FutureLabAE project addresses two main issues: the situation of democracy in Europe, where an increasing number of citizens, who, discontent with the political establishment, start leaning towards xenophobic and populist parties or choose not to vote at all; and the alarmingly high number of people in Europe who lack basic skills, especially digital skills, leaving parts of the population unable to benefit from the digital transformation. Adult education has a role to play in supporting societies and individuals to cope with these two issues.

Challenges for adult education organisations and providers (including trainers) and possible solutions:

  • Adult education organisations are often compelled to be reactive rather than pro-active and change-oriented; education can have a three-way relation to change through:
    • a reactive activity – helping adults, organisations and society to adapt in the changes that has already taken place;
    • a proactive activity – helping to anticipate future situations, or
    • a change oriented activity – helping to create new competences and practices which are a necessary condition for any change and/or development to take place.
  • Adult education staff and trainers are frequently themselves not prepared for changes in societies. They are often busy to adapt to changes in society and have little resources and competences that are needed to reorganize training provision in a more change oriented way.

Aim and objectives of the project

FutureLabAE will provide adult education organisations, staff and trainers with:

  • resources
  • a space for discussing with and learning from each other
  • knowledge, expertise and tools to become more pro-active in order to develop innovative, change oriented provision which will have, on a medium-term, an extremely positive impact on low-skilled learners and the society as a whole.

Partners developed very concrete recommendations that will allow policy-makers to support the AE sector in the challenges above mentioned as well as to draft policy initiatives on digitalisation and democracy more coherent and impactful.


  • Increased knowledge on the challenges linked to digitalisation and democracy among AE organisations, trainers and policy-makers
  • Improved methodologies and practice of AE organisations and trainers
  • Improved advocacy capacity of adult education providers and organisations
  • Increased and improved involvement of providers and organisations in the shaping of policies at the European, national, regional and local levels
  • Strengthened cooperation among providers, organisations and policy-makers within Member States and across Europe.



Two workshops were done:

Two regional multiplier events are foreseen:

The final conference took place online 23 June 2021, back to back to the EAEA General Assembly.


The Future-Lab consortium is composed of 9 partners from 8 countries.


Institut National de Formation et de Recherche sur l’Education Permanente (INFREP) – France


  • European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) – Belgium
  • National Adult Learning Organisation (AONTAS) – Ireland
  • Asociacia institucii vzdelavania dospelych v Slovenskej republike (AIVD) – Slovakia
  • Kansanvalistusseura (KVS) – Finland
  • Itä-Suomen yliopisto (UEF) – Finland
  • Amar Terra Verde, LDA. (EPATV) – Portugal
  • Die Wiener Volkshochschulen GMBH (VHS) – Austria
  • Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB) – Switzerland –> Joined thanks to national funding

Change-oriented adult education

One of the tasks of FutureLabAE project is a collection and analysis of change-oriented adult education practises in the fields of digitalisation and democracy. The collected practices will be a resource for AE organisations, staff, trainers and policy-makers at different levels.

The outcome of the Intellectual Output 1, resource collection and analysis report “Change-oriented adult education in the fields of democracy and digitalisation” by Jyri Manninen, Anna Jetsu & Irena Sgier has been published.

Synthèse du rapport européen « l’éducation des adultes orientée vers le changement dans les domaines de la démocratie et la numérisation » pdf

How do we define adult education?

We are interested in all practices (courses, learning communities or other learning environments) and tools (books, games etc.) that help adults to learn new skills, attitudes, ways of thinking and behaving – in a more change-oriented way. Learning is the key point, no matter whether the learning process is planned or naturally occurring, formal or nonformal, work related or non-vocational.

How do we define change-oriented?

A good guideline are the following two types of change orientation (Picon 1991), describing two alternative change oriented roles adult education may have:

  1. Improve the society, community and individuals and make the necessary adjustments for more equity and better society. For example course “How to become a critically aware social media user” aims giving the participant a deeper understanding of how Facebook algorithms work and strengthen the “bubbles” people live in, and learn to change own behavior accordingly.
  2. A more radical structural transformation leading to considerable different new ways of thinking and acting (at individual level) and/or bigger change in community and society, whether by progressive steps or radical changes through “revolutionary” (but not violent) processes. For example: Social movement where citizens and social media experts develop a new type of social media, which works the opposite way than Facebook – helps to break the bubbles and engages people in authentic dialogue in social media.

Read the article written about the analysis report: Change-oriented adult education – How do we go from reacting to changes to shaping the future?

What type of resources are we looking for?

We are looking for courses, seminars or webinars, informal learning practices (learning communities, discussion groups), community development programmes, training and learning methods, learning tools (games, apps) and materials.

You can suggest a change oriented practice by filling in our online resource collection form.

Change-oriented adult education: Guidelines and recommendations

To foster the change-oriented approach in adult education, FutureLabAE project consortium has published guidelines for adult educators and education providers, as well as recommendations for policymakers on European, national and local levels.

The publication “FutureLabAE policy recommendations for change-oriented adult education” provides a list of recommendations for European, national and local policymakers who wish to foster and promote change-oriented adult education in their contexts.

Language versions of the policy recommendations

FutureLabAE policy recommendations for change-oriented adult education (English version) pdf

Recommandations pour une éducation des adultes orientée vers le changement (French version) pdf

FutureLabAE Empfehlungen für politische Entscheidungsträger*innen für eine veränderungsorientierte Erwachsenenbildung (German version) pdf

FuturelabAE recomendações de políticas para a educação de adultos orientada para a mudança (Portuguese version) pdf

FuturelabAE Odporúčania pre politiky – vzdelávanie dospelých zamerané na zmeny (Slovakian) pdf

The publication “Fostering change-oriented adult education – FuturelabAE guidelines for educators and adult education providers” supports in designing and implementing change-oriented adult education.

Language versions of the guidelines

Fostering change-oriented adult education – FuturelabAE guidelines for educators and adult education providers  (English version) pdf

Améliorer l’éducation des adultes orientée vers le changement (French version) pdf

Kuinka toteuttaa muutosorientoitunutta aikuiskoulutusta? (Finnish version) pdf

Förderung veränderungsorientierter Erwachsenenbildung (German version) pdf

Promover a mudança orientada da educação de adultos (Portuguese version) pdf

Podpora vzdelávania dospelých (Slovakian version) pdf








Together for change - Developing a more democratic society through change-oriented adult education

Description and participants profiles:

Together for change -online course introduces the concept of change-oriented adult education and the role it can play to further democracy and foster inclusion in our society. It is an opportunity to drive a discussion as well as peer learning on how adult education organisations could have a positive impact on learners and communities in times of increasing nationalism and xenophobia. The course was live during autumn 2020, but all materials and recordings are available so the course can still be completed on the Moodle platform.

The course provides examples of good practices as well as insights from trainers and learners who have experience in change-oriented adult education. It is mainly addressed to all adult education providers (adult educators, planners, managers, etc.) working in organisations, community development programs or associations, and policymakers, but open to everyone interested in the topic.

Structure and methodology:

The course includes 5 modules. The links lead to Youtube and Moodle platform, where you need to register to access the resources, learning tasks and forum discussion. Each module provides a mix of live webinars/podcasts/videos, resources, forum discussions, and self-study. The community aspect is one of the strongest elements of the course, so participants are invited to use the platform’s forum to exchange ideas, inputs, and proposals. The content planned and methodology used in this course has been shaped by a co-design survey circulated among partners’ dissemination channels.

