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Month: May 2024

SeDiHUB – Exploring Design Thinking in a Conference in Estonia

Our SeDiHUB project capped off its work and actions with a final Conference held at the University of Parnu in Estonia. The Conference, whose processes were followed by more than 40 attendees, served as the stage to explore and demonstrate how the Design Thinking methodology can be integrated into the strategic management of micro and family business to help them transform into innovative sustainable enterprises. 

During the Conference, our partners showcased the work of the project, placing a special emphasis on illustrating the way its learning tools can serve as invaluable resources to family and micro-enterprises in creating greater value through service design methodology. Furthermore, our project manager Alexandros Peletie run a practical workshop on Design Thinking presenting the RIP+MIX methodology that facilitates the creative and inventive combination of diverse and, in the face of it incompatible, services and products. Alexandros’ workshop entailed a short introduction followed by group work that asked participants to utilise the information they received to collectively develop an innovative idea for an enterprise. 

The workings of the Conference and the discussions held brought to the fore the key ideas and values that were examined, combined and developed by the SeDiHUB project over the course of its implementation and in its bid to support micro and family businesses to develop sustainable and digitalised services. To that end, it placed a special focus on providing structured guidance on the facets and utilisation of service design methodology and the ways in which it can be integrated into strategic planning and management of enterprises to facilitate their growth and sustainability.

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Video Teach Announces Its Online Video Course in its Latest Newsletter

Developing innovative video competencies for teachers is a crucial step toward modernising education and preparing students for the challenges of the future. By embracing visual learning, real-world applications, and effective communication, our Video Teach project aims to facilitate educators in creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment. Through collaborative efforts and a commitment to technological integration, the education system can even play an important role in shaping the next generation of environmentally conscious professionals!

So what progress has Video Teach made since its kick-off, you might ask? 

Check out the latest Video Teach newsletter below and learn about all the latest developments of the project, including the exciting announcement of the free Online Video Course and Self-Assessment Methodology tool, amongst other news. 

Celebrating Cultural Diversity: A pathway to peace, dialogue and development

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” — Audre Lorde

Today, we join the United Nations, in commemorating the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. On this occasion, we not only strive to celebrate the incredible richness of cultures around the globe, but also turn our attention to the astounding potential open intercultural dialogue holds in achieving peace and promoting sustainable development.

In particular, with the prominent adoptions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the UN, and the Resolution on Culture and Sustainable Development by the UN General Assembly, the message of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development is ever so important. Embracing and celebrating the commonalities, as well as differences, holds the key to more enriching conversations, innovative solutions, as well as a more inclusive and thriving society all in all. In case you still aren’t sure how so, we invite you to read on.

Understanding the Fabric of Cultural Diversity

By definition, cultural diversity encompasses the differences in language, traditions, customs, beliefs, and values among people from various backgrounds. It represents the elements that bring together the unique identities of individuals and as a result form a more vibrant society as a whole. Cultural diversity is essential in promoting mutual respect, understanding, and collaboration among different groups. 

But how does cultural diversity help foster peace dialogue and development across the cornerstones of the EU? Let’s take a closer look.

Cultural Dialogue For Peace & Development

Dialogue is the principal base for understanding and cooperation, and while many consider cultural diversity as a roadblock to clear understanding and agreement, in reality it’s a critical element in enhancing productive and meaningful conversation. In fact, cultural diversity facilitates dialogue and understading that promotes peace and conflict resolution, as well as encourages sustainable development and growth. 

1. Building Mutual Respect and Understanding

Cultural diversity fosters an environment where different perspectives are acknowledged and respected. Exposure to diverse cultures helps individuals understand and appreciate differences and can help to substantially reduce prejudices and stereotypes. When we engage with people from diverse backgrounds, we gain insights into their worldviews, which can challenge our assumptions and expand our thinking. Through dialogue, we can enrich our understanding, practice critical thinking, as well as learn from each other’s experience, to promote a more open-minded society. 

2. Shaping Great Communicators

Diverse cultural backgrounds bring varied communication styles and conflict-resolution strategies. By incorporating these different approaches, communities and organisations can develop more effective and inclusive methods of dialogue. Through intercultural dialogue, we learn to navigate language barriers, non-verbal cues, and different communication styles, making us more effective communicators. This enhanced communication is crucial for resolving misunderstandings and exploring the opportunities for more effective cooperation that are necessary to combat global challenges, such as climate change. 

