This will be the second time Holis School visits CLARA - Center for Rural Future. Check out the projects we've developed there. Building on these projects and new insights form our local partners we will focus this year on activating the local community. Apathy in remote rural areas is one of the biggest barriers to initiate any positive change. Have a look what happened last year at CLARA.
We will work with our local partners from CLARA - Center for Rural Future. Their plan is very simple. To bring new life into this region and support the local community. Their mission is to establish a centre in an old brick factory that through pragmatic infrastructure and content development will attract newcomers to the region and provide the local people with new opportunities. Activating the local community is a huge step towards accomplishing this mission.
We are looking for participants from diverse backgrounds including, but not limited to, the following areas:
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.
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.
The first Holis focused on the future scenarios of an old felt factory in Hungary, which at the time was suffering from a 90% loss of income due to the rise in popularity of synthetic felts. As a result of the solutions that Holis participants helped to identify and implement, the felt factory now has new owners, new products, and other thriving business activities. Since then we’ve been working on various challenges in different countries.
We partnered with CLARA - Center for Rural Future to revitalise the economic and social fabric of the Odemira Region in Portugal
In 2018 we explored what are the challenges of rural Poland and what can we do about them.