So last week we had a virtual cafe for Serbia, in 1 hour we had time to define the workshop in Belgrade and decide on our action plan. @TamaraVuk already wrote about part and is doing a good job on that side with Milan and Tihana, they are all very engaged.
Since we didn’t have time for discussing Becej workshop, I created a Becej workgroup on facebook. Organised a new conference call via messenger and we had it yesterday.
Viktor, a guy I met at the Becej meetup last month, gave a proposal of a community project he wants to see happen. It’s a great idea so we defined it betetr and discussed how to mobilise the community around it.
His idea was to create a sort of a micro factory in the town, where the young could come and learn how to use various machines, craft things for the town and replace older or broken ones. There is a vandalism problem in Becej so he hoped this would have them feel more involved and reduce vandalism…help them realise it’s their town really.
We expanded the idea a bit, made it a creative center of sorts, with idea to include schools, get support from municipalities etc. In any case, it deserves a separate post.
Results from the last night’s meeting:
-We have 2 professors from gymnasium on board already
-We decided to create a poll within the 3 high schools in the town, propose them the project and ask them basically what do they need. We will adapt the project to that and move forward with it.
-We have already received a proposal to do few workshops prior to the one in November directly in school to kids, tell them about Wellbeing in Serbia and the project
-We are now working to gather all interested stakeholders in the town for the November workshop
So, plan of our workshops in Becej is:
- Who are Edgeryders, what is Wellbeing in Serbia, why do the stories matter (this part should be stressed already at earlier workshops directly in schools)
- Theme: creativity and entrepreneurship, how to reach the point of doing things we are passionate about and live a meaningful life
- Present the ‘creative center’ and have an open discussion about it
About those earlier workshops directly in schools, I could do them as a local boy and would love to but in case it costs too much/takes too much time, me and @TamaraVuk will discuss it and find a solution for her to do them if possible.
One option is also to have our Becej workshop done Friday, before the Belgrade one. What do you think about that?
For the upcoming week we are focusing on getting the other two high schools on board and conducting the poll, getting the dates set for the mini workshops if we have the person to go do them.
Mobilising the community around a meaningful and useful project is getting a lot of good energy.