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The Digital Euro: Curse or Blessing?

Discussion on a current topic

weltgewandt e.V. invited to the Wolfdietrich Schnurre Library in the Education Centre at Antonplatz in Berlin on 19 May 2022 for a debate on the planned introduction of a Digital Euro. Dirk Schrade from the Deutsche Bundesbank (German national bank), Dr. Norbert Häring from the Handelsblatt (newspaper on Economics) and Dr. Dirk Ehnts, spokesman of the board of the Pufendorf-Gesellschaft, came. The latter questioned the economic necessity of a digital euro – that is, of “electronic cash”. Digital payment has long been common practice and works well, he said. “We have the solution, but we don’t know what the problem is” – to which the digital euro should provide the answer. Dirk Schrade referred to the reasons for the intended introduction: a) technical developments – less cash would be used especially in some countries and b) currency competition. He was referring to the Libra project, now Diem project by Facebook (now Meta). Its worldwide implementation would have affected the power of central banks in favour of large corporations. Dr. Norbert Häring, on the other hand, warned against the abolition of cash and the associated loss of privacy. He pointed to the danger that a digital euro could go hand in hand with the introduction of a social credit system on the Chinese model. Corresponding pilot projects are already being implemented in Bologna, Rome, Vienna and Bavaria, he said.

Democracy must be defended” said Dirk Schrader and emphasised that much depends on how a digital euro is designed. A consultation of the European Commission is currently underway. All citizens can participate. You can read the feedback on this topic via this link.

The recording of the debate (with German audio) can be found on our Youtube channel:

 

 

Making differences conversational

Work meeting in Athens, 6-7 July 2022

Colleagues from Finland, Greece, Poland, Serbia and Germany met to discuss the further course of the project, the contributions to the upcoming learning platform, its design and related questions within the framework of the cooperation on transformations in the history of the respective countries (“Moving Memories. Creative Drives for a Changing Europe”).

There was also a daring attempt to look not only into history but also into the future and to ask for European solutions to current problems. The positions on the war in Ukraine, for example, could hardly be more different. A look at the history of one’s own country and thus the political socialisation of the assembled adult educators can help. It is a great advantage that the exchange is embedded in a group context that has developed after two years of joint work. This makes it easier not only to communicate what is perceived as “socially desirable”, but also to distinguish between person and position. And, of course, to dance through the streets at night….

 

Climate + change through democracy and inclusion

Workshop in Rome/Italy, 16-19 June 2022

weltgewandt is coordinating the second project on climate change and ecological issues with organisations in Athens, Rome and Sofia – now with the participation of citizens from around the institutions.

At the beginning of the workshop, the group came together through exercises on gestures and voice from independent theatre work. Together, the participants developed small choreographies on the theme of “energy“. In this way, the overall theme of climate+change was linked to the focal points of the encounter in Rome: Waste and “green” urban development.

In the area around the Via del Trullo on the periphery in the southwest of the city, the participants explored the works of art with Mario, the artist, poet and original inhabitant of the neighbourhood, which are the result of once illegal actions to beautify the neighbourhood. Various other initiatives by residents made clear how self-organisation can promote solidarity and, for example, transform a courtyard society into a veritable bio-sociotope. In discussions with architects and in the open field, the focus was also on how residents can make abandoned land fertile. “Urban gardening” is the key word, apparently all over Europe.

A few kilometres further and also in contrast to the cultural metropolis of the city centre, the group visited the “snake building” in Rome-Corviale. They gained impressions of a place that holds many potentials and yet still struggles with the sins of technocratic-fixated thinking. “I felt younger. That’s the solution – meeting different people.” “We do ours. We are Rome. Not them in the city.” Voices of two residents.

 

Low-skilled and cultures of bureaucracy

Work Meeting in Florence/Italy, 14-15 June 2022

The term “low-skilled” may apply to one or the other. But to what extent? If you take a closer look, it appears to be a kind of makeshift category, an attribution from the outside. For there are people who cannot read and write. Instead, they are all so often well-versed in other things. And there are people who have emigrated, who struggle to learn the German language – but who have a diploma in their pocket. And there are managers who at best think about the next day. So “low-skilled” could be the “qualification” of people who do not fit the “average” or “mainstream” of educational biographies.

