horizontal.talks is all about peer exchange between facilitators, trainers and learners addressing topics of non-formal and citizenship education, such as democracy, facilitation and organizational development.

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Season 1

In this episode our guests share their journey of working with the Civil Society Toolbox in the frame of the Organizational Development Grant (ODG) and explain how young as well as more experienced organizations and teams can use the methods and process offered by the Toolbox for their own organizational development. The Organizational Development Grant is implemented in the frame of the Civil Society Cluster in the Bosch Alumni Network by iac and MitOst and offers teams and organizations support that have the need to work for their organizational development. The grant provides a trained coach who works alongside each team to create a custom-made workshop depending on their specific needs as well as additional budget for implementing the workshop.

In this episode, Ghizlane Akourim and Janhavi Dhamankar give insights into their facilitation practice by sharing learnings from horizontal school’s Advanced Facilitation Training, good practices and how we, as facilitators, can improve by accepting feedback and never stop learning. Furthermore, Ghizlane and Janhavi reflect on what it means to be a facilitator and if this term fits to all practices, especially artistic approaches in facilitation. 

Ivo Krug and Anastasija Pobednova participated in horizontal school’s Basic Facilitation Training. In this episode, they share about what attracted them to become facilitators and the little moments of magic they experienced so far through facilitation. Anastasija and Ivo both work in post-soviet countries and tell us more why facilitating group decision processes are challenging in this region, but also what great potential lies in giving people tools and opportunities for self-directed learning.

Inspired by a ranking of evaluation methods in the Social Reporting Standard, Astrid Thews and Linda Frankenthal talk about their experiences with methods and approaches of evaluation design and reflect on the reliability of several methods. They also discuss why it matters to be clear about the purpose of one´s evaluation and the learnings one can gain from it.


Season 2

This season of horizontal.talks is a collection of voices. We are discussing citizenship education in times of change and crisis and are hearing from facilitators from Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Moldova and Germany sharing how they perceive the development in recent years, how they deal with change and how it affects their work as facilitators.

How do we adapt to a rapidly changing world? On this episode of the horizontal talks podcast, this publication’s authors, partners, and reviewers reflect on how they as facilitators adapted to a rapidly changing world.

Grab a tea and listen to Betka and Christa sharing their experience and observations of how working in teams has changed in the last years. How do we want to hold spaces and with whom? And how can we benefit from diverse groups and different skills each team member has to offer, and at the same time don’t forget to take care of us individually and as a group?

Join this short exercise to become more aware of what your body needs at this moment and return to your grounded center. Thanks to Christa Cocciole for guiding us through this exercise. This exercise is also available in Romanian, Ukrainian, German and Polish.

Take a breath to be more present in the moment. Join Christa Cocciole while she guides us through an exercise that helps us to listen more carefully to our body.

This episode of the horizontal talks podcast features an interview with project partners, facilitators, community builders, managing directors, and initiators of educational programs and projects connected to this publication. They reflect on what shifted or changed in their work in citizenship education, and reevaluate their values and mission, in the present and for the future.

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