Beyond Learning

EAEA’s Podcast Series

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If there was a “festival of free time” in your neighbourhood, what would you like to learn there? And what could you teach others? If you wanted to learn how to cycle finally, why would you do it at night? What would happen if you brought activists and local residents together in one wooden village? 

On Beyond Learning, we talk to people trying to imagine a more sustainable world by putting their ideas into practice. We meet with adult learners, educators and community organisers from around Europe to visit urban gardens. To participate in festivals, and witness art projects in the making. We ask them why learning should be at the heart of a greener future? And how it has already shaped their lives and communities. 

Join Aleksandra Kozyra and her colleagues from the EAEA to explore stories of learning and stories of change. Beyond Learning is produced by EAEA and co-funded by the European Union.

Extra Materials and our Moodle Course

The e-learning course Beyond Learning: Voices of Learners and Educators in Green Transition, includes additional material about the case studies and topics discussed in the podcasts. Find out more here AE-learning.

Beyond Learning: Season 1, 2023

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EP1: Forever Autonomous

How do we learn from the past to make it to the future?

Wojciech Matejko from the Open Jazdów Partnership shows us around a settlement in Warsaw, Poland which has a unique history, and today houses families and NGOs.

He shares a story of activism, community and adult learning, featuring Soviet imperialism, Finnish wooden houses, Chinese hens, and Japanese dance theatre.

EP2: Perfect Imperfections

What can you see behind a pomegranate?

Clémence Garnier, a Brussels-based illustrator who created the visuals for our podcast, walks us through the steps of her art projects.

As we pick flowers in her local park and take a look into her workspace, Clemence tells us how she learned to draw as an adult, and what doing life drawings taught her about body image.

She also shares the many functions of a walk-in closet, how you can turn curcuma into stars – and why her work is a bit like magic. (We may or may not end up talking about witches.)

EP3: Making Meaning

“The future belongs to all of us,” says Maarten Okkersen at the Museon Omniversum in the Hague.

We talk about how museums can help make sense of the changing world and encourage agency and empathy. We also discuss what interactivity really means, and why sometimes it’s useful to lose the technology.

In the meantime, we visit the museum’s One Planet exhibition, where we find out what our phones are made of and try to save the coral reef.

EP4: Growing

“Vegetables grow here and people grow here,” says one of the employees of Groot Eiland, a social enterprise based in Molenbeek, Brussels.

Together with Patrick de Coster, we meet with instructors and trainees who share their thoughts about the social context in Brussels, vulnerability, and safe spaces for learning. We also take a guess on what the most diverse city in the world is (spoiler: it’s not New York).

In the meantime, we visit an urban farm, a restaurant and an organic shop run by Groot Eiland, and witness a landscaping project in the making.

EP5: Elephant Steps

What could you make out of your mother’s coat?
EAEA’s Raffaela Kihrer goes to her weekly sewing class and talks to her teacher and classmates about their learning experience and motivation. They discuss what it means to get attached to the things that you own – but also to the people in your class – and what the Great British Sewing Bee has got to do with it. In the meantime, Raffaela works on her first sewing challenge.

EP6: Upside Down

What if you could design and build your community space – no matter your background or skills?
In this episode, we meet with Maria Glionna, an architect, educator and learner, who tells us about participatory architecture as a practice of empowerment. We also discuss learning as a way of connecting to your own body, emotions and nature, and Maria’s personal and professional journey: from Italy through the UK to Belgium, and from traditional to community-based architecture.
While talking, we visit a community centre in Brussels, where we take a look into Maria’s workshop and learn how to make a house out of clay (and glitter).

EP7: Women Don’t Cycle

If you cycled from Europe to Tokyo, who would you meet on the way – and what would you learn?

Together with EAEA’s Angeliki Giannakopoulou, we meet with Manon Brulard, a filmmaker who tells us about her documentary “Women Don’t Cycle”. She shares why cycling 13,000 km from Brussels to Tokyo – and then making a film about it – have been a transformative learning experience.

We also talk about the bicycle as a social vehicle for women, the power of community building and claiming public space. We record our conversation during a feminist festival in Brussels, at which we are joined by a cat.

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To find out more about the upcoming podcasts please contact EAEA’s Head of Capacity-Building Aleksandra Kozyra at aleksandra.kozyra [at]