It was also the subject of our working meeting in Florence/Italy to discover possibilities on how the so-called “low-skilled” can nevertheless uncover, make fruitful and develop their competences . The colleagues from five organisations in Italy, Romania and Germany discussed the educational materials developed for this purpose. During the clarification of organisational questions, different cultures of bureaucracy were discussed. No, it is not only Prussian traditions that could be referred to. Obviously, the Ottoman Empire, also left its mark. It is probably a lot about trust and the governability of large empires…

 

 

Not only FIGHT, FLIGHT, FREEZE

Work Meeting in Naas/Ireland, 9-11 June 2022

As part of the project “Women’s Perspectives on Society’s Divisions“, the colleagues from Estonia, France, Ireland, Poland and Germany are also developing an argumentation guide for difficult situations. That is, when it comes to open discrimination or strategies of making women and their competences invisible. Especially in surprising moments, the reactions are often to fight, flight or freeze. The project participants are looking for other ways – and tried them out in exercises on the difference between observing and evaluating and on addressing needs. Why the terms anti-feminism and feminism are not used will be discussed later. In autumn at the latest, after the final meeting in Marseille.

 

 

 

 

Culture Shock and “Body Literacy”

Work meeting in Lund/Sweden, 01-03 June 2022

The district government of Cologne is coordinating a cooperation with colleagues in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, France and Italy on possibilities to facilitate young migrants’ entry into working life. weltgewandt contributes to overcoming culturally conditioned inhibition thresholds through non-formal methods, especially from independent theatre work. This includes, among other things, dealing – as creatively as possible – with experiences of culture shock, but also different interpretations of the body, body language and “self-care” in a broader sense. These and other questions were the subject of the working meeting in Lund, which was attended by two colleagues from each participating organisation. They presented the learning modules they have developed so far. Afterwards, the set of methods that will now be developed was discussed. So from now on it is: Continuing in the small groups and looking forward to the next meeting, which will take place in November in Lille!

 

 

Economic general education

Work meeting in Berlin, 18-19 May 2022

For the first time since November 2019, it was possible for all project partners to meet again ‘live’ – at the final meeting of the “Fresh-up Economics” cooperation. Countless video and hybrid meetings lay behind us. Nevertheless, a group had grown together whose members worked together constructively, with expertise and commitment. And this despite the fact that the differences, for example in the favoured economic doctrines, could hardly be greater. A challenge and learning experience for all, which was balanced with a great sense for the factual references and arguments, but also the interest in meeting and a positive personal ‘connection’. This and more was addressed in the evaluation. The final steps were also agreed to make all project results known appropriately in the six languages of the project group – in Europe. 

 

 

 

Grasping the Museum. New approaches

Workshop in Iaşi / Romania, 15-18 May 2022

Museums are often seen as places created by and for so-called educated citizens. People with a smaller wallet, poor educational experiences, but also those with hearing or visual limitations are often left out. The UNLOCK | “Unlock” project aims to counteract this. During a workshop with colleagues from Italy, Greece, Spain, Austria and Romania, we, from weltgewandt got to know assistive technologies for the hearing and visually impaired.  Prof. Demmys Leonard Rusu, President of ANPEDA (National Association of Teachers for Hearing Impaired Students “Virgil Florea”), introduced the participants to new methods that enable deaf people to access works of art by means of audio examples. Similarly, the participants were able to get a tactile impression of some of the exhibited works during a guided tour of the Historical Museum. They had been reproduced for visually impaired people with the help of 3D printing technology.

The frescoes of the Voroneț Monastery in the Bukovina region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, again offered insights into examining and appropriating the centuries-old cultural technique of storytelling through images. Such knowledge transfer without words can provide inspiration for dealing with reading difficulties (as through the usage of pictograms). There is still much to be done to “open up” museums to people who may otherwise be less inclined towards them. Our European cooperation is at least helping to spread positive examples of this across countries.

 

Empowering low-skilled adults

Workshop in Lecce / Southern Italy

From 3 to 7 May 2022, we experienced an inspiring and instructive workshop within the framework of the European project ETAd. Behind this abbreviation stands a group of colleagues from five partner organisations in Romania, Italy and Germany. The aim is to promote the individual skills of so-called low-skilled adults and thus take steps towards equal opportunities with them. During the five days in Lecce / Southern Italy we shared our methodological knowledge and tested materials that have been developed for educational work with the so-called low-skilled. More about the project

 

 

Bringing history to life

These were hard topics that we addressed during our one-week workshop in Málaga / Spain at the end of March/beginning of April 2022: terrorism in Spain, the Thirty Years’ War, Nazi propaganda in occupied Poland, the “resettlement” of Greeks after the war in 1922. It was even easier to learn about the beginnings of women’s movement initiatives in Serbia or the integration of Somalis in Finland. Nevertheless, through interactive methods, the topics came to life and were touched without being overwhelmed by them. An often exhilarating, moving and very stimulating form of learning, especially in European horizons.

