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My Future Is NOW

My Future Is NOW

masterpeace
On October 13, 2022

The project My Future is NOW aims to encourage democratic and civic participation of
youngsters in 6 countries (Netherlands, Germany, Bosnia, Albania, Romania and Estonia).
Our theory of change is based on three steps; “Engage, Connect and Empower”, as a bottom
up approach.

MY VOICE MATTERS
Engage and encourage youngsters to be involved in democratic and community building
activities.
MY AND YOUR VOICE MATTER
Connect different youngsters with a variety of perceptions to create a broader and better
understanding.
MY, YOUR VOICE AND BEYOND
Empower youngsters via knowledge of processes and EU achievements and opening new
networks and platforms to start projects and activities.

Based on our experience and research three thematic dimensions (Jobs and livelihood, migration & integration (in democratic processes) are the common thread to help them open up, understand the opportunities for societal and community work and meet their peers in other EU countries.

The project makes use of the Boiling frog game as a conversation starter about what freedom means to persons. When you put a frog in a pan full of boiling water, he’ll immediately jump out: too hot! But if you heat him up inside the pan, he will stay. Nice and warm – until he is cooked alive. We use this analogy of the boiling frog to address the abstract topic of freedom. When do things become too hot, when should you jump up to protect freedom.








Ready to play along, online or offline?

You can play the Boiling Frog Game online, alone or together with a group.

Click Here to Play

We have made a special programme manual + materials for teachers or moderators to play the game during a session with a group, which includes instructions on how to create a “make your call-to-action poster”. You can find more information here.

With the “call-to-action poster” workshop, we challenge you to think about possible
solutions to keep our freedom, and to visualize your ideas in one of the poster templates that are related to the topic. Check out the posters that already are made here.


Final Event Overview


White Paper on the Project

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Artivism Driving Transformation

Artivism Driving Transformation

masterpeace
On October 7, 2022
 
"We want to be subversive, to transform our audience, to confront them with some disarming statements, backed up by facts—and great visuals—and hopefully convert them.” —THE GUERRILLA GIRLS
Artivism has been said to have originated in Los Angeles in the late '60s. However, Steve Lambert of The Center of Artistic Activism reflects that “there was always something that came before. When you start looking closely, every successful activist movement involves creativity, culture, and innovation.
Artivism, as the name suggests, combines the words ‘Art’ and ‘Activism’. It refers to when art is used as a form of protest/expression or simply provokes action. 
Historically artists inspired nations to action or at least expressed what nations were feeling in artistic work, both are faces to the same coin of expression of opinions, ideas, and rebellions using the different media of art.  
The use of the creative expression to cultivate awareness and social change spans various disciplines including visual art, poetry, music, film, and theater. To make their points, artivists cleverly employ artistic methodologies to address social norms.
 
Why Artivism Can Drive Social Change 
Artists have often played a key role in social movements around the world, addressing issues ranging from immigration to sexism to gun violence. In general; for  transformation to happen within one society, it needs more than only the brain; arts allow us to resonate on a deeper level; it creates heart-to-heart connections and strengthens the inner knowing of what needs to be done
Every type of art can be used to communicate social, political, and environmental issues, including illustration, photography, and videography. Each artist takes a different and unique approach. There’s no right or wrong way to do this as it is about expressing what you feel about the world and our society.
Each of history’s greatest artists and innovators has shared a common quality: Purpose. Picasso’s 1937 painting, Guernica, was a post-bombing warning against war. John Lennon’s 1971 song, Imagine, was a musical plea for unity. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Was a commentary on racism, and Banksy’sstreet art has roots in anti-fascism, anti-capitalism, anti-classism, environmentalism, and more. Arts have never been just arts; they’re weapons in a war of social reinvention and voices in a collective shout for human improvement.
 

