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Collab Lab

The training activity took place
in Bratislava, Slovakia
organised by ZK IMA Pcolka
31st October - 6th November 2014

Aims & objectives

- raise awareness of the existing platforms and initiatives of collaborative consumption and ways to apply them in youth work
- promote values of participation and active citizenship through collaborative consumption
- combat poverty and social exclusion using new tools of alternative consumption
- create a community of youth workers active in protecting the environment, studying the possibility to create a European network of "collaborative consumers"
- encourage the use of new technologies of youth work and to exploit internet resources
- bring together and inspire youth workers from different countries making use of methods of teamwork and team building
- build and strengthen partnerships between organizations across Europe

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

The 15 participants of training course came from seven different countries: Spain, Germany, France, Georgia, Romania, Italy and Hungary.

Three trainers led the seminars:
Carles Cunill - Terrassa, Spain
Natali Kenkadze - Tbilisi, Georgia
Lukas Heimes - Berlin, Germany

Training methods used & main activities

The methodology was based on non-formal education.
- some in-put presentations were given
- integrative methods such as bar camps and world caf├ęs were used
- on-site visits in different hot spots of collaborative consumption (co-working space, collaborative gardening project, collaboratively maintained cultural space)
- spaces for informal encounter and exchange (intercultural evenings, welcome party, etc.)

Outcomes of the activity

- participants got to know several facts and methods around the topic of collaborative consumption
- participants got to know local and international associations, networks and locations that practice collaborative consumption
- participants increased their network of contacts in the field of youth working and collaborative consumption across the participants' member states
- participants improved their intercultural, formal and non-formal communication and organizations skills

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

- planning and preparation of the training's contents in cooperation with the two other co-trainers
- individual responsibility of several presentations and workshops (e.g. collaborative consumption - theory and praxis, fishbowl discussion on the current situation and the development of collaborative consumption in different countries)
- shared responsibilities on several workshops and sessions (e.g. time banking as a method of collaborative consumption, NGO "market place", evaluation of the seminar, communication with external trainers and practical visits hosts)

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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