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weekend training №2
“Critical and creative thinking
as a (too) interconnected system”
22–23 November 2019, Berlin


horizontal school creates learning spaces in Berlin, where diversity is celebrated. Combining theory and practice as well as supporting meaningful connections we unfold the potential of individuals, their teams and organizations to orientate in a (too) complex world.

horizontal school is for you if you’re searching for learning spaces which are…

horizontal and holistic with more empathetic and participatory learning style,

diversity sensitive and diversity celebrating,

accessible with prices respecting your capacities.

horizontal school is…

developed and facilitated by a community of multipliers united by the desire to drive positive change in societies,

hosted by MitOst, an international non-profit organization based in Berlin, striving for democratic, peaceful and sustainable societies in Europe.

our trainings

weekend training №1

Self-directed learning in a (too) complex world

  • When: 25-26 October, 10:00–17:00
  • MitOst, Herzbergstraße 82-84, 10365 Berlin
  • Language: English

Learning is a lifelong challenge. This challenge has been getting more and more complicated recently. Somebody would say, a more complex world is responsible for that, and we would agree. Competencies are a new trend and the professional market speaks about them around-the-clock. Somebody would say, it’s unknown which competencies will be really up-to-date in 10 years and we would agree, but only partially.

How can we actually gain and strengthen competencies we need as individuals, citizens, people, employees, freelancers or founders? Which concrete instruments can we use instead of being confronted with a too general “learning by doing” attitude? Which competency model is making sense for you and how can you organize an effective and enjoyable learning journey in which you are your own guide?

  • hands-on lifelong and self-directed learning: how to deal with them in everyday life?
  • most popular competency models: how to find yours?
  • diverse learning styles: how to design individual learning paths? (self)organization, (self)monitoring and (self)evaluation methods: how to do it? procrastination in learning: how to minimize this guilty pleasure?
  • a program that is both intensive and enjoyable with a good balance of theory and practice
  • concentrated, non-hierarchical and human centered learning processes
  • supervision of diverse practitioners as trainers who apply what they preach
  • healthy, ecological refreshment breaks and lunches
  • access to a diverse, international learning community of impact oriented professionals
  • confirmation of participation
  • an individual learning plan and a profound reader with additional texts
  • fair prices with an early bird or team option and a community price for members, alumni and partner of MitOst
  • you are searching for individual learning paths
  • you have a need to organize your own learning processes as effective as possible
  • you are in charge of individual learning processes of others
  • you support your team in defining its development
  • or you feel lost in this complex world

Marta Gawinek-Dagargulia

Marta is working as a facilitator and trainer in the field of civic education, life long learning and post-conflict peacebuilding since 2007. She is a co-author of Competendo ( handbooks and open source toolbox for competency-centered learning. As an experienced project manager and trainer she creates spaces for empowering individuals and communities in Georgia, Central Europe and Germany. She focusses on development of key competencies for the societies and working environments of tomorrow.


Ljiljana Šotra

Since 2008, Ljiljana Šotra is working as a project and event manager for different entities in public, private and third sector, organizing, coordinating and implementing cultural and educational formats for youth, young adults and adults. She engages herself also as an educator, supporting individuals with setting and achieving their learning goals. Some of her topics are civic activism and critical thinking, cultural diversity and peace management. Her approach lies in connecting the strategies of project and event management with the art of life- and self-management. She believes in the power of positive change and is passionate about literature, paperwork and the Balkans.

Deadline of registration:
14 November 2019

weekend training №2

Critical and creative thinking as a (too) interconnected system

  • When: 22-23 November 2019, 10:00–17:00
  • MitOst, Herzbergstraße 82-84, 10365 Berlin
  • Language: English

You want to think more critically and creatively? And you wonder how this fits together? Creativity and critical thinking are the cure and the savior in this world. With creativity we trigger new ideas, become innovative and we develop ourselves. Critical thinking is helping us to understand, analyze and reflect what is happening around us. Two talents which we need in this complex and rapidly changing world. Apparently they can hardly be acquired by one person. But let’s be honest, creative and critical thinking are not that separated as they might seem. They’re rather two parts of one process which is going in spirals and connects both of them.

Creativity as an ability to identify unique solutions is closely connected to divergent thinking. Critical thinking as an ability to analyze information and make a reasoned judgment makes use of convergent thinking. Divergent thinking allows us to come up with new ideas and possibilities — without judgment, without analysis, without discussion. While convergent thinking is helping to evaluate and sort those ideas out — needing all of that “without”s. We invite those of you who’re feeling curious about getting to know more and longing to get concrete tools on how to train those two – both individually and in teams.