MasterPeace’s Artivism Theory of Change: Engage, Connect, Empower  
MasterPeace believes to get people empowered to act on topics they are passionate about, there have to have two steps prior to that: 1- Engage through activities that trigger their sense of self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-expression 2- Connect with like-minded peers and stakeholders to eventually get empowered to be active citizens. 3- Empower youngsters ( or the wider citizens) to express themselves and get actively engaged in current issues.
Our approach to putting young people youngsters in the lead is based on a three-phased approach (in line with the MasterPeace approach which is in line with the youth strategy developed by the EU in 2021( https://europa.eu/youth/strategy/euyouthstrategyplatform_en); 
  1. Engage 2) to connect 3) to empower
MasterPeace based its ‘theory of change on the three steps, with an outlook on the Ken Wilber Model (integral model), which divides individual and social psychology through four quadrants: 
Individual —> Internal  / External 
Collective —> Internal / External 
With the final aim to work toward ‘active citizens who are engaged in social, cultural, economic, and political issues, this requires open self-expression, connection with stakeholders and empowerment to change policies that match the needs of society. 
In our approach we use the model invented by Ken Wilber:
 
Example: Artivist Stafete Methodology Project 
Methodology of artivism: activism through the arts. Art is most often thought to be politically powerful because of its ability to reach new audiences in an intimate, sensorial way. We chose this methodology precisely given that our target groups (young women and young LGBTIQ+) are minorities in Albania, marginalized from the mainstream narrative. By granting the Albanian civil society sector soft-skill methodologies embedded in artivism, the project seeks to grant participating CSOs added advocacy power through art. 
Artivist Stafete uses three phases ( connected to Ken Wilber)
1- Phase 1: Soft Skills Methodology Trainings: 
In the training modules, we seek to increase the competencies of CSO employees and grassroots initiative leaders, volunteers, and affiliates, introducing and familiarizing them with the use of artivism for self-expression and active citizenship. We organize a broad variety of training in several soft skill methodology disciplines, contributing to a strengthened, more robust, and less independent Albanian civil society sector. 
  • Artivism Methodology 101
  • Soft Skills Methodology Film
  • Soft Skills Methodology Podcast
  • Soft Skills Methodology storytelling 
  • Soft Skills Methodology Walls of Connection/street art
Connection to Ken Wilburg: 
  • Individual Unit ( Internal)
  • Collective  ( Internal) 
2- Phase 2 Workshopping & Productions 
Providing a safe space for artivists to translate the methodologies work into actual productions of self-expressions and developing products in the methodologies of artivism skills they got trained in.
The phase includes: 
  • Give artists space to work on their artistic productions in open and safe space
  • Continue work/advise artists on their artistic work 
  • Provide support through the process
  • The document, make social media posts  
Connection to Ken Wilburg: 
  • Individual Unit ( Internal) + ( External) 
  • Collective  ( Internal) 
3- Phase 3 Hackathons & Showcasing 
The soft skill methodology training results in a series of creative outputs (films, podcasts, stories, and artwork) produced by participants, also to be hosted on an online platform, driving traffic to it from diverse dissemination tools (social media, CSO network, partner organization networks, etc.). 
In addition, teams need to showcase their products ions in 3-5 days Hackathons, which is designed to further empower the civil society landscape through interconnectivity and national-international cooperation, thus contributing to a more independent and more diverse landscape of Albanian civil society landscape; enhanced connectivity between signed CSOs, third-party CSOs, and grass-roots initiatives with wider stakeholders (municipalities, local
government, wider audience). These events are the conclusion of the 3-month rotating cycles, creating a cross-sectorial encounter in which CSOs and grassroots active citizenship initiatives meet, exchange, and connect, sharing success and failure stories on creating concrete policy papers, proposals to local decision-makers, the role of art in policy-making and democracy, etc., ultimately fuelling a continuous best practice-exchange between key stakeholders in active citizenship: CSOs, artivists, local government representatives and participating individuals from our target groups themselves to inspire and be inspired by each other. 
Connection to Ken Wilburg: 
  • Individual Unit ( Internal) + ( External) 
  • Collective  ( Internal) + ( External) 

Film Festivals

Podcast Festivals

Femme Salons

Hacathons

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#let’s not bleed for leaders to lead – election campaign Kenya

#let’s not bleed for leaders to lead – election campaign Kenya

masterpeace
On September 6, 2022

#let's not bleed for leaders to lead -
election campaign Kenya

#let's not bleed for leaders to lead - election campaign Kenya

Our MasterPeace club Kenya (based in Nairobi) together with partners Footprints4c, Misskoch Kenya and Kenya Unites organized a campaign targeting youngsters to promote peaceful co-existence before, during and after the 2022 general elections.

