Co-Engage PortoTNP

During the days 11th and 12th of February, Co-Engage took place for the first International Meeting Project, after que Berlin kick-off meeting in December.

This working meeting took place in Porto city, Portugal, and FAJDP – Porto Federation of Youth Associations – was the host.

The activities took place in FAJDP headquarters House of Associations and the main goals were:

  • Work on the evaluation grid;
  • Discussion of some details;
  • Visit FAJDP partners that are working in the youth field –  Porto Municipality; MedEstu; Abrigo Seguro;
  • Work on the Impact/ Stakeholders assessment details;
  • Website details;
  • Discuss the next steps.

Co-Engage kick off – starting the co-creation in Berlin

The idea of Co-engage was born in the heads of a team, that was working from offices in different European countries. This, on its own, gives a good example of co-creation and its potential. Co-Engage is built on the conviction, that teaching participation through co-creation will contribute to the empowerment of activated citizens and social innovators.

A few months after the project application was written, submitted and approved, the partners from 8 countries met in Berlin at the end of 2018, for a kick-off meeting. Following the topic of Co-Engage, the host, CRN, facilitated the meeting using various interactive approaches, including design thinking. Design thinking by nature is a co-creative process, therefore, it was a good practical example in action. 

The overall aim of Co-Engage is to identify the main areas, where co-creation can contribute to supporting citizens in becoming active innovators in their social realm.

As one of the results required to reach the project goals is the elaboration of 80 smart practices on co-creation, the partners started working on a commonly approved evaluation grid. 

In order to start creating the grid, we identified the user. For whom are we creating it? Who’s going to benefit? After a quick brainstorming, we defined a user as an organization, that needs to evaluate their co-creative potential. Following that, in the spirit of co-creation, the partners started prototyping the evaluation grid on the spot, working in small mixed teams. 

The consortium partners also discussed how they understand the concepts of participation and engagement, as well as how these two relate or differ (the key results are presented in the word clouds).

Partners wrapped up by agreeing on administrative and project management issues, as well as steps to be taken before the next meeting in Porto.

Co-Engage Liverpool TNP

Back in September People’s Voice Media came together with representatives from Co-Engage to discuss project progress and share ideas on co creation. The meeting took place in The Quaker Meeting House in Liverpool and proved to be a productive couple of days in terms of developing the project.

Representatives from project partners School Raising, Modusas, CRN, Future Fashion Forward, Ipso Facto, FYA, Miastro Jest Nasze ‘The City Is Ours’, FAJDP, Echappee des coproprietes and Education for Democracy in Education were present and collaborated in sharing methods of practise, which helped formed a large part of the meeting. Stakeholders from Stockport council and Manchester Access Project also came and presented the framework for the projects they have been working on.

After reviewing logistics and updating the team on aspects of project management, we discussed impact measurement and the importance of authentic collaboration with members of the community. The stakeholder practise presentations shone a light on the work being carried out by organisations of varying sizes here in the UK. With Stockport council providing insight into governmental bodies and MAP reflecting smaller grassroots organisations. Leading on from this, the speedsharing practise activity contextualised the projects currently being delivered by Co-Engage partners and it was great to hear about the diverse methods being used to engage communities.

The team also discussed the planning of a series of Co-creation labs, highlighting the importance of listening to and sharing authentic stories in the process.

After a brief discussion about the looming Brexit decision and it’s effects on project logistics, team Co-Engage make a start on planning for the upcoming meeting in Toulouse, which is set to take place next year. The second day came to a close with an Apple digital storytelling workshop, which saw us explore video editing techniques with Eurospectives, another European project PVM are currently working on, and gave us the chance to be tourists and explore the Docks on a photo walk.

In summary, the meeting proved to be a productive couple of days, packed with discussion and the sharing of co-creation practices. It was great to catch up with the team and get a better view of the current stage of Co-Engage.