3. Promoting Inclusive Governance

Inclusion of diverse cultural groups in governance and decision-making processes ensures that the needs and concerns of all community members are addressed. This inclusivity can prevent feelings of marginalisation and exclusion, which are often root causes of conflict. Embracing cultural diversity can also lead to more inclusive solutions towards sustainability, economic development and tackling societal challenges. When all society members are represented and included, the impact of such initiatives is also more likely to be magnified across all facets of society. 

4. Fostering Innovation and Problem-Solving

Cultural diversity brings together a wide range of perspectives, ideas, and problem-solving approaches. This diversity fuels innovation and creativity, which are essential for developing sustainable solutions to complex global challenges. In fact, diverse teams are more likely to generate unique and effective solutions that can address sustainability issues in novel ways by leveraging the different experiences, educational backgrounds, and innovative approaches. 

5. Enhancing Global Citizenship & Education

Education systems that incorporate cultural diversity teach students about global citizenship, empathy, value of diversity, as well as prepare individuals to engage with global sustainability issues in a more informed and empathetic manner. In particular, culturally diverse educational institutions can encourage young people to approach differences from a place of curiosity, and result in a more defined collective identity that further fuels peace, inclusion and development. It also promotes equal access to education, work opportunities and further fosters a sense of belonging and community. 

6. Supporting Global Networks

Cultural diversity encourages the formation of networks and alliances that promote peace and sustainable development on a global scale. International organisations, cultural and educational exchange programs, and transnational cooperation are strengthened by diverse perspectives, enabling collaborative efforts towards mutual goals. 

Celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity with CARDET

Let’s celebrate the spirit and values of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development together and reap the full benefits of cultural diversity in promoting a more peaceful, inclusive and cooperative society. 

13th Pancyprian Strawberry Festival in Deryneia I 24 May I Anagennisi Deryneias Stadium I 17:00

Our Intercultural integration in Cyprus team and the Civil Registry and Migration Department will be present at the annual Strawberry Festival in Deryneia to respond to questions and offer advice and guidance to migrants to help navigate and smoothen integration in Cyprus! The Info Session will take place between 17:00 to 18:00, during which we will be also sharing information and materials that will help raise awareness of the importance of cultural exchange and bridge the gap for a strong and inclusive community!

Environmental Justice, Inclusive Migration, and Tackling Misinformation I 25 May I Ledra Palace I 10:00 – 14:00

We’re excited to partner with Cyprus Youth DiplomaCY to explore the crucial concepts of  Environmental Justice, Inclusive Migration, and Tackling Misinformation with young people and fellow organisations in our mutual bid to promote a brighter, more sustainable and inclusive future for all! Kick off your Saturday with an exciting event that will offer you the opportunity to join an insightful panel discussion, explore empowerment through innovation and volunteering with our GOTHEN initiative, and have fun with the Interactive MOVE Board Game which delves into migration and fosters inclusion! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn, engage, connect with like-minded individuals and make a difference! Register HERE and be a part of the movement for a better future

Green Vet Choices Wraps Up With Its Final Partner Meeting 

We are thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of our Green VET Choices.

A project, which has made remarkable strides over the past two years. Our journey culminated in a productive final meeting in Florence, where we met with our partners to discuss the project’s achievements and reflect on the steps taken toward shaping the future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the environmental sector.

In addition to a number of instrumental activities taking place throughout the project, including development of the training materials, workshops, and informational events, our team has developed an innovative e-learning platform, complete with comprehensive educational tools and reports. The great efforts of our team have paid off in ensuring that this new tool can support green VET careers, providing targeted and consistent strategies to address environmental challenges and combat climate change.

While we celebrate the successful closure of this chapter, our commitment to fostering a sustainable future for VET remains steadfast. Stay tuned as we continue to maximise our impact and leave an indelible mark on the VET environmental landscape.

GROWS project releases its First Newsletter

The GROWS project, aims to raise awareness and empower the VET sector on the significance of sustainable waste management and the environment while improving the capacity of VET providers/trainers to implement activities in the field of environmental education with a focus on sustainable waste management and increase the levels of competences of VET providers on preparing and implementing a green education action plan.

Check out the first newsletter of the project to find out the outcomes of the first partner meeting, as well as the next steps of this important initiative.