 

#TusiBleedNdioWaLead Campaign - let's not bleed for leaders

 Elections in Kenya unfortunately often come with tensions and violent outbursts. The campaign intended to create awareness of a changed mindset on polarization caused by political leaders.

As we approached the general elections, Kenya’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission listed 23 counties that are considered potential violence hotspots, with Nairobi being mentioned as a high-risk area ahead of the country’s August 9th, 2022 general elections. The months leading up to, and after, elections were anticipated to have the most violent periods according to Kenya’s post-independence history. This year was no exception. In addition to operational and structural conflicts. A worrying trend of ethnic balkanization, zoning of the country by politicians, clashes during campaigns previously had increased inflammatory attacks, and hate speech by prominent political leaders.

The months leading up to, and after, elections were anticipated to have the most violent periods according to Kenya’s post-independence history. This year was no exception. In addition to operational and structural conflicts. A worrying trend of ethnic balkanization, zoning of the country by politicians, clashes during campaigns previously had increased inflammatory attacks, and hate speech by prominent political leaders.

Therefore the four organizations agreed that peace before, during, and after the elections does not need to be elusive and as a country we have been able to make great strides to achieve the peace and unity we enjoy today. Recognizing the need for peaceful elections MasterPeace Kenya and partners came up with an online peace campaign geared towards advocating for peace and tolerance more so among the vulnerable communities and youths within Nairobi such as Mathare, Korogocho, Dandora, and Majengo. The campaign seeked to amplify the message of peace directly from the communities and localities initially perceived to be the bedroom for electoral violence and tension.

And more!

The campaign applied the use of social media as a strategic tool to pass the message of peace, by taking pictures of individuals in their work area, chill spots, and businesses holding up a burner with a peace hashtag and posting the images on our social media pages, online campaign groups, and other relevant institutions to have a wider reach. 

The campaign reached a total of 18,423 people on all social media platforms, with Facebook having the highest reach of 10,367 (56%). MasterPeace Kenya and partners are happy with the results. And grateful to all Kenyans to keep the elections peaceful this time.

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MasterPeace Club of VIEWS-India: Transforming Livelihoods of Rag-picking Children through Education

MasterPeace Club of VIEWS-India: Transforming Livelihoods of Rag-picking Children through Education

masterpeace
On August 31, 2022

A population of 3,01,611 are living in slums in Bhubaneswar Municipal (Source: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation). This data highlights the vulnerable condition of their livelihoods. Amongst them, many children work as rag-picker who starts to work from as early as 5 am. Our MasterPeace Club of Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society (VIEWS)-India has acknowledged this issue and built a project targeting girl children of rag-picking communities to improve the socio-economical and mental status of targeted groups. The project started in July 2022 and is targeting mainly SDG 1, SDG 3, and SDG 4.

The rag-picking community is one of the most vulnerable communities amongst the slum group, collecting garbage from nearby societies for 9 to 10 hours a day. Especially, rag-picking children are school dropouts to support their poor families. Moreover, the girls from this community have been facing the problem of early marriages, death due to early childbirth, sexual violence, and poor physical and mental health. This is a big problem to be tackled with high priority. Thus, through this project, 116 children through 5 Child Support Centers in the urban slums of Bhubaneswar will be benefited directly. These children are being provided with education through Children's Learning Centers. In addition, various capacity-building and life-skill training certainly enhance their learning process to take better steps in improving family socio-economic status.

Lastly, improving the work lives of these precarious workers should address not only the physical hazards of their jobs but their mental and emotional health as well. The unfulfilled health needs of this disadvantaged community, which contribute to the ecology and economy of the city, need to be addressed. Furthermore, an underprivileged workforce like rag-picking communities is a symbolic example of the growing gap between rich and poor people. We cannot expect them to have equal opportunities and fair competition if they are not even getting basic needs for life: education, health, water, and sanitation. Hence, this intervention by MasterPeace-VIEWS is a leading example that expects continuous help and joining hands in the long process of transforming vulnerable slum communities into healthy and happy communities.



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