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„Katalysator für lokale Akteure“ – der MitOst-Festival-Effekt in der Ukraine

Interview mit Alona Karavai, von Darius Polok

MitOst ist in Ivano-Frankivsk – der Gastgeberstadt des MitOst-Festivals 2015 – weiterhin engagiert und entwickelt als Partner von
Teple Misto einen „trans-sektoralen Lernort“ auf dem Gelände der ehemaligen Fabrik “Promprylad”. Anfang März 2017 besuchten im Rahmen einer Kooperation des Bosch Alumni Networks Kolleginnen und Kollegen aus Athen, Lissabon und London das Projekt und unterstützten Alona Karavai (MitOst) und Yuriy Fylyuk (Teple Misto) bei einer Diagnose der Örtlichkeit als zukünftiges nachhaltiges „Ökosystem“.

Darius Polok, Koordinator des Bosch Alumni Networks, kam bei dieser Gelegenheit mit Alona Karavai über die Wirkung des MitOst-Festivals vor zwei Jahren ins Gespräch.

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Berlin mayor Michael Müller meets social entrepreneurs in Moscow

Event summary by Peter Correll
Photos: Yuriy Fokin

During his first three-day visit to Moscow in mid-March, the governing mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, wanted to refresh municipal ties with the twin city Moscow, but also explicitly wished to get in touch with civil society. On request of his office, MitOst and Impact Hub Moscow organised a Round Table with social start-up’s to which social entrepreneurs, politicians, independent experts as well as representatives of foundations and cooperations found their way. 

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The three grandmothers – or sharing “gifts” from the MitOst Festival

An article by Argyro Barata, FEAST Greece and CitizensLab member

When I attend a big international event, I always have in mind what the outcome of my participation will be. Will it inspire me? Will I be able to implement any new ideas back home? How could I spread the knowledge gained to my peers? And of course I had the same thoughts during the 14th International MitOst Festival in Tbilisi, Georgia, which I chose as one of my CitizensLab mobility grant hosts. The plethora of festival’s events drew my attention and my main focus was to explore successful examples of vibrant local communities, to understand the tactics around building them, and lastly to find new tools to empower them. Continue reading


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You can stop hiding now!

According to the author of this article, the “dissemination and exploitation of results” seems to be the Achilles heel of socio-cultural projects. How can great initiatives become more visible – and thus accessible – to a wider public?

An article by Magdalena Lapshin
Photos by Costanze Flamme, Magdalena Lapshin, Hawila and Head4Arts

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Velociped Festival – or how to make a first step

Did you always want to organise something interesting and impactful? Do you have amazing ideas all the time and a burning desire to positively change your environment? But in the end, and out of different reasons, it rarely actually happens? This is how I and my friend Vlad felt half a year ago when we heard of an opportunity to get support from MitOst for a socially relevant project.
1-downhill-contestAn article by Mikalai Vincheuski, one of the organisers of the bicycle festival and MitOst member project “Velociped” that took place 20 to 21 August 2016 in Belarus 
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Tbilisi – Zwischen zwei Welten

Vom 5. bis zum 9. Oktober 2016 ist das Internationale MitOst-Festival zu Gast in Georgiens Hauptstadt Tbilisi. In diesem Jahr wird die Vielfalt gefeiert – in unserem MitOst-Netzwerk, in Europa, in Tbilisi. Erste Eindrücke aus der georgischen Hauptstadt.
David Mirvelashvili (3)

Ein Artikel von Margalita Japaridze (Festivalteam), zuerst erschienen in MitOst Magazin #28
Fotos: David Mirvelashvili, Aki Green

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Sparkle in the eye

Whenever I start a training session, the first question I ask my participants is: what is your trigger? What brings you to the point of making or creating something? How do you start working on your ideas?

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An article by Teona Dalakishvili, founder of Creative Development Center (Georgia) and member of the MitOst festival team 2016. The article was first published in MitOst Magazin #28
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Krieg:Spielen in der Ukraine – ein Fotoessay

Den Krieg spielen, spielerisch bekriegen, kriegerisches Spielzeug, bespieltes Kriegszeug.
Artikel und Fotos von Karsten Michael Drohsel

Ich bin in der glücklichen Situation, öfters in der Ukraine zu sein. Bei diesen Reisen und Arbeitsaufenthalten ist mir aufgefallen, dass es in ukrainischen Läden überproportional viel Kriegsspielzeug gibt und dass die Panzer und Waffen im öffentlichen Raum von Kindern gerne bespielt werden – meist animiert von den Eltern, die dann stolz Fotos machen.
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Fırsatı Yakala Turkey: non-violent communication in violent times

By Hatice Yildirim (coordination team of Take the Chance – Fırsatı Yakala, the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg cooperation programme in Turkey)
military coupIn its fifth programme year in Turkey, the Take the Chance – Fırsatı Yakala coordination team had planned to have a special educational year for the participants and alumni. Our Kick-off Seminar was supposed to take place 14-20 July 2016 in Siirt, Southeast of Anatolia. When we facilitators arrived on 12 July for preparations, there was already a big fear because the Eastern part of Turkey was not so safe. In the beginning, everything was kind of normal, and although the last months in Turkey had passed with a lot of social problems, conflicts and terrorists attacks the participants were very motivated to attend the first seminar of the year.
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Мы строим мосты между людьми: Российско-украинская программа “Привычка думать / Звичка думати” 2016

Подготовила: Ирина Бобровская (03/2016)
“Привычка думать” – это программа по развитию критического мышления у молодых людей из России и Украины. Ее авторы – Тарас и Реваз из Киева и две Лены из Сибири – работают в сфере неформального образования молодежи. Помогают школьникам и студентам учиться самостоятельно мыслить, реализовывать собственные инициативы, взаимодействовать друг с другом, участвовать в международных проектах. Их связывают дружеские и профессиональные отношения. Для них “Привычка думать” – это способ повлиять на сложившуюся ситуацию между странами, возможность честного разговора и во многом личная история. Почему? Ответ в нашем интервью. Continue reading