Category Archives: European Projects

presentation documentary PI Sittard

Much time in the recent months has been spend on a project in the prison of Sittard in the south of the Netherlands. With inmates and prison staff we have been working on a documentary about their life in prison. Co-creation was an important element of this project. It was a very participatory process, everybody involved contributed to. The final result was presented this month during a meeting in Sittard.

A leaflet with photo’s that trigger augmented reality is also part of the result of the project.

Terni 4th Clab meeting

Citizens Lab is a very diverse network of changemakers. Journalists, politicians, visual artists, dancers, architects, actors of civil society and others gather in this network to share their ideas and experiences and try to develop new ways of working together. CLab is very much about subjects such as co-creation, participatory leadership, new forms of democracy and culture as a vehicle for social change and cohesion.

As the name says it is a lab, CLab follows a lab approach, things can go wrong, if only lessons are learned. We develop prototypes in diverse Eu countries to work on new models for a different society.

Being part of CLab is a challenging  experience  the meetings are very motivating and inspiring.

Pilots Exodus

Exodus is an organization that helps ex-offenders on their way back to society. This month we are testing the last games that we developed for the Real Life project, on serious gaming for prisoners. Not only the digital games but also the more traditional games such as a card game that we have developed.

Cooking Book Finished

The participants of the PAC workshop in JJI Lelystad have realized a cooking book together. This project is progressing really well, beyond expectations. Young offenders are not a very reliable group to work with, but all of the were present at almost every session, even though some session were early in the morning. (getting up early is not their strongest quality). Everybody was very proud on the final result of the workshop, a cooking book.

PAC project

Kick-off PAC project

On February 8 we had the kick-off meeting in Antwerp of a new project. The PAC project, PAC stands for Prisoners and Active Citizenship.  At the first sight an unlikely combination, but we’re looking forward to working on this project.

Two organizations from Belgium will play a leading role in this project “de Rode Antraciet” and “de Vrije Universiteit Brussel” The other partners come from Croatia, the UK and Italy. The next two years the,re will be a lot of pilots that will result in a toolkit, which will be the most important intellectual output of the project.


We spend three exiting and inspiring days filming for a game in Virtual Reality that we are developing with “wemakevr” a company based in Amsterdam   Almost 25 professionals are working on this exiting project that will be finished later this year. The ambition is to develop the game “Talk to me” that will help people at the edge of society to develop their soft skills


Venice and Padua

The year started with some teaching in Italian prisons The final version of the blended learning environment that we have developed for the Real Life project was tested during a very successful pilot in Padua. At the end of the week we visited the female prison in Venice. Boats of the prison police took us to parts of Venice where tourist seldom come.

Valmopris Pilots

For the European KA2 Valmopris project, on validating non-formal learning in prisons each participating country has to deliver 6 pilot projects in prisons with minimally 3 prisoners involved.

Since Changes&Chances is not just an educational organization for prisons, we are running the pilots with a variety of target groups and with a variety of art disciplines.

The first pilot was Ed, Mirthe and Peer creating Noah’s Ark for the Bosch Parade with recovering drug addicts It attracted a lot of attention from the media. Under ‘ projects’ on this site you’ll find photo’s, video’s, and an interview with Ed of ‘Stowaways’.

In Arnhem two inspired teachers, Saskia and Sanne, of Cultuurmij Oost work with a group of young people with behavioral issues. They will create a magazine, so there will be planning content, finding their writing, drawing, photographing and designing talents will take place and then working hard in collaboration to get it done.

In Zutphen prison a band was formed and songs were written, rehearsed and played. The teacher, Hanneke, also gave personal lessons to a number of the participants so that good progress could be made.

In Rotterdam, in De Nieuwe Kans, young people without school diploma of which some have been in touch with Justice will be followed on the Level5 method during a theatrical project.

And last, but not least, down South in Sittard prison, Ed and Monique will make a video with the prisoners, and some of the guards and staff that will transformed into an ‘Augmented reality’ item to be seen in an app on your smart-phone projected on the façade of the prison when you visit there. Partners and other visitors will be given access to the app. The director of the prison is very enthusiastic about the project and wants to get broad media attention for it.

Empatheast Vratsa Bulgaria

“Rethinking social good and social innovation”

 Changes and Changes will be one of the organizations participating in the Empatheast forum in Bulgaria  from 11-13 November

In this meeting in Vratsa, one of the poorest regions of Bulgaria, we will be embarking on a journey where we make new models of relationships between individuals, groups and communities.

Social innovations are not a solution to all problems, they are not enough per se, but they represent a way for mass mobilization of group intellect in the name of new solutions that will allow more people on the planet, in our country and our region, to live with dignity and to their full potential.

It is vital that we become more efficient at using our common resources. Only with innovative solutions by and with communities can we reduce the costs for non-effective and expensive social solutions, perpetually repeated by local and central government despite their proven ineffectiveness. So we need to change the way these solutions are designed and move towards developing solutions bottom-up, as they are more stable, honest, adequate and inclusive.

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