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After an amazing week the Autumn Academy has come to an end. Thanks to all the great participants and speakers for being with us and congratulations on eight creative and progressive project proposals!
Don’t forget to check out our online dossier, where additional articles will be published over the next few days. Many thanks to Jessica Schober, Katharin Thai and Evgeny Makarov for doing such a great job at covering the 2nd FES European Autumn Academy!
What is our participants’ take on how to save Europe? Have a look at the Academy’s online dossier to find out what Miruna, Kostas, Simone and Laura suggest
STEP 5: Test & Refine
After this creative hour, eight different project groups present their physical prototypes for the first time. After they got feedback from the other groups, they have another hour for refining their models.
Andrea’s enjoying the open-air-prototyping
Next challenge: Use glue, scissors, wooden panels, feathers and these fancy materials to transform the intellectual prototypes into physical models:
…while Dominka and Irene are introducing the “Critical Society Project” which aims to increase peoples’ ability to critically evaluate media
Laura is presenting the ‘intellectual prototype’ of the project “Smart Housing for Inclusive Communities”
Welcome to the last day of the 2nd FES European Autumn Academy!
It is getting exciting! After an intense day of generating ideas, we we are now seeing the first project presentations. Really impressive projects to increase awareness for unpaid interns, raise more independent students or help people get in touch with refugees more often are in the making here.
We are now reaching Step 3 in the Design Thinking process: The transition
from defining to ideating.
There are lying several questions on the floor like e.g. “How might we… find a way to increase the felixibilty of teh labour market while at the same time provide adequate security and rights to the workers?”
People from eleven European countries have been working together in the Autumn Academy already for the whole week. Great teamwork, fascinating thoughts! Right now, we are in the middle of Design Thinking process to come up with new ideas to redesign Europe. Stay tuned for results of this exercise during the weekend
Step 2: DEFINE
How might we… ? Participants are now asked to turn needs into questions.
„So, now we start to focus on possible solutions“, says Andreas Karsten.
Today the participants of Autumn Academy created prototypes of eurosceptics to understand their motivations and needs. Design Thinking expert Andreas Karsten summed it up with these words: “If think we have discovered a couple of good monsters!”
“Ask with the curiosity of a child to understand the character you defined”, says Andread Karsten. Here Andrea presents the character she has chosen to work with: “The kid, that is NOT interested in politics”
Step 2 DEFINE
Participants have collected and clustered possible characters in the fields of education, labour and extremism – and are now sharing their ideas.
Today is all about trying out new ways of thinking about Europe – hope you enjoyed the lunchbreak at – and in – Werbellinsee
Yesterday we had a great discussion with Norbert Spinrath MP and the participants of Autumn Academy. Read their talk here:
Step 1: Empathise
Design Thinking was originally used in actual design and product development – this week, we’ll see whether it can work with political education as well. Usually, people like to fully develop their projects and then introduce them to an audience as a whole, but Design Thinking challenges you to test parts of your project as quickly as possible.
Design-Thinking is 5-step-process: empathise, define, ideate, prototype, test & refine
„Put as many of ideas as possible on the table and filter out the golden ones!“
„With the marshmallow challenge you learn how to fail frequently“, says Andreas Karsten.
Kids in kindergarten build the highest structures (about 1 meter), managers built the smallest towers and often they are instable.
Lesson learned from building Spaghetti towers: When you put
together only people of the same mindset, they are more likely to fail.
“We have to make a foundation first“ – good quotes to start the with. No matter if you want to design a spaghetti-tower or a better Europe.
Now the Design Thinking introduction starts in Joachimsthal. There are marshmallows and spaghetti on the tables…
After three days full of presentations, discussions, and talks our group has left Berlin for continuing the FES European Autumn Academy in Joachimsthal, Brandenburg. Here, the participants will turn their knowledge into practice by developing their own project proposals. To help them think out of the box, we’ll be using the Design Thinking approach.
Before leaving Berlin for the 2nd part of the Autumn Academy, the group reflects on what was learned over the last three days
“I really look forward to you guys continuing your group discussion in the woods”, says Cristina Bacalso, examining the first ideas of participants of FES Autumn Academy.
Yesterday we learned about Kiron University. Here you can find our article in the Online Dossier: http://www.fes.autumnacademy.org/2016/09/from-camp-to-campus/
In small groups, the participants are now discussing dimensions of power that need to be challenged in order to create visions for a more democratic and equal Europe
18 young researchers from around the world contributed to this project to understand, and later call for, an enabling environment in three focus areas: participation, protection, and livelihoods. The target population is children and youth, and the conditions required for their development. You can download the full report here: http://www.fromrhetorictoaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/fromrhetorictoaction_research_report.pdf
Cristina Bacalao presents “From Rhetoric to Action” – a research project on the enabling environment for child and youth development, featuring youth-led participatory research methodology.
