strengthen the national VET systems.
  • To valorise these experience and to develop a European Multiplication course seeking new VET course format addressing the three keys to Inclusion.
  • To provide value, experience and evidence based Vocational training solutions that take into account the need of structural adjustments of the Disability Service Sector.
  • To provide a one-stop Online Knowledge Centre for all interested stakeholder.
  • To support the national Networking partners in building sustainable national Networks involving all important stakeholders, whilst also providing the necessary European Networking infrastructure for a strengthening of alliances between the VET and service sector working towards Inclusion.



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