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Projects in active citizenship

Inside Views – Fieldwork Methods of Social Anthropology to Promote Civic, Cultural and Intercultural Education.

Projects in active citizenship
in Latvia (thank you Atis!)

1.Radi Rīgu (Create Riga) 

Project binds professional from interdisciplinary fields that are divided in 5 teams and accordingly 5 neighborhoods. Every team is using collaborative, participatory planning approaches to design public places according to social, economic and environmental context.

The webpage is written in good language and is easily translatable in Google translate:

The design process is rhetorical. It is a way of communication, which aims – to create a love of communication between all participants. Love, understood as social sympathy and agreement, it is the city as a social organism, is sustained. All, without exception, social, economic or political relations, and the results – the physical and mental landscape of the human – players between positive and negative emotional set. As we are able to talk and understand each other, the environment we create around themselves. The known phrase – “Tell me who is your friend and I’ll tell you who you are” urban context can be safely turned into a “show me what is in your environment and I will make the ability of citizens to communicate with one another.” Socio-economic storms and tsunamis, not a lesser extent than their natural prototypes, destroying normal life, sometimes less in life. However, to create an environment no matter what obstacles are in human nature. We do this in accordance with the metaphors, which are encoded in our minds and in the transport of consciousness through the language of our operations. And it is extremely important if we are fighting (such as corruption), defend their interests, protect natural areas, or we work with, friendly conversation, agree on a compromise acceptable to all, we try to live in harmony with nature. “Imagine a culture where an argument is not viewed in the terminology of war, where no one loses nothing gained, or where there is no point in attack or defense, the basic recovery or loss. Imagine a culture where an argument is thought of as a dance, the participants as actors, and the destination of the job done in a balanced and aesthetically pleasing way. ”

These words from G. Lakoffa and M. Johnson book “Metaphors by which we live” becomes a philosophical basis of our program.

2.Skolnieks Pētnieks Pilsētnieks (Learner Explorer Citydweller)

Project teaches young kids architecture and planning principles by invoking them in creating spaces.

The BUILT ENVIRONMENT affects everyone every day, determining even one’s behavior. A harmonious environment can only be composed with a well-informed public. ARCHITECTURAL and URBAN education help to discover evaluate and criticize our own inhabited urban space. Its creation is a never ending process, where we begin to participate by watching, analyzing and mapping from an early age, thus developing a comprehensive creative critical thinking. Become SKOLNIEKS PETNIEKS PILSETNIEKS / LEARNER EXPLORER CITYDWELLER.
We stand FOR good education in shaping the BUILT ENVIRONMENT!

3.Urban Funscapes

Blog by Guntis Stirna (OldRiga Neighborhood Ngo and urban activist etc.). Blog gathers different examples of urban interventions, art & actions both in private and public settings.

“The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights”. David Harvey

The idea of the Big Cleanup Latvia belongs to the writer Anna Žīgure. The project is based on voluntary participation to keep our environment tidy, bring people together and promote positivism and satisfaction with the achievements.

The Big Clean-up Day 2011 will be focused on environmental education and an additional item on its agenda will be the Courtyard Improvement Movement.

New project of partners: Inside views
Fieldwork Methods of Social Anthropology to Promote Civic, Cultural and Intercultural Education.

The project gathers professionals of non-formal education, social anthropologists, society museums curators, artists, social workers, civic and intercultural professionals who are looking for new pedagogical tools aiming at valorising cultural diversity, including diversity of heritage and cultural expression, in order to answer to the needs of multicultural contexts and foster inclusion. The project aims to strengthen links between social, cultural, and educational institutions and to promote respect of the cultural diversity by valorising the heritage in its own diversity on local, regional and national levels.

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