Seven, Sieben, Siete - Kulturlabor’s Birthday Party!

14 May

 

On Friday our collective celebrated its 7th birthday!

 

We had a beautiful party with old and new friends, a concert from the wonderful Portuguese band Lavoisier, a gorgeous bar, an amazing buffet, and even a surprise pizza-stand outside. Then a basement dancing flour with music from DJ's Kathrin, Arne Herda, Rafi Gazani and Mezkalito. The Trial&Error spirit did it again! 

 

We are grateful for the presents that this spirit brings into our lives and our surrounding! Thankful for our lovely volunteers, friends and helpers. Those that came long ago and those who joined recently. Appreciating our lovely home here in the Braunschweiger street and our little garden made beautiful due to the loving care of so many hands. Thank you community!

 

Here for another year of kicking and making, swapping, sharing, teaching&learning, playing, gardening, traveling, meditating, lock-picking, bee-keeping, repairing, dreaming, hosting, partying and creating the world we want to live in!

 

Call For Partnerships: ERASMUS+ TC sustainABILTY

Call for partners!

Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. is looking for partner organisations, NGOs from EU and neighbouring countries, to develop an application for ERASMUS+ KA1 mobility for youth workers about tools for selforganisation and youth collectives!

 

We, from Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V., believe that buttom-up, horisontal organisation and collectives are the key words for youth empowerment, participation in society and working towards the bright sustainable future. But how? With training course format sustainABILITY 3rd eddition we aim to work on tools for selforganisation - needs and values, community development, leadership, decision making, communication and project planning.

We cant do that alone - therefore we are looking for partnerorganisations from 6 different countries (+ 1 from Germany), that would participate in preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project - 6+2 days training course in Brandenburg, Germany, sending 4youth workers, burning for project topics, to our training course!

More information - read our Call For Partnerships!

If You are interested in the project, please contact us until 23rd of April 2017 by email - ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org with topic “TC SustainABILITY3.0” - with PIF  and few sentences about  Your motivation/ contributions/ expectations&needs from the project. If You know someone, who is the perfect partner for the project, please do not hesitate to pass it on! We are looking forward to hear from you!

In name of Kulturlabor Trial & Error e.V.,

Ruta, Masha, Ivan & Sabine

Berlin,14th of April 2017

 

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Magic in Tajine. Study visit in Morocco. Part 2.

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AGORA Seminar - Inspiration for the New Year

In the end of November a brave team of trial&errorists was sent on a special mission in a french wine-yard: AGORA seminar, hosted by the amazing team of Via Brachy. in the frame of Erasmus+. The purpose of the one week seminar was to promote intercultural and social dialogue in the community by joining art, non-formal education and social work. Also, the seminar addressed the issue of social and intercultural dialogue as an answer to intercultural misunderstandings, social prejudices and xenophobia.

Other participating organisations were the European Village from Athens and Forme from Palermo.

The topics are of course super-relevant for our daily activity. Taking the time off-the-making to look at the meaning of what we do and how we do it was enlightening.

Much of the plan consisted out of presentations of existing projects and the problems they face. We got to offer our knowledge and experience and be supported when we introduced Trial&Errors activity, the Recycled Creativity Festival and the challenges we face as a collective. Our presentation included a simulation of the festival, with its chaotic charm, questionable dignity and very funny moments. Will some conclusions from this wild exercise be implemented in Recycled Creativity 2017? Come take part and see for yourself.

Towards the end of the seminar, all inspired by the different initiatives and the new people we met (and enchanted by the wonderful hospitality, extraordinary food and beautiful nature around us), we started focusing on future plans for projects and partnerships. The seeds were planted, some young plants might be growing slowly, but its too early to say! Fingers crossed and some work to be done in 2017 if we want to make it happen ;)

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Germany-based collective wanted! Projekt - TC sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment

Deadline times: Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. is working on project application "sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment of selforganised youth groups and collectives"!

 

Together with old and new partners-in-crime: Radi Vidi Pats (Latvia), Ye too ponese (Spain), GreenRope (Italy), Non-state private cultural and educational institution studio "Karas" (Belorus) and friends from Ukraine and Sebia! We are still open for 1 Germany based organisation, fitting the profile, to join the team!

 

The main aim of the project is to overcome geographical and economical borders in order to rise the quality of youth work in  geographic European space by exploring, evaluating and sharing the knowledge and skills of youth empowerment in self-organised youth collectives. The focus points of this training course are self-organisation, horisontal structures, grassroute and bottom-up approach, methods of non-formal education as well as equal chances and social inclusion. Program will explore following aspects: volunteer management, financial structures, communication resources. It will be 8 days training course with 38 youth workers from 7 different countries

In case of approval, the project will take place in Brandemburg, Germany in March 2017.

 

More about "sustainABILITY" concept: check out the documentation of training course "SustianABILIY: sustainable management of self-organised youth collectives" - https://issuu.com/trial-e…/…/sustainability_tc_documentation

More about the ERASMUS+ program:
The Program Guide http://ec.europa.eu/…/r…/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf

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reclaim the hometown: call for participants

Agents of change, community lovers, urban researchers and artivists: we are looking for You!

Project RECLAIM THE HOMETOWN will bring together 20 young people from Eastern Ukraine and Germany to exchange, explore and bring in action their ideas, ask questions in public, engage the local communities in social issues!

We are looking for participants - 25-35 years old, community activists, NGO workers, motivated and able to participate in experience sharing 21.-30.July in Berlin, Germany and action days - 31. August - 9. September in Kharkiv, Novogradovka and Dobropilya in Ukraine as well as share the project results in their local communities! More information in the Call For Participants!

 

Interested? Please fill the Participant application form and send it to us until 20th of May to Email address reclaimcity@gmail.com!

 

 

Gartenlabor: KiezPiknik - Gartensaison start!

Liebe Gartenlabor Freunde/-innen, Nachbaren/-innen!
Las uns mal zusammen der GARTENSAISON mit ein buntes und lustiges Nachbarschafts-Piknik anzufangen!
Am Frühling 2015 hat Gartenlabor seine Würzlen in Braunschweigerstraße Ecke Kannerstraße geschlagen. Unten dem Moto "Ein Ort für alle!" hat die engagierte Team die Nachbaren kennengelernt, unterschiedliche Pflanz- und Bau- aktionen, Permakulturworkshops als auch kulturelle Aktionen in öffentlicher Raum dürchgeführt. In Winter 2016/2017 hat das Gartenlabor statt Winterschlaf in 7 Termine andere urbane Gärtnern/innen kennengelernt, mit Samen getausch, Komposttechniken reseschiert. Jetzt is Gartenlabor bereit für die neue Gartensaison 2017 und ladet euch alle gaaaanz heeerzlich für GARTENPIKNIK an!

Wir werden
- Sitzecke für das Garten aus Holzpaletten bauen,
- bunte Dekorationen basteln,
- Musik spielen,
- um urbanes Imkerei was neues lernen,
- in Nachbarschaftspicnick naschen!

Bringt eine Kleinigkeit für die gemeinsame Picknickdecke, ein Pflanz für das Garten und gute Laune mit!
Fragen wird hier beantwortet: gartenlabor@trial-error.org
Bis bald!

Eure Gartenzwerge

 

 

PS. Gartenlabor ist von Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. dürchgeführt in Rahmen von Projekt "Recyclingbotschaft in Richardkiez". Dieses projekt würde würde dürch die Bundesrepublik Deutschland und das Land Berlin im Rahmen der Zukunftsinitative Stadtteil, Programm Soziale Stadt gefördert.


Call For Partnerships: ERASMUS+ TC sustainABILTY

Call for partners!

Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. is looking for partner organisations, NGOs from EU and neighbouring countries, to develop an application for ERASMUS+ KA1 mobility for youth workers about tools for selforganisation and youth collectives!

 

We, from Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V., believe that buttom-up, horisontal organisation and collectives are the key words for youth empowerment, participation in society and working towards the bright sustainable future. But how? With training course format sustainABILITY 3rd eddition we aim to work on tools for selforganisation - needs and values, community development, leadership, decision making, communication and project planning.

We cant do that alone - therefore we are looking for partnerorganisations from 6 different countries (+ 1 from Germany), that would participate in preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project - 6+2 days training course in Brandenburg, Germany, sending 4youth workers, burning for project topics, to our training course!

More information - read our Call For Partnerships!

If You are interested in the project, please contact us until 23rd of April 2017 by email - ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org with topic “TC SustainABILITY3.0” - with PIF  and few sentences about  Your motivation/ contributions/ expectations&needs from the project. If You know someone, who is the perfect partner for the project, please do not hesitate to pass it on! We are looking forward to hear from you!

In name of Kulturlabor Trial & Error e.V.,

Ruta, Masha, Ivan & Sabine

Berlin,14th of April 2017

 

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Magic in Tajine. Study visit in Morocco. Part 2.

