Revitalizing economic and social fabrics

23 August – 01 September, 2019
Santa Clara-Saboia, Portugal
€400–600
Application is closed
17 May 2019

You will learn the soft skill of interdisciplinary collaboration while working on future scenarios of a center for the rural future that will revitalize the Odemira municipality in Southern Portugal.

What will you work on and why

While Odemira is the municipality with the largest territory in Portugal, its interior has one of the lowest population densities in Europe. Over the last two generations it has lost more than 70% of its inhabitants due to major shifts in agriculture and lack of alternative opportunities. This results in an ageing population, dispersed over a vast area, affected by isolation and social exclusion (one of the world's lowest birth rates, and a dramatic suicide rate three times the national level). Its shrinking population leads to neglect of the land, the decay of infrastructure, and the loss of traditions, knowledge, and culture.

Our partner is CLARA, a recently established center for the rural future. They purchased an old brick factory where the center will be located. Their sustainable development strategy is based on three crucial components:
- The integration of the local community of the interior of Odemira, embracing their skills, perspectives, and traditions
- The valorisation of indigenous resources; as a way to improve the local economy
- The attraction of new visitors and of the creative community and with their support, stimulate and activate new opportunities and spaces of dialogue and thought

Who are we looking for

We partnered with CLARA to investigate the future scenarios of such a center for the rural future. Our main aim is to develop functions and activities alongside business models that will help the center to revitalise the economic and social fabric of the area. We are looking for participants including, but not limited to, the following areas:

Architecture
Social entrepreneurship
Art management
Sustainability
Business management
Systems thinking
Community development
Tourism
Design management
Transportation
Food
Communication
Service design
Web Development

Team facilitators and experts

Adrienn Gréta Schönberg

Visual communication

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Agata Gancarczyk

Industrial & 2-3D designer (Poland)

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Agata Szczebyło

Nutrition Educator

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Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Author, Interaction Designer

Alexandra is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur based in London. She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014), Smith & Williamson Power 100 (2017).

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Alpár Rácz

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Alvaro Valls Boix

Consultant, project manager

Alvaro is mathematician and project manager with experience in small and large companies. His problem-solving oriented mind makes him always look for continuous improvement. He is passionate about service design, and thinks it is the key to make the world a better place to live.

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Amber Francis

Service Design

Digital Marketing professional with 10+ years experience in SEO and SMM with a focus on international markets. Three years of experience working on special projects completed using Design Thinking methods and processes. Currently completing my degree in Service Design at SCAD.

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Amira El Shawarby

Furniture designer

Amira is a designer, an entrepreneur and a researcher who is passionate about using her design skills to catalyze change. She’s triggered by problems, world potentials and solution hunting while believing in innovation, creative thinking and story telling as a lens.

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Anab Jain

Co-founder and Director of Superflux

Anab is a designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator. As Co-founder and Director of Superflux, she hopes to realise the vision of the Studio as a new kind of design practice, responsive to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. She has received awards from ICSID, UNESCO, Geneva Human Rights Festival, Apple Computers Inc., and the UK Government’s Innovation Department.

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Andrea Szilágyi

Business analyst

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Andrea Vâță-Diénes

Singer

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András Stefanik

Programme Manager at Prime Minister's Office

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Aniko Brachmann

E-commerce entrepreneur

E-commerce entrepreneur with a background in finance.

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Anikó Bakos

Ecology

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Anna Diósy

Theology

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Anna Mészár

Account manager at Mito

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Anna Regina Enyedi

Preservation of Cultural and Architectural Heritage

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Anna Ulahelova

UX Designer

Anna is a designer in UX, information and graphic design. She likes to observe and research topics connected with society, city and environment. She is passionate about design theory in Central Europe and Slovakia. She likes complex and meaningful projects where she can help to analyse, ideate and use visualisation to understand problems. Currently working as freelancer on projects in Slovak culture, design and environment. She co-works with strategic design and innovation company Stride XL in the Czech Republic.