Module 1: How can change-oriented adult education help face the challenges of democracy?

The first module provides information on facing the challenges of democracy through change-oriented adult education. Speakers at the webinar are Jyri Manninen, Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Eastern Finland and Licínio Lima, Professor of Sociology of Education and Educational Administration at the Institute of Education of Minho in Portugal. Manninen and Lima introduce discuss how change-oriented adult education can help face the challenges of democracy.

Link to webinar in Youtube: How can change-oriented adult education help face the challenges of democracy?

Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 1

Module 2: Insights on change oriented-education and democracy

In this module guest speakers Ana Rita Ferreira and Mónica Rocha e Melo, a learner and a teacher talk about change-oriented adult education practices at Ubuntu Leaders Academy. Ubunto Leaders Academy is a non-formal education project geared towards empowering young people from vulnerable contexts.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Insights on change oriented-education and democracy

Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 2

Module 3: Media Literacy for more democratic societies

Module three introduces media literacy. Guest speakers Anne Tastula from KVS Foundation (Finland) and Buthayna Alsemeiri from Birzeit University (Palestine) give an insight on how to support media literacy development in the area of occupied Palestine and strengthen the prerequisites for civic society and democracy.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Media Literacy for more democratic societies

Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 3

Module 4: Addressing and counteracting right-wing populism and racisms

Guest speaker at this webinar is Rubia Salgado who talks about the problems, challenges but also potentials of change-oriented adult education. Rubia works as a literacy trainer at maiz/kollektiv, an organisation that puts the learners’ interests at the core of its educational work while addressing and counteracting racism and right-wing populisms.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Addressing and counteracting right-wing populism and racisms

Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 4

Module 5:  Where change-oriented adult education could take place?

Final module talks about different spaces that adult education occupies. Guest speakers at this webinar are EPALE Ambassador Carlos Ribeiro who introduces the concept of third place learning, and Patrik Krebs who presents “Theatre with No Home”, an initiative working with homeless people and people with emotional, social or physical disabilities who develop their own theatre performances.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Where change-oriented adult education could take place?

Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 5

Picture of a man putting a puzzle piece on the wall and the name the module Where could change-oriented adult education take place?




Design for change: how to use change-oriented adult education to solve digitalisation challenges?

Description and participants profiles:

Design for change -course introduces the concept of change-oriented adult education and how it can be used to manage the challenges of digitalisation in individual lives, communities, and society in general. It highlights the core pillars of the concept of change-oriented adult education, and offers practical tips on how and when to use its specific methods to address challenges caused by digitalisation. The course was live during spring 2020, but all the materials and recordings are available and the course can still be completed on the Moodle platform.

The course provides examples of good practices as well as insights from trainers and learners, who have experience of change-oriented adult education. It is mainly addressed to all adult education providers (adult educators, planners, managers, etc.) working in organisations, community development programs or associations, and policymakers, but open to everyone interested in the topic.

Structure and methodology:

The course includes 5 modules which are accessible on the Moodle platform. Each module provides a mix of live webinars/podcasts/videos, resources, forum discussions, and self-study. The community aspect is one of the strongest elements of the course, so participants are invited to use the platform’s forum to exchange ideas, inputs, and proposals. The content planned and methodology used in this course has been shaped by a co-design survey circulated among partners’ dissemination channels.

Module 1: What is change-oriented adult education?

The first module provides definition, purpose, theories and approaches to change-oriented adult education. Speakers at the webinar are Jyri Manninen, Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Eastern Finland and Irena Sgier, Head of research, development and innovation at the Swiss Federation for adult learning. Manninen and Sgier will introduce the concept of change-oriented adult education and present some examples of change-oriented practices.

Link to webinar in Youtube: What is change-oriented adult education?
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Design for change module 1

Module 2: Which digitalisation challenges adult education providers are confronted with?

In this module we take a look at the challenges adults confront in their lives because of digitalisation. Guest speaker at the webinar is Birgitta Loucky-Reisner, a trainer at who supports internet users in the safe use of digital media.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Which digitalisation challenges adult education providers are confronted with?
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Design for change module 2

Module 3: Change-oriented adult education and digitalisation: practices, methods, and tools

Module three introduces change-oriented practices, methods and tools. Guest speaker at the webinar is Jasper Pollet, a trainer at Digital Storytelling at MAKS in Belgium. Pollet presents how digital storytelling can empower learners and contribute to changing society for the better.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Change-oriented adult education and digitalisation: practices, methods, and tools
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Design for change module 3

Module 4: Experiences with change-oriented adult education, lessons learned

In the webinar Dearbháil Lawless, EU Projects Officer from AONTAS and Tara Farrell, Deputy CEO from Longford Women’s Link in Ireland talk about how adult education can foster social change and how community education provides inclusive change-oriented adult learning.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Experiences with change-oriented adult education, lessons learned 
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Design for change module 4

Module 5: Use of digital games in change-oriented adult education

Upon completion of this module you will understand how game design has a place in a change-oriented adult education. You will also gain knowledge of some creative strategies that allow you to apply game design to building change-oriented adult education activities. Guest speaker at the webinar is Oliver Šimko, Founder and lead gamification designer at Luducrafts, Slovakia.

Link to webinar in Youtube: Use of digital games in change-oriented adult education
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Design for change module 5


FuturelabAE workshops

FuturelabAE project has organised two workshops, one on the topic of digitalisation and the other on the topic of democracy. “How can we manage the challenges of digitalisation by using change-oriented adult education?” was organised 11 December 2019 in Helsinki. “Learners as Leaders: Developing Democracy through Change-Oriented Community Education in Ireland” was held online 1 March 2021.

Learners as Leaders: Developing Democracy through Change-Oriented Community Education in Ireland

The workshop Learners as Leaders: Developing Democracy through Change-Oriented Community Education in Ireland was held online 1 March 2021.

The workshop was aimed at adult educators, practitioners, academics, learners, policy makers and providers.

It showcased the Learners as Leaders change-oriented adult learning methodology, the Irish model of community education, and learner voice activities. This event was delivered as part of the Adult Learners’ Festival 2021 #BetterTogether.

Speakers included Professor Ted Fleming, Professor Jyri Manninen, adult learners and community education practitioners. Participants had explored and engaged in democratic methodology and discussed the values needed to foster an inclusive democratic society.

The workshop was organised by AONTAS and the FuturelabAE project consortium.

Read the article on the workshop: If we don’t learn, we will have no democracy

Methodology of the workshop on democracy

As an intellectual output of the event we have produced a description of the methodology used in the workshop. The aim of the methodology is to encourage participants to take up the methods and outcomes and transfer them in their home organization, as well as support other organisations to run similar workshops in their own contexts. The methodology is available in English and French.

Democracy workshop – concept and methodology (pdf)
Methodologie workshop democratie FR (pdf)

Presentations at the workshop

Introduction: Learners’ voices
Ted Fleming, Columbia University: Learners as Leaders, Leaders as Learners: Education for Active Citizenship and Social Change   
Nora Fahy, Roscommon Women’s Network: Case study of change-oriented learning
Jyri Manninen, University of Eastern Finland: Background report for FutureLabAE-project
Francesca Operti, EAEA: FutureLabAE Online Courses

How can we manage the challenges of digitalisation by using change-oriented adult education?

AduWorkshop participants sitting in tableslt education and digitalisation workshop was held in Helsinki 11 December 2019. The workshop showcased change oriented adult education practices and tools, and reflected how adult education could take a more proactive role in the digital transformation of our society.

