The overall objective of the project is to contribute to overcoming the strong barriers and post-factual trends which currently stand in the way of a social-ecological transformation needed to tackle the present fundamental challenges the EU and the world faces with regard to issues like climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation, ocean pollution and acidification, and others. It will do so by building capacities for intercultural and transformative literacy, develop transformative competences and to create serial stories, narrations and narratives to be passed on to the younger generations.
The youth workers and young participants will understand, reflect and communicate the complexity of these issues on a global scale, always connecting to their local surroundings. They will seek for stories and narratives to empower themselves in their role for shaping local, regional and global societies towards more respectful relationships between humans & nature. They will also equip themselves to take up responsibility for national and European policy making and strategy building to show opportunities to take up citizenship towards participatory and inclusive action.
The specific objectives are (1) to develop and produce a transformative series on social-ecological challenges with two seasons, to (2) embed this Relate! Series in a highly dynamic and interactive transmedia learning platform which will be designed as openly editable and linked to a variety of social media channels feeding the platform with different formats that construct the “story universe” of the series. (3) It will develop and implement a methodological framework to capacitate youth workers and young promoters through organic blended learning with a focus oriented towards the future and towards proactive change. The project thus aims (4) at becoming a catalyst for sensitizing youths towards the youths’ global and local responsibility and local action and goes much beyond traditional methods of capacity building and the production of OER and going beyond crisis management or communicating the apocalypses. The organic learning approach in connection with serial and transmedia storytelling wants to be flagship for innovate youth work, modern social entrepreneurship for media use, and social innovation with regard to social-ecological transformation.
The project started in November 2020 and ends in March 2022. It is funded by Erasmus+ Youth Solidarity Corps and Aid Volunteers Programme and implemented by: KMGNE, ANCE, Miguel Hernández University, Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Fundación EcoMinga and DesarrollosMex – Developments for a Sustainable Future in Mexico.