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Archie MS

User experience researcher, design strategist & speaker

User experience researcher, design strategist, speaker, podcaster, coach, facilitator, and community wrangler. You name it they have done it. And that too all over the world. Their journey into user experience (UX) began in architecture and industrial design at Pratt Institute and Savannah College of Art and Design respectively. Further gaining expertise in #usercentereddesign, #fintech, and #strategic + #futuresthinking through their role as User Researcher at GE Transportation, a Wabtec company in Atlanta and their current role leading the UX team at Capgemini in London. Outside work, they enjoy building diverse and inclusive communities and organizing design events/conferences for The Design Futures Initiative. They help these enterprises and communities to shape their future using strategic visioning tools.

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Attila Cosovan

Attila is associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Marketing and Media, Department of Marketing, Media and Designcommunication and founder of coandco.cc. He is a designer artist, with his company coandco.cc holds several international design awards such as Red Dot. Attila is the author of designcommunication, DIS.CO, complex creative design methodology.

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Attila Róbert Csóka

Architect at Paradigma Ariadné

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Attila Ágoston

Architect

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Avinash Pratap Singh

Program Lead & Social Innovator

Expert on sustainability, grassroots leadership, human-centred and social innovation. Avinash is an award-winning grassroots youth leader with a focus on environmental sustainability. Back in India, He worked with over 5000+ volunteers and 100+ full-time employees as the CEO of Waste Warriors Society - a grassroots nonprofit providing waste management solutions to communities living in eco-sensitive zones of the Himalayan region. Currently, Avinash is a master's student of Public Management at the University of Potsdam as a Helmut Schmidt Scholarship holder by DAAD. Further, he practices Design Thinking at Hasso Plattner Institute Germany. He can be found running, cycling, or climbing when not debating on environmental issues.

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Balázs Orlai

Freelancer designer. Previously head of the MOME Department of Design, co-founder of Sausagefence! design studio, designer of the iconic Hungarian Mustache Ba, P-shaped Bike Parkers and BKV Passenger Information System Designer.

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Barbara Predan

Barbara is an assistant professor, theoretician, designer, author, and Design for Europe Ambassador. Co-founder and leader of the department of design theory at the Pekinpah Association, and director of the Ljubljana Institute of Design, an academic research organisation. Since 2010, with Petra Černe Oven, she has been co-editing Zbirka 42, a series of books on design, under the auspices of the Pekinpah Association.

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Beatriz Segura Garcia

Business Development Director & Brand Specialist

Curious and creative. Beatriz is passionate about the power of stories and communities to create kinder and happier societies. She helps organizations and individuals design social innovation projects and communication strategies as a consultant, mentor, and facilitator. She is the co-founder of WeThe Root and The Root Lab.

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Bence Bán

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Bence Makkai

Philosophy

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Bettina Alscher

Event manager

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Beáta Bartha

Architect

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Beáta Bordás

Art history

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Beáta Tünde Szabó

Mathematical Modeller at Hungarian Academy of Sciences

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Boglárka Andrea Székely

Communication and PR

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Bálint Eckhardt

Product design

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Bálint Kádár

Associate lecturer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

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Cansu Deniz Bayrak

Cansu is an early stage investor for tech for good companies. As senior partner, her focus at BGV is building meaningful partnerships for their portfolio teams and the fund itself. She also supports fundraising efforts for their investment vehicles. She has been involved with early stage ventures as founder, operator, mentor and now investor throughout her career in tech.

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Collyn Cooper

Service Designer

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Csaba Szalai

Architectural designer

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Dan Pikalo

Industrial, Product Design

I graduated from the ALUO, in the course of industrial design, and continued studying the master's degree in the stage design/scenography at AGRFT. Currently I am crafting scenes for theater and film. I enjoy music and basketball.