„Transformative, fundamental change happens in those rare
moments when social movements or social actors are able to work effectively accros
each oft he dimensions simultaneously“ (Gaventa 2006)
There are three different forms of power: VISIBLE power (observable decision-making), HIDDEN power (setting the political agenda) and INVISIBLE power (shaping meaning and what is acceptable)
Cristina Bacalso, research coordinator at the Berlin-based think-tank Youth Policy Labs is speaking about youth empowerment and participation.
Christina Bacalsco is talking about Gaventa’s Powercube:
Sebastian Serafin, policy officer at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, is introducing the FES publication “Right-wing extremism in Europe”. You can also find it online at http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/dialog/10031.pdf
After another sunny lunch break it’s time for a quick energizer 🙂
Norbert Spinrath: “If there’s a fear that is unfounded, my answer as an politician is not to follow populist strategies, but to take these fears seriously and try everything to minimize these fears.”
Spinrath: “The vision of Europe was not only peace, it was also welfare and social equality. And this doesn’t work right now”
And now, Norbert Spinrath, member of the German parliament Bundestag, is discussing challenges of the EU and future prospects of a European social democracy
Dr. Abou-Chadi’s thought-provoking input has sparked lots of discussions
Here is the feature at vox.com that Dr. Abou-Chadi just mentioned as an excellent overview about the far right white riot: http://www.vox.com/2016/9/19/12933072/far-right-white-riot-trump-brexit
And another good read: David Art (2013): Inside the radical right – The development of anti-immigration parties in Western Europe
To quote Clinton, Dr. Tarik Abou-Chadi said when explaining causes for the rise of right-wing European populists: “It’s NOT the economy, stupid”
Abou-Chadi: “Neoliberalism is not the structural driving force of the radical right, but value change is”.
Too centrist main stream parties may help the rise of radical right parties.
Click here for Tarik Abou-Chadis paper “Niche Party Success and Mainstream Party Policy Shifts – How Green and Radical Right Parties Differ in Their Impact” (British Journal of Political Sciences, 2016)
Abou-Chadi states that transformations of post-industrial societies are crucial to unterstand radical right success, since these transformations have altered socio-economic structures
Just learned a new word in Dr. Tarik Abou-Chadi’s super interesting presentation: Welfare-chauvinism. Here is a good read about that: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/opinion/the-rise-of-welfare-chauvinism.html?_r=0
Radical right populist parties have a different electorate, a different position, different types of activists, are more successful, and are more dangerous
Abou-Chadi: “Populist radical right parties are not neo-fascist parties”
When are people expats and when are they immigrants?
Nativism is an element all populist radical right parties share, whereas populism is nothing unique to the radical right
The fact that Denmark has such a successful right-wing populist party contradicts the famous assumption that right-wing populism is a phenomenon of the working class
Abou-Chadi: “Front National is the prototype of a populist radical right party”
The more anti-immigration people are, the more likely it is that they vote for right-wing populists.
In the Berlin elections last Sunday, 12.000 people who voted for the Pirate Party 5 years ago, have now voted for the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD)
The day starts with a lecture by Dr. Tarik-Abou Chadi, postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at Humboldt-University Berlin, on the success of right-wing radical parties in Europe
Good morning everyone and welcome back to the FES European Autumn Academy!
Anne Aulinger, research associate in the office of Susann Rühtrich, member of the Bundestag (SPD), is introducing the network for democracy and courage (Netzwerk für Demokratie und Courage).
Unbeknown to the participants, the demonstration route was decorated with posters, banners and road markings, using motivational phrases and typical competition elements like a start and finish line to make it look like a sporting event. For every metre the neo-Nazis covered, €10 went to EXIT-Deutschland.
In 2015, EXIT-Germany transformed a neo-Nazis’ funeral march in the city of Wunsiedel into “Germany’s most involuntary charity walk”. With every step the neo-Nazis took they were unwittingly making a stand against right-wing radicalism.
Case manager Fabian Wichmann presenting the work of EXIT-Germany – an initiative assisting individuals, who want to leave the extreme right-wing movement and start a new life.
After two insightful sessions with the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB) and the educational initiative “Was bildet ihr uns ein” we are now diving into the third thematic bloc of the 2nd FES European Autumn Academy: Growing right-wing populism and radicalism as side-effects of growing inequalities.
