Ecotopia 2022

Our friends from Ecotopia are back and this time they come equipped with an amazing plan to spend one week in the magical Värmland, having you immersed in Sweden’s beautiful nature.

Visit their website here to read all the details about this year’s gathering and the amazing endevour that the Ecotopia team has been making for years now.

You can directly register here.

Call out for youth exchange DEEP-T

Democracy Education for Ecology and Participation – Training

The DEEP-T project aims to explore in a collective way the roots of the ecological and climate crisis, and how to deal with them for a just and sustainable future. You will have the opportunity to discover relevant topics such as the EU Green Deal, degrowth and zero waste. Moreover, you will engage with practical activities such as permaculture or art production as tools for social change. Once acquired, the theoretical and practical tools, you will use them for the creation of new ideas and projects. The week-long program will be intense, no doubt, but don’t despair, we will
have time to get to know each other and enjoy ourselves.

The conceptual frameworks that will guide this learning experience are “social ecology” and “ecological literacy”. Social ecology is all about redesigning the interaction between humans, environments and the living world in a just, sustainable and imaginative way. Ecological literacy is fundamental to make sense of the economic, political and ecological processes as interconnected.

The programme will be divided in 4 phases:
1) discovering: the activities under this group focus on understanding key concepts such as the various crisis, the EU Green deal, getting to know each other and the place where we’ll live.
2) engaging: this phase is all about experiencing; be it through visiting of the local grassroots projects, or the collective elaboration of the learned concepts.

3) transforming: it’s about taking acquired tools and connections and using them to create something, in our case new projects to further our ecological and social values.
4) evaluation: means activities to critically assess what worked, what didn’t, dealing with conflict.
To understand better how these phases will take concrete form in the project, take a look at the draft program of the seminar
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-T76M9z3GRrKU1lbhNG49a0MCtCM7MjT.


This project wants to be welcoming and inclusive for everyone, for this reason, we adopted the safer space policy, which simply is about the behaviours that we want and don’t want during the project. That we highly invite you to read it https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uxHzF06lYXhKHiSngkIO6LpH1JodjEkK/.


This youth exchange project aims to open a space where the youth empower and educate each other. Doing so, helps to build a stronger EU citizenry and voices critical engagement with the EU Green Deal and its objectives. The week will be co-organized Democrazia e Ambiente – Udine (Italy), Ataec – Glocal Associative Network of Artists & Community/Climate Actions (Spain), Kollektiv N11 e.V (Germany), The Southern Lights (Greece), Zero Waste Zalec
Civilna iniciativa (Slovenia), Zelena Tranzicija (Serbia).


Practical Information


Participants have to be residents in one of the following countries: Italy, Germany, Spain, Greece, Serbia and Slovenia.
Age Limit: 18-30yrs old
Dates: Thursday 5 – Friday 13 May 2022
Location: Udine, Italy
The participants of the project will receive a Youthpass at the end of the activity.
This project covers the accommodation and 3 meals per day. Traveling will be reimbursed for traveling by land travel and greener means of transportation whenever possible (for more information please contact the reference contact of your country, see below).
The selected applicants will be invited to choose their voluntary solidarity contribution fee, according to their financial possibilities. Bigger contributions will support the participation of applicants with fewer means. The chosen solidarity fee will not be a selection criterion.
Each participant should check the travel requirements and the COVID regulation in the hosting country (Italy).
Selection form
In order to apply please fill out the application form at the following links, by your country of residency.
Resident in Italy:
https://forms.gle/JjmUMgiTAAdb6c3X9
Resident in Greece:
https://forms.gle/c7mApFCbjS4UtgCs9
Resident in Germany:
https://forms.gle/ByH2BeKP9yRfRs3v7
Resident in Serbia:
https://forms.gle/nqT2EqHbjYgN1FNN9
Resident in Slovenia:
https://forms.gle/1oXhTmLrzmUi7R9KAResident in Spain:
https://forms.gle/CxVfj7DPRAeFSVPV6


Contacts


If you have any further inquiries please contact the following persons corresponding to your country of residence
Italy: Federico Venturini (DEEP-T coordinator) federico.venturini@uniud.it
Greece: Natasa Chatziioannou chatziioannou.n@gmail.com +306982214017
Germany: Danielo cccr@eyfa.org
Serbia: Saša Petrović zelenatranzicija@gmail.com
Slovenia: Daša Jež zerowastezalec@gmail.com
Spain: Victoria Mora arts.climateactions@ataec.com +34 653703218

European Solidarity Corps INFO event

The European Solidarity Corps creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Find out more here. Are you ready to see new horizons, build new friendships, and learn how to challenge yourself? Then come stop by this info event to learn how you can make it happen!

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(Dis?)Ability 2: Let’s talk about political activism and inclusion

Welcome to the second lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. In this second lesson you will learn about political activism and inclusion, and ways in which we can make political activism more accessible. Let yourself be inspired by the actions Cécile is sharing in the video <3

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So was our Accessible and Inclusive Event Organizing: collaborative tools and tactics in practice

From the 27th of September and until October 3rd, a large number of youths residing in several European countries but my many different backgrounds came together in Quecke, an anti-discriminatory & self-organized queer feminist seminar house, in northeastern Brandenburg about an hour and half away from Berlin, Germany. The young activists came together in many enriching discussions where ideas and experiences were shared, that were the basis for the collective creation of practical tools that will challenge the ways in which we exercise our activism and organise events, making them more accessible to all. We had a whole a week of horizontal learning processes that included several workshops that were followed by avid discussion spaces that strengthened our networks of support and solidarity.

We developed collectively a myriad of communication skills that will aid us in the future in the process of expressing all of our inclusion needs and to negotiate around them to find ways to fulfill these needs so that our way of experiencing our activism and organising events is done in an inclusive and mindful manner. We learned together and empowered one another by sharing processes that were vital part of ample space we created during this week, a space where a diversity of ideas, as long rest and renewal also took place.

‘Autonomous Passage’ release party!

‘Accessibility is a must’ – a preview of the very new brochure of EYFA “Autonomous Passage”!

Party? In the pandemic? Only online! ESC volunteers are honored to present the digital version of the new EYFA publication. They will share with you some behind the curtain details about the process of collecting the contribution, selection and the final outcome. They will read the fragments and show the amazing collages.

Bring your own favorite drink, save 90 minutes, connect with us the way you like it – no pressure for the cameras on or forced questions. All participants are beautiful! Write to eyfa[at]eyfa to get the link to jitsi.

November the 18th, at 6 pm.

Illustration by: Ciel Incarnadine alchemicum.com

More Resources

Here you can find some of the people that have been teaching us a lot about accessibility & solidarity, as well as actions that are so important to learn and unlearn in this on-going journey of becoming aware. We aim to constantly update that list, so please send us your recommendations!

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