Comments from participants: “Maybe I can be patient in my private life more easily now that I have seen how different we are and yet how well we can get along.” “Drama is a powerful method.” “Impressive how it was possible to address the personal level, the society’s level and the relationship to the present. See more on the project website.

 

Not a Mystery

European Workshop on socio-economic education

Housing, health, environment, social inequality, climate justice – almost everything has an economic dimension. You don’t have to have a higher education to understand such connections. This is the approach of a cooperation of colleagues from Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Estonia, Ireland, Spain and Germany. They met from 22nd to 26th February 2022 for a five-day workshop at the WSEI University in Lublin/Poland.

Contributions on topics such as growth, sustainability, taxes, different economic schools, migration, feminist economics, social inequality and the further digitalisation of money were discussed. The reflections were embedded in the joint testing of methods for teaching questions of general economic education in Europe.

Feedback from one participant: “Now I have an idea of European cooperation. A very fruitful and inspiring experience.

More information on the website of the “Fresh Up Economics” project.

 

weltgewandt e.V. coordinates the European cooperation on socio-economic education. During the workshop in Lublin, questions were answered about the project idea and the results – and who would benefit from them.

 

Online course on Climate Change

We are happy to launch the online course of our project “Change the Change. Climate Change as a Challenge of Adult Education”. It is free of charge and accessible to all. Registration is very simple and quick.

The topics are:

  • The greenhouse effect, the Paris Agreement and the world of tomorrow. A story of knowing and not willing to know,
  • Controversies about climate protection and climate protection policy,
  • What comes first: climate protection policy or social justice? Is there a conflict of goals?
  • Water and water wastage,
  • Natural disasters and their connection with climate change (e.g. floods, fires),
  • Cultivating green spaces by promoting public spirit and raising awareness of environmental protection through civic engagement,
  • Waste recycling and its impact on community life,
  • Developing local communities with minority (Roma) citizens: linking social work and civic education as an approach to reach non-privileged citizens,
  • How to create and maintain a MOOC for adult education teachers and trainers?

The individual modules are in English – in easy language. They are aimed at adult education stakeholders and interested citizens.

Click here to register. After entering your name and password, you will receive a confirmation by e-mail and can then log in. You will find the introduction and an overview of the modules under “All courses”.

See also our article on EPALE, the European platform for adult education.

Photo Mike Newbry on Unsplash

 

Europe live per World Café

What is the historical (social, national, religious) background of the situation of women in their country? To what extent does this influence their current situation today?

These questions were discussed in the first round of the online World Café on 19th January 2022 which brought together 23 women from six partner organisations from Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland and Poland. The answers could not have been more different: The Estonian participants talked about the island of Kihnu, which is matriarchal. Their Polish interlocutors spoke of the fact that women are still claimed to be inferior through religious views. The independent women’s movement in the GDR in the 1980s was mentioned as a positive example from the German past. When asked about the reasons for the differences in Europe, it was noticeable that equality was/is apparently greater in regions where the (Catholic) Church has rather little influence.

What about the situation of elder women in society? This was the topic of the second round. It was unanimously stated that they tend to be overlooked, made invisible. They do not appear in advertising and there are hardly any female presenters in the media who are older than 50. Nevertheless, older people have often developed wisdom, are experienced, have acquired knowledge and have lived their own lives. This contrasts with recognition: because of part-time work and lower wages, they are considered “less successful”.

The time just flew by and the participants were impressed by the wealth of thoughts and questions, which in themselves are already “full-length”. Find more information on the project website.

 

Kick-off meeting Financial Literacy

weltgewandt e.V. hosted a first meeting with colleagues from Lithuania, Poland, Denmark and Norway on the project on Financial Literacy on 20th and 21st December 2021. The topic and the educational materials that are being developed were discussed in an imaginative and committed way. Icelandic, Spanish, Romanian and French horizons of experience were also discussed – especially these countries are (additionally) reflected in the biographies of the participants. European perspectives… More information here and on the project website .

