By Elsa Forssell, Intercult
During 20-22 November the third transnational team meeting took place within the I_Improve project. This time the partners met in Vienna, Austria, where Wiener SPÖ Bildung were hosting the meeting. The main purpose was to discuss the learning process, discuss the dissemination of project results, and discuss where the project is heading.
We practiced and discussed reflective learning by mapping our work in the project by creating a timeline: What has happened? When did we meet our change-makers? The mapping worked as a way to find a common outset as partners in the project. We also spoke about content of the project and how we will present our material. Another exercise was about the different partner organisations and their tasks, objectives and obstacles through an organisational perspective.
I_Improve is a lot about informal learning - we learn through taking part in different everyday experiences and seeing how the partner organisations work. It is vital to see every challenge as important and natural, and to make sure that we will work with our challenges as a part of the learning process. One challenge is about the partners difference in size, different aims and functions. This creates interactions between the change makers of the I_improve project. Since every partner participates on different basis, it enables the partners to gain various experience and knowledge. Another challenge is that some partners found it easier to gain knowledge from formal learning sessions, than informal learning. This is an interesting interface in the process of the project.
The hosting organisation Wiener SPÖ Bildung is an adult educational association in Vienna that hosts seminars, lectures and educational events. Each year, they also organise the Donauinselfest, the worlds biggest open-air music festival, that has around 3 million visitors per year. In the partnership of I_Improve, Wiener SPÖ have developed a project together with the austrian artist Karl Kilian. Through the project Benchmarking, Wiener SPÖ together with the artist, wants to recreate a place for meetings, interaction and dialogue in the city, by repainting and restore the benches along the Donau-canal walk.
It was over-all some busy days, filled with exchange of experience, ideas and planning.
Photographer: Tom Peschat
The „Wiener SPÖ-Bildung“