At Changemaker we work with EU Projects because we want to test our ideas on a larger scale. We look at what we are doing in Sweden, and then ask ourselves: how would this work on a European level? What can we contribute with from our learnings in Sweden in a larger European project?
We are all Europeans and we think It’s important to work together in order to enhance this common identity. Some of the challenges that European countries are facing are the same, so it’s beneficial to try to find common solutions.
We also enjoy meeting a lot of interesting people, coming from different countries, backgrounds and perspectives. We’ve learned that if something works in Sweden, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work on a European level. The power of working in intercultural collaborations with people from different cultures is what makes these projects so interesting. You come up with solutions that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself; you start understanding these new perspectives and learn how they can all bring value to a project. It’s an interesting challenge.
At the moment we are involved in four EU projects: EUdigiTAC , TOTCOOP+i, Community Reporters and PERMIND:
EUdigiTAC is a network of three local EU communities dedicated to showcasing traditional textile handwork and artisanship in Europe. It is a digitization project with an aim to integrate the local artisan communities into the digital cultural economy. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and Region Västra Götaland.
TOTCOOP+i is a strategic partnership for educational innovation for European agricultural cooperatives. The partnership is conducted within the framework of a two-year EU project (Erasmus +). The project aims to promote an innovative culture among the members of the cooperative boards while at the same time promoting women’s and young people’s access to cooperative enterprises.
The Our Voice – Community Reporters network is about teaching local communities how they can report local stories by themselves, and make their voices heard. It’s about democratizing the stories we are met by online. Giving everyone a chance to get their view across. Empowering young people to collect stories on film and to share them with the world. The network started in Manchester, UK, and today six European countries are involved.
PERMIND is an innovative approach to agriculture, applying permaculture in the recovery process of people with mental illness. PERMIND is a two-year initiative financed by the ERASMUS+ programme to develop innovation in the adult education field, and is a partnership between five European organizations.
If you are interested in learning more about the EU projects we are currently involved in, or if you wish to reach us to discuss other collaborations on an EU-level, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.