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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 and…

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

our trainings

online school:

Online Facilitation

  • Three sessions on May 25, 28 & June 2, 2020
  • 4-6 pm CEST​
  • Where: Zoom
  • Language: English
  • SOLD OUT!

This should have happened anyway, too bad we needed pandemics for it. Digital shift is all around us, offering almost unlimited possibilities for group collaboration, with reduced ecological footprint, with more inclusion, more time saved. Yes, we do need “classical” offline contact, but along with that we also need more practice of effective group work online. For example, through online facilitation.

Facilitation is an approach of easing group processes. It helps to make discussions, debriefing and decision-making more effective and enables transparent and enjoyable group processes. Although “born” offline, facilitation can be practiced effectively online – and not less effectively. If you are already on your way to facilitating online and need advice, exchange and new ideas, join this school.

  • orientation: what is online facilitation and how does it differ from “classical” offline one
  • reflection on how to keep attention of participants and minimize internet meeting fatigue
  • an overview of platforms and methodology for facilitating online
  • a good balance between theory and practice delivered in three two-hour-long online sessions via Zoom and offline tasks in between
  • interactive online sessions facilitated by experienced trainers
  • a learning community, with opportunities to exchange ideas and gain feedback from other participants
  • an applied learning approach, resulting in a comprehensive picture of what (not) to do while facilitating sessions online
  • access to a community of education practitioners working in diverse settings
  • life hacks to make your online facilitation more effective and enjoyable
  • peer-to-peer feedback
  • you are facilitating online sessions and need new ideas for involvement of participants
  • you are planning to facilitate online in the future and are looking for guidance
  • you need orientation to the technologies you can use in online facilitation
  • you want to connect with other facilitators, project managers and educators to exchange and learn from each other

Agata Maziarz and Agata Dutkowska

online school

Designing online educational journeys

  • Three sessions on June 8, 15 and 22, 2020
  • 4-6 pm CEST​
  • Where: Zoom
  • Language: English
  • SOLD OUT!

You are implementing workshops and educational projects and are challenged by COVID-19 crisis, leaving you no other option than switching to online formats? Or you are looking for ways on how to fruitfully design digital educational formats in the longer term? Are you curious about alternatives to web conferences for teaching online? And wondering how to create meaningful connections online?

Join this school if you are interested in learning about tools and strategies you can use to develop an online course. The training will provide guidance on how to conceptualize and develop your own online curriculum and give an overview of the different tools, technologies and strategies you can use to be effective. In a blended learning format, the training combines online sessions and offline learning.

  • an orientation to online learning, including pedagogy and modes of delivery
  • an introduction to online learning platforms, technology and tools
  • a methodology for designing an online course
  • a good balance between theory and practice delivered in three two-hour-long online sessions weekly via Zoom and offline readings and conceptual work in between
  • interactive online sessions facilitated by experienced virtual trainers
  • a learning community, with opportunities to exchange ideas and gain feedback from other participants
  • an applied learning approach, resulting in a course blueprint to use as the basis for an online course
  • access to a diverse community of education practitioners working in non-formal educational settings
  • resources to support you in the creation of an online course
  • peer-to-peer feedback in the development of your course ideas
  • you want to transform an offline workshop or educational project into an online course
  • you are curious about learning how to design an educational journey online
  • you are looking for specific guidance in creating an online course or blended learning program (with online and offline components)
  • you need an orientation to the technologies you can use in online course development and online teaching
  • you would benefit from a step-by-step approach to course design
  • you want to connect with other facilitators, project managers and educators to exchange and learn from each other

Kim Ochs

Kim has spent the last decade immersed in online learning and educational technologies, working with organizations and universities to launch and implement online degree programs, designing informal online learning, teaching online, and conducting research. Throughout her career she has championed efforts to make education more impactful, implementing solutions that use enabling technologies and consider human needs. She has worked with universities, non-profits, start-ups, and international organizations including the United Nations, London School of Economics, and Center for Democracy and Technology. Kim has a doctorate in educational studies from the University of Oxford and is the founder of Guiding.io.

Marischa Weiser

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.

Online School

(Non) Digital visualization

  • Three sessions on June 9, 16 and 23, 2020
  • 4-6 pm CEST
  • Where: Zoom
  • Language: English
  • SOLD OUT!

Would you like to get to know the fundamentals of visual facilitation? Do you wonder how visualization can help unlock more insights? Are you searching for a space to learn about theory behind visualization and practice both individually and in a group? Do you need ways to translate offline visual facilitation to the digital world for online projects during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond?

Join this school if you are interested in learning visual elements such as charts, graphs, mind maps, lettering and more, which will help you communicate outcomes of your meetings, strategies created during and for your projects, or your personal thoughts and journals. The training will provide guidance on basic visualization skills and help you learn how to think in pictures and metaphors. An overview of the various offline and online tools and techniques will be provided. You do not need any professional experience in drawing or painting. The only thing you need to have is an interest in content visualization.