The workshop used interactive methods and digital tools to reflect upon how adult education can help to manage the challenges of digitalisation, and discuss how these practices can be transferred to participants’ organisations and countries.  Participants gained an understanding, what is change-oriented adult education and how to use a change-oriented approach in teaching and learning provision, and how it could be taken into account at the policy level.

The workshop was built around the following questions:

  1. What kind of challenges and problems digitalisation causes for adults, communities and society?
  2. What is change-oriented adult education?
  3. What examples there are of change-oriented adult education?
  4. How can we use change-oriented adult education as a tool to solve these challenges?

The workshop was organised by the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (KVS) and the FuturelabAE project consortium.

To learn more:

Methodology of the workshop on digitalisation

As an intellectual output of the event we have produced a description of the methodology used in the workshop. The aim of the methodology is to encourage participants to take up the methods and outcomes and transfer them in their home organization, as well as support other organisations to run similar workshops in their own contexts. Even if the whole concept can’t be applied, some of the change-oriented methods could be used.

Methodology of the digitalisation workshop (pdf)

L’éducation des adultes orientée vers le changement et la numérisation FR (pdf)

Annex 1. Agenda of the digitalisation workshop (pdf)
Annex 2. Description of Seppo-game (pdf)
Annex 3_Timeout discussion at Futurelab workshop (pdf)
Annex 4. Timeout discussion method

Presentations at the workshop

Jyri Manninen, University of Eastern Finland: Change-oriented adult education
Anne Tastula, Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation: Science over beliefs in healthcare
Jonas Nakonz, Foraus: Policy kitchen, crowdsourcing policy recipes
(Megan Schaible’s presentation not available)

Further information on the events in Helsinki:

FuturelabAE online events

FuturelabAE project organised two online multiplier events on change-oriented adult education: “Empowerment for change” showcased adult learning in Slovakia. Change-oriented adult education: from a local perspective to a European dimension (A educação de adultos orientada para a mudança: de uma perspetiva local para uma dimensão europeia) presented Portuguese adult education practices.

Change-oriented adult education: from a local perspective to a European dimension

The event was organised by FuturelabAE-project partners and EPATV 8 July 2021 and held in Portuguese language. The event presented several local and community projects to reflect the importance of adult education in transforming learning communities and territories.
Professor Fátima Antunes from the Institute of Education of the University of Minho reminded there are still challenges we need to overcome to implement consistent public policies for adult education and to value the dimension of human and social development.


09:30 – 09:40 Welcome words

  • Francisca Borges, EPATV

09:40 – 09:55 Presentation of the FutureLabAE project’s results

  • Rosa Vieira, EPATV

09:55 – 11:50 Presentation of the Portuguese case examples 

  • 9:55 – 10:15 Associação PELE – Maria João Mota
  • 10:15 – 10:35 «Som da Rua» – Jorge Prendas
  • 10:35 – 10:55 «Giro» – Anna Silva
  • 10:55 – 11:10 Break
  • 11:10 – 11:30 «iCreate» – Vera Carvalho
  • 11:30 – 11:50 «A avó veio trabalhar» (Grandma came to work) – Ângelo Campota

11:50 – 12:00 Let us talk about … (Q&A activity)

12:00 – 12:20 From a local perspective to a European dimension

  • Prof. Fátima Antunes, University of Minho

12:20 – 12:30 Discussion, questions and answers

12:30 – 12:35 Closing notes

  • Francisca Borges, EPATV                                                     

Empowerment for change – Practices and principles of change-oriented adult education

The seminar was organised by FuturelabAE-project partners and the Association of Adult Education Institutions in Slovakia (AIVD) 17 February 2021.

The seminar clarified the concept of change oriented adult education, showcased change oriented adult education practices and tools, and gave a chance to reflect how adult education can take a more proactive role in the times of the covid-19-pandemic and the digital transformation of our society.

banner with text empowerment for change - practices and principles of change-oriented adult education

Moderator: Andrea Kutlíková


09:00 Welcome words

  • Regina Ebner, Secretary General of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
  • Klaudius Šilhár, president of Association of Adult Education Institutions in Slovakia (AIVD)

09:15 What is change-oriented adult education and why do we need it?

  • Jyri Manninen, Professor of Adult and Continuing Education, University of Eastern Finland
    What is change-oriented adult education? How and by whom the need for change (peaceful or radical) is defined? What kind of learning is change-oriented?

Jyri Manninen’s presentation (pdf)

09:45 Gallery walk / inspiration and tasting of change-oriented adult education

  • Laco Oravec, [fjúžn]
    Presentation and discussion of festival of new minorities, foreigners and other minority groups that make up a diverse society

Laco Oravec’s presentation (pdf)

  • Oliver Šimko, luducrafts
    We are passionate about how to motivate, engage and be effective in the most creative way! And have fun doing it!

Oliver Šimko’s presentation (pdf)

  • Dušan Martinčok, Zrejme
    How to contribute to intergenerational cooperation and dialogue, integration of the eldery people into the family, community and society. The topic of aging, regardless of gender or skin color, concerns us all.

Dušan Martinčok’s presentation (pdf)

10.50 Coffee break

11:00 Linking Women in the Pursuit of Justice & Equality

Tara Farrell’s presentation (pdf)

11:20 Discussion in break out rooms: How adult education can take a more proactive role in the times of pandemic and the digital transformation of our society?

11:45 Conclusions

12.00 End of seminar

Empowerment for change programme (pdf)


Change-oriented adult learning and education for digitalisation and democracy

FuturelabAE final conference took place online on 23 June 2021 from 10.00 to 13.15 CEST. More information on the conference programme and speakers is available below.

The FuturelabAE final conference was organised back to back with EAEA General Assembly 2021.

The recording of the conference is available in Youtube.

Read the article on the conference: From a repair shop to a collaborative workshop – fostering change-oriented education

banner with text change-oriented adult learning and education for digitalisation and democracy, picture of headphones, ballot box, hand with a voting ticket, computer and a mouse


10:00 Welcome and short introduction to the FuturelabAE project

           Gina Ebner, EAEA

10:15 Keynote presentation: Adult education and democratic life in a time of crisis

Dr. Fergal Finnegan, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth

10:45 Q&A and plenary activity

11:00 – 11:15 Break

11:15 Presentation of the FutureLabAE guidelines

Thomas Fritz, VHS Wien

11:25 Learner and trainer testimonials

Olivier Magnin, la Ligue de l’Enseignement 60, Coordinator of the project “Les veilleurs de l’info”

11:45 Discussion in the plenary

12:05 – 12:15 Break

12:15 Presentation of the FutureLabAE recommendations – EAEA

          Francesca Operti, EAEA

12:25 Panel discussion with policy-makers

Babrauskiene Tatjana, European Economic and Social Committee
Niamh O’Reilly, AONTAS
Carlo Scatoli, European Commission

13:05 – 13:15 Closing remarks


Download the programme: Change-oriented adult learning and education for digitalisation and democracy (pdf)

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Fergal Finnegan

Fergal Finnegan is a lecturer at the Department of Adult and Community Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Before becoming an academic he was a community adult educator and literacy worker and these experiences have strongly shaped him. Finnegan’s research interests include biographical methods, social class, access and equality in higher education, transformative learning, and democratic education as well as critical realism and Pierre Bourdieu. Finnegan is an active member of the European Society Research on Education of Adults (ESREA) and currently a co-convenor of the network on Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning. He is one of the editors of the Journal of Transformative Education and also the European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults.