GROWS – Moving towards a Green tRansitiOn through sustainable Waste management education in the VET Sector

Waste management has become a hot topic recently due to the huge amount of waste produced in Europe (EC, 2018). Change is required and this can be achieved by a bottom up approach through VET and the integration of environmental issues caused by waste management. Thus, VET providers/trainers need to be trained and educated on producing innovative learning material to promote engagement towards sustainable waste management.

The GROWS project aims to raise awareness and empower the VET sector on the significance of sustainable waste management and the environment while improving the capacity of VET providers/trainers to implement activities in the field of environmental education with a focus on sustainable waste management and increase the levels of competences of VET providers on preparing and implementing a green education action plan.

DO – Digital Onboarding

Numerous studies have proven the importance of onboarding for the successful induction and integration of new hires in any company/organisation. Since the COVID pandemic, organisations unable to provide onboarding in less traditional people-led, face-to-face ways were faced with challenges.

The aim of the project Digital Onboarding is to create a methodology and provide tools for this very important process (to both employers and employees), as well as training for those implementing digital onboarding in their organisations (e.g. HR), in order to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness of onboarding, especially in cases of frequent or large-scale recruitment. Successful onboarding results in higher employee satisfaction and retention rates and this project aims to help this.

The project DIGITAL ONBOARDING objectives are:

  • Develop Digital Onboarding Methodology for setting new hires for success and decrease time for them to become proficient in their new roles.
  • Identification of a set of open source tools suitable for digital onboarding purposes like e-Learning, VR, Automatic translation, multilingual Text-to-Voice Synthesizers.
  • Develop a training course on the Digital Onboarding Methodology and tools.

Youth-Well: Working Together for Resilient and Democratic Youth

The Youth-Well project tackles the challenges at the intersection of European youth, mental health, democracy and resilience. One of its biggest goal is to connect young people across participating Member States so they can take their future, their mental health, and their participation in democracy into their own hands. Youth-Well also helps young people set up their own initiatives and projects which equally advocate for mental health and active citizenship.

Youth-Well among other things offers:

  • Advocacy activities across Europe for the European youth
  • Training manuals for youth workers on mental health and democracy
  • An e-learning platform on leadership skills
  • International conferences for youth advocates

UxGE Initiative Progresses: Online Training Course Development Underway

In a bid to cultivate a generation of environmentally conscious leaders, the United for a Green Europe (UxGE) project convened its 2nd Transnational Coordination Meeting in Virginia, Ireland, from April 23rd to 24th, 2024. 

With a vision to equip youth leaders with the essential competencies for shaping a sustainable future, the UxGE project’s 2nd Transnational Coordination Meeting charted significant milestones towards its objectives. In particular, the gathering, aimed at fostering coordination and progress, saw pivotal discussions on the development of an Online Training Course to empower youth leaders in advocating for a greener, more inclusive Europe. 

Tasked with addressing youth leaders, the course will encompass modules on Leadership, Critical Thinking, Initiative, Entrepreneurship, and Environmental Challenges. Emphasising a holistic approach, the consortium will oversee the course’s design and execution, aiming to deliver a comprehensive educational tool that fosters both personal growth and environmental awareness.

The meeting’s success signifies a significant stride forward for the UxGE initiative, marking a concerted effort to nurture a cadre of youth leaders poised to spearhead positive change in Europe’s environmental landscape. With plans set in motion, the project remains steadfast in its mission to cultivate a generation of empowered advocates for a greener, more inclusive, and sustainable Europe.

UXGE – United for a Green Europe

As the continent faces unprecedented environmental challenges, there’s a critical need to empower the next generation with the skills to lead sustainably. The UxGE project doesn’t only seek to fill this gap, but also to foster a community of young leaders equipped to navigate and address the complexities of the modern world, particularly in the context of the European Green Pact.

In particular, this project aims to holistically develop youth leaders and stakeholders. By focusing on leadership, critical thinking, sustainability, and environmental awareness, it intends to create a robust framework for personal and professional growth. The goal is to cultivate young leaders who are not only aware of the environmental challenges but are also prepared to lead their communities in sustainable practices and policies.

List of concrete objectives:
• To elevate leadership abilities with a focus on critical analysis and decision-making.
• To promote a deep understanding of sustainability principles and their application in various contexts.
• To encourage active participation and engagement in societal and environmental issues, fostering a sense of responsibility and community.

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