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Dana Olarescu

Dana is an interdisciplinary artist working between the boundaries of art and design, with a focus on social and climate justice. Amongst others, her participatory projects have been presented at Tate Modern, Museum of London, and London Short Film Festival (UK), Incheon Art Platform (South Korea), Centre for Art on Migration Politics (CAMP), Tanzhaus NRW (Germany), La Virgule (France), and Tranzit (Romania).

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Daniel Kozma

Artist, Freelance Graphic Designer

Daniel is a Budapest based graphic designer who graduated from the Royal College of Art, London. He is the co-founder of Diaméter Collective.

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Daniela Haas

UI/UX Designer

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Daniella Zlotogoura

Design thinker & Human experience designer

A passionate designer who thrives on understanding the relationship and interaction between humans and objects, specifically technological objects. I am visionary, always looking towards the future and thinking of alternative futures with no creative limits. I have a broad design skillset with experience ranging in product and furniture design, graphic design, website design and interior design using the design thinking process throughout.

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Diana Takacsova

Project Manager

Diana is a research-driven photographer with a deep interest in questions of identity, movement, and the human relationship to environment. She is passionate about interdisciplinary research, collaboration, working in diverse contexts, learning new things, and travelling. Besides photography, her professional experience includes communications in the non-governmental and institutional sectors, most prominently focusing on the Eastern Partnership and MENA regions.

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Diego Alatorre

Professor & Researcher

Designer, professor & researcher, he explores the relationship between design and education through play. His most relevant publications include one book, ‘Innovación social y diseño’, articles in different specialized magazines, and one game: the FUTURŒSCOPIO, a multimedia didactic experience to facilitate prospective thinking. He is currently studying a doctoral programme in Contemporary Studies at Coimbra University, in Portugal.

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Diego Alatorre Guzmán

Professor at National Autonomous University of Mexico

Professor, researcher and designer, his work portrays the interest to understand the link between creativity and education. With a special curiosity for the interpersonal dynamics elicited by certain objects - like games and other playful artifacts - Diego explores complex social systems through collaborative design. His ideas have been constructed, exposed and debated in different formats from Mexico to Germany.

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Dominika Majewska

Industrial Design/ Speculative Design

Dominika is a designer, researcher and social innovator based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She works at the intersection of social design and environmental transitions, focusing on creating balanced connections between human-made and natural systems. User experience researcher passionate about psychology. Explorer, looking for connections between the urban and rural tomorrows.

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Dominika Michalska

UX Designer

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Dominika Targosz

Chef, plant-based cuisine enthusiast & promoter

Out of her passion for cooking, she abandoned her career in the film industry. She draws inspiration from her travels and sentiments to develop recipes full of distinct flavours. She can make anything into a sandwich and will convince the most prominent sceptics to eat tofu. Simple seasonal ingredients and cooking joy— the secret combination she applies to every meal. She runs workshops and authorises numerous articles and ebooks published with RoślinnieJemy. Daily, she shares her recipes on Instagram -> @domtargosz (we highly recommend checking this!).

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Dorottya Marosváry

Head of the Kindergarten Club at the Real Pearl Foundation's "tanoda" program

Dorottya works as a teacher, mentor and communication specialist for non-governmental organizations working for Roma inclusion and equal opportunities in Hungary. Her main areas of expertise are reading motivation, mother tongue development, she currently works mainly with the 3-4- year-old age group. She strongly believes that the for-profit and non-profit sectors could learn a lot from each other.

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Dr Bori Fehér

Social designer & Design strategist

Dr Bori Fehér is a social designer and design strategist focused on resilience and sustainability. Bori heads the Social Design Hub at MOME Innovation Center (MOME Interaction Design - Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest). She has facilitated students and researchers in social, eco and humanitarian design practice-based research projects for over a decade. Her research focuses on the climate crisis and its relations to social resilience, particularly on underprivileged communities and organisations on the rural periphery. She is the Co-Chair of the International Social Design Network she co-founded in 2020. Since 2014 Bori has been a Visiting Scholar at the Maryland Institute College of Art Center for Social Design in Baltimore, USA. She has a background in architecture and previously practised it in New York, USA.

