C&C is very proud to be a member of the European Citizenslab.
Citizenslab is a participatory network of local actors of change from different sectors and context trying to generate systematic change from the root level and not just to tweak symptoms of what is not working. The underlying question is:
‘How can our diverse practices create a more meaningful quality of life in Europe’.
We use a so called Lab Approach to illuminate each other and let a new community intelligence emerge. The key elements of a Lab Approach are:
- A shared longer term goal
- A core group that co-designs and co-hosts the process and navigates the complexity of the lab
- Series of experiments and prototypes where the new system is enacted in real-time
- A community of practices for a new system of influence
From 23 to 27 September, 140 members of the Tandem family, all participants of the three most recent Tandem programs, alumni like us and the Tandem team came together in Odessa.
With Tanztangente, our partner from Berlin, we shared our insights and experiences with the others during a very well received workshop.
SWAG (Share ideas, Work together, Act now, Get involved)
Within CitizensLab we work on a prototype to develop new models for education. We want to help children and young people to realise their full potential and to become active citizens. We address education by involving schools in the practices and integrating them in community life. We promote freedom in education and want to strengthen the rights of pupils to take responsibility for their learning processes as well as to advocate democratic participation to become part of decision-making processes in schools. With partners from Budapest, Sofia, Frankfurt, Barcelona and Athens we started preparing a project called SWAG, trying to combine learning and active citizenship.