  • hands-on creative and critical thinking: how to train those in everyday life?
  • 8 elements of critical thinking and 3 components of creative thinking
  • methods and tools for developing convergent and divergent thinking, like Paul-Elder Critical Thinking Framework or Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • both intensive and enjoyable program with a good balance of theory and practice
  • concentrated, non-hierarchical and human centered learning processes
  • supervision of diverse practitioners as trainers who apply what they preach
  • healthy, ecological refreshment breaks and lunches
  • access to a diverse, international learning community of impact oriented professionals
  • confirmation of participation
  • profound reader with additional texts
  • fair prices with an early bird or team option and a community price for members, alumni and partner of MitOst
  • you have a need to be both more creative and more critical – at your working place or in other contexts
  • you support your team in finding creative solutions or/and in filtering tons of information
  • or you feel puzzled in this complex world and searching for a learning community to join?

our team

Alona Karavai
Alona KaravaiCoordinator & Co-Creator
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Alona is the project leader of Dialogue for Change in MitOst, co-founder of NGO Insha Osvita, social enterprises Khata-Maysternya and Agency for Educational and Cultural Events INSHI, social investor at Urban Space 500 and... the list is pretty long.

Alona has about 15 years of experience in programs, projects, and products management in the field of non-formal education and culture. She is a co-author of several publications and handbooks on non-formal education. Currently she is finishing her second master's degree in organizational development. The first one was in translation and pedagogy.

Alona is passionate about music (learning drums) and about contemporary art (co-running a gallery called Asortymentna Kimnata).

Marischa Weiser
Marischa WeiserCoordinator & Co-Creator
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Loving multi-tasking, coordination & conceptualization of projects, Marischa is managing projects in the field of culture and citizenship education since four years.

In MitOst, she is coordinating capacity building projects, primarly the project "Tools for Citizens" which aims at supporting teams and organizations with a Do it yourself approach. Before, she coordinated a cultural project at the Goethe Institut in France and worked as a trainer for the Schwarzkopf Foundation. Her background is in Intercultural Communication, German-French Relations, History, and Cultural Studies of Europe.

She loves a sustainable lifestyle and can't survive without music and dancing.

Malwina Fendrych
Malwina FendrychCommunication Manager & Co-Creator
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Known for conceptual and creative thinking, Malwina has five years' experience of developing and implementing long-term PR and communication strategies (ex. Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg). She also coordinates educational programs in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus and Poland.

At the age of 18 she fell in love with Hermann Hesse and thanks to this discovery she holds a Master's degree in German linguistics. Proper use of words and symbols drives her, thus she decided to study a second subject - social communication.

Since 2017 she is working as an educator and international facilitator in citizenship education, project management, creative, critical and media literacy.

After work, she transforms into a bookworm who is passionate about content metaphorization, art as a form of communication, and (experimental) music.

Annegret Wulff
Annegret WulffStrategist & Co-Creator
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Annegret is managing director of MitOst e.V and program coordinator of Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg. She has been with MitOst for more than 20 years and developed programs and cooperations in the field of active citizenship in more than 20 countries in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and North Africa.

She is an expert in the field of non-formal education, new democracies and capacity building, as well as an author of the study 'Democracy Education in Russia'. Annegret is the voice of MitOst in several European Associations, including EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and Petersburger Dialog.

She is passionate about creating spaces between chaos and order.

Ivana Mandic
Ivana MandicEvent Manager
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Ivana is an event management expert who is taking care that everything runs smoothly and everyone feels well.

She has a background in Italian language and literature as well as cultural management studies. She worked as a language teacher, travel guide and performed diverse roles in organizing various meetings.

Taking part in Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg activities in 2014 was her first step into the non-formal education and NGO cosmos.

Her mood suddenly improves when she is close to water, or around cats.

Kristine Lomako
Kristine LomakoResearch assistant
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One year long European Voluntary Service in Magdeburg opened Kristine's eyes to the NGO world: international youth exchanges and local activities. With a background in language and business studies, her current Non-Profit Management Master has grown her interest even more.

Kristine is a student assistant at the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, an allrounder with a broad overview of what’s happening in the network. Her focus is on Erasmus+ and event management.

After hours she tries to understand the world inside and around her through pop science books and meditation.


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