CREATIVE COMMUNICATION . 2019 . FRANCE & BULGARIA
With our project “Creative Communication” we will dive into the complex world of digital communication and will explore tools and good practices to make it truly creative and meaningful!
Our project will consist of two activities: a training course in France that aims at presenting the concept of digital literacy and a mix of online tools to improve NGO leaders’ online communication and will empower them with new skills, good practices and tools to use in their digital communication. Then, the second activity which will be a seminar in Bulgaria, where we will present the learning outcome and good practices to participants from developing countries in Eastern Europe. The activities are based on well developed methods of creative strategies design (such as design thinking, service design, buying personas, graphic facilitation and more) which is an approach to resolve issues outside of professional design practice, such as social contexts.
Curious about the topic? Read more in this article by our trainer Alexandra Nikolova.
Training course “Creative Communication”
2-17 September 2019, Homade (Brivezac, France)
About the workshop
Creating and maintaining good quality and empathic online communication is a very challenging activity for the non-profit organisations worldwide. The huge amount of information and communication styles out on the web creates sometimes a chaos and mixture of violent and not correctly addressed messages. Although the majority of the organisations active in the field fully acknowledge the importance of the above described problem, in many cases they are still lacking proper tools and methods to tackle the issue in a more innovative and creative manner that could bring greater benefits to the young people they work with.
Therefore, Creative Communication aims at gathering 24 youth workers and young leaders from various European countries and giving them the opportunity to exchange creative practices of digital communication at a training course in France. The project aims to offer alternative sources of non formal education, expression for the youth in Europe. Our proposal is to spread innovative digital tools of social media and content distribution online for youth workers using photo, video, sound design, editing, script writing, storytelling and social media strategies to engage Europeans in intersectional learning and inclusion.
We would like to invite from the 2-17 September 2019, 24 youth workers, communication managers and artists from France, North Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Armenia, Spain and Poland who will participate in a training course in Brivezac, France. Together they will share personal and professional experiences and explore the potential of creative communication as a tool for youth work to reach and engage marginalised youngsters and the general public in personal development, mutual understanding, inclusion and active participation. Through workshops, which will merge non-formal and informal learning methods, the participants will develop work tools that enable them to address the need of their specific target groups. During the training course all of the participants will explore methods such as design thinking, characters development, digital storytelling, graphic facilitation for improving their online communication; will co-facilitate workshops for each other to exchange ideas and knowledge; and will put their hands on by creating their organisation’s new content strategy!
- Dates: 2-17 September 2019
- Location: Homade (Brivezac, France)
- Who: we are looking for 24 youth workers, youth leaders, activists, educators, youth workers, storytellers, writers and visual artists – artivists! who are interested in (better) digital communication; and who would like to actively co-create this workshop with us!
- Where from: France, North Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Armenia, Spain and Poland
- Equipment needed: the project requires the participants to bring their smartphones and laptops. We will not be able to provide equipment for participants who could not bring their gadgets.
- The project is co-founded by Erasmus+
- Food, travel costs and accommodation are covered.
- Travel reimbursement up to the following amounts: travelling from North Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Spain, Bulgaria – up to 275 EUR; travelling from Ukraine – up to 360 EUR; travelling from Armenia – up to 530 EUR.
- Participation fee: there is a 50 EUR participation fee, taken from the travel reimbursement (which also grants you with a Nomadways membership).
- Application is now closed.
Alexandra Nikolova – facilitator
Alexandra is a communication designer, illustrator and visual storyteller. She has been working in copywriting, digital communication and marketing during the past 12 years while being always attracted by arts – street dancing, music and drawing. She is a trainer since 2014 when she started teaching about digital skills, marketing and communication; and all the creative ways to do online marketing and business planning.
She now studies History of Art in Sofia and explores the possibilities of using art as an educational tool as well as a mean for inclusion & self-development. Visual communication is definitely her passion and she also does graphic recording and facilitation, as well as workshops to teach people using the method, too.
Leo Zbanke – facilitator
Leo is a film director, trainer and activist.
He studied social psychology and then turned to film studies. From 2008 to 2016 he has been working on TV / movie sets as well as post-production. After all these years of experience in 2016 Leo becomes founder of a video production company Dis Donc Production based in France.
From 2016 he is a trainer of Erasmus+ projects helping young people and youth workers to build skills around such topics as audiovisual tools, digital storytelling, media literacy .
He is passionate about foreign languages and cultures.
Leo believes that we are all storytellers and all we need is the right tools to communicate our stories with to the world.
Ilaria Fresa – coordinator
Ilaria is a visual facilitator, engaged to spread the use of visual language as a tool to support the learning processes. Her mission is to help people to explore their full potential and support groups to develop projects and focus on the implementation. As social researcher, graduated in Political Science, with a Master of Art in communication and sociology of Migration, she conducted a number of researches concerning gender and refugees’ empowerment – focused on financial education and family balance and savings – within European projects.
As expert in cooperative learning methods and visual facilitation, she designed, supervised and coordinated several non formal education trainings for Italian local institutions, educational organizations, international agencies and NGOs. President of Micro Progress Onlus, a non-for-profit Italian Association that promotes and implements projects for micro enterprise development through micro-credit and financial inclusion, she also founded and managed one of the best rated Bed&Breakfast in Rome downtown (Strawberry House B&B) since 2005 to 2017, when she finally met Nomadways and decided to move to France. She takes care of spaces to host quality conversations, experiences and creative activities.
Homade: Your home during the 2-week workshop will be Homade – an artistic training center located in the small village of Brivezac. The funky house is a renovated barn with a big workshop room, kitchen, dining and chill-out area, big green garden and rooms located in a 2-floor mezzanine. During your stay you will be accommodated in rooms of 2 or 3 people with the same gender. Toilets and showers are shared, located in the common spaces.
The meals will be served in the dining area – all 3 daily meals are covered by the programme. Our cook will prepare lunch and dinner, and the food will be mainly vegetarian. The breakfast is self-prepared by the participants who will have the ingredients and equipment available each morning.
Brivezac: a village located in the Corrèze department of the Limousin region. It is located on the right bank of the river Dordogne and has a community of 175 inhabitants. The church of Saint-Pierre, in the heart of the village, has one of the oldest Roman portals in Limousin. The interior of the village is a patchwork of old houses built from stones of the ruins of old buildings and pebbles from the Dordogne. The bridge over the Dordogne crossing Brivezac offers a beautiful viewpoint between cliffs and fields bordering the stream. Find out more information about the location here.
Seminar “Creative Communication”
11-15 November 2019, Sofia, Bulgaria
More information coming up end of July! :-)
This training course has been co-funded by the Erasmus+ Program. If you would like to find out more about the program, please visit http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus_en