  • an orientation in basic offline visual facilitation skills
  • an introduction to online platforms and tools for visualization
  • inputs about methodology for designing and thinking in pictures
  • a good balance between theory and practice delivered in three two-hour-long online sessions weekly via Zoom and offline readings and conceptual work in between
  • interactive online sessions facilitated by experienced trainers
  • a learning community, with opportunities to exchange ideas and gain feedback from other participants
  • an applied learning approach, resulting in fundamentals of basic visualization you can use for your projects or in your daily life
  • resources to support you in creation of visual materials
  • peer-to-peer feedback in the development of your visual ideas
  • access to a diverse community of education practitioners working in non-formal educational settings
  • you want to learn the basics of visual facilitation
  • you are curious about ways to translate offline visual materials into online world
  • you need an orientation to the platforms and tools supporting visual facilitation
  • you would like to learn how to think in pictures
  • you want to connect with other facilitators, project managers and educators to exchange and learn from each other

Malwina Fendrych

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 has been working as an educator and international facilitator in citizenship education, project management, creative, critical and media literacy. She uses visualisation in her professional and everyday life. After work, she transforms into a bookworm who is passionate about content metaphorization, art as a form of communication, and (experimental) music.

Ruslan Kildeev

Ruslan Kildeev is a project manager at the international not-for-profit organization MitOst, based in Berlin, Germany. His main job activities are connected with designing and executing projects in the fields of organizational development, social innovation, and non-formal education. Besides that, Ruslan is also responsible for SMM and event management. Among his areas of interest are sustainability, art of hosting, placemaking, edutainment and visual facilitation. Ruslan has a bachelor’s degree in International Management (SPbPU, Saint-Petersburg, Russia) and master’s in International Business (HTW-Berlin, Berlin, Germany). He is into graphic design and arts management. In his spare time, Ruslan takes pictures and solves mathematical puzzles. “I am a huge fan of visualization of any type. Charts, infographics, schemes, icons — I love them! It all makes my life easier: I can communicate more, understand better, and be more efficient in terms of invested resources. Visualization is key.”

Magdalena Bera

Magda is a certified soft skill trainer, facilitator and teacher. She graduated from the School of Psychological Training and Workshop INTRA, Warsaw, Poland. Team building, creativity, problem solving, working with change and interpersonal skills training are her main focuses. She works with adults and youngsters, in big companies, NGO’s and with individuals as well. Magda is a creative spirit. She is into graphic recording, and lettering. She enjoys DIY projects and working with wood.

Olalla Gonzalez

Having studied Translation and Interpreting, Olalla always loved languages and the possibility of facilitating common understanding among societies. One day back in 2015, she was introduced to the magical world of non-formal education and international youth work and she decided to stay there longer!

For the last four years, Olalla has been a project coordinator of Ticket2Europe (Spain) and Shokkin Group (Estonia). Since 2017, Olalla has been developing as a graphic facilitator and recorder, integrating visuals into her job in educational activities aimed at youth and youth workers.

“My visual journey started just like a hobby, but with time, practice, and a lot of inspiration from role-models and precious resources, it slowly became a very central part of my life. In 2019, I co-delivered my first graphic facilitation training and since then I have been diving deeper into the use of digital tools and visual thinking”, — shares Olalla.

online school

Maintaining critical thinking online

  • When: Three sessions on June 22, 26 and 29, 2020 at 4-6 pm CEST
  • Where: Zoom
  • Language: English
  • Early bird tickets available until June 8, 2020

Too much information! And too few answers. How to maintain critical thinking while remaining socially isolated? How to practice new media hygiene while being flooded by too many messages from the outside? And how to stay both empathic and capable of making good decisions while living in 2020?

If you are puzzled about which healthy information routines would let you stay both informed and capable of decision making, this school can be the right place for you. Plan three meaningful evenings for yourself in order to work on your relationship with information and cognitive mistakes – in your own rhythm, in a small group.

  • orientation on how to maintain resilience in times of post-truth and how to deal with information fatigue
  • a reflection on the role of emotional intelligence in critical thinking competency
  • a boost for your media skills and an overview of tools for informational hygiene
  • a good balance between theory and practice delivered in three two-hour-long online sessions via Zoom and offline tasks in between
  • interactive online sessions facilitated by experienced virtual trainers
  • a learning community, with opportunities to exchange ideas and gain feedback from other participants
  • an applied learning approach, resulting in a comprehensive picture of what (not) to do online to maintain healthy decision-making
  • access to a community of education practitioners working in diverse settings
  • life hacks for media and informational hygiene
  • peer-to-peer feedback
  • you want to stay informed yet feel overwhelmed by all the information that reaches you
  • you need an orientation to the tools and techniques for consuming information online
  • you want to connect with other facilitators, project managers and educators to exchange and learn from each other

Elena Bobrovskaya and Sergei Tereshenkov

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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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