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Creating within the Open Space Technology

Since Thursday evening participants were given the chance to work with a method called Open Space Technology (see session summary of 24/10, 5-6:30pm) The entire Friday was dedicated to work in small groups on individual projects and to the preparations for the respective presentation.

The first group investigated the matter of Halal food in a Maltese butcher’s shop and a restaurant. Equipped with a camera the team set out to interview two of their employees questioning about issues, such as the special slaughter of the animals and the different ways of preparation. In conclusion, they observed an interest in the topic, but also a lack of knowledge that might cause misunderstandings about Halal food.

One member of the second group, which only consisted of two participants in total, had done some research on how the European economic crisis affected the Arab spring beforehand. Based on these findings they worked on a small survey, in which around 50 Maltese people had to choose one statement that was the most adequate in regards to the posed questions. “How do you think the crisis can impact your business?” was one of them, for example. Before displaying the result, however, the team gave a short introduction to the topic and the research. In order to compare the result with the opinions of the people present, they were asked the same questions. This resulted in a vivid discussion about the topic and the survey itself.

The objective of the third team was to deliver the contents that were covered earlier in the program to young people in Tunisia. In addition, these should be further enriched in order to start a youth Empowerment Program called Change Makers, which will be elaborated in cooperation with UPF, Haqi and the Unreal Academy. One of the main aims is that youngsters develop competences, such as Communication, Public Speaking, Problem Analysis, Project Management and Budgeting, Team Building and Leadership. Topics like Democracy, Environment and Ecology will also be covered during the 15 weeks long program. Within that time frame the participants will also be asked to work on individual projects, where mentoring will be provided by the organisers.

The last team named itself the Expression Movement Group (EMG) and ended the evening session with a short performance revolving around the topic “the expression of life”. Different creative elements, namely vocals, acting, poetry, dancing and painting were mingled and eventually resulted in a collaborative canvas painting, which will be exhibited in the art studio of one of the group members. The EMG decided to continue their art work in the near future, performances in different countries like Tunisia, the UK, Austria and Italy are planned.

The variety of topics certainly had one thing in common: all the group members were incredibly engaged in their projects, which will partly be continued and ideally create change in the long run.

By Alma and Roua

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Open Space Technology

24/10/2013 17:00 h – 18:30 h

By Martina

The first afternoon session on Thursday was held by Rebecca with the title „Open Space Technology“. It aimed at finally leading us from theoretical inputs to actual actions to be taken within the next days.
Therefore, we were presented the Open Space Technology, a model that purposes the spreading of ideas for initiatives among attendees of any conference.  To get the most out of it for everyone, following principles have to be kept in mind:

  1.        Whoever comes are the right people.
  2.        Whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  3.        When it starts is the right time.
  4.        When it’s over it is over.

This allows focusing on here and now, therefore pushing the project to greater success. In order to enable flexibility and fluctuation among the participants “The rule of 2 feet” was introduced, meaning everyone could switch between initiatives anytime one feels like doing so.

To proceed, ideas were gathered on a board, then shortly presented by the convenors, followed by short questions.
Suggestions ranging from establishing an online platform to track down human rights violations in Libya to inform people on Malta about ḥalāl food, research the connections between the Euro crisis and the Arab Spring, explore Symbols on Malta, write a musical piece promoting world peace, interview immigrants and Maltese about migration issues, establish a youth empowerment program, get creative in expressive arts, work within the concept of the “Theatre of the Oppressed” as well as layout a concept for sustainable conferences were brought up.

To get started, everyone gathered in groups according to the project they would like to join most and brainstorming began. We are now preparing for tomorrow to get a smooth start into the world of activism here on Malta.

By Martina