*In December 2016 via program “European Forum – Active Citizenship”, organised by MitOst e. V., Ruta Vimba as a representative of Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. took part in study visit to Morocco.
Already beforehand my dear host Siham had sent me a program with plan of visiting 5 or more NGOs in Morocco, working on environment, education, empowerment and culture. It was a great opportunity not only to learn about these amazing initiatives, but also make an order and improve my presentation  and networking skills, learning to learn from such field visits.
Hereby please allow me to share very brief impressions of the visits:
 
 Kane Ya Makane
Location: Casablanca
Topics: fine arts, animation, education, women empowerment
Short: Professionally built, hierarchically structured and maintained organisation, facilitating a network of animators that teach art in over 25 schools. Additionally implementing project for women empowerment via arts. Large scale projects from local donations and international donors.
Interesting: In-house pedagogical stuff & interns developing the educational materials and guidelines.
Website: www.kaneyamakane.com
 
Theatre Nomade
Location: Casablanca
Topics: circus, theatre, buttom-up, children education, social work, empowerment
Short: Yet located in a territory of abandoned slaughter house in neglected neighbourhood of Casablanca, it's like a lighthouse for the kids of the neighbourhood as well as those, who they visit with their travelling theatre and circus performances, or bus of mobile library. Working with recycled materials to create costumes, puppets, kinetic sculptures, they have developed their own unique approach to work with kids from the neighbourhood, often socially or economically disadvantaged. Invited through a vivid and colourful street performance, children join longer program to try out their skills in acting, various circus disciplines as well as arts and crafts.
Interesting: The stuff of the organisation live in circus caravans in the area, good part of the coworkers are ones who joined the educational program of Theatre Nomade years ago, now work with kids in the streets as animators.
http://www.theatrenomade.com
 
Racines
Location: Casablanca
Topics: cultural policy, networking, mapping, public space, tolerance, participation
Short: in a short time span grown from voluntary initiative into a serious and recognised organisation with employees and office, they are working on various projects related to human rights, culture, usage and access to the public space and culture in general. Amongst others, research on cultural actors, culture consumption, campaign for accessibility of the public space. Using art as a tool to rise discussions about taboo topics in society, for example, women rights or racism.
Interesting: the extensive map of moroccan cultural actors - http://www.artmap.ma/
http://www.racines.ma
 
Dar Si Hmad
Location: Agadir
Topics: education, culture preservation, environment, women empowerment, innovation
Short: Smallest of all the NGOs visited, it surprised with the scale, innovative aspects, variety of projects. The central topic is the Cloud Fisher - technology to collect water from fog in the dry mountain regions. Around that, working on education, gender, science and community management, they manage a holistic approach to the issue. Worth mentioning is the volunteering & education program for youth Environmental Youth Ambassadors .
Interesting: Impressive capacity using minimal resources. Valuable experience working with local communities linking traditional lifestyle with scientific innovations.
Web: http://darsihmad.org/
 
*Tiznit
The visit to Tiznit was special, because of opportunity to hold a workshop/ presentation to a group of people working in all levels of re-& upcycling initiatives around Tiznit. I just would like to share links of some of the participants:
 
Artisan Hassan Asoughay
Location:  Taroudant
Short: truly inspirational example of recycling, environmental awareness, traditional craft techniques. Having left school early, Hassan has found her way as a craftsman, making qualitative and weareable shoes, bags, carpets and other items, using recycled materials. An example of upcycling as a potential for entrepreneurship.
Interesting: planning to start urban gardening project in his town.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/Artisan.Hassan.Assoughay
 
Créamery
Location: Tiznit
Short: looking for her own way, the artist Mery Baya found herself doing decorations, gift boxed and interior objects, using upcycled materials.. She is dreaming of becoming independent artist, doing recycling art for living
Web: https://www.facebook.com/baya.mery
 
SAM'Art - DIY
Location: Tiznit
Short: working as a language teacher, the young Samira is also full time community activist, co-organising social events, doing public interventions to empower those with fewer opportunities. Her SAM'Art DIY page shares the self-tested samples of doing crafts and artis with children, using recycled material.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/SAMARTDIY

 

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AGORA Seminar - Inspiration for the New Year

In the end of November a brave team of trial&errorists was sent on a special mission in a french wine-yard: AGORA seminar, hosted by the amazing team of Via Brachy. in the frame of Erasmus+. The purpose of the one week seminar was to promote intercultural and social dialogue in the community by joining art, non-formal education and social work. Also, the seminar addressed the issue of social and intercultural dialogue as an answer to intercultural misunderstandings, social prejudices and xenophobia.

Other participating organisations were the European Village from Athens and Forme from Palermo.

The topics are of course super-relevant for our daily activity. Taking the time off-the-making to look at the meaning of what we do and how we do it was enlightening.

Much of the plan consisted out of presentations of existing projects and the problems they face. We got to offer our knowledge and experience and be supported when we introduced Trial&Errors activity, the Recycled Creativity Festival and the challenges we face as a collective. Our presentation included a simulation of the festival, with its chaotic charm, questionable dignity and very funny moments. Will some conclusions from this wild exercise be implemented in Recycled Creativity 2017? Come take part and see for yourself.

Towards the end of the seminar, all inspired by the different initiatives and the new people we met (and enchanted by the wonderful hospitality, extraordinary food and beautiful nature around us), we started focusing on future plans for projects and partnerships. The seeds were planted, some young plants might be growing slowly, but its too early to say! Fingers crossed and some work to be done in 2017 if we want to make it happen ;)

Happy new year everyone! Keep up the good work and don't forget to take time to enjoy the great people working alongside you! And come visit us, we are back in action starting the 10th of January, with Swap-Shop, Foodsharing Fair-teiler, Jam-sessions, Naturlabor workshops, Urban Bee keeping, Wintergartenlabor and all the good stuff!

Are you not yet on our mailing list? And not yet following our page on Facebook? Join in!

Lets do amazing things together this year!

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Germany-based collective wanted! Projekt - TC sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment

Deadline times: Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. is working on project application "sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment of selforganised youth groups and collectives"!

 

Together with old and new partners-in-crime: Radi Vidi Pats (Latvia), Ye too ponese (Spain), GreenRope (Italy), Non-state private cultural and educational institution studio "Karas" (Belorus) and friends from Ukraine and Sebia! We are still open for 1 Germany based organisation, fitting the profile, to join the team!

 

The main aim of the project is to overcome geographical and economical borders in order to rise the quality of youth work in  geographic European space by exploring, evaluating and sharing the knowledge and skills of youth empowerment in self-organised youth collectives. The focus points of this training course are self-organisation, horisontal structures, grassroute and bottom-up approach, methods of non-formal education as well as equal chances and social inclusion. Program will explore following aspects: volunteer management, financial structures, communication resources. It will be 8 days training course with 38 youth workers from 7 different countries

In case of approval, the project will take place in Brandemburg, Germany in March 2017.

 

More about "sustainABILITY" concept: check out the documentation of training course "SustianABILIY: sustainable management of self-organised youth collectives" - https://issuu.com/trial-e…/…/sustainability_tc_documentation

More about the ERASMUS+ program:
The Program Guide http://ec.europa.eu/…/r…/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf

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Building a cargo bike for Trial&Error

After 4 month of construction at the Berliner Lastenrad-Netzwerk in Treptow, here it is !!

 

Every monday and wednesday, from february to may, we cut thousand pieces of metal, welded them, fixed bike parts, making walls and floor and finally assembled everything together to get a beautiful, turquoise and spacious cargobike to carry our stuff, collect trash and spread the word all around Berlin !!

 

This cargobike is made out of 2 original bike frames which were cut and welded together.

Then all the metal part of the box and the support of brakes and direction system were designed and realized by us.

All the welding part is thanks to Benner from the workshop.

 

The 2 front wheels were assembled by Richard from the workshop. 

 

Back wheel and all other bike parts were collected, cleaned, fixed and adapted for this bike. The floor and the door of the box are made out of wood, the walls are aluminum advertisement panels.

 

Then came the coloring part with spray and finally the montage which deserved this part of surprises but the cargobike is alive and riding perfectly !!

 

Thanks to everybody from the Lastenrad werkstatt and especially Benner, Richard, Simon and Christophe for your help, your patience and for sharing your knowledge with us !   Berliner Lastenrad-Netzwerk - Karpfenteichstraße 13 in Treptow

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FAIRteiler im Holiday-Feeling // KULAU goes Foodsharing

Kulau goes Foodsharing - restlos glücklich. Am Dienstag hat das Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. überraschenderweise von KULAU www.kulau.de - 20 Kisten frische Trinkkokosnüsse gespendet bekommen!! Die wurden gleich als Fairteiler während des Foodsharing abends weiterver(fair)teilt. Foodsharing ist eine Internet-Plattform, die Privatpersonen, Händlern und Produzenten die Möglichkeit gibt, überschüssige Lebensmittel kostenlos anzubieten oder abzuholen. Über www.foodsharing.de kann man überschüssige Lebensmittel mit Anderen teilen, statt sie wegzuwerfen. Wir sind restlos glücklich! Ihr hoffentlich auch!

