I have the feeling that sometimes we lose perspective when we became adults. It’s not easy to have a real commitment with what we consider a social problem but at the same time we are aware is the only possible way. And sometimes you find videos like this one where a young environmentalist tell her mother how he feels about adults and what we are doing to the planet. Impossible not to feel a little bit ashamed…
Be the change you want to see in the world. This is the one and only reason because we started delivering the Active Citizens programme. Thanks to British Council, we can deliver different trainings were the participants have the opportunity to learn from expertise on the field how to create your own social project. If you want to know more about Active Citizens or join in, you can come to our lovely free dinner on Thursday in our office and share thoughts with us. The new Active Citizens will start again this summer.
The Active Citizens programme aims to:
Bring together people in Glasgow passionate about making a difference in their communities
Help them understand their own cultural identity and give them skills for working with others from different backgrounds
Help them gain the skills, contacts and experience to create their own Social Action Projects
Support them with mentorship and pointers towards funding to help turn their ideas into a reality
Build their connections to other people in communities across the world
For more information, contact us.
You can gain a qualification too!
The Community Achievement Award from Kelvin College, accredited at HNC level is open to all participants. You will be supported by us and an Information session by the college on the award. The award is based on your ability to be involved, assist the delivery, deliver and develop community activities. The award asks for 80 hours with 4 modules to be passed to gain the HNC.
What’s the application process?
Application are open throughout 2016! Participants shall be selected based on their application form. The project will be hosted in The Kinning Park Complex. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch in the form below!
This handbook on creative activism is intended to function as a trigger to move from thinking to doing, by sharing different methodologies, best practices, experiences, advice, anecdotes, tips and tricks. The online community and publication created by open and flat structured collective of authors is meant for youth educators, activists, artists, community facilitators and everyone else who believes in progress by bottom-up and a socially engaged microrevolution.
You can find it here – http://www.mastazine.net/handbook/.
You can find stories from different collectives and activists; yay@flautas, Partizaning, Molestar.org, Karsay Dorottya and Dainis Ozoliņš.
And – the project it’s not finished yet! The Handbook is an open process so we are happy to receive more action reports and interviews from around the world. So please spread the word around and don’t hesitate to send us your texts till 1st September on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to reading them and share them with Mašta Handbook readers.
The “Mašta Handbook – practical guide to creative activism” was made possible with help of financial support from the Council of Europe – European Youth Foundation.
Xchange Scotland are pleased to offer 5 places on a Youth Exchange this March on the topic of Creative Activism. The exchange will bring 6 groups from different countries around Europe together for 9 days of creativity in Berlin. The goal of the exchange will be to create content for the 6th edition of Masta magazine. The exchange is open to any 16-28 year olds…
Xchange Scotland has been involved in previous editions of the magazine. ‘Masta’ is the serbo-croat word for ‘imagination’ – and each magazine is made up of material (photos, designs, articles, reports, posters) produced by groups around Europe. The magazine is then edited in Berlin, published and distributed throughout Europe and further afield.
The exchange is funded by the Youth In Action programme, so the expenses for food and accommodation will be covered, as will 70% of the airfare. The participants only need to contribute the further 30%.
Loesje Scotland is a group connected to the Dutch international network of creative activists. Active in over 30 countries, Loesje has a twenty-five year history of making people, think, laugh and question by any means possible and now Scotland is in on the act!
From poster writing to making magazines and books, holding film festivals to making street theatre Loesje’s creativity knows no bounds. If you want to see some of the latest things that we’ve been involved in then check out www.creativeacts.org To all the travelers, photographers and everybody else, Loesje holds regular photography competitions where they select the best summer pictures. It is also deeply involved in community development and It gives the chance to grow skills that you might find missing. Other available opportunities are trips around the world, growing the knowledge about sectarianism, collaboration with local communities, also engaging big issues of the population of Scotland such us inclusion and migration and they do it with all kinds of actions, from local to global, trying to grow altogether to a better place.
We are very proud of having this partnership with them and inspired with those projects keep growing in collaboration to build better spaces where everyone can be included.
If you want more info about the rest of the Loesje network then check out www.loesje.org
Loesje is an idealistic organisation which aims for a creative society based on own initiative and active citizenship. The objective is to exchange ideas and opinions, to stimulate people to create their own ideas. Loesje mainly uses posters with short but strong texts (one-liners), which shine a different light on particular subjects. Our main activity is to create such posters, together with our members, as well as with people from other organisations. The posters are spread on the Internet, around the streets, in community centres, schools etc. The aims of the organisation are to spread black and white posters to colour life and to create possibilities, in which participants of Loesje activities can start and support progressive social initiatives.
Thanks to Carla and Julia from the Loesje international office in Berlin for helping us have a really fun and productive weekend. We created the first series of Scottish Loesje posters, which are now up and around the streets of Glasgow. Keep your eyes peeled!
On the Saturday we met in Govan and played some creative introductory games, before starting on ideas for poster-making. Before lunch we all got round one table and put our heads and pens together to create some texts about a range of themes we wanted to cover. As the sun came out we moved to the park to discuss what we had came up with and vote on which poster ideas we liked.
Having picked the best 8 poster ideas we created the layout, then printed them up on A3 ready for putting up around Glasgow on Sunday. We set out with our new creations into sunny Govan amongst the Old Firm fans coming back from the game and wary motorists looking for petrol stations that hadn’t run out…
On Saturday 19th April Xchange Scotland ran their first Loesje activity – an action day to create content for the next edition of Masta, a magazine that inspires creative activism. The theme of this edition of Masta was identity. The action was part of our ongoing collaboration with the Dutch NGO Loesje.
We all met in the morning and after a bit of fun and story writing, soon began to churn out the ideas. Much fun was had by all and there were some classics moments with a huge mirror in the Botanics and also in our identity stereotyping game, that even Robert Carlyle joined in!
We took lots of great photos too! All the materials will be submitted to the editors of Masta and hopefully we’ll see some of them in print by the end of the summer. Well done to all who took part.