 

 

 

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 info@weltgewandt-ev.de. 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.

 

Virtual Round Table

Exchange on Great Transformations in Europe’s Past

There is a lot of talk these days about a „Great Reset“. weltgewandt is coordinating a two-year cooperation with partner organisations in Finland, Greece, Poland, Serbia and Spain on upheavals or Great Transformations of the past. The title is: “Moving Memories. Creative Drives for a Changing Europe“. So far, the view beyond the country’s borders can only take place virtually. And yet it is great when people from Helsinki, Málaga, Berlin, Athens, Lódz and Belgrade sit at an “online table” and exchange ideas on the project topic… So on 09/02/2021. And soon again.

 

Money, Nature, Welfare: socio-economic education

That was much better than expected.” “The exchange and feedback culture were very good.” “Cooperation, that’s the meaning of EU projects.

Three feedbacks on the 5-day webinar from 16-20/11/2020 within the project “Fresh-up Economics” which is coordinated by weltgewandt e.V. The 18 colleagues from 7 countries discussed contributions to the learning platform on socio-economic learning.  They learned from and gave feedback to articles on Modern Monetary Theory, Climate and Economy, Debt, Europe and the Global South, Economic Strategies to Manage a Crises, Public Goods and Social Welfare, and more. Refreshed and full of experience introduced the Irish colleague the use of interactive online tools. Mentimeter, speakeasy, jamboard and padlet were immediately applied in the partial testing of the didactic parts. Such workshops are a non-sensual-sensual experience and can not replace the ‘real’ ones. Nevertheless: better than expected!

A longer article on the workshop is published on the EPALE platform for adult education in Europe. For more information visit the project’s website.

 

Of Value: Water and Waste

Yet another internet meeting within the project about Climate + Change: The colleagues focused on contributions to the online course (MOOC) “in progress”. One article is dedicated to  waste recycling, the other on water and the prevention of water waste. One important question was which knowledge of the readers can already be expected. Which aspects might be new and interesting for them? //  The parts on the history of waste and how people in earlier centuries dealt with it were well received, as were the thoughts on 3xR, i.e. “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle“. Above all, the case study on Corviale-Ecopark aroused interest – and hope. //  Water, on the other hand, is readily available to almost all citizens. Life is not possible without water. But what about the value of this precious resource? What does a “water footprint” say, what tips can be given to avoid wasting water? How can people in Roma communities learn to use water more consciously? What can others learn from them? The contributions are now slightly revised. The didactic parts will be tested in workshops. Gladly offline, then in spring/summer 2021.

 

Learning to program

Online course on women and robotics

Women and robotics: you don’t hear about this combination too often. Women are clearly underrepresented in the rapidly growing robotics market. They often lack the courage and self-confidence to take an interest in the so-called MINT subjects or to assert their qualifications. So it is rather men who determine which technology is used in household and everyday life, medicine and care, the car industry, logistics, the military, etc.

The project NO GENDER GAP wants to counteract this. weltgewandt e.V. cooperates with organisations in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal. Together an online course was developed. It has now been published.

The course participants can step by step learn to program their own (small) robot. In Module 1, the focus is on basic questions: What is a robot? What about the history of robots and robotics? Which questions arise in relation to robot ethics? Module 2 introduces the basics of electricity and circuits. Building on this, Module 3 presents further components of robotics, automatic control and programming. This is followed by an introduction to coding with scratch (Module 4). Finally, in Module 5 the participants learn how to use robotics kits and Morse code. At the end of each module the acquired knowledge can be tested with a quiz or applied in exercises.

In addition, individual chapters of the modules portray women who have influenced the history of technology. Ada Lovelace is one of them. She worked with Charles Babbage on the Analytical Engine developed by him. The programming language “Ada” was named after her.

All this sounds strange and like too much effort? Perhaps first of all should a door into the unknown be opened. The makers of the course cordially invite you to do so. The opportunity to acquire skills awaits you, especially in a field that is often praised as a future market.

The participation in the course is free. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate at the end.

Feel invited to enrol! Please make use of this link.

Further information on the project can be found on the project website.

Photo: Science in HD on Unsplash, edited by SB/weltgewandt e.V.

 

Webinar: How to create a Wiki?

“Absolutely great and amazing.”

“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.

 

Website webinar

“I feel more literate to create a website.”

“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.