Wollt ihr auch Foodsaver werden? Oder kennt Firmen, die manchmal Lebensmittel zu fairteilen haben? Sprecht uns an oder schreibt uns!

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Handmade Natural Soap / Selbstgemachte Seife

Spring is a time to start/continue care about our body, mind and spirit. Trial&Error is also following the flow of spring. Soap manufacture workshop is bring us to the reflection about cosmetic products. Purchasing shampoo, soaps, tooth paste we often end up reading lines of chemicals on the back side of a package, wondering why they are so many of them, trying to imagine how all these components could influence qualities of a product and your own health. The cosmetics industry does have certain standards to live up to, but we can never know for sure if a label is completely honest with consumers.

 

On Wednesday 27th of April, Soap workshop was devoted to exploration of soap manufacture using cold method, which based on the mixing natural oils with lye. Palm oil served for hardness, coconut - for great bubbles, castor oil brought mildness, olive oil - of course softness and essential eucalyptus oil were added to increase antiseptic qualities. The soap was based on the mixture of garden herbs for creating a bar of natural and fragrant pleasure, which every participant brought back home.  The participants were exploring complicated and at the same time easy process of soap making discovery together with long-awaited spring time.

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Buchbinde Workshop mit Alt Papier / Upcycled Notebooks

Am 10. April hat Zahara von Edicions Cotton Flower uns die Grundlagen der Buchbinderei gezeigt. Die Teilnehmer haben alle sich ein Buchprojekt überlegt, und mit eine Nähtechnik Klebelos genäht. Wir haben lange alt Papiermaterialien aus Druckereien, alte Kalendern mit Fotos, einseitig gedrücktes Papier und Zeitschriften gesammelt; daraus sind im Workshop eine Sammlung vielfältige neue Notizbücher entstanden.

On the 10th of May Zahara from Edicions Cotton Flower showed us the basics of Bookbinding. Each participant designed a unique Notebook and sewed it with a glue-less sewing technique. We have been collecting paper material from printer shops, old Calendars with images, one side printed paper and magazines and through this workshop a collection of varied notebooks was created.

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Bike Tube Upcycling Jewelry workshop with international exchange students

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Call For Partnerships: ERASMUS+ TC sustainABILTY

Call for partners!

Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. is looking for partner organisations, NGOs from EU and neighbouring countries, to develop an application for ERASMUS+ KA1 mobility for youth workers about tools for selforganisation and youth collectives!

 

We, from Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V., believe that buttom-up, horisontal organisation and collectives are the key words for youth empowerment, participation in society and working towards the bright sustainable future. But how? With training course format sustainABILITY 3rd eddition we aim to work on tools for selforganisation - needs and values, community development, leadership, decision making, communication and project planning.

We cant do that alone - therefore we are looking for partnerorganisations from 6 different countries (+ 1 from Germany), that would participate in preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project - 6+2 days training course in Brandenburg, Germany, sending 4youth workers, burning for project topics, to our training course!

More information - read our Call For Partnerships!

If You are interested in the project, please contact us until 23rd of April 2017 by email - ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org with topic “TC SustainABILITY3.0” - with PIF  and few sentences about  Your motivation/ contributions/ expectations&needs from the project. If You know someone, who is the perfect partner for the project, please do not hesitate to pass it on! We are looking forward to hear from you!

In name of Kulturlabor Trial & Error e.V.,

Ruta, Masha, Ivan & Sabine

Berlin,14th of April 2017

 

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Magic in Tajine. Study visit in Morocco. Part 2.

*In December 2016 via program “European Forum – Active Citizenship”, organised by MitOst e. V., Ruta Vimba as a representative of Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. took part in study visit to Morocco.
Already beforehand my dear host Siham had sent me a program with plan of visiting 5 or more NGOs in Morocco, working on environment, education, empowerment and culture. It was a great opportunity not only to learn about these amazing initiatives, but also make an order and improve my presentation  and networking skills, learning to learn from such field visits.
Hereby please allow me to share very brief impressions of the visits:
 
 Kane Ya Makane
Location: Casablanca
Topics: fine arts, animation, education, women empowerment
Short: Professionally built, hierarchically structured and maintained organisation, facilitating a network of animators that teach art in over 25 schools. Additionally implementing project for women empowerment via arts. Large scale projects from local donations and international donors.
Interesting: In-house pedagogical stuff & interns developing the educational materials and guidelines.
Website: www.kaneyamakane.com
 
Theatre Nomade
Location: Casablanca
Topics: circus, theatre, buttom-up, children education, social work, empowerment
Short: Yet located in a territory of abandoned slaughter house in neglected neighbourhood of Casablanca, it's like a lighthouse for the kids of the neighbourhood as well as those, who they visit with their travelling theatre and circus performances, or bus of mobile library. Working with recycled materials to create costumes, puppets, kinetic sculptures, they have developed their own unique approach to work with kids from the neighbourhood, often socially or economically disadvantaged. Invited through a vivid and colourful street performance, children join longer program to try out their skills in acting, various circus disciplines as well as arts and crafts.
Interesting: The stuff of the organisation live in circus caravans in the area, good part of the coworkers are ones who joined the educational program of Theatre Nomade years ago, now work with kids in the streets as animators.
http://www.theatrenomade.com
 
Racines
Location: Casablanca
Topics: cultural policy, networking, mapping, public space, tolerance, participation
Short: in a short time span grown from voluntary initiative into a serious and recognised organisation with employees and office, they are working on various projects related to human rights, culture, usage and access to the public space and culture in general. Amongst others, research on cultural actors, culture consumption, campaign for accessibility of the public space. Using art as a tool to rise discussions about taboo topics in society, for example, women rights or racism.
Interesting: the extensive map of moroccan cultural actors - http://www.artmap.ma/
http://www.racines.ma
 
Dar Si Hmad
Location: Agadir
Topics: education, culture preservation, environment, women empowerment, innovation
Short: Smallest of all the NGOs visited, it surprised with the scale, innovative aspects, variety of projects. The central topic is the Cloud Fisher - technology to collect water from fog in the dry mountain regions. Around that, working on education, gender, science and community management, they manage a holistic approach to the issue. Worth mentioning is the volunteering & education program for youth Environmental Youth Ambassadors .
Interesting: Impressive capacity using minimal resources. Valuable experience working with local communities linking traditional lifestyle with scientific innovations.
Web: http://darsihmad.org/
 
*Tiznit
The visit to Tiznit was special, because of opportunity to hold a workshop/ presentation to a group of people working in all levels of re-& upcycling initiatives around Tiznit. I just would like to share links of some of the participants:
 
Artisan Hassan Asoughay
Location:  Taroudant
Short: truly inspirational example of recycling, environmental awareness, traditional craft techniques. Having left school early, Hassan has found her way as a craftsman, making qualitative and weareable shoes, bags, carpets and other items, using recycled materials. An example of upcycling as a potential for entrepreneurship.
Interesting: planning to start urban gardening project in his town.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/Artisan.Hassan.Assoughay
 
Créamery
Location: Tiznit
Short: looking for her own way, the artist Mery Baya found herself doing decorations, gift boxed and interior objects, using upcycled materials.. She is dreaming of becoming independent artist, doing recycling art for living
Web: https://www.facebook.com/baya.mery
 
SAM'Art - DIY
Location: Tiznit
Short: working as a language teacher, the young Samira is also full time community activist, co-organising social events, doing public interventions to empower those with fewer opportunities. Her SAM'Art DIY page shares the self-tested samples of doing crafts and artis with children, using recycled material.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/SAMARTDIY

 

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AGORA Seminar - Inspiration for the New Year

In the end of November a brave team of trial&errorists was sent on a special mission in a french wine-yard: AGORA seminar, hosted by the amazing team of Via Brachy. in the frame of Erasmus+. The purpose of the one week seminar was to promote intercultural and social dialogue in the community by joining art, non-formal education and social work. Also, the seminar addressed the issue of social and intercultural dialogue as an answer to intercultural misunderstandings, social prejudices and xenophobia.

Other participating organisations were the European Village from Athens and Forme from Palermo.

The topics are of course super-relevant for our daily activity. Taking the time off-the-making to look at the meaning of what we do and how we do it was enlightening.

Much of the plan consisted out of presentations of existing projects and the problems they face. We got to offer our knowledge and experience and be supported when we introduced Trial&Errors activity, the Recycled Creativity Festival and the challenges we face as a collective. Our presentation included a simulation of the festival, with its chaotic charm, questionable dignity and very funny moments. Will some conclusions from this wild exercise be implemented in Recycled Creativity 2017? Come take part and see for yourself.