Recent books:
Power and Possibility: Adult Education in a Diverse and Complex World
Doing Critical and Creative Research in Adult Education 
European Perspectives on Transformation Theory
Access and Participation in Irish Higher Education

Trainer testimonial:

Olivier Magnin

Olivier Magnin is Director of Image’In, Pole Education on Image, Media and Information at la Ligue de l’Enseignement. He joined the branch of Seine-Saint-Denis at the la Ligue de l’Enseignement after his studies in the Design and implementation of cultural projects and the implementation of actions within the network of French Institutes in Morocco. Sensitive to the values of popular education and eager to contribute to the innovation and renewal of image and media education, he was the coordinator of the project “Les veilleurs d’info”.


Tatjana Babrauskiene – Head of International Relations, Lithuanian Education and Science Trade Union

Tatjana Babrauskiene is a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). Here she represents the International secretary of FLESTU (Federation of Lithuanian Education and Science Trade Unions) and she is part of the EESC Workers’ Group. She is currently the rapporteur of the EESC opinion on the “European Agenda for Adult Learning 2030”.



Niamh O’Reilly – CEO of the National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland (AONTAS)

Niamh O’Reilly is an educationalist with expertise in educational equality, learner voice, community education, policy analysis, organisational development and governance. Her work at a European level includes acting as the designated national coordinator of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland.




Carlo Scatoli – European Commission

Carlo Scatoli is Senior Expert Skills and Qualifications in the European Commission, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion. He has been active in the policy area of skills and vocational training since the mid-1980s. After joining the Commission, he has been responsible for Europass, the European Qualifications Frameworks, ECVET, and other networks, tools and projects in the areas of guidance, validation and lifelong learning.