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Dávid Smiló

Architect at Paradigma Ariadné

Architect, writer, critic and co-founder of paradigma:ariadné. He studied architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and at the West Hungarian University. He is a former president of Budapest Architecture Student Studio and author of dozen essays, studies and articles in the topic of architecture, urbanism and politics. In his architecture related works he always collaborate with artist, designers and urban thinkers.

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Dóra Horváth

Dóra is associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Marketing and Media, head of the Department of Marketing, Media and Designcommunication. Her areas of research include diffusion of new technology in personal communication, designcommunication, co-creation, projective research techniques. Her areas of education involve: strategic and creative planning of marketing communication, design management, advertising management.

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Dóra Németh

Vype Activation Manager at British American Tobacco

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Eliana Vargas

Design and Innovation consultant

I am curious about people’s culture, stories and needs. I am very keen to listen, see and discover how they think, how they behave, why and how we can help. As a Design Thinking Consultant, I am collaborating in the development of design projects for social and technology innovation at Bayteq in Quito, where we centre our research and outcomes in humans.

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Eliza Chojnacka

Social designer

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Ella Weldon

Project Lead and Community Developer

Ella is currently working as a Project Lead and Community Developer for social and environmental consultancy Liminal. Her academic and work background spans psychosocial research, international development, migrant’s rights advocacy, youth mentorship, women’s empowerment and public health, with equity and justice the thread that ties them together. Ella is a DJ and radio host and puts on parties with her community sound-system cooperative.

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Emese Burista

Urbanism

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Enikő Barbarics

Service Design Consultant & Design Researcher

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Enikő Molnár

Biology

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Enikő Tóth

Landscape architect

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Erdenejargal Rinzaan

Architect

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Ervin Molnár

Biotechnology

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Eszter Bircsák

Co-founder and Food Curator

Eszter is a curator and cultural mediator who is interested in CEE regional creative industry and local movements. She is the co-founder of Holis and was part of the team until 2019.

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Eszter Horváth

Designer

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Eszter Kalóz

Project manager

Eszter is constantly looking for opportunities where she can use her knowledge and experience for a greater good. Combining her Sociology degree with her background in tech, she’s currently working as a project manager in a social enterprise that aims to educate and empower hearing impaired professionals to make a successful career in the digital economy.

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Eva-Maria Chapuy

Experience Designer

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Evelin Horváth

Media design

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Fanni Csernátony

Fanni Csernátony is addicted to design workshops and co-creation ever since she started studying Product Design in Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME). She participated and organized several events focusing on creative teamwork. She believes that the design process works best if it involves people with different cultural and professional backgrounds.

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Fanni Csöbi

Product Designer

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Fei Feng

Innovation & Service design

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Fruzsina Lilla Kovács

Painter

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Gabriela Szałańska

Product designer at Studio Rygalik

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Gosia Rygalik

Partner at Studio Rygalik

Gosia graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and gained her first professional design experience in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects.

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Gunjan Singh

Strategic Product Design

Gunjan is a strategic designer and researcher who likes working on challenges that involve people, processes and systems. Her skills and tools are drawn from diverse fields of practice: human-centred design, business strategy, organizational change and education. She is a lifelong learner and enjoys herself best while working on transdisciplinary projects in diverse contexts.

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Gábor Lukács

Designer at ChemAxon

I work as a product designer at a cheminformatics company. I define myself as a generalist with the obsession of small details. I believe that my role as a designer is to facilitate co-creation and give the ability to people with the relevant knowledge to share their voice. Continuous experimentation and small iterations motivate me the most during my everyday work.

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Gábor Suhajda

UX Design

Gábor is a UX team lead and product designer at Emarsys (part of SAP). He spends most of his time there facilitating a common understanding between teams and improving design processes. He’s the co-founder of MOME ID, one of the most acknowledged product design courses in Hungary where he’s a course leader, lecturer and mentor. With the MOME ID team, he’s been running design camps since 2016 dealing with non-digital co-creation, design thinking, speculative design & service design.