Towards the end of the seminar, all inspired by the different initiatives and the new people we met (and enchanted by the wonderful hospitality, extraordinary food and beautiful nature around us), we started focusing on future plans for projects and partnerships. The seeds were planted, some young plants might be growing slowly, but its too early to say! Fingers crossed and some work to be done in 2017 if we want to make it happen ;)

Happy new year everyone! Keep up the good work and don't forget to take time to enjoy the great people working alongside you! And come visit us, we are back in action starting the 10th of January, with Swap-Shop, Foodsharing Fair-teiler, Jam-sessions, Naturlabor workshops, Urban Bee keeping, Wintergartenlabor and all the good stuff!

Are you not yet on our mailing list? And not yet following our page on Facebook? Join in!

Lets do amazing things together this year!

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Germany-based collective wanted! Projekt - TC sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment

Deadline times: Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. is working on project application "sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment of selforganised youth groups and collectives"!

 

Together with old and new partners-in-crime: Radi Vidi Pats (Latvia), Ye too ponese (Spain), GreenRope (Italy), Non-state private cultural and educational institution studio "Karas" (Belorus) and friends from Ukraine and Sebia! We are still open for 1 Germany based organisation, fitting the profile, to join the team!

 

The main aim of the project is to overcome geographical and economical borders in order to rise the quality of youth work in  geographic European space by exploring, evaluating and sharing the knowledge and skills of youth empowerment in self-organised youth collectives. The focus points of this training course are self-organisation, horisontal structures, grassroute and bottom-up approach, methods of non-formal education as well as equal chances and social inclusion. Program will explore following aspects: volunteer management, financial structures, communication resources. It will be 8 days training course with 38 youth workers from 7 different countries

In case of approval, the project will take place in Brandemburg, Germany in March 2017.

 

More about "sustainABILITY" concept: check out the documentation of training course "SustianABILIY: sustainable management of self-organised youth collectives" - https://issuu.com/trial-e…/…/sustainability_tc_documentation

More about the ERASMUS+ program:
The Program Guide http://ec.europa.eu/…/r…/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf

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Call For Partnerships: ERASMUS+ TC sustainABILTY

Call for partners!

Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. is looking for partner organisations, NGOs from EU and neighbouring countries, to develop an application for ERASMUS+ KA1 mobility for youth workers about tools for selforganisation and youth collectives!

 

We, from Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V., believe that buttom-up, horisontal organisation and collectives are the key words for youth empowerment, participation in society and working towards the bright sustainable future. But how? With training course format sustainABILITY 3rd eddition we aim to work on tools for selforganisation - needs and values, community development, leadership, decision making, communication and project planning.

We cant do that alone - therefore we are looking for partnerorganisations from 6 different countries (+ 1 from Germany), that would participate in preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project - 6+2 days training course in Brandenburg, Germany, sending 4youth workers, burning for project topics, to our training course!

More information - read our Call For Partnerships!

If You are interested in the project, please contact us until 23rd of April 2017 by email - ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org with topic “TC SustainABILITY3.0” - with PIF  and few sentences about  Your motivation/ contributions/ expectations&needs from the project. If You know someone, who is the perfect partner for the project, please do not hesitate to pass it on! We are looking forward to hear from you!

In name of Kulturlabor Trial & Error e.V.,

Ruta, Masha, Ivan & Sabine

Berlin,14th of April 2017

 

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Magic in Tajine. Study visit in Morocco. Part 2.

*In December 2016 via program “European Forum – Active Citizenship”, organised by MitOst e. V., Ruta Vimba as a representative of Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. took part in study visit to Morocco.
Already beforehand my dear host Siham had sent me a program with plan of visiting 5 or more NGOs in Morocco, working on environment, education, empowerment and culture. It was a great opportunity not only to learn about these amazing initiatives, but also make an order and improve my presentation  and networking skills, learning to learn from such field visits.
Hereby please allow me to share very brief impressions of the visits:
 
 Kane Ya Makane
Location: Casablanca
Topics: fine arts, animation, education, women empowerment
Short: Professionally built, hierarchically structured and maintained organisation, facilitating a network of animators that teach art in over 25 schools. Additionally implementing project for women empowerment via arts. Large scale projects from local donations and international donors.
Interesting: In-house pedagogical stuff & interns developing the educational materials and guidelines.
Website: www.kaneyamakane.com
 
Theatre Nomade
Location: Casablanca
Topics: circus, theatre, buttom-up, children education, social work, empowerment
Short: Yet located in a territory of abandoned slaughter house in neglected neighbourhood of Casablanca, it's like a lighthouse for the kids of the neighbourhood as well as those, who they visit with their travelling theatre and circus performances, or bus of mobile library. Working with recycled materials to create costumes, puppets, kinetic sculptures, they have developed their own unique approach to work with kids from the neighbourhood, often socially or economically disadvantaged. Invited through a vivid and colourful street performance, children join longer program to try out their skills in acting, various circus disciplines as well as arts and crafts.
Interesting: The stuff of the organisation live in circus caravans in the area, good part of the coworkers are ones who joined the educational program of Theatre Nomade years ago, now work with kids in the streets as animators.
http://www.theatrenomade.com
 
Racines
Location: Casablanca
Topics: cultural policy, networking, mapping, public space, tolerance, participation
Short: in a short time span grown from voluntary initiative into a serious and recognised organisation with employees and office, they are working on various projects related to human rights, culture, usage and access to the public space and culture in general. Amongst others, research on cultural actors, culture consumption, campaign for accessibility of the public space. Using art as a tool to rise discussions about taboo topics in society, for example, women rights or racism.
Interesting: the extensive map of moroccan cultural actors - http://www.artmap.ma/
http://www.racines.ma
 
Dar Si Hmad
Location: Agadir
Topics: education, culture preservation, environment, women empowerment, innovation
Short: Smallest of all the NGOs visited, it surprised with the scale, innovative aspects, variety of projects. The central topic is the Cloud Fisher - technology to collect water from fog in the dry mountain regions. Around that, working on education, gender, science and community management, they manage a holistic approach to the issue. Worth mentioning is the volunteering & education program for youth Environmental Youth Ambassadors .
Interesting: Impressive capacity using minimal resources. Valuable experience working with local communities linking traditional lifestyle with scientific innovations.
Web: http://darsihmad.org/
 
*Tiznit
The visit to Tiznit was special, because of opportunity to hold a workshop/ presentation to a group of people working in all levels of re-& upcycling initiatives around Tiznit. I just would like to share links of some of the participants:
 
Artisan Hassan Asoughay
Location:  Taroudant
Short: truly inspirational example of recycling, environmental awareness, traditional craft techniques. Having left school early, Hassan has found her way as a craftsman, making qualitative and weareable shoes, bags, carpets and other items, using recycled materials. An example of upcycling as a potential for entrepreneurship.
Interesting: planning to start urban gardening project in his town.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/Artisan.Hassan.Assoughay
 
Créamery
Location: Tiznit
Short: looking for her own way, the artist Mery Baya found herself doing decorations, gift boxed and interior objects, using upcycled materials.. She is dreaming of becoming independent artist, doing recycling art for living
Web: https://www.facebook.com/baya.mery
 
SAM'Art - DIY
Location: Tiznit
Short: working as a language teacher, the young Samira is also full time community activist, co-organising social events, doing public interventions to empower those with fewer opportunities. Her SAM'Art DIY page shares the self-tested samples of doing crafts and artis with children, using recycled material.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/SAMARTDIY

 

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AGORA Seminar - Inspiration for the New Year

In the end of November a brave team of trial&errorists was sent on a special mission in a french wine-yard: AGORA seminar, hosted by the amazing team of Via Brachy. in the frame of Erasmus+. The purpose of the one week seminar was to promote intercultural and social dialogue in the community by joining art, non-formal education and social work. Also, the seminar addressed the issue of social and intercultural dialogue as an answer to intercultural misunderstandings, social prejudices and xenophobia.

Other participating organisations were the European Village from Athens and Forme from Palermo.

The topics are of course super-relevant for our daily activity. Taking the time off-the-making to look at the meaning of what we do and how we do it was enlightening.

Much of the plan consisted out of presentations of existing projects and the problems they face. We got to offer our knowledge and experience and be supported when we introduced Trial&Errors activity, the Recycled Creativity Festival and the challenges we face as a collective. Our presentation included a simulation of the festival, with its chaotic charm, questionable dignity and very funny moments. Will some conclusions from this wild exercise be implemented in Recycled Creativity 2017? Come take part and see for yourself.

Towards the end of the seminar, all inspired by the different initiatives and the new people we met (and enchanted by the wonderful hospitality, extraordinary food and beautiful nature around us), we started focusing on future plans for projects and partnerships. The seeds were planted, some young plants might be growing slowly, but its too early to say! Fingers crossed and some work to be done in 2017 if we want to make it happen ;)

Happy new year everyone! Keep up the good work and don't forget to take time to enjoy the great people working alongside you! And come visit us, we are back in action starting the 10th of January, with Swap-Shop, Foodsharing Fair-teiler, Jam-sessions, Naturlabor workshops, Urban Bee keeping, Wintergartenlabor and all the good stuff!

Are you not yet on our mailing list? And not yet following our page on Facebook? Join in!

Lets do amazing things together this year!

