Monika Tkacz, Poland & Basque Country, Coreteam Member
“I have joined YES because I believe that human potential cannot be wasted by being ‘unemployed’. We all are here for a reason and we just need to take INITIATIVE to discover it.”
(*1990) Monika Tkacz, ‚Mindful Being, Perceiver‘
Monika has graduated from the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland and she holds a Master degree of Social Sciences in International Business. Since January 2016 she has been working as a Research Assistant in the research centre Mondragon Innovation & Knowledge (MIK) in the Basque Country, Spain.
Her personal observations and experience in working in various organizational environments has influenced her need to search for more ‘humane’ economy that is more people rather than profit oriented. Therefore she got inspired by social enterprises, social innovation and alternative business model. Her research papers on cooperative business model and co-creation of social services have been published in high impact journals such as “Ekonomia Społeczna” or “Humanum” in Poland. Additionally, in cooperation with Jagiellonian University in Krakow and University of Economics in Katowice she has contributed to a book chapter on public social partnerships in American IGI Global press.
Along with her research experience she started actively participating in developing social projects and social start-ups together with young entrepreneurs. It brought her intrest into the new generation of ‘change makers’ and it resulted in the exploratory and pilot research with an objective to verify the profile of the new generation of social enterprises and also their founders. While noticing a link between the entrepreneurs’ background (biographical traits) and their further entrepreneurial behaviours she started focusing on micro- foundations of entrepreneurship. Her current research, therefore, is aimed at identifying, assessing and empowering entrepreneurial potential that is crucial in venturing process (either of conventional or social enterprises). Her ‘research journey’ from ‘humane’ economy to ‘human’-foundations of entrepreneurship has linked her interests with Yes Initiative that aims at empowering the ‘unemployed’ human potential.