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Knowledge

Knowledge is a rich resource to have; it is also something that can and should be shared with others, thus opening and broadening people’s minds to new or alternative ways of thinking and acting. Regardless of working background, age or ethnicity, it must be recognised that everyone has a piece of knowledge or skill that could contribute in some way to society.

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Unfortunately, many aspects of modern Europe would appear to reject this notion, leaving many groups and individuals (homeless, migrants, young & elderly) feeling stigmatised or useless. The feeling of “belonging” is crucial to the well-being of a person; appreciating and putting to use that person’s knowledge or skill is one way in which he/she can feel a part of something.

This is exactly what the actions described below seek to achieve. Creating a means for “mutual learning and exchange”, whereby people in a community (on or offline) or neighbourhood can share knowledge, skills and practices, gives rise to increased opportunities for social inclusion, empathy building and improved well-being. The power of knowledge cannot be underestimated.

Image Pictures by The London Orchard Project, Alter Summit, Young Social Innovators

Below are listed examples of actions (in orange) and policies (in green) collected with regard to Knowledge.

Education

The role of Education is central to a person's development and well-being, particularly in childhood. Education provides the means to expand knowledge, learn valuable life skills, interact with others (peers, teachers, etc.) and much more besides. Despite governments continuing to stress the importance of quality education, many Europeans either do not have access to it or cannot afford it.

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UNESCO stipulates that "Education should be a means to empower children and adults alike to become active participants in the transformation of their societies." It also underlines the fact that learning should focus on the values, attitudes and behaviours which enable individuals to learn to live together in a world characterised by diversity and pluralism. The examples below are evidence of alternative ways in which civil society and other associations, with or without the help of public authorities, are doing just this.
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ALL examples of actions and policies

  • Please note: ACTIONS (in orange) and POLICIES (in green)

The London Orchard Project

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-10 08:54 -

Urban fruit for urban communities – developing a skilled community of Londoners to plant, care for and harvest fruit trees, thereby connecting urban communities and increasing access to fresh fruit.

L’accorderie

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-07 08:02 -

An Accorderie aims to develop a network of exchange of services that is accessible to anyone wanting to improve their living conditions - in particular their socioeconomic level – while fighting against poverty and social exclusion.

Re Federico Co-working

Auteur : alessandra sciurba - Publié le : 2013-04-26 13:14 -

Re Federico is a co-working space that experiments with new forms of economic collaboration. Development of a collective incubator of network enterprise in the cultural and environmental education areas.

Living Architecture

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-25 08:17 -

Living Architecture articulates the vital link which exists between architecture and life. This synthesis of abstract and physical considerations has shown itself in practice to be an ideal means to address many of the demands of modern life, particularly how to live ‘sustainably’.

Peace Classes

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-04-22 08:44 -
Peace classes

The Peace Classes are an active methodology developed in different schools within multicultural cities in Belgium to help kids, parents and teachers to better understand one another, build empathy, acquire and develop collaborative behaviours through value sharing, emotions and personal development.

Coroutine Lille

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-04-19 13:18 -
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The Coroutine is a hybrid space made by and for citizens providing an environment to work (co-working), exchange ideas, info, goods and services around the local life (“Veilleuse”+citizenlab) create, innovate and design new objects and concepts with different available tools (fablab+incubator).

Start a Repair Café

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-19 12:57 -

THE REPAIR CAFE CONCEPT IS SPREADING AROUND THE WORLD!

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they're all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera.You will also find repair specialists such as electricians, seamstresses, carpenters and bicycle mechanics. Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café.

Time Bank of Athens

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-04-18 13:02 -

The Athens Time Bank was created in May 2011, at Sydagma Square, when thousands of people gathered there to participate in mass strikes and demonstrations.

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