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Germany-based collective wanted! Projekt - TC sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment

Deadline times: Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. is working on project application "sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment of selforganised youth groups and collectives"!

 

Together with old and new partners-in-crime: Radi Vidi Pats (Latvia), Ye too ponese (Spain), GreenRope (Italy), Non-state private cultural and educational institution studio "Karas" (Belorus) and friends from Ukraine and Sebia! We are still open for 1 Germany based organisation, fitting the profile, to join the team!

 

The main aim of the project is to overcome geographical and economical borders in order to rise the quality of youth work in  geographic European space by exploring, evaluating and sharing the knowledge and skills of youth empowerment in self-organised youth collectives. The focus points of this training course are self-organisation, horisontal structures, grassroute and bottom-up approach, methods of non-formal education as well as equal chances and social inclusion. Program will explore following aspects: volunteer management, financial structures, communication resources. It will be 8 days training course with 38 youth workers from 7 different countries

In case of approval, the project will take place in Brandemburg, Germany in March 2017.

 

More about "sustainABILITY" concept: check out the documentation of training course "SustianABILIY: sustainable management of self-organised youth collectives" - https://issuu.com/trial-e…/…/sustainability_tc_documentation

More about the ERASMUS+ program:
The Program Guide http://ec.europa.eu/…/r…/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf

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Call For Partnerships: ERASMUS+ TC sustainABILTY

Call for partners!

Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. is looking for partner organisations, NGOs from EU and neighbouring countries, to develop an application for ERASMUS+ KA1 mobility for youth workers about tools for selforganisation and youth collectives!

 

We, from Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V., believe that buttom-up, horisontal organisation and collectives are the key words for youth empowerment, participation in society and working towards the bright sustainable future. But how? With training course format sustainABILITY 3rd eddition we aim to work on tools for selforganisation - needs and values, community development, leadership, decision making, communication and project planning.

We cant do that alone - therefore we are looking for partnerorganisations from 6 different countries (+ 1 from Germany), that would participate in preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project - 6+2 days training course in Brandenburg, Germany, sending 4youth workers, burning for project topics, to our training course!

More information - read our Call For Partnerships!

If You are interested in the project, please contact us until 23rd of April 2017 by email - ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org with topic “TC SustainABILITY3.0” - with PIF  and few sentences about  Your motivation/ contributions/ expectations&needs from the project. If You know someone, who is the perfect partner for the project, please do not hesitate to pass it on! We are looking forward to hear from you!

In name of Kulturlabor Trial & Error e.V.,

Ruta, Masha, Ivan & Sabine

Berlin,14th of April 2017

 

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Magic in Tajine. Study visit in Morocco. Part 2.

*In December 2016 via program “European Forum – Active Citizenship”, organised by MitOst e. V., Ruta Vimba as a representative of Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. took part in study visit to Morocco.
Already beforehand my dear host Siham had sent me a program with plan of visiting 5 or more NGOs in Morocco, working on environment, education, empowerment and culture. It was a great opportunity not only to learn about these amazing initiatives, but also make an order and improve my presentation  and networking skills, learning to learn from such field visits.
Hereby please allow me to share very brief impressions of the visits:
 
 Kane Ya Makane
Location: Casablanca
Topics: fine arts, animation, education, women empowerment
Short: Professionally built, hierarchically structured and maintained organisation, facilitating a network of animators that teach art in over 25 schools. Additionally implementing project for women empowerment via arts. Large scale projects from local donations and international donors.
Interesting: In-house pedagogical stuff & interns developing the educational materials and guidelines.
Website: www.kaneyamakane.com
 
Theatre Nomade
Location: Casablanca
Topics: circus, theatre, buttom-up, children education, social work, empowerment
Short: Yet located in a territory of abandoned slaughter house in neglected neighbourhood of Casablanca, it's like a lighthouse for the kids of the neighbourhood as well as those, who they visit with their travelling theatre and circus performances, or bus of mobile library. Working with recycled materials to create costumes, puppets, kinetic sculptures, they have developed their own unique approach to work with kids from the neighbourhood, often socially or economically disadvantaged. Invited through a vivid and colourful street performance, children join longer program to try out their skills in acting, various circus disciplines as well as arts and crafts.
Interesting: The stuff of the organisation live in circus caravans in the area, good part of the coworkers are ones who joined the educational program of Theatre Nomade years ago, now work with kids in the streets as animators.
http://www.theatrenomade.com
 
Racines
Location: Casablanca
Topics: cultural policy, networking, mapping, public space, tolerance, participation
Short: in a short time span grown from voluntary initiative into a serious and recognised organisation with employees and office, they are working on various projects related to human rights, culture, usage and access to the public space and culture in general. Amongst others, research on cultural actors, culture consumption, campaign for accessibility of the public space. Using art as a tool to rise discussions about taboo topics in society, for example, women rights or racism.
Interesting: the extensive map of moroccan cultural actors - http://www.artmap.ma/
http://www.racines.ma
 
Dar Si Hmad
Location: Agadir
Topics: education, culture preservation, environment, women empowerment, innovation
Short: Smallest of all the NGOs visited, it surprised with the scale, innovative aspects, variety of projects. The central topic is the Cloud Fisher - technology to collect water from fog in the dry mountain regions. Around that, working on education, gender, science and community management, they manage a holistic approach to the issue. Worth mentioning is the volunteering & education program for youth Environmental Youth Ambassadors .
Interesting: Impressive capacity using minimal resources. Valuable experience working with local communities linking traditional lifestyle with scientific innovations.
Web: http://darsihmad.org/
 
*Tiznit
The visit to Tiznit was special, because of opportunity to hold a workshop/ presentation to a group of people working in all levels of re-& upcycling initiatives around Tiznit. I just would like to share links of some of the participants:
 
Artisan Hassan Asoughay
Location:  Taroudant
Short: truly inspirational example of recycling, environmental awareness, traditional craft techniques. Having left school early, Hassan has found her way as a craftsman, making qualitative and weareable shoes, bags, carpets and other items, using recycled materials. An example of upcycling as a potential for entrepreneurship.
Interesting: planning to start urban gardening project in his town.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/Artisan.Hassan.Assoughay
 
Créamery
Location: Tiznit
Short: looking for her own way, the artist Mery Baya found herself doing decorations, gift boxed and interior objects, using upcycled materials.. She is dreaming of becoming independent artist, doing recycling art for living
Web: https://www.facebook.com/baya.mery
 
SAM'Art - DIY
Location: Tiznit
Short: working as a language teacher, the young Samira is also full time community activist, co-organising social events, doing public interventions to empower those with fewer opportunities. Her SAM'Art DIY page shares the self-tested samples of doing crafts and artis with children, using recycled material.
Web: https://www.facebook.com/SAMARTDIY

 

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AGORA Seminar - Inspiration for the New Year

In the end of November a brave team of trial&errorists was sent on a special mission in a french wine-yard: AGORA seminar, hosted by the amazing team of Via Brachy. in the frame of Erasmus+. The purpose of the one week seminar was to promote intercultural and social dialogue in the community by joining art, non-formal education and social work. Also, the seminar addressed the issue of social and intercultural dialogue as an answer to intercultural misunderstandings, social prejudices and xenophobia.

Other participating organisations were the European Village from Athens and Forme from Palermo.

The topics are of course super-relevant for our daily activity. Taking the time off-the-making to look at the meaning of what we do and how we do it was enlightening.

Much of the plan consisted out of presentations of existing projects and the problems they face. We got to offer our knowledge and experience and be supported when we introduced Trial&Errors activity, the Recycled Creativity Festival and the challenges we face as a collective. Our presentation included a simulation of the festival, with its chaotic charm, questionable dignity and very funny moments. Will some conclusions from this wild exercise be implemented in Recycled Creativity 2017? Come take part and see for yourself.

Towards the end of the seminar, all inspired by the different initiatives and the new people we met (and enchanted by the wonderful hospitality, extraordinary food and beautiful nature around us), we started focusing on future plans for projects and partnerships. The seeds were planted, some young plants might be growing slowly, but its too early to say! Fingers crossed and some work to be done in 2017 if we want to make it happen ;)

Happy new year everyone! Keep up the good work and don't forget to take time to enjoy the great people working alongside you! And come visit us, we are back in action starting the 10th of January, with Swap-Shop, Foodsharing Fair-teiler, Jam-sessions, Naturlabor workshops, Urban Bee keeping, Wintergartenlabor and all the good stuff!

Are you not yet on our mailing list? And not yet following our page on Facebook? Join in!

Lets do amazing things together this year!

1 Comments

Germany-based collective wanted! Projekt - TC sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment

Deadline times: Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. is working on project application "sustainABILITY: tools for empowerment of selforganised youth groups and collectives"!

 

Together with old and new partners-in-crime: Radi Vidi Pats (Latvia), Ye too ponese (Spain), GreenRope (Italy), Non-state private cultural and educational institution studio "Karas" (Belorus) and friends from Ukraine and Sebia! We are still open for 1 Germany based organisation, fitting the profile, to join the team!