What should education in Europe look like? And how could we change education?
These two questions, Rainald Manthe wants to discuss with the participants, could be one starting point for design thinking process planned for the upcoming days.
Michael Wagner from National Youth Secretary of the German Trade Union is just explaining the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) and the Youth Guarantee. If you want to learn more about it check out this website: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=1176
The YEI typically supports the provision of:
– job placements and
– further education leading to a qualification.
If you want to learn more about the “Youth Guarantee”, check out this video: http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/video/player.cfm?sitelang=EN&ref=I104885
Are schools a part of national identity?
Today we have two new blogposts for you in our online dossier: Unpacking Inequality and 10 facts about EU Cohesion Policy you might not have known
There are diverse points of view among the participants while discussing the pros and cons of the Bologna process.
“There is a lack of influence of young workers in the European
Trade Unions”, admits Florian Haggenmiller, National Youth Secretary of the German Trade Union.
At the Centre of German Trade Union DGB Florian Haggenmiler is highlighting the importance of current situation of young workers in Europe: “If European youth is now left without perspectives we are
in danger of losing the acceptance of a whole pro-EU generation“
After a sunny lunch break we are happy to welcome Rainald Manthe, who founded and is working with ” Was bildet ihr uns ein? “.
After a sunny lunch break we are happy to welcome Rainald Manthe, who founded and is working with ” Was bildet ihr uns ein? “.
Alan from Damascus, 29, is studying cyber security at Kiron university
This is the crowdfunding video that helped Kiron university to collect 500.000 Euro to start their project: https://www.startnext.com/kironuniversity
Kiron’s solution is to combine online and offline-learning
Nora Hauptmann is talking about Kiron’s aim: to empower refugees to live a self-determined life by offering higher education.
Participants are discussing barriers for refugees and migrants to access higher education in European countries.
The UNHCR identified four barriers in their Education Strategy fom 2012 – 2016: Costs, Legal, College capacity and Language.
Narmatha: “The German education system is not flexible.” Kiron’s aim is to empower refugees to live a self-determined life by offering higher education.
“34% of youth around the world go to university.
Only 1% of
refugee youth go to university.”
Displaced persons are facing any challenges in Higher Education
After the morning input session by the European Commission, it’s time for the first energizer!
Watch the video which Hans Dostert, Representation of the European Commission in Germany, showed to us here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv6NUiQD3hg
Does the European Union have image and marketing problems?
Would the Brexit have happened if people knew more about how the EU works and what benefits a EU membership offers?
In 2012, the European Commission launched the Youth Employment Initiative, a programme to fight youth unemployment with a budget of €6.4 billion. But how successful can this initative be if there’s still every second young person in Southern Europe unemployed?
Hans Drostert, Representation of the European Commission in Germany, gives and overview of European Cohesion Policy
The day starts with an introduction on European regional policy by Hans Dostert, spokesman of the Representation of the European Commission in Germany.
Welcome to the 2nd day of the FES European Autumn Academy!
Good morning, dear participants of the Autumn Academy. Now you can read our first post in the Dossier: http://www.fes.autumnacademy.org/category/fes_aa2016/
“You had a lively discussion. Many people are interested in new solutions for Europe – me, too”, is the closing statement of Dr. Benjamin Nölting, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development.
What are relevant criteria for socioeconomic disparity? Vivid discussions amongst the participants
Tomorrow, the issue of youth unemployment in Europe will be further discussed with Florian Hagenmiller, youth secretary of the German trade union confederation, DGB.
In some EU Member States, e.g. Greece and Spain, the youth unemployment rate is higher than 50 per cent, while in other countries – such as Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria – it is below 10 per cent. Further information provides the FES study “Youth unemployment in Europe – Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings”
Dr. Benjamin Nölting, director of the Master’s programme “Strategic Sustainability Management” at Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, is now giving an introductory input about socioeconomic disparities in Europe
If you wanna know what lies ahead: Click here for the Academy’s programme.
Yvonne explains the main objective of this week: Making Europe a little bit better.
And now Yvonne Lehmann, policy officer at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and project lead of the FES European Autumn Academy, is welcoming the participants and introducing the team.
Dr. Stefanie Elies, head of department, is opening the 2nd FES European Autumn Academy: “It is utterly time to redesigning Europe. You can initiate change!”
This year academy’s main focus will be on the issues of (youth) unemployment, the rise of right-wing radicalism and inequalities in education.
Welcome to the 2nd FES European Autumn Academy! 24 participants from more than 9 countries made their way to Berlin to discuss some of the main challenges the European Union is facing.
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