weltgewandt wishes …
Moving, but powerful
“We work together very seriously and it is still joyful.” “We don’t just make a project for its own sake, we live it.” Feedbacks on the working meeting in Warsaw from 11th to 13th December 2021 with colleagues from France, Ireland, Germany, Estonia and Poland within the framework of our women’s project. Normally, such meetings focus on organisational questions. That is not inspiring per se. So the participants also devoted themselves to the results of the project so far – the joint collage, our “free-style story chain” and the development of a handout for speaking and acting in difficult situations.
The most intense session was about the photos of public spaces and the experiences, associations and thoughts that the participants connected with them. An exchange that was often moving. And at the same time it shed light on the societies in whose context the experiences were made.
This made the meeting an intense encounter. And this in an atmosphere of respect, mutual interest and a desire to put creatie approaches into practise. “It is very encouraging to come together with other women. It helps me not to be isolated.” “I have been learning in every minute when I was here.”
Take part! Your perception of public spaces
The underground, the backyard, the museum, the marketplace, the library, the hair salon, the unlit way to school, the park, the train station, the pub, the concert hall, the workplace, but also Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: people often move around in public spaces. How do I experience them? What feelings, what associations, what considerations do they trigger in me? Right now?
We invite you to go with your camera / smartphone to public spaces, take a picture and / or write down your thoughts, feelings, ideas, wishes, hopes, experiences. Each word, each picture counts. Give the inner censor a break. Feel free to express what comes in your mind.
Send your photo / text to firstname.lastname@example.org. Write in the subject line “WP – public spaces”. We are happy to get it until 15th January 2022.
Try it! The team of colleagues from Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, and Poland is curious to get to know your perspective. Our idea is to create an online gallery and to publish the submissions on the project website.
Delicate Topics: Taxes and Migration
„Tax is a crucial part of the story of injustice in the world. Unfortunately, many people hear the word tax and recoil – it seems dense, boring and perhaps a topic best left to the ‘experts’! This guide will help you as a facilitator understand just what tax is, why it is so important, what global trends threaten fair tax collection, and what might be done to help solve tax injustice globally.“
This is how the Irish colleague’s contribution to the learning platform in our cooperation Fresh-up Economics begins. We discussed it in the project group of colleagues from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Poland, Spain and Germany. We all agreed: This article makes us want to deal with the topic!
Migration is a complex phenomenon. It affects societies in different ways, be they receiving countries or those from which people leave. When the well-educated go abroad, gaps remain. The receiving country, in turn, benefits. Education costs can be saved and the population structure can be maintained if young, qualified people come. Wages do not have to rise because there are more workers. But what if people do not come voluntarily, when they need to flee war and hardship? What if they are older and their qualifications are not recognised? How differently are people affected by migration: the individuals themselves, the companies, the citizens? The contribution of the Polish colleague from the WSEI University in Lublin stimulated discussion. This is exactly what we want to achieve.
Feminist Economics and Ecological Growth
They are like a „conversation salon“ as we know it from the age of enlightenment. Our regular online meetings on economic topics as part of our project “Fresh-up Economics“. This time, the Czech and Estonian colleagues presented their contributions to the learning platform. Feminist economics is seen in contrast to the neoclassical school of economics. The difference in the view of human beings is particularly striking. Neoclassical economists start from the assumption of “homo economicus“, who always makes rational decisions, is free of any social influence, pursues his interests and has unlimited needs. Feminist economists, on the other hand, assume that human beings are relational ones who are shaped by various influences such as gender, age, social status, values, and so on. Accordingly, people’s decisions would be influenced by various factors – if only because of unequal starting points.
Economic growth and sustainability – is that possible? What is it about “green growth”, “de-growth” or “social limits to growth”? And what does “decoupling” mean? What are the different approaches to sustainability? A topic that can provoke lively debates. The colleagues brought their knowledge to the table. For example, the reference to the growth dilemma or to a socially acceptable, sustainable “degrowth” of economic development.
Time and again, methodological questions came up: Are the statements clear enough and easy to grasp? Does clarity come at the expense of complexity? How can both be combined in a meaningful way – if only to enable a diversity of perspectives? But without confusing?