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Hanna Demes

Cinematography

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Henryk Stawicki

Circular design strategist & sustainability advocate

A circular design consultant, strategist, leader and facilitator. His expertise comes from human-centred design, circular design, design process & management. He helps companies create product and service strategies based on innovation, sustainability and circular economy. Teacher at various universities around Europe. A co-founder of two design consultancies, Change Pilots in Poland and Next Agents in Sweden. He always brings a multicultural perspective thanks to years of practice abroad, including New York and London and such organisations as Parsons School of Design - The New School and IDEO. In the past 20 years, He worked as a strategist, manager, team leader, and sustainability advocate.

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Hermina Csala

Graphic design

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Hitomi Tachikawa

Customer Experience Designer at O.P. Holdings

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Ingrid Van der Wacht

International & Public Affairs Manager at Dutch Design Foundation

Ingrid is a connector, conceptor, communicator with a focus on co/design for people and planet. Over the years she has initiated projects for the use of design as the driver for social innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. She has extensive experience in cross-sectorial partnerships between public authorities, industries, businesses and designers.

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Irena Stehlikova

Lector, designer & Expert

Lector of environmental education, designer, environmental projects co-creator, and sustainable development expert. She is associated with Veronica' Ecological Institute and Centre since 2021. Veronica is an NGO that protects nature, the environment and the climate and shows others how to do it. Veronica has been involved in this field for over 35 years through different projects and activities aiming for carbon neutrality and connecting with all relevant stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally. Her experience comes from inner sustainability, resilience, robust networking and linking local, national and international stakeholders. Irena used to work and lived in Scotland, in Edinburgh, for a decade, where she obtained a design degree. She profoundly appreciates art and crafts, linking environmental education with experiential and experimental learning and art education.

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Iria Lopez

Service Designer

Iria's passion is using the power of design processes to transform people's lives. After studying psychology Iria started her career in 2001 working as user researcher / ethnographer (exploring people’s needs in their context of use) working in several private companies in Barcelona. In 2005 she learned how to integrate user/cultural research with design and business processes.

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Ivannia Alvarado

Content Strategist & Social Innovator

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Iwona Kastunowicz

Customer Success Manager

I am energetic and self-motivated advisor with more than 10 years’ experience in: project management, strategic communication, business development, event management & service design.

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Izabella Buzogány

Sociology

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Izaskun Perez

Strategic Product Designer

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Jana Hřebecká

Designer

Jana is a designer from design studio Pábení from the Czech Republic. Pábení wants to bring sustainability into the lives of organizations. Jana helps fulfil this vision with educational design, organizational culture projects and regenerative, circular service design. She deeply believes that the responsibility of designers is to take care of the needs of users and stakeholders as well as society and planet.

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Jarmila Martinková

Design student

I am a 2nd-year Interior Design master's student enrolled at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia. I am currently living in the Netherlands.

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Jennifer Pauli

Innovation Consultant & Agile Coach

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Jeremiasz Rzenno

Designer

I am a product / graphic designer. I was the co-founder of Have a Bite (a media startup) and I have been working with Ergo Design - a design and consultancy agency.

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Jimena Garcia Mateo

Design Researcher and Service Designer

Jimena is a curious creative and change maker, passionate about improving people’s lives through design. She thrives on connecting with and learning from people, and on coming up with new and enhanced ways of doing things. She has vast experience in user research, creative facilitation and service design, having worked with multiple clients across varied industries. She works now as a Service Designer at wearereasonablepeople.

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Joana Braga

Joana is a researcher, architect and intermedial artist. She coordinates and curates Topias Urbanas (Urban Topias), an artistic and urban research project which, combining a processual, collaborative and relational ethos with a discursive and reflexive dimension generates experimental and interrogative cartographies of the multiple layers that compose urban space.