 

The main aim of the project is to overcome geographical and economical borders in order to rise the quality of youth work in  geographic European space by exploring, evaluating and sharing the knowledge and skills of youth empowerment in self-organised youth collectives. The focus points of this training course are self-organisation, horisontal structures, grassroute and bottom-up approach, methods of non-formal education as well as equal chances and social inclusion. Program will explore following aspects: volunteer management, financial structures, communication resources. It will be 8 days training course with 38 youth workers from 7 different countries

In case of approval, the project will take place in Brandemburg, Germany in March 2017.

 

More about "sustainABILITY" concept: check out the documentation of training course "SustianABILIY: sustainable management of self-organised youth collectives" - https://issuu.com/trial-e…/…/sustainability_tc_documentation

More about the ERASMUS+ program:
The Program Guide http://ec.europa.eu/…/r…/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf

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SustainABILITY : Looking for self-organised collectives !!

Dear friends,

 

Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. has something in mind for You - the time is here – after successful experience of organising Training Course “SustainABILITY: sustainable management of selforganised youth collectives” in November last year, together with partners in crime from other youth collectives we, Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. trainers team have decided to learn from our trials and error and apply for the next Training Course around the topic of selforganisation, focusing on the topic of resource management in the collective – finances, volunteers, communication.

 

So the idea is to apply for a ERASMUS + KA1 Youth Workers Mobility Training Course “SustainABILITY: sustainable management of selforganised youth collectives”, what would take place in Brandenburg, Germany, from 8th till 15th of October 2016. We expect 35 members of various selforganised collectives from 8 countries to show up!

 

 

Here u can see:

The question is: would You like to be our partner-in-crime? Or do You know another self-organised collective who would looove/need this?

 

If so, please send us the expression of the interest as soon as possible and PIC number, and then Part C & Mandate until 20th of April 2016 - to ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org!

 

Happy days!

 

Ruuta, Maria & Sabine,

Kulturlabor Trial & Error e.V.


Kulturlabor FOR My Right is Your Right! Carnival Al-Lajiìn - كرنفال اللاجئين

"On the occasion of the Global Day Against Racism, the self-organized Refugee Club Impulse (RCI) invites you to the Carnival Al-Lajiìn_Al-Lajiàat, the Carnival of the Refugees, on 20th March 2016 in Berlin. The Carnival wants to raise voices against the isolation of refugees and make clear political demands against the tightening of asylum laws and the discrimination of refugees."

 

Kulturlabor together with friends from such collectives as ARTISANIA and VEGAN CAFE COLLECTIVE invites You to inform Yourself and prepare for the carnival together:

 

Friday, 11th of March - 18-22 o clock - Info evening with movie, vegan ku:fa, flyers and small crafting corner,

Wednesday, 16th of March, 18-22 o clock - info&mobilisation evening with vegan ku:fa, flyers and small crafting corner,

Sunday, 20th of March DEMO!!! DIY Workshop "Masken&Rasseln aus recyceltes Material" auch mit Kulturlabor TRial&Error e.V.

 

Mehr um demo: https://www.facebook.com/events/1499726330336008/


CSA "SoLaWi" bei Kulturlabor Trial&Error EV

Ab jetzt gibt's bei Trial&Error eine CSA/SOLAWI vom Auenhof Havelland

 

INFOTREFFEN 13.03. 15h

Werdet Solwist - 120km westlich von Berlin in der Gemeinde Havelaue liegt der Auenhof. Seit Anfang März bauen die 4 Bauern vom Auenhof auf 1,5 ha an und wollen ca. 50-60 Gemüse- und Kräuterkulturen anbauen. Es werden noch Mitglieder in Kreuzberg/ Neukölln und Prenzlauer Berg/ Pankow gesucht. Aktive Teilnahme und Engagement in der SoLaWi-Gruppe sind sehr willkommen, beruhen aber - ebenso wie die Arbeitseinsätze auf dem Hof - auf Freiwilligkeit.

Die Ernteanteile werden wöchentlich geliefert und versorgen 1-4 Personen mit Gemüse.
Diesen Sonntag, den 13.03. um 15Uhr gibt es ein Infotreffen in unseren neuen Räumlichkeiten in der Braunschweigerstr.80.
Weitere Infos findet ihr auf der Website: www.auenhof-havelland.de

RE:opening of the SWAP SHOP

Mensch! Tauschladen ist wieder auf! (english below)

NEUERÖFFNUNG! von Kulturlabor Trial&Error Projektraum

WO? Braunschweiger Straße 80, Sbahn Neukölln
WANN? 8. März 15-22 Uhr
WAS?
- geselliges Kleidertausch, lustige Menschen, leckeres (&vegan) Ku:fa & Tresen und vieles mehr!
- Projekte von Kulturlabor Trial&Error kennenzulernen, Pate von Kulturlabor werden, ein bisschen Ideen-brainstorm und soo!
- 20:15-22:00 Uhr ist der Foodsharing Fair-Teiler aktiv. Sei dabei mit einem Beutel und hilf uns essen zu retten!

mit Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V.

Und danach?
Wieder und wie immer - Tauschladen Di&Do 15-19 Uhr, Foodsharing Verteiler Di 20:30-22 Uhr!
aber auch viel neues - CSA, regelmäßige Upcyclingworkshops, urbanes Gartenbau, Stummkino und Jamsessions, Naturlabor (DIY naturkosmetik), Nähcafe, offenes Holzwerkstatt.
Kentnisse, Fähigkeiten und Raum für Mikrorevolutionen und Evolutionen, für alles, was man für Off-the-grid Leben braucht!

~English~
The new space of Kulturlabor Trial&Error and the beloved SWAPSHOP are opening again!
On the GRANDOPENING we will: swap clothes (15:00-19:00), eat chef made vegan food, raise a toast and enjoy eachothers company.
We will also be introducing our organisation to those who don't know it yet, brain storm about ideas and possibilities, and try to get some supporters that can help us keep the project running.
At 20:15 the Foodsharing Fair-teiler in on, so bring an empty bag and help us save food.

And later? As always swap shop every tuesday and thursday 15:00-19:00. Foodsharing each tuesday at 20:15-22:00.
But thats not all! Upcoming also lots of workshops: upcycling, fermenting, natural cosmetics. And urban gardening, movie screenings, jam-sessions, open wood workshop, sew-cafe, a potential CSA veggies delivery spot, art exhibitions and more!
Skills, Knowledge and space for micro-revolutions and evolutions of everything one needs to live off the grid!


The FINAL COUNTDOWN - THE Fashing*Trashing*Carneval - PARTY

Am Samstag schmeißen wir ne große Abschiedsparty in der Mareschstr.10 - die ganze Wohung verwandelt sich zum letzten Mal in eine rießige Tanzfläche, verrückte Fashings-Verkleidungszimmer, Blacklight Bodypainting, Karaoke und Playroom, Clownerie und natürlich einer geilen Bar mit abgespaceten Drinks.

Los geht's tagsüber, der Tauschladen ist geöffnet und
wir holen nochmal alle unsere trashigen Dekoartikel aus dem Keller und dekorieren die ganze Wohnung. Wolltet ihr euch schon immer mal kreativ auslassen? Dann kommt schon ab 15h vorbei!

Ansonsten öffnen wir ab 20h die Pforten und los geht's mit DJ Jakob im 60er/70er Rock Vinyl Style.
Mehr Infos folgen.

Open End! Bleibt doch einfach zum Brunch und chilled mit und bei der Jamsession ♥

******

Saturday is the day to PARTY. For the last time the Mareschstr.10 will transfer into a huge dance floor, a crazy Carneval-DressUp Room, Blacklight Bodypainting, Karaoke and Playroom, Clownery and of course a totally awesome Spacebar with delicous drinks.

We will start during the day, the swapshop will be opened and we will collect our trashy decoration from the basement and transform the flat. You always wanted to do that? Come over from 3pm.

Otherwise we will open again from 8pm and start with 60ties/70ties Rock Vinyl Style by DJ Jakob.
Infos will follow.

Open End! You can just stay until the postapokalyptic brunch on sunday and enjoy the jam session!


It's time to say GOODBYE !!!

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN

Our year has started really wild, as you might have heard: IT’S TIME TO SAY GOODBYE!

 

Dear Mareschstrasse, we are moving out! THANK YOU and ADÉ - Maresch 10!

 

Ok don’t panic, we’ll be around and will step even deeper and bigger into the swapping business! Yes right, our new space is much bigger and beautiful, but check it out yourself

 

from the 08th of march 2016, we are waiting for you in: Braunschweigerstr. 80 12055 Berlin Neukölln. S-Bahn Neukölln

 

 

 

But for our move to happen smoothly, we have to start organizing the move, packing, emptying the space, dismantling everything. sorting and  also celebrating…so that we invite you to

 

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN of the Tauschladen in Mareschstr.10!

 

From 1st to 9th of February 2016, Tauschladen will be opened EVERY DAY!