Not exactly in a dignified salon atmosphere, but it was a cultivated exchange this time too, factual, carried by respect and the interest in learning new things.
Museum and integration
How can people get interested in going to museums? How can museums open up so that visitors see them as their own place? These questions also guided the third five-day workshop in the framework of our UNLOCK project from 10th to 15th October 2021 in Madrid. The programme was intense: Presentations of examples of good practice, such as from MiméticasLab on how museum objects can be made accessible to the visually impaired. Workshops on the perception and production of sounds, on cameraless film-making and on the perceiving time via theatre work. Inputs on photo theory and art mediation, on culture mediation at a cultural centre, on crowdfunding for NGOs and a city quarter tour on community mediation. And of course talks with museum educators and cultural mediators on site in the museum: the activities of the Archaeological Museum of Madrid are particularly impressive.
EQUITY IN NAPOLI
Project meeting from 3rd to to 5th October 2021 in Naples, Italy: Colleagues from vocational schools, NGOs and public administrations from six countries are working together on modules they are developing to promote equal opportunities and inclusion for young migrants and refugees in VET. Step by step, topics have been identified in connection with preferred methods, on which they will continue to work in transnational small groups. After xxx video meetings it is clear: online meetings take energy, personal encounters give energy. And all this in a city that is as interesting as it is steeped in history! You can find more information about the multi-year cooperation on this page.
Inequality and economic “schools”
Inequality, what’s this? And what different economic “schools” exist? This was the subject of our most recent online meeting as part of our „Fresh-up Economics“ project. Two further contributions to our learning platform were discussed. The Austrian colleagues presented a socio-economic understanding of inequality that goes beyond the usual interpretation of income inequality and also takes into account, for example, the global inequality in the consumption of CO2. They emphasised that inequality is not a “natural” given, but is produced by society and its power relations. It is expected that inequality will continue to increase. What kind of welfare state would therefore be needed to enable a good life for all? How can be ensured that the discussion of inequality also refers to the big issues such as climate change, digitalisation (platform economy, etc.), migration, the future of pensions?
The “economy” is often associated with a certain way of looking at it. But far from it. Embedded in historical contexts and along the different understandings of work, the colleague from the Spanish partner organisation went into ideas from Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Keynes and more recent authors. As so often this year, this was a stimulating meeting – next year then as a ‘real’ encounter.
POL, theatre, video production and beyond
European workshop on Climate Change
The term “Climate Change” seems now on almost everyone’s lips. It provokes emotions and is hardly missing from any political statement. This can create a paradox: a word becomes an empty phrase. This is one of the reasons why Christoph Mayer’s lively transmission of knowledge, called a lecture, was so well received at our workshop in Berlin from 24th to 28th September 2021. It was about the characteristics of global warming, the burning of fossil fuels as a central cause for it, the often underestimated methane as well as the political possibilities to deal with all the problems – in principle.
For five days, colleagues from Sofia, Athens, Rome and Berlin tested adult education methods to make the topic of climate change in all its complexity the subject of their work. Together, they overcame the (inner) burden of producing videos for our online course (MOOC), tried out forum theatre, discussed the Popular Opinion Leader method (POL), playfully explored the pros and cons of climate protection policy, and explored in an authentic place how people can unite and do something for the city’s climate and their own salad plate. For example, through urban gardening. At the same time, many of the shared inspirations and didactic approaches stimulated many new questions. That’s education… See more on our project’s website.
Information about the video and the Forum theatre method you may find on our Youtube channel.
