Reimagining an inclusive earlychildhood development system

When: 19-28 August 2022
Where: Hungary, Nógrád county, Terény
Duration: 10 days
Participants: 20-25
Fee:
€400–800 (see details below)

application deadline: 8 June

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Photos by Johann Walter Bantz and Krstan Petrucz.

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You will learn the soft skill of interdisciplinary collaboration while working on solutions for early childhood development that will support systemic changes in Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

What you will work on and why

Imagine the Visegrad region’s nature at the end of summer, away from the busy city, deepening your design practice and focusing on issues that really matter. 

For 8 years, Holis has been providing an exceptional educational format - the Holis Summer School - where participants have been working on social issues that might cause real change. This year, we continue working on early childhood development, drawing on knowledge and experience from last year’s hybrid format (click here to know more). We will be focusing on 3 countries that need systemic changes - Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The Holis Summer School is never lonely and individual work. We always work in teams - international and interdisciplinary - to collaborate. You will receive support from experts, facilitators, team leaders, and organizations that operate in the given countries on the given topic. This year’s edition of the Holis Summer School is part of a bigger international project supporting 11 organizations that work with the topic of Early Childhood Development on a daily basis. 

At Holis, we are always trying to maintain the right work-life balance. This means that you can expect 70% collaboration and 30% fun.

Who we are looking for

Our main goal is to find easy-to-implement solutions that are sustainable at their core. Results should fundamentally support the early childhood development organizations from the Visegrad region.

We are looking for participants, including but not limited to, in the following areas:

  • social entrepreneurship
  • behavioral change
  • sustainability
  • early childhood development
  • business management
  • systems thinking
  • learning design
  • local and regional governance
  • social services
  • system change
  • visual communication
  • community development
  • design management
  • communication
  • service design and/or web development

Holis Facilitators and Experts

Facilitator

Justyna Turek

Co-founder of Change Pilots

Designer, researcher, and initiator of the ideas. Creates processes, experiences and visual systems that allow brands, organizations, and events communicate integral value offered to their users. Her experience comes from working with design studios, product and service companies as well as design and culture centers in Paris, Helsinki, New York, and across Poland. Passionate about sustainable development, Human-Centered Design, and mindfulness.

Facilitator

Michala Lipkova

Product Designer, Assistant Professor at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Michala is a designer working along boundaries of product and experience design. She leads commissioned research projects at the Institute of Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2013 she is a managing director of collaborative platform Flowers for Slovakia, focused on promotion of Slovak design abroad. In 2017 she has co-founded hardware startup Benjamin button.

Facilitator

Roland Harwood

Compulsive Connector

Roland Harwood is a compulsive connector of people and ideas. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is currently Founder and Director of Liminal, a new venture currently in development. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the multi award-winning open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, UBS, Oxfam and in 25+ countries around the world to co-innovate with their partners.

More information about facilitators and experts after May 18.

What you will 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, storytelling, complex problem “solving”, critical thinking, cross-cultural teamwork, learning strategies, interdisciplinary collaboration, resilience skills

How much does it cost?

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

What's included in the price - access to experts, materials, approach, teamwork, delicious food, accommodation and the venue.

What's not included in the price - travel costs and insurance. Due to climate challenges that we are all facing, we suggest using the most sustainable ways of traveling - by bus or train. We know that it’s not always the easiest or most accessible option.

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.

Student/Unemployed: €400-500
(Self)Employed: €500-600
Corporate: €800

We have limited opportunities for scholarships (60% discount)!
Check the FAQ below!

What you will gain

Besides the obvious part of learning the previously mentioned skills, you will become a part of an ever-growing Holis alumni community.

The Holis alumni consists 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. Additionally, you will be working on projects that might be executed in real life.

What you’ll be doing

You will be working on a real project in an interdisciplinary team because learning soft skills should be experience-based. 

You will attend a 10-day/ 9-night on-site workshop with both preparatory work and post-workshop assignments. You will produce project deliveries that might be used for further development and implementation, thus achieving real impact in the long run. Commonly, a day in the life of the Holis Summer School contains yoga, meditation classes, family-style meals, social activities, and the right amount of a good time while talking about life and other things. We will also have some small excursions, study visits and meetings.

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 in utilizing team-building tools.

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

Application process

Your application will be evaluated 5 days after submission. If you are selected, you will have to pay 50% of the fee in 3 days to secure your spot. The other 50% needs to be paid 30 days before departure. It’s important to remember that if we don’t receive the necessary number of applicants, we won’t run the Holis Summer School.

Step 1 — RegistrationThis 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 portfolioIn 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 you can 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 and that are relevant to the summer school. Your project portfolio should be a one-page document.

Step 3
— Video interviewWe will have a 30-minute interview with every shortlisted applicant to understand each other better and to answer any questions.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 nature, away from the rush of big cities; we prepare all of the delicious food you will eat ourselves; there are opportunities to participate in sporting activities, games and evening bonfires. All of this is purposefully planned to deliver a unique and unforgettable educational experience.

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 nature, away from the rush of big cities; we prepare all of the delicious food you will eat ourselves; there are opportunities to participate in sporting activities, games and evening bonfires. Al of this is purposefully planned to deliver a unique and unforgettable educational experience.

Any questions?

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  • If interested, join our Q&A session on the 25th of May at 19:30 (CET time) to hear from the organizations, experts and Holis alumni. Sign up for the meeting here → click 
  • Drop us an email: justyna@weareholis.org or directly contact one of our Holis country ambassadors.

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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