Here you find an overview of what is and what was on our minds. Interviews, fleeting thoughts, impressions, in-depth contemplations, pictures, talks, media coverage, videos, long-reads, short-reads, publications and more.
After three years, the international part of the EMPOWERCARE project is coming to an end. Currently, we as a project team are busy with the final stages of that part of the project. This feels like a good time to tell you about some of the results and about the things we learned along the way and we would like to thank all parties involved.
Smerdiek Zorgt. Where to start? Some days everything just falls into place and that was definitely what happened on 10 January during Smerdiek Zorgt regarding public interest, enthusiastic reactions and rounding of the EMPOWERCARE project as a whole.
Recently, we organised a public co-creation session which turned out to be a day filled with moments of recognition, both for us and the participants. It was a momentous occasion we had really been looking forward to. It was more than just sharing experiences; what became clear for all parties involved, was just what can be achieved by sharing experiences (and therefore shared knowledge). Participants had very direct insight into their own contribution to the project as a whole. Or, as participant Martien Luteijn put it into words: “It was truly great to see people realise: ‘I can make a valid and vital contribution to all this’.”
The Social Theory forms the basis for the Solidarity University’s work method. The theory can be found in all of the Solidarity University’s projects (in the nature of the projects but also in how these projects are approached). The fact that these projects are all about people and how they interact with one another and the fact that there is a lot of room for reflection and self-reflection as well as learning about learning … All that goes right back to the Social Theory.
We are currently busy conducting many conversations for HAIRE. Together with volunteers and professionals we talk to people at home (guided conversations) and in groups (neighbourhood analyses) about things that matter in their neighbourhood or village.