Repository of practices and tools

Name of the resourceTypeTopicShort descriptionLinks, resources and developers:
#somtuMaterial (article, report, other document)Democracy & digitalisationAny member of the Facebook group #somtu shares link for a discussion that is currently taking place on the mainstream Facebook page or site and is predominantly in the group. Others who have time and space and consider it important can join the discussion. We use #somtu in all our comments. ; Veronika Pavlíková Klindová and team, Slovakia
123Clic.beMaterial (article, report, other document)DigitalisationThis 1,2,3 click! website has been designed as a family media education tool in response to the increasing use of digital media by young children, their parents, to solve many questions about how to supervise and support that use, and the lack of guidance and tools specifically dedicated to these issues for the 3-6 age Exists also under the form of a physical booklet. ; Média Animation asbl - Belgium
About Us!(Community) development programDemocracyOver a period of two weeks the diversity of the city of Zurich shall be made tangible and celebrated with artistic projects and activities supported by the city's residents. A diverse program will invite all citizens from all over Zurich to join in. The heart of these intercultural weeks are the community arts projects, which are chosen through a public call. In between, events shall take place at regular intervals in Zurich's neighborhoods, inviting people to engage with Zurich's diversity. ; Association About Us, on behalf of and financed by the City of Zurich.
Abortion Rights CampaignInformal learning practiceDemocracyThe ARC is an inclusive campaign that fought for abortion rights in Ireland. They aimed to be representative of the most marginalised and vulnerable groups of women in Irish society by placing a particular focus on their stories and their involvement in the campaign. This learning practice provided free and factually correct information, materials, workshops, during the REPEAL, the 8th movement and referendum in Ireland in 2018. ; The Abortion Rights Campaign, Ireland
Bad News gameLearning tool (game, digital app etc.)DigitalisationIn this game the user takes on the role of fake news-monger. "Drop all pretence of ethics and choose the path that builds your persona as an unscrupulous media magnate. But keep an eye on your followers and credibility meters. Your task is to get as many followers as you can while slowly building up fake credibility as a news site. But watch out: you lose if you tell obvious lies or disappoint your supporters!" Game is developed by the DROG, which is a multidisciplinary team of academics, journalists and media-experts. They conduct research, give talks, offer workshops and educational programmes and create innovative tools that help people build resistance to disinformation. ; DROG Netherlands
BaztilleLearning tool (game, digital app etc.)Democracy & digitalisationBaztille is an online tool created for French citizens willing to reinvent democracy. Everyday Baztille ask users opinion about a specific issue so they can vote for the best solution of their choice. The solution that gets the most votes will be defended by Baztille. Baztilles candidates are presented at all elections. Once elected they have only one commitment: apply all decisions taken by users through votes. ; /watch?v=0924vDZGu9A&t=5s ; Grégory Isabelli: Production and design Thibaut Villemont: Technic production and development Thomas Boureau: Artistic concept.
Campus DemokratieInformal learning practiceDemocracyCampus Demokratie is a national platform that aims to promote political education and participation throughout Switzerland and thus strengthen democracy. It connects people and organisations, offers courses and events and provides an online information platform and carries out projects to promote public dialogue and democratic values.
Change Makers ProjectCourseDemocracyChange Makers Donegal aims to raise awareness of local and global development issues with adults across County Donegal. We have done this through a range of activities, including workshops, accredited learning, ETB tutor education, community arts projects, horticulture and environmental projects and more. The range of workshops we now offer is extensive and includes Climate Justice, Fashion and Consumerism, Gender Equality, Womens Reproductive Rights, Human Trafficking, Maternal Health, Human Rights, Environmental Workshops (bees, seeds and water), Zero Waste, Fairtrade, Migration and Refugees. In spring each year we have our annual seminar which celebrates what we have done each year and gives our project participants the opportunity to meet up and share their experience and knowledge.  We currently offer three accredited learning opportunities: QQI Level 4 in Local and Global Development Awareness, QQI level 5 in Intercultural Diversity and QQI Level 6 in Global Development. We are currently in the process of developing a further module in Social Justice Principles at level 5.
Clic@r na melhor idadeInformal learning practiceDemocracy & digitalisationIt is a project that aims to promote digital inclusion through the provision of equitable access to digital technologies and the development of digital skills in order to access and select appropriate information and to communicate or interact securely on the web.
Collaboratio HelveticaInformal learning practiceDemocracyThis non-profit association wants to create spaces for open dialogue, experimentation and collaboration to create the Switzerland we want to live in. Their work is related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and aims to create new ways of working and living together. The activities are: Dialogue Evenings, Social Labs (journeys to bring together unlikely allies), Community Platform (where people can contribute resources or hand in projects related to SDGs). ; Collaboratio Helvetica, a non-profit organisation in Switzerland.
Colombia Casa KolachoInformal learning practiceDemocracyContext: As a part of the learning cities movement, the city of Medellin in Colombia has been recently awarded with the Learning City recognition by the UNESCO. Along with other 8 cities around the globe, they have shown exemplary progress to promote education and lifelong learning at the local level. Longtime ranked as the most dangerous city in the world, Medellin was caught to an endless violence, crime, drug trafficking history. But today Medellin has made education and innovation the milestones of its future: in 2013 it won the Wall Street Journal and City of the Year award, and, in 2016, the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize in recognition of its efforts in tackling the myriad of urban challenges. Casa Kolacho: Local initiatives such as Casa Kolacho, generated by local young people, promotes through hip hop, rap graffiti and break dance an alternative way of living and behaving. This non-profit organization runs hip-hop workshops for youth from disadvantaged neighborhoods in the west of the city, which it funds by organizing tours to the hillside communities of La Communa 13. Through the anecdotes narrated by inhabitants, the graffiti tour in La Communa 13 (which has long been considered one of the most violent places in Medellin) shows the urban-social transformation this place has experienced.
Community Facilitator Programme(Community) development programDemocracyWRDA works regionally to advance women's equality and participation in society in Ireland. This programme provides training for women within communities to directly support other women within their community. The women are recruited from geographical areas that have been identified as areas of low uptake of the screening awareness, often disadvantaged and rural areas. They have gained experience over the years, designing training that is as accessible as possible, considering facilitation methods for women adult learners who have been disengaged from formal education, the timings of training sessions and impact on caring responsibilities, length of course and providing childcare and travel costs. Once trained, the Community Faciliators deliver to a range of community groups, including many that are located in areas of deprivation serving socially marginalised groups. ; Women's Resource and Development Agency.
Conspiracy theories
Learning tool (game, digital app etc.)Democracy & (English version) and (French version) is an online tool that includes 20 videos and one pedagogical booklet (64 pages, available in French and soon in English) available for free access. It is a training tool for educational workers (teachers and educators) who would like to animate or teach about conspiracy theories from the perspective of media literacy.; Média Animation asbl, pedagogical team, Belgium.
Critical pariticpation within the youth College ViennaMaterial (article, report, other document)DemocracyWithin the framework of Youth College Vienna an initiative by the city of Vienna that started in 2016 there is one course that focuses on the individual “integration” needs of young people. The course addresses issues such as values, discrimination, racism, religion, cultures and gender. The issues are addressed in a way that questions and problems the young people raise are discussed. The course is meant to be a counter measure to the – at the time of writing – compulsory courses on 'Austrian values'. Some outcomes of this course are artistic objects dealing with the above mentioned issues. (official web page of City of Vienna) webpage of VHS Vienna Info Folder: Newspaper article on youth college: ; VHS Wien, Caritas Wien, WUK, integrationshaus Wien, et al.
