What we offer and what we can do
In How to work with us we outline what the project is doing and why we should collaborate.
Below we would like to briefly introduce some of the resources we are producing (we will produce more), and more concretely indicate what we offer.
Taking a look at the material below is the best way to find out if you are interested in working with us.
WHAT WE OFFER
First of all, please use the resources as you like, but please refer to the BreakDown or Break Out project… Thanks.
We will insert more resources along our work process, so you might wish to visit this page from time to time – and sign up for some project news
Let’s offer a few words to introduce you to the resources, hopefully making it easier for you to find what you are looking for.
(NB. Some of the smaller papers, such as the A3 posters, might be available in your language – ask the coordinator! firstname.lastname@example.org )
These texts, one very short, the other longer, challenges the unemployed with the question: yes, the situation in extremely bad, but what are you going to do about it?
What would you respond, by the way?
The longer text explains why Traditional adult education is not enough.
Even traditional personal empowerment is not enough – and in what directions out initiatives should go to offer long-term unemployed what they need.
These texts promotes dynamic thinking, also among the professionals working with long-term unemployed, and at the same time recommend to be critical to community initiatives only reaching the less resourceful communities themselves, not tapping into the dynamic economy.
These now well known A3 posters are meant as inspiration to and illustration of the way the project practices capacity building of long-term unemployed.
They illustrate in different ways the different steps in capacity building and taking action in the community, and they are really useful material for team discussions and workshops.
In the project we call our capacity building and taking action in the community model(s) OBAMA, as we needed a short name for the methodologies.
(They are indeed not inspired by the president of the same name) The methodology is described very briefly and in bullet form in the first paper, and more in detail in the second paper.
An important part of our capacity building is to support teams of long-term unemployed to create missions bringing about change to themselves and their community – whenever possible based on the needs, interests and talents of the unemployed.
Such missions can be of very different volume and address very many different challenges; but sometimes it can be valuable to see examples of such missions to sort of get in flow with what missions mean.
This , constantly developing paper offers a long line of such mission ideas, and invites the unemployed – and you – to create others.
Linked closely to the idea of creating missions, this small input explains that social innovation is a very interesting field for creating economy and change at the same time – addressing social problems in the community in new ways and finding new solutions.
This paper is mostly for people with a more historic or event theoretical interest in how adult education has changed and will need to change.
The paper explains more in detail why Traditional adult education is not enough
Even traditional personal empowerment is not enough
These more extensive papers resulted directly from an earlier European initiative called Directing Life Change www.directlifechange.eu
This project partly inspired the Break Down or Break Out project and you might well enjoy the rich experience presented in these papers.
WHAT WE CAN DO
You and your colleagues might use the material described above and available from this site in your work with unemployed adults.
However, the material also aims to offer inspiration for working with us: if you find the material inspiring, interesting and useful, you and your institution might
wish to engage in some form of collaboration with us.
Such collaboration should be designed and agreed on individually and in each case, as circumstances, resources and opportunities are very different across Europe.
The first dialogues should precisely include the question: how can we collaborate and how can you benefit from what we can do?
But why not offer some examples of what we can do, just for inspiration:
[Smaller collaboration first, and then the more extensive]
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Simple questions and answers along a mail dialogue with project resources
More structured mail dialogues running along longer timespans, and perhaps involving several professionals
Very structured and organised virtual guidance taking place in a small online forum such as BaseCamp and offering substantial guidance and counselling linked to initiatives in your
community or to team training
STAND-ALONE EVENT ON LOCATION
We would visit you in your community and might organise, for example a full day workshop, an open community event, or a training process over a couple of days
MIXED GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING PROCESS
A highly structured and long-term guidance process, combining virtual dialogues in an online forum with a number of on location activities, such as workshop, team meetings
and public events
LONG-TERM MIXED TRAINING
This form is about in-depths training of institutional or community teams over several months wishing to engage deeply in innovating adult education and building capacity to take community action among unemployed, and therefore also includes more theoretical elements and European funding opportunities
PRIVATELY OR COMMUNITY FUNDED TRAINING COURSE
Specifically designed training course (normally one week) on your location or on any other location, financed by your institution or other resources available to you
EUROPEAN FUNDED TRAINING COURSE
Specifically designed training course (normally one week) on one of our locations and strategically designed to obtain funding from Erasmus+ KA 1.
This option calls for considerable application and planning work and the activities will normally take place one year after the process started
As U C – many possibilities, and of course they can be combined, or additional ones invented
The main point is, however, to put the resources to work…