Activate the Local Community


4 – 13 September, 2020
with online sessions before and after
Sabóia, Portugal
€500–700
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by 17 May


You will learn the soft skills of interdisciplinary collaboration while working on projects that will activate the local community of parishes of Sabóia and Santa Clara-a-Velha.

What you’ll be doing

Once you’ve been selected you will start your Online Preparatory Session in July that lasts for one month. After this you will travel to CLARA - Center for Rural Future and spend 10 days with your team members learning and working on a social challenge. Some of us will stay in Lisbon for couple of days to meet the local social innovation scene. At the end you will be part of the Online Follow-up Session where you will learn how to make your project visible.
Read more about what is going to happen.

What will you work on and why

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.

Who are we looking for

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:

  • Behavioral Change
  • Communication
  • Community Building
  • Event Organising
  • Local and Regional Governance
  • Marketing
  • Service Design
  • Sociologist
  • System Change
  • Visual Communication
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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.

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: €500-600.
(Self)Employed: €600-700.

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by 17 May

What will you gain

Besides the obvious part of learning the soft 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 collaborate on projects.

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.

Team facilitators and experts

(Team facilitators to be announced soon.)

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.

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

We facilitate learning in the context of social challenges to make it all immediately relevant and useful.
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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 45 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.

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.

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!

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. 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 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 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the event we will refund 90% of the participation fee. If you cancel 6 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.

Life can only be understood backwards

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.

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