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John Stevens

Senior Lecturer at Royal College of Art

Dr John Stevens joined the Royal College of Art in 2013 to help launch the new Global Innovation Design MA. John’s research interests concern the application of design methods to emerging contexts of innovation such as service design, multi-disciplinary design and design management, especially applied to social, cross-cultural and humanitarian innovation. This necessarily encompasses the design of products, interactions and systems.

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John Thackara

Writer, Advisor, Speaker

John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and advisor. He helps companies and cities design innovation platforms that benefit all life, not just human life. His most recent book (of 12) is How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today. John curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, and later in cities throughout India.

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Johnnie Moore

Asking what else is possible here?

Johnnie is a facilitator and author who is fascinated by the ways small changes and gestures in the present are shaping our futures while we are often distracted by making big plans. He's the author of Unhurried, a book based on a decade long experiment in slowing down conversations and becoming more patient with silence, and with relating more quietly to discomfort instead of trying to simply escape it, or consume our way out of it.

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Julcsi Péterfi

special education teacher, 'tanoda' teacher at the Real Pearl Foundation

Julcsi has worked in the model village of the Foundation, in Told for 6 years. She joined at the very beginning of the Tanoda program during her university years as a volunteer. She now works with children from the age of 3 to 18, but her focus area is early childhood development, especially preschool programs and motor skill development.

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Justyna Turek

Sustainable Design Consultant & Facilitator

A dynamic and versatile professional, recognized for her expertise in sustainable design and innovation. As a design researcher, process facilitator, and ideas initiator, she specializes in creating immersive experiences, systems, and workshops that enable companies, brands, organizations, and events to effectively communicate their sustainable value to users. Her extensive experience spans a wide range of industries, including product, service, and manufacturing companies, as well as collaborations with design and culture studios in Paris, Helsinki, New York, Stockholm and across Poland. Co-founder of Change Pilots and Next Agents.

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Júlia Eszter Ürmösi

Brand manager

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What will you learn

Although we have different topics for each of our summer schools, they all focus on learning skills that will strengthen your ability to solve complex problems — regardless of the field you come from. We believe that hard skills are important, but with the rapid evolution of technology, a focus on hard skills can potentially leave you vulnerable to change as these often have a shorter shelf life. Soft skills, on the other hand, enable you to adapt to change more easily.

communication,
story telling

complex problem
“solving”

critical
thinking

cross-cultural teamwork

learning
strategies

interdisciplinary
collaboration

resilience
skills

What you’ll be doing

You will be working on a real project in an interdisciplinary team because soft skills learning should be experience based. You will attend a 10 days / 9 nights on site workshop with both preparatory work and post-workshop assignment. You will produce project deliveries that might be used for further development and implementation thus achieving real impact in a long run.

Feedback

An important part of the learning process when working with other people is to be open to, aware of, and efficient when giving and receiving feedback.

Team development

Understand the various tools and research regarding team development and group dynamics. Increase your confidence at utilizing team building tools.

Social impact

Understand how your project might have a positive effect on the social fabric of the community and well-being of individuals and families.

What will you gain

Besides the obvious part of learning the aforementioned mentioned skills, you will be part of an ever growing community of Holis alumni. Holis alumni consist of team facilitators and participants who are spread across the world. It’s a network of like-minded people who are helpful and occasionally even collaborate on projects.

How much does it cost?

This program is a non-profit endeavour. We receive a lot of volunteer work, get support from our sponsors, and grants. Nevertheless, your contribution is essential to make it work. We kindly ask that you pay as much as you can within the following ranges.

Student/Unemployed: €400-500.
(Self)Employed: €500-600.

Register Now!
Deadline 17 May 2019

Application process

Step 1 — Registration
This is you saying that you are interested in participating. We will ask you for some basic personal data and nudge you to complete your application.