Upheavals in the Past and Today
Workshop with colleagues from 6 European countries in Lódz/Poland within the framework of our „Moving Memories“ project. The topic was applied to various questions such as new approaches to discuss the Greek Revolution 200 years ago, the Spanish Transition, the wars in Yugoslavia and the German-German unification process. A broad repertoire of methods was tested together, sociometry, educational drama, learning with pictures, biography work, etc. Conclusion of a participant after a few days: „I’m still full of impressions from our meeting in Lódz, and I am very grateful that I had a chance to spend such a productive time with all of you.“
See more on the project’s website, http://www.moving-memories.eu/
Gender stereotypes and Gesamtkunstwerk
Five-day workshop at the end of August 2021 with colleagues from five countries on gender stereotypes, among other topics. In contrast to what is often the case with transnational encounters, the exchange was not provided by the inviting organisation alone, but by all participants. It was thus a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. This ensured a variety of methods and active cooperation. Clichés and ‘traditional’ role models were discussed during a world café. In addition, they were found in idioms, jokes, films, newspaper headlines, advertising, and music and satirised in pantomime scenes. In conversation about this, the participants talked about cultures of gender arrangements in the partner countries. The view over the ‘national fence’ was inspiring and had something liberating. Find more on the project’s website.
Bringing dreams into life
Blended learning activities, what is it? Not only educational workers but also learners from the partner organisations come into contact with each other. Via virtual exchange through an email list, WhatsApp group or entries in the Padlet. But also through concrete, personal encounters. This was the case in Berlin in August 2021. The focus was on self-perception and self-expression, perspectives on one’s own world and those in the wider environment. It was particularly moving for the participants to track down their own dreams, wishes and hopes. All too often, women are oriented towards turning towards others and putting aside their own perceptions. So the Map of Dreams was a new experience: in the ambience of the Mauergarten, they created collages of their dreams for a ‘happy life in good company’. Following on from this, concrete goals were derived from the dream images and thought about how they could be ‘tackled’. Afterwards, not much was said about it. Because most of the women were not familiar with it. But real art treasures were created. Find more on the project’s website.
Climate Change and Forest Destruction
Global warming and energy production are two key words that come up when talking about climate change issues. This was also the case during the workshop of colleagues from all partner organisations, which took place in Athens from 5th to 10th July 2021. The focus was on the exchange of methods to make aspects of climate change a topic in adult education. The participants got to know techniques of the photographic reportage using the example of the destruction of nature by wild fires in Greece (this year already in May). They went ‘into the field’, took pictures and learned tips and tricks for post-production. How can I arouse curiosity? How can I tell a story with a picture? And at what point does image editing simply serve the purpose of manipulation? “Moving, inspiring and motivating,” was the feedback of one participant. More on the project’s website.
Controversies about Climate Change
For some, the reduction of greenhouse gases is not going fast enough. Others doubt that climate change is happening or is caused by human activity. Rarely is a distinction made between climate change, climate protection policy and the way how climate change is under discussion. Different views are nevertheless indispensable for a democratic culture and its freedom of speech. If many people get involved, a broad process of awareness can be triggered, and the instrumentalisation of the issue by one side or the other can be disenchanted. And at the same time, the dramatic nature of the change could become clear. How to deal with it? What makes it so difficult to change the climate change? What needs to be transformed in terms of the energy supply? Is the arms industry the No. 1 climate polluter? To what extent should citizens change their consumption behaviour? What structural changes are necessary? When are moral arguments aimed at individual behaviour convincing? These are some of the questions discussed during the workshop from 5th to 10th July 2021 at our partner organisation Action Synergy in Athens. The contribution to our online course “Criticism of climate protection policy – arguments and counter-arguments” was presented and will be published in August. More on the project’s website.
Additional remark: Of course, flying to Athens to talk about climate change is a contradiction in terms. In future, for projects applied for from this year onwards, there will be the possibility of “green travel”, i.e. financing train or bus journeys at the price actually incurred. After all.
Erasmus accreditation for weltgewandt e.V.
“Enriching lives, opening minds” is the motto of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. It enables multi-year cooperation between organisations from EU countries as well as worldwide and thus joint work on topics, the exchange of methods and the development of freely accessible educational materials. But the programme includes even more: the further training of staff members and long-term volunteers from educational organisations abroad. This can range from participation in courses to a job shadowing of several months at a partner institution. weltgewandt e.V. is now also active in this field and has received the Erasmus accreditation for adult education for the current programme period (2021-2027). We are happy!