Critical Literacy? Where is it in Teaching and Learning?Seminar or webinarDemocracyThis seminar aims to address the issue of false news and scare tactics being used in the current politcal climate against vulnerable groups unhappy with the current Governing structures. It will provide a learning opportunity to recognise and build understanding in the areas of critical understanding and critical literacy challenging fake new. ; Event concept Dearbháil (AONTAS) and Helen (NALA) and organised in partnership as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland.
Approche des droits culturelsCourseDemocracyCultural rights appeared in international treaties as a source of rights and obligations since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 (art 22). The cultural training allows to check the correct application of the theory of the cultural rights to the cultural, social and political grounds. It proposes a certain number of keys for the interpretation of these rights, with the aim of allowing the evaluation of their effective fulfillment in the territory and the everyday life of the community. This "effectiveness" of cultural rights concerns all fields of society and involves both cultural and social workers, and all levels of power.Links to additional information online (and list of publications if available): Manuel « Approche des droits culturels »: auteur: Paul Biot. Editions du Cerisier / Ed en ligne : Culture &Démocratie. ; Fédération du théâtre-action (association sans but lucratif), membre de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, secteur de la Création artistique. Belgique
Curieuses démocratiesInformal learning practiceDemocracySocial, political and cultural event that takes place every year in the region of La Drôme in France. Hosted by the city hall of Saillans in the region of la Drôme in France, inhabitants from all ages are able to participate in discussions, conferences, workshops and theatre plays about the subject of local democracies. The event consists in political and cultural meetings to provide citizens with all the necessary tools to become more proactive and engaged in the democratic decision making of their own community. (in english) (only in french but subtitles available in german) ; City hall of Saillans, Drôme France. It is important to highlight the fact that the city hall of Saillans was totally transformed in 2014.
Dark side of literacyMaterial (article, report, other document)DemocracyThese series of events aim at fostering the discourse on critical literacy in Austria (and Europe). So far three events have taken place (documentation available).,,, the third event took place in Germany in co - operation with Grubinet, a network of institutions providing literacy courses in North Rhine Palatinate : - ist - los - im - grubinetz
Darknet: Ein Blick in die digitale UnterweltSeminar or webinarDigitalisationThe digital underworld creates politically important freedoms - and it leaves laws in the void. The course shows the contradictions of the digital underworld. Course duration: 2 hours. ; Volkshochschule Zürich, Stefan Mey, Switzerland
Development Education(Community) development programDemocracyDevelopment Perspectives' mission is to contribute to lessening poverty, inequality and climate change through transformative education and active global citizenship. ; Development Perspectives, Ireland Bobby McCormack - [co-founder and Director]
DigiEssi - Esteetön ja digitaalinen kansalaisopistoCourseDigitalisationDigiEssi-project organised courses for the staff in liberal adult education. The aim of the courses was to improve the staffs ability to teach, provide guidance and understand the special needs of the students, and plan training that is accessible to all. The courses also aimed at increasing the use of digital and mobile technology in liberal adult education trainings and thus improving the students digital skills as citizens. ; Katri Aaltonen University of Applied Sciences Haaga-Helia Finland
Digital divideMaterial (article, report, other document)DigitalisationThis article questions the norm that emancipation now requires mastery of technology. Without denying the importance of everyone being connected and having sufficient mastery of digital tools, the analysis draws attention to the fact that the digital divide is above all a symptom of deeper social inequalities and questions the norms that lead us to consider connectivity as an end in itself. ; Fondation Travail-Université (FTU asbl) Chaussée de Haecht 579  1030 Bruxelles  Belgique  32 2 246 38 51 Christine Steinbach
Digitale Kompetenzen in der Basisbildung mit Migratn*innen authentisch erarbeitenMaterial (article, report, other document)DigitalisationThis material aims at developing digital competences together with migrants in a way that includes experience based learning and digital empowerment because it aims at lowering the threshold for migrant women to use information technologies in an emancipated way. The activities use a real-life situation as a starting point for work on the specific topics. The topics are apps, QR Codes, using audio and video resources and making videos. Especially the unit on producing a video seems relevant as here learner work on an instructional video for buying a ticket on public transport, i.e. they produce themselves a learning video for this topic. The unit also includes logistic elements such a copyright, protection of individual rights. Learners not only learn how to buy a ticket but also how to produce a video and upload it on the internet. ; Martin Wurzenrainer und Ursula Lummerstorfer (Verein Projekt integrationshaus)
Digital_action_lab: Geschichten aus der NachbarschaftInformal learning practiceDemocracy & digitalisationSwiss people and young refugees learn storytelling with their smartphones. They show their perspectives in Zurich with video installations in various public places. ; About us! Zürich interkulturell, Gunda Zeeb, Switzerland
Passaporte Competências DigitaisCourseDemocracy & digitalisationThe Program for Digital Inclusion and Digital Literacy - Digital Skills Passport is an initiative of the Lisbon City Council that seeks to demystify the use of technology, helping citizens, in a simple and engaging way, to take advantage of its daily use. Through gamified and informal Digital Skills workshops, participants are challenged to explore the democratic, critical thinking and creative potential of the internet and earn digital badges, online micro-credentials (Gibson et al, 2015) based on the Open Badges standard. Earned badges become available on an online portfolio, the "Digital Skills Passport", allowing skills to be shared across the web, on social networks or included in a Résumé, while boosting employability skills and digital citizenship. (in english, for the award jury) and (Portuguese) ; Lisbon City Council, Portugal
Do Not TrackLearning tool (game, digital app etc.)DigitalisationDo Not Track is a personalized documentary series about privacy and the web economy. This documentary series explore how information of every person is collected and used. Every two weeks, they release a personalized episode that explores a different aspect of how the modern web is increasingly a space where movements, speech and identities are recorded and tracked. ; Public media broadcasters, journalists, developers, graphic designers and independent media makers from different parts of the world: Upian (a Paris-based production company), the National Film Board of Canada, Arte (a French and German public broadcaster), Bayerischer Rundfunk (German public broadcaster within the ARD), Radio-Canada (Canada's national public broadcaster), RTS (Switzerland's public broadcaster) and AJ+ (digital-only video news network and community from the Al Jazeera innovation department) Upian
Deutsch lernen ohne SchriftMaterial (article, report, other document)DemocracyThese materials aim at providing methods and activities for learners in German as a Second Language Courses who can neither read nor write in German (or Latin script). ; MIKA ( für MigrantInnen, Danaida, Frauen aus allen Ländern)
Concevoir, réaliser et animer un média dexpression et d'opinons avec des habitants (webradio ou webjournal).CourseDemocracy & digitalisationTraining course for inhabitants in the region of Toulouse in France, led by la Ligue de l'enseignement - the biggest association in France that deals with education, training, culture and communication. This training aims at producing a local opinion/information newspaper, with a philosophical approach of the citizenship concept. This training course was created as part of the national French program called éducation aux medias (education on media) coordinated by the Minister of Culture. Some practices: deontology of positive, responsible and criticism media; a collection of community initiatives (valorisation of inhabitants); opening towards the international in the spirit of reporter without borders - Dominion of words, no insult or defamation, respect for privacy -Topics on ecology, environment; variety of lived experiences: reports, interviews, conflict negotiations, revitalization of tired teams. Some pedagogical content: analyse a media (triangle of media analysis: the reading audience, the media and the journalist); introduction to the history of media; understand the stages of media production and the roles of each: from the editorial project, through the writing conferences, the journalistic and documentation work, the layout of the media, diffusion and partners; introduction to journalistic techniques.