 

This time will be 9 days of explosion of CREATIVITY !!!

 

We open the space for 9 days to give away everything that doesn’t move to the new space, we want to craft and create things also for the new space, swap with ideas, to say THANK YOU and GOODBYE  and send some nostalgic time together.


Wanna spend this time with us? Wanna give something back? Maybe a solidarity concert? Workshops and actions are welcome! (see the program day by day below)


A sneaky Info: SATURDAY the 06th we will start a big GoodBye-Carneval-Trashion-FINALCOUNTDOWN-Party with a post apocalyptic Brunch the next day - well yes, we are prepared ;)


 

This time will be also time to collect donation to finanze the moving and the installation in the new place. Feel free to help us leaving donation (see details below).

As we have to move out and don’t want to take more than needed, we have to get rid of many things! We ask Your understanding that from 1st - 9th of February we CAN NOT accept more things! We are sure your clothes can wait till march.

After that crazy and intense time of sharing, dropping, creating, crafting, swapping, skill sharing...TAUSCHLADEN will be CLOSED from 10th of February until 7th of March 2016. We will disappear from the surface but be busy building stuff, extra invitation will follow ;)


Final Countdown Program :

1st of Feb  15-19 o´clock swap shop
2nd of Feb 15-19 o´clock swap shop + Foodsharing evening
3rd of Feb 15-19 o´clock swap shop + Baby Clothes Swap & Craft
4th of Feb 15-19 o´clock swap shop
5th of Feb 15-19 o´clock swap shop + Fashing-Trashing-Party vol. 1
6th of Feb 15-...!!! o´clock swap shop + Fashing-Trashing-Party vol. 2 + Final Countdown Party
7th of Feb 13-17 o´clock swap shop + Post-Apocaliptical Brunch
8th of Feb 15-19 o´clock swap shop + Textile Upcycling Workshop
9th of Feb 15-19 o´clock BYE BYE swap shop + Goodbye ceremony + Foodsharing evening


Discover Rixdorf: trash2treasure hunt 

 

For big and tiny children, families, friends and all the other curious people (dogs are also welcome, of course) - Do You know, who can help You to repair broken chair, or shoes? What to do with a lamp you do not need? what are the nice hangout places in the neighbourhood to network and share knowledge? Where to find affordable second hand things? Is there a place to borrow tools?

 

Meet Your neighbours, discover the places to repair, swap and recycle, enjoy the game, pay a visit to the swap shop of Kulturlabor Trial&Error and win some nice presents - join the urban exploration and discover the other side of the Rixdorf in "trash2treasure hunt" ("trash2treasure - die alternative Schnitzeljagd")!

 

Trash2treasure game is about meeting likeminded people, using the streets as our playground, exploring the neighbourhood and mapping the places, where people can repair, recycle, reuse items instead of buying new ones. There are too many things already produced and too much material wasted, so together with You we want to research how to save material, time and money and make a treasure map.

 

The treasure hunt is initiated by Kulturlabor Trial&Error e. V. project 

"Recyclingbotschaft in Richardkiez" - 2 years long activities to network in the Richardplatz Süd neighbourhood, researching how to better share the knowledge, make networks to share, borrow, swap things as well as share skills and knowledge about environmental topics and real life solutions like repairing or upcycling. During the project there is a swap shop open 2 times a week, once a month there is an open DIY workshop, a neighbourhood garden is being develped on the corner of Kannestraße and Braunschweigerstraße - as well we plan to start gardening and building workshops with children from the shollc and kindergardens, build public swap boxes and make an interactive map "Recycling treasure map".

 

Trash2treasure treasure hunt is the first step to make the interactive map with places like repair shops, free boxes, recycling spots, places to reuse packaging, or share knowledge in the Rixdorf (Richardplatz Süd Quartier). With the project we want to bring fun into environmental topics, make time and space to meet the neighbours, learn the neighbourhood and together make sure its a happy place for everyone - big or small, poor or rich, with 2 or 4 legs, with a workshop, cafe or backyard garden.

 

During the treasure hunt we will visit some of the places, do some upcycling, swapping and reparing as well as discover new places - all the results will be collected and launched in an online and offline map in the beginning of next (2016) year. Everyone is more than welcome to contribute by participating in the treasure hunt, supporting with researching the area, online mapping solutions, or ideas for spreading the map.

 

When and where?

The game will take place on 12th of December from 13:30 till 16:30. The meeting point is the cozy Tauschladen, Mareschstr. 10, where we all meet each other, have some tea and cookies and divide in teams - 3-5 people each, receive instructions and tasks (You are very welcome to come with a completed team). The round during the neighbourhood will take 1 - 2 hours, at the end of the gamethe map will bring us all back to the Tauschladen, share the stories of treasure hunters, have some presents for such nominations as the fastest, slowest, most environmental and others!

 

How?

Please register for participation as a team or an individual by sending a request to mariiaservetnyk@gmail.com. The registration is open till 7th of December. We would ask you to pay symbolic participation fee - 5 Euro/team.


SustainABILITY: sustainable management of selforganised youth collectives

The Training Course is over!!

 

Thanks to everybody for that beautiful moment of learning, sharing experiences, community living and so on !! We hope you all enjoy that moment as much as you. You were all of you a very nice team and we really had a great time. Now it's time for feedback analyse and evaluation to propose you maybe another training course next year.

 

A special congratulation to our wonderful vegan cooker Fay (www.vegancat.de) and « Tagungashaus Wensdorf » for the beautiful place!

 

Thank you to all the organisations which took part in that training course. You all do an amazing work in your country and we want to share it:

 

Spain

Ye Too Ponese: www.yetooponese.net

Paraiso: https://localparaiso.wordpress.com/

Llar El Mataderu : www.facebook.com/Llar-El-Mataderu-437667706401091/timeline

 

Hungary

Mindspace (sending organisation) : http://Mindspace.hu/

Zsámboki Biokert's: www.zsambokibiokert.hu

Cargonomia : http://cargonomia.hu/

Cyclonomia : http://cyclonomia.org/

Gömörszőlősi Paraszt-Wellness: www.parasztwellness.hu

 

Serbia

Karkatag : http://www.karkatag.org

Ulice za bicikliste : www.uzb.rs

Circusfera : www.cirkusfera.org

Eko-Dvorište  : www.ekodvoriste.com

 

Germany

Loesje Germany : www.loesje.org/berlin

ASTA TU Darmstadt : www.asta.tu-darmstadt.de/asta/de

Zircus Zack : http://vuesch.org/zack/

Basta: www.ida-nowhere.com

 

Finland

Pixelache: www.pixelache.ac

Asematila: http://asematila.fi/

 

Slovenia

Punkt: www.punkt-cc.org

 


Kulturlabor T&E looking for new home!

February 2016 is a big time for all of us, friends and visitors of Tauschladen - Kulturlabor T&E has to look for new home. In order to keep the funding that party covers our rent, we are bonded to the are a is Richardplatz Süd (http://stadtentwicklung.berlin.de/wohnen/quartiersmanagement/pix/richard/richardplatz_karte_800.jpg)
We are mobilizing our network to  find a new place before the new year is there - if You could help with contacts, mapping empty spaces or have a space to share, we are very thankful - ruuta.vimba@trial-error.org!

Becoming part of Recycled Creativity Festival

Yes, but how? Here is list of times ane places, where helpful hands are needed! Please sign up with your name in the list http://piratepad.net/bepartofrecycledcreativity2015 at the tasks and send your times and tasks with your email and phone number to volunteers [[ @ ]]recycledcreativity.info and info [[ @ ]]recycledcreativity.info. See you!



Trash ... there is no "away"



Lets throw the Recycled Creativity Festival 2015 - all ends meets beginnings at Recyceld Creativity Festival 2015 on 26th of September! DIY workshops and experiments, music and performances, ku:fa, cakes - join the crew or show up in the spot! more information www.recycledcreativity.info.


Lets catch the last summer sun, play with some trash, listen to others playing and learn more about healthy and happy life. This year we have chosen to talk about the cycles to things, reflect critically about the misconception of some mystical place “away”, where all our errors and temporary wrappings get sent to and re-value the materials, ideas, initiatives and dear lovely human power arround us!


Join the festival and be part of it – come and bake cakes, spread the word, help with workshops, swap some things, get inspired and spend some nice time in our yearly recycling celebration!

Let us know - info@recycledcreativity.info!


Dates:

Thursday, 24th of Sept – at 19:00 – in Wagenburg Löhmuehle – Info evening

crafting recycled decorations, meeting the team, volunteers and minds-alike, vo:kü, drinks

Friday, 25th of Sept – (to be confirmed) – at Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. - Cakes for Solidarity

crafting the last decorations, exchanging with receipes and baking cakes to support the expenses of the festival

Saturday, 26th of Sept – 14:00-22:00 – in Wagenburg Löhmuehle – RECYCLED CREATIVITY FESTIVAL

workshops, music, food, discussions, bar, kids corner and much more.