Moving to talk about Moving Memories
After so many virtual meetings, the colleagues from the 6 partner organisations met each other for a hybrid encounter in Belgrade / Serbia from 27th to 29th July 2021. Yes, we spoke about questions to organise, evaluate and disseminate the project’s activities. The exchange included, however, more: We spoke about the content part of our contributions to the learning platform. So for example the Greek revolution 1821, the re-settlement of Karelians to Finland, women during the transformation of the 1990s in Poland and partly, the German-German unification process. One may read the issues and ask: Are they really intersting? They are! The partners’ focus lays on transformations in the past and how they are discussed today. This discoursive approach encompasses a view on hidden aspects of an issue. And this may provoke astonishment and deeper insights. We enjoyed a very intense and rich of content meeting at our partner organisation, the DAH theatre in Belgrade.
“Consolidating information. Like a last part of a lesson.”
“Learned to make use of plugins.”
Three feedbacks of the three participants who got the chance to attend a more than two hours webinar on how to create a wiki. Hold by Anna Dobrowska from CosmoCode, she explained the colleagues from our consortium how to create pages, manage the admin section and the navigation, and introduced in the world of plugins for this wiki. An inspiring, rich of content, and encouraging learning experience!
Wiki with new address
During the project on digital literacy, a wiki on technological, social and political aspects of digitalisation was created. It is now permanently available at this address. The project participants are looking forward to your comments! More information about the project can be found on the project website in five languages.
weltgewandt on Telegram
We now also use this channel to spread information about our own activities and inspirations from others. Our address is: https://t.me/weltgewandt. We are pleased about your interest – and subscribers.
The art of giving feedback
During the two-year cooperation “Fresh-up Economics” we create together a learning platform to enhance socio-economic education for adults in Europe. This is itself a learning process. It became clear during our last video conference on 06/08/2020. In a good sense. On the one hand, we discussed the contribution that was developed by the colleagues of the University of Vienna. The topic: “Climate and Economy“. On the other hand, the project partners gave their feedback on the contribution of the Estonian colleague on “Public Goods and Social Welfare“. The comments were differentiated and factual. Then the discussion turned to the question why we try to be multi-perspective. And what does that mean? Would we overburden the readers when different interpretations of individual topics – corresponding to the different schools of thought in economics – are mentioned? It turned out that the partners are at home in different cultures of thinking economics. This is what makes the cooperation so charming. It would be nicer, of course, if we could come together for a physical exchange and discuss some questions more intensively. But we’ll stay on, online.
Fresh-up Economics: website online
weltgewandt e.V. coordinates a two-year project with organisations in six EU countries on socio-economic education. The consortium aims to provide inspirations for a better understanding of economy and economics. A six-language learning platform is currently being developed for this purpose. For selected topics, it will contain short versions in easy language for all citizens. The detailed version is intended for adult educators and interested people who would like to obtain detailed information. The didactic parts may encourage trainers and teachers to include socio-economic questions in their educational work. Due to the current corona crisis the publication of the first parts of the learning platform had to be postponed. The reason for this is that the partners would first like to test the methodological parts together and revise them if necessary. Until then we will publish short articles on individual topics. The website is now online. More information about the learning platform can be found on this page.
“A very, very nice description of the necessary steps.”
“I got a global image on wordpress websites, pages, posts, plugins, menus.”
“A good example of distance learning.”
Four feedbacks on the internal webinar about building one’s own website with participants from Focsani/Romania, Málaga and Berlin on 21st July 2020. The idea of sharing this knowledge came during the project Empowering Digital Literacy and results from a raising interest in the world of digitalisation and the wish of being not only a consumer but also a producer of content. The three-hours interactive webinar encompassed basics like developing a website’s concept in the beginning (idea, aims, target groups, main messages, etc.), writing draft texts, respecting authors and photographers rights, and others. In the practical part were shown the world of designs/themes, how to create a page and a post, how to translate them, and what should be taken into consideration when arranging the menus. Some plugins were presented. A separate part was dedicated to the page builder elementor. The main aim was to stimulate motivation and to leave only a small place for the fear…
… to do it oneself.