Centre de Liaison de "Enseignement et des Médias d'Information (Education nationale) :

La ligue de l'enseignement, FRANCAS, Cémea as part of the project « D-Clics numériques »
Euforia: From Inspiration to ImpactInformal learning practiceDemocracyEuforia describes themselves as an innovative, youth-driven NGO based in Switzerland with a community of volunt'heroes in over 20 countries across three continents. Combining non-formal education and transformative learning methods we empower people and organizations to embark on their own change-making journey. Our key strength is to create safe spaces where people realize their own potential, find solutions and become transformational leaders.NGO Euforia, Switzerland
Fake NewsSeminar or webinarDemocracy & digitalisationThe aim of the course is to identify fake news, to demonstrate methods of manipulation and to show reliable resources in www. (Course duration: 4 hours) ; Volkshochschule Zurich, Mirko Bischofberger, Switzerland
Free Thought FMInformal learning practiceDemocracyPop-up radio station focused on equality, access and inclusion in adult education: 'At the heart of FREE THOUGHT FM is a 30-day live broadcast of conversations in the gallery between the artist Garrett Phelan, invited FREE THINKERS and members of the public. These conversations will open up the critical and often hidden issues of class inequality and inequality of access to education in the Dublin region.' ; ; Garrett Phelan THE DOUGLAS HYDE GALLERY Trinity College Dublin
Medialukutaitoa terveydestä
Informal learning practiceDemocracy & digitalisationThe project trained medical students in dialogue and popular writing skills so they could better respond to common and false health beliefs, which are not based on science. The media literacy project aims firstly to use the professional knowledge of future doctors to enable them to be more active in the civic society and on the other hand help people separate the evidence based medical science from health claims that can be harmful. This was done by the students writing popularised science articles tackling the claims on the project website along with other medical experts ( (in Finnish)) and in conversations with people in health cafes (World Café -method). 30 medical students took voluntarily part in our pilot course. They were trained for 30 hours in communication, dialogue, writing, media processes and source (in Finnish) (in Finnish) ; Anne Tastula, Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation - KVS, Finland
Frauenhetz – feministische Bildung, Kultur und PolitikSeminar or webinarDemocracyFostering feminist education ; Birge Krondorfer et al.
Tous "Homonumericus"Informal learning practiceDigitalisationTous Homonumericus is a program of informal workshops dedicated to the stakes of the numeric communication intended to people that suffers of a numeric gap (elderlies, socially excluded, suffering of low disabilities). During a whole day, they discover the common ways to use numeric tools but beyond the technical skills, the point is to think on the ways by which the numeric environment challenges the society. The final objective is to empower people by emphasizing their critical skills and awareness toward the numerisation under economical, political, social and technical ; Média Animation asbl, Belgium
Digitale Kompetenzen in der Basisbildung mit Migrant*innen authentisch erarbeitenMaterial (article, report, other document)Democracy & digitalisationThis material aims at developing digital competences together with migrants in a way that includes experience based learning and digital empowerment. It aims to lower the threshold for migrants to use information technologies in an emancipated way. The most interesting aspect of this material and project is the fact that ICT not only is the medium of learning but at the same time the topic. The activities use a real-life situation as a starting point for work on the specific topics. Topics are apps, QR Codes, using audio and video resources and making videos. Especially the unit on producing a video seems relevant as here learners work on an instructional video for buying a ticket on public transport, i.e. they themselves produce a learning video for this topic. The unit also includes logistic elements such as copyright, protection of individual rights. Learners not only learn how to buy a ticket but also how to produce a video and upload it on the internet. Furthermore it should be noted that the aim of some of the activities is to foster the use of digital environments outside the classroom. ; Martin Wurzenrainer und Ursula Lummerstorfer (Verein Projekt integrationshaus)
Intergenerational Learning ProgrammeCourseDemocracyThe DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme is part of the School of Education Studies. It began in 2008 to engage older people from the wider community and DCU students in teaching and learning together in a third level environment. It started with a small number of classes on Saturday mornings, where older people were joined by DCU student volunteers to learn basic ICT skills, and gradually evolved, through engagement and dialogue. Participation in third level education, whether for the first time or as a means of re-introducing academic learning into a new phase of your life, has long been denied to the older generation. Through their participation in the Intergenerational Learning Programme, some learners have overcome fear of technology, and become proud participants in the digital world; some have gone on to join undergraduate degrees, and others have discovered a talent for writing. ; Dr Trudy Corrigan
das kollektiv. kritische bildungs - beratungs - und kulturarbeit von und für migrant*innenCourseDemocracyA place for critical educational works addressed to migrant women; das Kollektiv offers: literacy course, preparatory courses for external school leaving exams, cultural events, political activities concerning feminist issues of migrants, theoretical work on critical education and literacy, organisation of conferences and authoring of books and political grassroots work, teacher training courses in cooperation with other feminist/migrant NGOs, cooperation with universities. https://das - - das - kollektiv; das kollektiv. kritische bildungs - beratungs - und kulturarbeit von und für migrant*innen Linz/ Austria
Letras Prá VidaCourseDemocracy & digitalisationThis community intervention project aims to promote the literacy, empowerment and social inclusion through workshops with adult people.hppts:// ; Portugal - ESEC - Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra
Civic skills via media education in PalestineCourseDemocracy & digitalisationThe media literacy project strengthens the professionalism of Palestinian journalists and other media workers and increases their understanding of media practices and media literacy skills. The project provides Palestinian journalists, NGO workers and public sector employees means to produce and critically evaluate information about events in the region. ; Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation
Media Literacy Network IrelandInformal learning practiceDemocracyMedia Literacy Ireland is a network of interested parties working together to promote media literacy across Ireland. They provide seminars with guest speakers in an effort to increase awareness and understanding in engaging with the media. We believe that media literacy is the key to empowering people with the skills and knowledge to understand how media works in this changing environment, to interrogate the accuracy of information, to counter unfair and inaccurate representation, to challenge extremist views and, ultimately, to make better informed media choices. file:///C:/Users/dlawless/Downloads/20171204_Background_Network.pdf ; Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and interested parties supporting the network.
Mokasiko mediaMaterial (article, report, other document)DigitalisationFinnish national broadcasting company YLE created digital learning tools to teach media literacy. They took eight real life media cases resolved by Finnish Council of Mass Media (CMM) and created videos of them. (The Council is a self-regulating committee whose task is to interpret good professional practice and any person who thinks there has been a breach of good practice by media may bring this to the attention of the CMM). Learners will be invited to first read the good practise guidelines for journalists created by CMM and then watch the videos and tick a box "did the media screw up or not". Then they see the right answer and read the reasoning behind it. Themes are for instance: should the victims of a terrorist attack be asked before publishing their photo?; did the radio hosts go too far by joking about the plight of the refugees? The short videos are descriptive and entertaining with pictures and infographics, narrative explanation of the case (complaint, defence, what part of the journalists's ethical guidelines are in question). The type of misconduct is mentioned, for instance "product placement", "privacy protection", or "truthfullness of media". The project got an award for media literacy project with greatest Europe-wide scalability potential in European media literacy week 2019. ; Ville Alijoki YLE - Finnish National Broadcasting company Finland
Mehr Sprache: mehr (Mit)spracheCourseDemocracyThe project ( 2012 – 2014) aimed at migrant women who were learning German as a second language and aimed at comprehensive participation in society. This was done by offering german courses with specific content: environment and society and the production of a Catalogue for "Wissenstransfer zu Nachhaltigkeit in MigrantInnencommunities", ( transfer of knowledge for sustainability for migrant communities). Additionally workshops for economic basic skills were offered by "Miteinand er Lernen - Birlikte Öğrenelim".: - materialien/ ; Peregrina, Miteinander Lernen, LEFÖ
Nie v naaom mesteMaterial (article, report, other document)Democracy & digitalisationPlatform for citizens and organisations to share in the promotion and development of tolerance in Banska Bystrica. The aim of the platform is to promote and develop the tolerance of diversity through social, cultural and educational events. ; CKO- Centrum komunitného organizovania, Slovakia
A avó veio trabalharInformal learning practiceDemocracyGrandma Came to Work is an intergenerational creative hub, were social and emotional bonds are knitted in the local community and where elderly people can be themselves. The idea is to fill the gap between generations, offering everyone a place where they can meet, discuss and learn from each other. As a result, they create unique handmade products and experiences of local immaterial culture and tradition.
Büro für partzipatorische AngelegenheitenInformal learning practiceDemocracyAs part of the intercultural weeks of the city of Zurich, radio broadcasts will be produced live, in which people who are not allowed to vote discuss current political topics and thus have their say. ; About us! Zürich interkulturell, Gunda Zeeb, Switzerland.
Kaikkien VaalitSeminar or webinarDemocracyKaikkien Vaalit (Our Election) is democracy education activity developed by Finnish Network of Multicultural Associations, Moniheli. The goal of the #KaikkienVaalit campaign is to promote the participation and influencing of immigrants in the Finnish society. The 2019 edition is carried out through activation workshops and panel discussions. In the workshops participants learn about voting and elections in Finland, about the role of the parliament, as well as basic information about Finland's largest political parties, the main themes discussed during the election campaign, and about ways to participate and influence in addition to voting. The questions developed in the workshops will be presented to the parliamentary candidates taking part in the Kaikkien Vaalit panel discussions. The main themes used in the panel discussions are based on the workshops. The Kaikkien Vaalit campaign is organised for the parliamentary elections from February 26th to April 14th in Helsinki and all over Finland. The workshop materials are freely available for all. Workshops can be organised by many different associations, in various languages. ; Moniheli Network of Multicultural Associations Finland
Budget Participatif - Votre Ville,vos projets
Informal learning practiceDemocracyThe participatory budget is a measure for the development of urban projects in partnership with the inhabitants. It enables them to participate in the organisation of their city and their neighbourhood by carrying out projects that they have created and selected. It also enables the municipality to build a new relationship with the citizens by discussing the use of part of the municipality's financial resources. Finally, it enables the city to promote the development, animation and transformation of neighbourhoods through the ideas of the people who live there or bring them to life. The City defines a budget line and calls the citizens to submit projects for the area they live in. The project proposals are then submitted to the people for a vote. If accepted, the projects are implemented by the initiators. ; City of Lausanne
