Project „Peace Factory” was a common initiative of 8 international organizations from: Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania. Our project gathered 20 youth workers and 2 experienced trainers according to theirs’ work among stress management, mind-fullness, conflict resolutions, in Poronin (Poland) between 4th and 13th of September 2017.
In an non formal environment we directly influenced participants with experiencing and reflecting on stress management activities. During 10 days participants developed habits based on the concept of mindfulness. We especially emphasized theirs’ experience among applied drama, theatre of oppressed, yoga activities and morning meditation sessions. Moreover we will encouraged them to use concepts of active listening and non violent communication in their free time activities, so they will not only get familiar with the concept and practical use and implementation of mentioned during sessions but also, which is even more desirable – experience its positive impact „here and now”, in non formal environment. The most important element according to our project is a common contribution. Participants were working in international groups among creation of new tools and activities, that after the main activities would be able to re-frame and use in theirs’ local communities.
What can happen if you mix together 70 young people from an advertising agency with a few old ladies in their own village? A marvellous team-building, but one that includes “building” of a relationship with the local grannies from the village too ;)
The “delicious” results include: traditional winter food supplies cooked together, renewed community spaces, new signs at local eco-trails and an abundant celebration of this authentic interaction!
Thank you, Publicis One Bulgaria, for trusting us!
Baba Residence 2017 took place in Gotse Delchev region of Bulgaria. Young urban people with diverse background spent their dailyhood from 3rd until 25th of September in Lazhnitsa village. It is a flourishing village – with lively crafts, preserved folklore and a healthy desire of the local people to celebrate life together. Those hale community bonds are one of the most precious examples we all take in our hearts from this Residence.
After living for a month in Lazhnitsa village in the households of young and elderly couples, those 9 young people (“residents”) organized a final event to celebrate the time spent together and the hospitality they met!
As part of the celebration, the residents made a small hanging exhibition with photos of moments with local people. Another important feature of Lazhnitsa is that it is bursting with children ;)
A long-long table with local food specialties was organized by local people! And we all shared it.
A resident Mariya and a friend she made from the village
For the children, the residents organized two workshops. One of them was a competition-like stringing of tobacco leaves. Tobacco is one of the most widespread cultures in the region and the ability to string the leaves – needed.
The long-twisted “horo” dance is a part of every celebration of togetherness in the village. It goes until late night.
One of the beautiful things that will remind for Baba Residence in the village for a long time / birds painted by the resident Ralitsa <3
Just like each organic creation, The factory goes through many natural changes and adaptations.
Yanina, one of the founders of Ideas Factory and visible from most of the public apperances of the association, is withdrawing for a while due to a beautiful pregnancy!
She’s passing on the torch temporarily to another devoted socially-responsible visionary.
If you ready to dive in a deep and broad changemaking enterprise in a very responsible position, if you have managing skills and you really cherish playfulness and creativity as changemaking instruments, join us!
All applications will be treated as strictly confidential. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted. About us Ideas Factory is an inspiring hub for social innovations – incubating change and serving the communities we work with by building the capacity in a new generation of social innovators.
Is a new project from the Ideas Factory, which will focus on the research of possible economic and social alternatives. Over the time you will notice different Re:think tags such as: Re:think city. Re:think education, Re:think economy. Any other suggestions for reconsideration?