FOUNDATION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, CULTURE AND EDUCATION
Foundation for Entrepreneurship, Culture and Education (FECE) is a non-profit organisation, founded in 2014, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. FECE’s mission is to promote, assist and support the development of culture, education, innovation and the entrepreneurial qualities of young people and people with fewer opportunities. FECE promotes freedom of cultural expression, encourages and organises creative initiatives in different fields of art, culture, media and education in an independent and creative nature. Our vision is to empower different communities and target audiences through arts, culture and education. FECE stands for preserving cultural heritage between generations and the development of intercultural dialogue among different layers of society. FECE provides support for the organisation and implementation of cultural events, seminars, research and conferences. The team accomplishes these goals by implementing diverse cultural and art projects at national and international level. Motivated professionals in the sphere of culture, new media and education form FECE’s board.
FECE is focused on working with young people, e.g. those with fewer opportunities. Through different initiatives, the team has already implemented notable national and international training courses and youth exchanges covering topics such as social and cultural entrepreneurship, environmental awareness and protection, sport, intercultural communications, cultural heritage, common human rights and active citizenship. Through its art programmes, the team provides an opportunity for young and emerging artists to develop and present their artworks on a national level. In those activities, FECE explores new forms of cultural expression, the intersections between digital and traditional arts, and the effects of new media on cultural consumption.
Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. is a Berlin-based NGO, a collective of youth workers, designers, artists and builders, craftivist and urban gardeners that work in the area of sustainability, creativity, community building, culture-led regeneration, participative citizenship, solidarity economies, media literacy and non-formal education. They provide young people with information about global issues by using creative means and new media. The team aims to share knowledge between different networks and individuals and provide information that encourages active citizenship. They have a long record in creative activism, actions in urban spaces empowering people and advocating for social change. Since 2009, Kulturlabor Trial&Error is organising an annual festival in Berlin, called “Recycled Creativity”. It is the first urban, zero-waste, non-commercial, upcycling festival run completely without funding.
VILNIUS INSTITUTE FOR POLICY ANALYSIS
Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis (VIPA) was launched in 2016 as an assembly of experts from different fields of politics. VIPA’s experts are united by the idea of more freedom, transparency, democracy, culture, and openness in Lithuania. VIPA aims at increasing active civic participation in political processes, so that the state would not be overcome by bureaucracy, monopolies, nepotism, or political manipulation. VIPA is working towards raising resilience to disinformation, fake news, fostering society‘s capabilities to critically analyse information. VIPA’s analysts and associate experts investigate most pressing political and civic issues, address uncomfortable questions, with evidence based analysis and propose solutions to improve the political process.
FUNDACJA INKUBATOR INNOWACJI
Fundacja Inkubator Innowacji is a non-profit foundation located in Warsaw, Poland. The foundation works on the local and international level. The members of the organisation are young people and youth workers, united around the idea of promoting non-formal education and European awareness among young people and generally among the society, supporting the development of people, helping people with fewer opportunities in their social integration, supporting youth participation and strengthening the principles of civil society and democracy. The organisation is open to everybody who would like to contribute to making changes within the local communities.
Post Bellum is a non-governmental non-profit organisation whose main focus is the documentation of the memories of witnesses of the important historical phenomena of the 20th century. Post Bellum’s core project is the Memory of Nations archive, an international online collection of eyewitness accounts, which includes audio and video recordings, archive documents, photographs etc. The Memory of Nations archive is available to the public free of charge and it is comprised of more than 8.000 testimonies of war veterans, holocaust survivors, ethnic minorities, resistance fighters, political dissidents and also of those who were on the repressive side of the totalitarian regimes from the Czech Republic and other 20+ countries. Post Bellum’s main goal is to avoid forgetting the recent past of our nations. Post Bellum organises cultural events, publishes books, prepares exhibitions and has a series of witnesses’ stories in Czech Radio and Czech Television. Since 2012, the team has focused on educational projects, bringing their methods and collected witnesses’ stories to schools.
CENTER OF STRATEGIES FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Center of Strategies for Youth Development (CSYD) is an organisation actively involved in project development and implementation in the local, national and international non formal education sphere, that directly aims at personal and professional youth development. CSYD’s vision is of a world in which formal education additionally soaks with the non-formal and informal education methods to contribute to the development and accountability processes of the youth. The team believes that the vision is achievable only through designing and implementing strategies meant to develop the personal and professional abilities of the youth, both in a formal, academic environment and in a non-formal one.
CSYD’s mission is to continuously transform the community through the development of young, responsible leaders and a mentality oriented towards proactivity, involvement and action. The programs and activities organised by CSYD range from human rights education, youth policy development, cultural activities, personal and professional development of youth, leadership programs, employability, entrepreneurship, public speaking and also sports. In the last two years, CSYD has been involved as either coordinator, partner, consultants in more than 40 local, national and international projects.