Policy KitchenInformal learning practiceDemocracy & digitalisationPolicy Kitchen is a method developed by foraus - Forum Foreign Policy to generate concrete solutions for urgent foreign policy challenges. Policy Kitchen is based on a digital innovation platform and physical workshops, so-called Policy Cooking Days. Committed to the bottom-up principle, Policy Kitchen enables the participation of a wide variety of thinkers in the political process. Based on pilot projects in Switzerland, Policy Kitchen connects the international "Open Think Tank Network" and other actors. This enables comprehensive transnational cooperation in relation to global challenges. The vision is to use this method to strengthen democratic participation in international politics. ; foraus - Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy, Think Tank, Zurich & Geneva, Switzerland
“Prinzipien und Richtlinien”Material (article, report, other document)DemocracyThis framework was the basis for all projects and courses for basic skills and “Basisbildung” funded by the national and regional governments under the umbrella of “Initiative Erwachsenenbildung” from 2011 to 2019. The position paper had a semi-legal status and was replaced by a retro-pedagogical curriculum in May 2019. The principles are strongly oriented on the works of Freire, Gramsci and partly Spivak. It put the learner at the centre of all pedagogical work with three main learning field: languages, ICT and maths. There are no levels and work with learners should be centred on their needs and wishes, taking their individual situation in society as a starting point of literacy work. The so-called filters should “control” the view on the individual learning fields form the perspectives of “pedagogical relations”, learning, the political situation and the contexts. The design of a didactic setting is oriented on the needs of the learners. The selection of topics happens in dialogue with the learners on an individual basis. Basic education in the present societal context reflects and considers the reasons for the production of a need for basic education. The need for basic education results from developments in society and changing challenges for people and their every day life. Limited possibilities of active participation, a limited or no access to new technologies, reduced participation on the labour market as well as reduced access to education produce limited scopes in life as well as disruptions in the management of ones life. They are obstacles for orientation in a permanently changing world. Basic education generates cosmopolitan perspectives for transcultural views an makes societal processes of exclusion and discrimination visible in order to reflect them critically. It enhances active participation in society. It also encourages the individual to co-create and change the world instead of "just living in it".Fachgruppe Basisbildung
Restorative Practices IrelandTraining and learning methodDemocracyRestorative practice is a social learning method that supports democratic decision making and shared responsibility through participatory learning and improved communication among participating members.
`koly za demokraciuSeminar or webinarDemocracy & digitalisationThe School for Democracy training program was built on years of experience, when we realized that systematic work in the field of education, and thus cooperation with schools, is crucial to addressing the threats of growing extremism and radicalization among young people. The program is a synergistic link between formal and informal, sensitive and modern, interactive and effective grouping of all the good that education can bring. ; CKO, Zuzana Szaboová, Slovakia
SDG Advocate ProgrammeCourseDemocracyThe SDG Advocate programme will offer 26 active citizens an opportunity to become one of Irelands SDG Advocates through this innovative project. This training course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, represent the project internationally and lead transformative change in Ireland. ; Development Perspectives
SeriouslyLearning tool (game, digital app etc.)DigitalisationOnline tool helping users to manage hate speech in social media. Aims to provide citizens and civil society with arguments, facts, experts advices and media resources in order to pacify discussion. Seriously addresses the most common subjects of hate speech such as racism, xenophobia, LGTB-phobia, anti-Muslim, sexism. ; Guillaume Buffet Créateur du projet Rennaissance numérique France
spacelab(Community) development programDemocracyAn open youth training programme that aims at empowering young people who are above compulsory schooling age and need “orientation” on continuing schooling, further training or life in general. Until recently young people could just show up for the “open training” and would receive €10 per day if they stayed. After “ open training ” they could attend “training” in one of the four centers: design, girls, nature or creativity. ; WUK Vienna, VHS Wien, Wiener Jugendzentren, Verein Sprungbrett
L'état de la démocratie
Material (article, report, other document)DemocracyThis publication brings together the contributions of 12 experts who provided their analysis during two days of training organised by the Christian Workers Movement (CWM) on the state of democracy in Belgium and, more broadly, in Europe. The questioning at the origin of the training is as follows: Democracy is intended to be a decision-making process that is in line with the point of view of a majority, while respecting minorities. In our country, this is embodied in the election of a collective of representative policies, in dialogue with organised civil society. Today, disenchantment is there: many citizens are withdrawing; the complexity of the world opens the decision-making space to non-elected technocrats; in counterpoint, populisms are simplistic and demagogic; interaction with organized civil society is seized. All these pathologies are crossed by the same major question: under what conditions can public good decisions be both effective and legitimate? ; Fondation Travail-Université (FTU asbl) For paper edition Revue Politique
ErätaukoTraining and learning methodDemocracyTimeout is a new way to generate and have constructive public discussions. Timeout was launched by Sitra and Demos Helsinki and has been created together with various organisations and experts by trying out different methods all around Finland in 2017. The development work continues and Timeout is used in many different events in Finland.   The purpose of the Timeout is to strengthen peoples participation in society, mutual trust, the understanding of future developments and their connection to decision-making. The primary goal is not to change anyone's mind but to create more constructive understanding between different perspectives. The discussion follows certain steps developed in the project, and the discussion groups have a facilitator trained in the Timeout method. Sitra has developed tools that can be used in learning the method, planning the events and facilitating the discussions. ; SITRA & various organisations Finland
Ihan Diginä!(Community) development programDigitalisationThe project trains people with disabilities and special needs in digital tools by organising digiclub activities. Part of the project is to develop peer digital support services, where people with disabilities teach each other. Digital long distance support services are developed with the aim to enable people with disabilities to live independently. Project is also enlarging peoples social life circles by creating virtual discussion forums (virtual digiclubs) for them. ; Honkalampi-säätiö Saila Kosunen Finland
Traveller Leadership CourseCourseDemocracyA collaborative programme designed to support members of an ethnic minority group with their leadership skills and advocacy. This course took place over 5 days and supported capacity building by recognising and building upon leadership within the Traveller community, and supporting future Traveller representation in leadership and advocacy roles in Irish society. ; Concept developed by Dearbháil Lawless and training developed and delivered by Dave Dunne for Exchange House Ireland National Travellers Service.
Ubunto Academy(Community) development programDemocracyLaunched in 2010 to undertake informal educational activities aimed at young people with leadership profiles from disadvantaged backgrounds, the UBUNTU Academy aims not only to provide training in leadership so that these young people can be agents of change within their communities but also to develop and strengthen service models benefiting the community and entrepreneurship, drawing on the influence of figures such as Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Aristides Sousa Mendes, Sang Suu Kiy and Desmond Tutu. In 2015 the Ubuntu Academy III, which was run simultaneously in Lisbon and Porto, held 17 seminars in Lisbon, 15 seminars in Porto and 4 joint seminars in Lisbon and Porto, one of which was residential. Social projects launched by some of the trainees in 2014 also continued to operate with very positive results. These projects included the project Vidas UBUNTU, which is run by a former trainee and funded by the Active Citizenship Programme, which has been working with pupils and teachers from 110 schools around the country to promote democratic values through a storytelling methodology. (Messenger) @academiaubunto
Université Populaire Albanaise - GenèveInformal learning practiceDemocracyThis project promotes reflection, explanations and practical work on rights and the active citizenship of foreigners residing in Geneva. 41% of the population of Geneva are of foreign origin. Through various activities, the project offers answers, which are adapted to the target group, and invites people to think about active citizenship. The Albanian folk high school acts as an interface between the Swiss society and the Albanian diaspora and opens its doors to all other not-mother tongue communities in Geneva. ; Albanian Folk High School, Switzerland
Words are stones trainer´s kitLearning tool (game, digital app etc.)Democracy & digitalisationTraining kit for young bloggers, social media activists, community managers, moderators, aged 18 - 30, with proven capacity to mobilise young people online. This material wants to provide them information about online hate speech, fake news and how to counteract them in order to have haters free profiles. ; ASSOCIAZIONE ISES, ITALY Dolores Forgione
Les veilleurs de l'infoCourseDemocracy & digitalisationAs part of the media education strategy from the French government, Les veilleurs de linfo is the new training course developed by La ligue de lenseignement- with the support of the Ministry of Culture. La ligue de l'enseignement is the biggest association in France that deals with education, training, culture and communication Composed by 6 training sessions, this course aims to train young people and adults living in a context in which fake news, conspiracy theories are generating observable drifts. ; La ligue de l'enseignement France with the support of the Ministry of Culture
Verein Ute BockCourseDemocracyInitially a residential accommodation for young refugees based on the initiative of a single woman who as an ex-social worker decided to get active for refugees, now a network of volunteers with flats and houses for refugees and a centre for education that offer German as a second language course, Farsi, English, cultural and sports activities. ; Ute Bock (gest. 2018), Austria
Akademie der ZivielgesellschaftCourseDemocracyThis project offers training and orientation for people intending to create voluntary work initiatives. The course contains training in special areas such as organisation, communication as well as elements of reflective work for volunteers on their initial ideas, in order to refine them up to a point at which they are feasible. Additionally, the projects proposed by participants are linked to existing organisations and initiatives in order to safeguard sustainability. ; VHS Wien, Brigitte Pabst and team Vienna, Austria
PELEInformal learning practiceDemocracyPELE is an artistic structure in Porto, which has developed several artistic projects, always guided by the principle of placing individuals and communities at the centre of intervention, promoting artistic processes of individual and collective empowerment.
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Associação iCreateInformal learning practiceDemocracyThe association «iCreate» aims to promote active and healthy aging, implementing educational practices for cooperation and solidarity, breaking the loneliness and social isolation, and stimulating the feeling of belonging to a community.
GIROLearning tool (game, digital app etc.)Democracy & digitalisationThe GIRO Project is a free platform where physical exercise, cognitive stimulation and recreational activities are shared, as well as the promotion of healthy eating habits.
Som da RuaInformal learning practiceDemocracy"Som da Rua", under the command of Jorge Prendas, is a social inclusion project where music is an escape from many difficult lives.

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