22 Dec Memories from the first workshops
Just before the holidays come, let’s recall the first three online workshops that our group held in the past two months. What is the takeaway message from them?
SUPPORTING YOUTH WORK
In the workshop the concept of youth work was introduced, it was discussed why it is important to advocate for it and what means and tools can be used to achieve this. More specifically, the people involved were introduced to the theory of change, they learned about and tested the SWOT method and the “flower power” and through an interactive discussion they provided everyday actions oriented towards youth work. If you also want to see the interactive Prezi presentation (in Greek), you can see it here.
CITIES THAT SPEAK / STREETS THAT SPEAK (CRITICAL MAPPING)
In this workshop, inspired by the concept of critical mapping, we were concerned with what an alternative to the traditional mapping of our city might mean and how it relates to us as a tool. We saw examples of well-known psychogeographic maps and other contemporary projects of mapping different aspects of cities. We delved deeper by using, among other things, the example of the MAKE USE map in the process of creating a map, its purpose, but also its development prospects. In the images on the left, you can see an example of a psychogeographic map and an example of a wall that “speaks”, together with workshop participants.
MAKING LINKS IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
In the workshop, after familiarizing themselves with the digital tool Google Jamboard, participating individuals were divided into groups and assigned to represent a part of society. Whether they emphasized their status as citizens or stepped into the shoes of a government or the media, they first discussed to discover the roles and functions they have – and should have – within an (ideal) democratic society. They then sought out the demands they have from other parties and finally negotiated and committed themselves to each other, creating a map of interconnections or links. Not all decisions were clear or easy, and it struck us that some things we took for granted did not necessarily happen in reality. Lots of food for thought… If you too want to see the process and the results that emerged, you can click on the file below (in Greek).