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 and holistic with more empathetic and participatory learning style,
…diversity sensitive and diversity celebrating,
…accessible with prices respecting your capacities.
… 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.
Online trainings and online events have been gaining popularity in the recent years due to their
relative accessibility, convenience, sustainability, and easier admission to a variety of expertise from all over the world. With teleworking becoming the new norm, many event and training organisers find themselves in the position of having to transfer their working methods online thereby shedding light on the new opportunities for digital and hybrid collaborations.
These opportunities also enable us to reach further, to strengthen our collaboration across countries, and to solidify our work once an event has ended. For sustainability-driven organisations, being compelled to invest in digital infrastructures has also opened up the space for less polluting, resource-consuming work.
*This training is brought to you by the Green European Foundation and horizontal school, with the financial support of the
European Parliament to the Green European Foundation.
Sebastian Wehrsig, a trainer of horizontal school, is passionate about socio-ecological transformation, people and nature. He works on-site and online as a facilitator on education for sustainable development, international co-creation and citizenship education. Currently, he fosters sustainable development, climate actions and socio-ecological transformation at Villa Fohrde, an educational house in Brandenburg, Germany.
Marischa Weiser, a co-creator and trainer at horizontal school, is passionate about building communities, enabling co-creation, developing and applying methods to create social change in our societies. She is a coordinator, community builder and facilitator at MitOst, working in the field of culture and citizenship education. Currently, she focuses on program design, methods for capacity building of civil society actors as well as discovering the potential of online learning.
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.
Agata Maziarz and Agata Dutkowska
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.
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.
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.
Elena Bobrovskaya and Sergei Tereshenkov
As there is a maximum number of 20 participants per training, we encourage you to register as soon as possible. After the registration deadline (August 27, 12 pm CET), there will be a selection process. You will be informed about the selection by September 1. If selected, you are expected to cover some of the costs through a contribution fee between EUR90-130. This payment should be made between September 1 to September 10. More information will be provided upon selection.
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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).
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.
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 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 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.
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.