From 11 to 12 July 2017, aiforia had the pleasure to welcome our partners in the Erasmus+ project “IDENTITIES: MUCH MORE THAN CARDS” for the 2nd Transnational Project Meeting. As 13 participants from Germany, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Portugal and Turkey we discussed the necessary features and methodologies for supporting migrants in our country for better integration, with a focus on entrepreneurship.
The results of a common survey by all partners showed even more the heterogeneity of target groups in our countries, with a very broad variety in age, skills and needs. This brought us to an intensive discussion to clarify the structure of the training program in the following 6 modules:
M1: Language course with focus on business language
M2: Intercultural communication, local culture and costums
M3: European Union
M4: Employment and work life
M6: Civic participation
Each module is planned to include 15 lessons covering about 60 single topics which will be developed further by the partners during the summer period. Lessons are intended to be held physically as well being provided electronically in the e-learning version from January 2018, yet the methodological design as well as the didactical materials will first be revised with teachers within the international trainers’ meeting from 1 to 5 October in Tolmezzo, Italy.
From 20 to 23 June, the 2nd Steering Commitee Meeting of the INTERREG Attractive Danube Project was held in Belgrade, Serbia. Partners from 13 countries along the Danube region and from 19 different institutions of national, regional and local level came together to discuss the project progress and to define the next milestones. The emphasis of this 2nd meeting was placed on the stakeholder workshops which will be conducted in each partner country during 2017. The project partners appreciated theses workshops as a very valuable exchange platforms for representatives from each level where the indicators to measure the territorial attractiveness were discussed in a highly constructive atmosphere.
The 3rd Steering Committee Meeting will take place from 27 to 29 November in Freiburg.
Our first stakeholder workshop is scheduled for 28 September.
| (Photos by Urbasofia, Romania)
The last few months have been rather busy but thoroughly enjoyable at our offices: two new projects have kicked off, there have been several groups for study visits, we have been in collaborative sessions for future projects, and many other activities (including developing our IT skills).
Thus, we are a little behind with the news of our new projects, although, if you have followed us on Facebook, you are already aware of the Interreg project meeting in Prague. But we have also been to Dobele, Latvia.
Each year Efficycle – an online news provider on sustainability issues – compiles an overview of the most inspiring initiatives from around the world. For 2016, Aquapath project was listed among the selected 366.
Historical Merchants’ Hall
Last week took place the seventh Local Renewables Conference in Freiburg. Organized by ICLEI and cities of Freiburg and Basel, the three-day program included plenaries, workshops, speeches, guided tours, cross-border travelling and the most delicious chocolate brownies.
The conference started off with a post-Fukushima theme where it became clear that Japan is transitioning towards locally produced renewable energies. Even though the renewable share in the national power supply is still rather low, the interest and commitment is possibly higher than in Europe. Especially fascinating was the energy and community concept of Miyama.
aiforia was recently invited to represent the Green City of Freiburg at Lebanon’s Order of Engineers and Architects’ annual conference and speak on this year’s topic of sustainable development. Yet even more exciting than giving a speech at this prestigious event was the opportunity to some of the ambitious projects and initiatives promoting sustainability in the vicinity of the capital Beirut. One example: The Green Demonstration Hall in Jounieh.
The third “Regional versorgt” tour took place last Saturday. We left Freiburg at 11am and headed north – destination: Oberkirch.
We are happy to announce that the online reporting tool SeeClickFix is fully operational at our Aquapath’s project page! Whoop!
In case you joined us at the Water Festival on the 4th of June, you may already have had a glimpse of it. During the Festival, we had games and discussions on water topics that had a largely global perspective. But the water at the local level is just as important, especially as
We are thrilled that the project “On the tracks of the Regional Products” or “Regional versorgt” is continuing this year.