Marta Gawinek - Dagargulia
A systemic organizational developer, facilitator, evaluator and feminist, Astrid is particularly passionate about supporting individuals, teams and organizations in their learning journeys and discovering and fulfilling their purposes. In the past ten years she has worked on assignments and collaborations in arts or education in Egypt, Germany, Tunisia, Jordan, France. She is intrigued by spaces that emerge when people and organizations of different socioeconomic and sociocultural backgrounds get together, when practitioners and academics engage in encounters. In her spare time, she has been spotted hiking or on her yoga mat.
Linnéa is passionate about creating educational spaces for young people to become active in society. She is working as a freelance trainer and facilitator in non-formal education projects and programs, mostly in Germany and North Africa. Her topical expertise includes organisational development, community building and civic education. She is the co-founder of TraumWerkStadt e.V., a local association in Ruhr area implementing the program RuhrstadtTRÄUMER that supports young people to find their place in (civil) society. As a facilitator, Linnéa loves creating equal and safe spaces, always working process-oriented and towards positive social and organisational change.
Nurana has been working as a facilitator, youth worker, mentor, and youth programs’ coordinator and supervisor for the last decade. She is part of various trainers’ pools across the globe and passionate about non-formal education and the art of facilitation, which paved her way to working with thousands of social actors from Europe, Africa and Asia. She has expertise in trainers’ and mentors’ education, project management and citizenship education and youth work. She is a member of the Eastern European Network for Citizenship Education. At the moment she is a national mentor of EU4Youth Alumni Network, Leading trainer of Policy Lab and member of the experts’ team of the 100 million Stars Initiative. Her academic background includes global economics, international relations and human rights.
Media and PR professional, author, trainer and facilitator, Sergei originally comes from St. Petersburg but used to live in Perm, Italy, and Poland. Being a trainer in the fields of non-formal education, project management, media and intercultural communications, he has been a member of the facilitators’ pools of the Theodor Heuss Kolleg and SALTO Youth, as well as a co-founder of ARTa – Association of Russian Trainers. Currently, he resides in Berlin and works as Communications Lead at the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, a network of NGOs from 19 EU member states, the United Kingdom and Russia.
Nata is a Berlin-based facilitator, cultural manager and blogger. She was trained as a journalist and wrote for various Ukrainian and European media covering culture and society. During 2012-2016 she was active in the cultural scene of her hometown of Chernivtsi, building up a local community of culture activists. Since 2016 Nata has worked as a trainer and facilitator within Theodor Heuss Kolleg network in the fields of public history, critical thinking, personal resilience, communication and cultural management. She has conducted multiple ToT’s on the topics of community building, strategy development for NGOs and decision making. Nata is passionate about turning every event she moderates into a platform for a mutual understanding and true connection.
Teona from Tbilisi, Georgia, has been facilitating and mentoring since 2010. She started her activities in civil society in 2009 in Georgia, enlarging her work to South Caucasus, Balkans, in the end covering around 40 countries through educational programs. Since 2015 Teona is specializing in the field of entrepreneurship, and has been teaching Innovations Management at Business and Technology University of Georgia as invited lecturer since 2017. She has developed various educational programs, supporting organizations in developing sustainable, responsible and mindful leadership, both in CSO and Private sector. Teona is also a leading expert in using mentoring for gender mainstreaming in Georgia and co-author of various workbooks and handbooks on personal development and management.
Roman Dyma is the Chief Operations Officer at Agency proto produkciia, a Global Shaper at Global Shapers Community by World Economic Forum and alumnus of AIESEC. Previously he worked on developing a community of small and medium enterprises owners and managing urban projects. His professional interests are business process management, organizational development, team management, community management, educational and cultural products’ execution, and volunteer management. Roman is also passionate about urban studies and urban development processes, conscious meditation practices and is practising parkour in his free time.
Monica is passionate about creating spaces where people can explore and learn how to collaborate and how to build healthy and effective relationships that will lead to deeper strategic outcomes. She is currently based in Amsterdam, working in the Experience cluster of the European Cultural Foundation. Prior to that, Monica was a part of MitOst e.V., managing the Tandem Ukraine programme; hosting and developing events at Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg. Monica was always deeply involved, contributing and shaping the internal organizational processes in MitOst. Besides her managerial professional path, Monica is a facilitator, currently developing as a coach. Her professional interest evolves around organisational development, systemic thinking, systems theories and complexity. At the moment she is a part of the Basecamp at the London School of System Change.
Naomi enjoys the challenge of designing simple formats to address complex questions. Whether working in person, online or somewhere in between, she cares for the conditions that invite purposeful exchange, leading to fresh ways of thinking and acting collectively. Over ten years, she has gathered international experiences in the areas of sustainable urban development, integration and community development, having worked as a facilitator and project coordinator in various contexts across South America and Europe. With an MA in International Cultural Relations, Naomi also has professional training in coaching, participatory facilitation and systemic change.
Stelios believes in the unexplored and usually implicit knowledge each person holds through their own unique experiences. He has been working as a facilitator of collective learning journeys for varied collectives – among which formal and informal civil society initiatives, local administration and local enterprises – throughout Europe.
The uppermost goal of his work is to support bringing to the surface this hidden individual knowledge and through participative and inclusive processes to support the enrichment of the collective intelligence of socially aware collectives.
Lei has studied in China and Germany. She has long experience in academic, cultural and business exchange. Today, she feels at home in different cultures. Her transcultural experiences have helped her to change perspectives in order to gain valuable insights and broaden her own horizons. Lei enjoys this enrichment and encourages people to open up to diversity and create value from it. As an experienced facilitator, she is passionate about bringing people together and supporting diverse teams to sustainably improve their emotional, social and communication skills. She hosts workshops on intercultural approaches, and gives seminars on inclusion and sustainability at the University of Cologne. She is an author on education, culture and communication, and sustainable development.
Claire (she/her) is a Black-British social researcher, cultural producer, and facilitator with 15 years of experience working mainly with artists, young people and those from marginalised communities across borders and backgrounds. Claire is a guest lecturer at the University of Falmouth in diversity and inclusive practice (2020 – present) and is the co-director of There is an Alternative, research social enterprise exploring more human centered ways of evaluating the impact of arts and cultural programmes. As an artist, she is interested in the intersections of experiences, ecology, unlearning, and afrofuturism. Through her work as a facilitator and researcher, Claire works to co-create accessible spaces of transparency and care.
horizontal school is hosted by commit gGmbH by MitOst which is a social enterprise, created in 2021 by the organization MitOst e.V.
commit embraces the complexity of our world in which interconnected challenges and rapid, constant change demands open-mindedness and curiosity. commit promotes and nurtures vibrant, flourishing, and resilient communities where everyone counts and where active citizens are valued as a stronghold for participative and inclusive societies.
MitOst e.V. is a Berlin-based non-profit association and a network fostering cultural exchange, active citizenship, social cohesion, and sustainable urban and rural development – beyond cultural, sectoral, or linguistic borders.