Step 2 — Motivation letter and project portfolio
In your motivation letter, please tell us why you would like to attend Holis, what you expect from it, your relevant experiences, what you find interesting about the topic of this year’s summer school, and how can you contribute to the summer school and your team. Your motivation letter should be around 500 words. In your project portfolio, you should present projects that you were part of that are relevant to the summer school. Your project portfolio should be a one-page document.

Step 3 — Shortlisting
We will evaluate your application based on your motivation letter and project portfolio. We are looking for participants who excel in their chosen profession, are eager to learn, open for interdisciplinary collaboration, and have a sense of social and environmental justice. We will evaluate applications on the last day of each month meaning that if you submit your application earlier, you will get your results earlier.

Step 4 — Video interview
We will have a 30 minute interview with every shortlisted applicant to understand each one better and to answer any questions.

Step 5 — Final selection
We will make the final selection of participants one week after the application deadline at the latest. After you pay your participation fee, we will start the preparatory work online.

Why Holis

The Holis approach is different from traditional courses. We pay attention to every aspect of your well-being and learning. Our venue is in a rural  environment away from the rush of big cities; we prepare all of the delicious food that you will eat ourselves; there are opportunities to participate in sporting activities, games, and evening bonfires. All of this is intentionally planned to deliver a unique and unforgettable educational experience.

Learn by doing

We know from experience that people learn best through active doing, giving and receiving peer feedback, and hands-on problem solving.

Work in teams

Collaboration is a core competence in a world of complexity and constant change.

Peer learning

We select only the best candidates so that you can learn from each other.

Real

We facilitate learning in the context of social challenges to make it all immediately relevant and useful.

Global network

We work with top experts and facilitators to provide the most cutting-edge content.

Do good

Your learning experience will help rural communities enhance their well-being.
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Deadline 17 May 2019

FAQ

Why do I need to apply?

Holis School has a limited number of places every year. This is the main reason why you have to apply to be part of Holis. We also think that a limited size group (maximum of 30 people) helps establish meaningful and long lasting connections. And finally we are certain that the right mix of people will bring a better learning experience. Our main role during the selection process is to select the best candidates who will make a great team.

Can we apply as a team?

Yes, you can! If you are a team of at least 5 people and maximum of 7 and have a diverse set of skills and knowledge you can apply as a team. You will need still have individual applications where you can let us know about the name of your team so we understand who is part of the team.
If you are applying as a team you will get 25% discount from your personal participation fee.

What’s the cancellation policy?

We might cancel the event if there is no sufficient participants or no sufficient funding. We do everything possible to not to cancel any of our events.

If you have to cancel your participation, here is the deal. If you cancel up to 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the event we will refund 90% of the participation fee. If you cancel 2 weeks or less before the beginning of the event, there will be no refund. This is due to the short notice to reassign your place.

I'm not a designer. Is Holis for me?

The short answer is yes. The long answer is that we would love to have you. Holis is about interdisciplinarity and as you might guessed it doesn't work only with designers. Based on the feedback of our non-designer participants it's quite challenging to keep the tempo. We will do everything possible to prepare you for this experience. You will have an extra design methodology online session.

How and when to pay?

You will receive the information regarding how to make the payment once your application has been selected.

Do you have scholarship?

We offer a limited number of scholarship places for those who can't afford the full fee. With a scholarship you will receive a 60% discount on your fee (based on your needs and our resources). If you are planning to apply for the scholarship please let us know at the end of the application form. Scholarships are awarded based on financial needs and the quality of your application.
We expect a participants with a scholarship to become a Holis Ambassador and help us in our mission to raise the awareness around soft skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, peer learning and social innovation.

What’s the student/employed ratio?

We allocate 30% of the places for students/unemployed.

What’s included in the price?

  • Preperatory online session
  • Accommodation (9 nights)
  • Daily 3 meals (9 days)
  • A carefully selected international interdisciplinary team
  • An outstanding team facilitator
  • A real problem/task to work on and make an impact
  • High quality photos and videos that you can use
  • Certificate at the end of the programme
  • Follow-up online session
Please note that you will be responsible for your travel to and from the venue!

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