 

 


 

Apply for YOUTH WELL-BEING Training Course in ASHA Centre, UK

ASHA

 

‘YOUTH WELL-BEING AUTUMN TRAINING COURSE’

13 – 21.10.2015

INTRODUCTION

The aim of the course is to address the issue of well-being among youth in Europe.

It seeks to offer participants a comprehensive framework for understanding the different aspects of well-being, as well as look at different examples of how well-being can be fostered, and in so doing improve understanding of what well-being is.

It also aims to offer an experience of enhanced well- being to the participants, as a result of the course and the stay at the ASHA Centre.

Participants will look at a number of frameworks for understanding the different dimensions that constitute a holistic understanding of well-being.
Specific methods, using non formal principles, will include presentations, group work, a visit to a local N.G.O., sharings, games and other activities designed to foster well-being; these will include sessions on yoga, meditation, connecting with nature, gardening, the Enneagram empathetic communication.

Participants need to be over 18. We will not be able to host any underage participants.

In the Training Course will take part participants from Croatia, United Kingdom, Poland, Italy, Germany, Greece, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Spain.

 

VENUE:

ASHA Centre

Flaxley, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

http://www.ashacentre.org

For more info:

http://www.facebook.com/ashacentre

 

TRAVEL COSTS:

ASHA will reimburse your travel expenses at 80% of the overall cost.

Please bare in mind the new Erasmus Plus travel limits for your country (275euro). However, if for good reasons your travel costs exceed the limit, we will still reimburse at 80%.
If you do intend to purchase tickets that exceed the Erasmus + limit for your country, you must contact ASHA first for approval before purchasing the ticket. If you do not, we will only reimburse a maximum of 80% of travel costs up to a maximum of the travel limit for your country.
! Note: Please note if you bought your ticket in your local currency which might be different than EUR, we will calculate your travel costs according to the exchange rates from official European Commission web-site http://ec.europa.eu/budget/inforeuro/index.cfm?Language=en
!!!! Note: Please make sure you have return tickets for all stages of your travel (return plane tickets, return bus tickets, etc.). Reimbursement will be given only on the basis of an existing ticket. No advance reimbursement for future tickets will be given.
!!!!! Note: If you plan to travel outside the official project dates you need Asha’s approval first.

Tickets for travel outside the official travel dates purchased without Asha’s approval may not be reimbursed.


♦HOW TO APPLY?


If you are interested in participating in the project, then please fill in the APPLICATION FORM

and send it back to email@trial-error.org not later than Monday, 21st of September 2015.

Results will be sent on your e-mail on 21.09.2015, then You will have to be ready to purchase tickets and do the other arrangements until Sunday, 27th of Seoptember.

If you have any questions, doubts or you want to know more, do not hesitate to contact us on the same mail.




 

Members of self-organised youth collectives wanted!

Training course

“SustianABILIY: sustainable management of self-organised youth collectives”

Brandenburg, Germany
22 – 30 November, 2015 

Deadline is extended!



Background of the project
The idea to organize a training course, aimed to promote active and participative citizenship through sharing the knowledge and experiences of self-organisation and exploring the different methods for group work, came based on the need of sharing the common urge to look for place where the daily meaning of activities is visible, the work is more than an a forced activity, the organisation's work is coherent with its values, there is a place for own reflection, feedback and ideas, the decisions are transparent and collective, everyone can affiliate with the goals of the organisation.
As there was not such a place for us in the established structures, thougth Kulturlabor Trial&Error decided to explore how the terms „work“ and „money“ correlates in our society, what place in the so called job market the young people have, how to reach a sustainable impact, respect the environment and people around as well as how to work in a horizontal and inclusive structure, giving each team member an equal chance to become an initiator, what kind of tools are to maintain an organisation effectively and sustain it both financially and resources-wise.

Training course objectives:
To reflect on organisational structures, working methods and to exchange experience with likeminded people through sharing the knowledge of self-organisation
to establish/ignite cooperation/international network of self-organised collectives
to experiment with ways of managing a collective, including such topics as decision making process, coherence of values, leadership styles, team dynamics to activate a entrepreneurial spirit
to integrate methods from the field of creative activism in the training process and stimulate creativity
to document and share the training process and conclusions
to evaluate organisation's working approaches towards dealing with target groups/community, reconsider internal and external values and learn about ways to sustainably develop a collective.


Participants
We expect to meet 25 participants from Germany, Spain, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia or Finland.
All participants selected for this project should meet the following criteria:
member of already established youth collective, which aimed to work with/for community urban or rural) and strive for emancipation of those communities in socio-political, ecological or entrepreneurial domainsor, or in process of founding one
understand and affiliate non-formal, horisontally organised, independent, locally integrated youth work
highly motivated to learn and share about issues tackled in the training course
are available for the whole duration of the training

Financial and practical conditions
Food and accommodation during the training course will be fully covered.
Travel costs of international participants will be cover based on the actual expenses up to 275Euro/person.

Application procedure
Application form is attached here. Please send the application form as a mail attachment to until 15th of September 2015 to mariiaservetnyk [[ @ ]] gmail.com.
Applicants will be informed about their acceptance within 2 weeks.

If you have any questions regarding the project and your application, don't hesitate to contact us.




Greetings from Sperrgutmarkt!

“Möbels wieder auf” - Sperrgutmarkt am Spreewaldplatz, 30.05.2015



Dieses Jahr auf dem Sperrgutmarkt gab’s richtig viel zu holen. Es wurde fleißig altes neu gemacht und kaputtes repariert und dann wieder auf den Platz gestellt. Da hat sich so manch einer schon gewundert und gestaunt, dass ihm der Schreibtischstuhl nicht nur geschenkt wurde, sondern auch noch neu bezogen und repariert. Aber so sind wir eben :) Außerdem gab es auch noch lecker Verpflegung von unseren Kreuzberger Kollegen von Foodsharing, natürlich auch umsonst. Ein gelungener Tag voller Recycling, Reusing und Repairing.
Sinn des Tages ist den Nachbarn die Möglichkeit zum Tauschen, Schenken und Reparieren zu geben und zu sehen, welche Projekte es gibt und was schon alles im Kiez in der Richtung passiert.

Des einen Trash, ist eben des anderen’s Treasure.

Der Sperrgutmarkt wuird jedes Jahr vom Nachbarschaftshaus Urbanstrasse, Gekko Reichenberger organisiert und von der KiezAktivKasse möglich gemacht! Danke an euch alle!



Up-Cycling in Romania with Trial&Error

Living in Europe has its definite advantages. One of the pro’s being, cool projects and youth exchanges, which often involve international travel and unique educational experiences. Even I, as a Canadian was able to participate in an Erasmus+ project called Eco-Handmade in Romania. I was invited to join this project with Trial & Error. Trial&Error focuses on art-activism, up-cycling and community building using alternative teaching methods, workshops and large social events (such as our Recycled Creativity Festival in September) which fit well into this project description.

36 young Europeans gathered for this 9-day Up-Cycling project – participants from Slovenia, Estonia, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, and of course our multi-culti German group (1 Belgian, 2 French, 1 Canadian and 2 Germans). The entire project was delivered in English, as trying to make Slovenian or Estonian the main language would be next to impossible (believe me, I tried to focus in on their conversations and they could be talking about flying-pigs for all I knew). Therefore, as the only native English speaker, I was designated to the living dictionary and editor.

The program ran similar to a summer camp – living in close proximity with one another, having continuous people time and a tight packed schedule of activities in which we would be teaching up-cycling methods and also creating video tutorials to be shared online and shown to the youngsters in the local community of Cristuru Secuiesc and area.

During the day we spent hours of creative thinking-and-making time to produce Up-cycled creations from things that would otherwise be trash and forgotten.

On our last day we dressed up a member of our team as Trash Man and we went out to do a Eco- Flash Mob- in which we went out to the streets and as a human machine we created an assembly line making little tetra pack wallets. Lots of kids enjoyed our demonstration and the community took home the final product with curious smiles on their faces.

Lots of creative minds from all over Europe worked together and we enjoyed culture nights every evening, in which our group represented more of Berlin than German culture. So many ideas, laughs and hugs shared – and before we knew it the project was over and time to go home and continue to share our creative discoveries.



Vegetable Vinegar Workshop


Edible Alchemy – a Canadian established fermentation-skill-share team has made its way to Berlin and joined forces with Trial&Error this December in a ‘Pro-biotic Vinegar Workshop’. Participants learnt about pro-biotics, healthy bacteria’s and yeasts, and how we can use these natural microbes on our fruit to create something good for our bodies.
We used the surplus, extra-ripened fruit from Trial&Error’s weekly fruit-share to create unique fruit vinegars, which participants took home to continue the fermentation process and watch the bubbling magic happen!
Delicious pro-biotic snacks and drinks were eaten and great discussion made. Eyes were opened to the world of fermentation.



URBAN MICROEVOLUTIONS – networking & workshops by MASTA collective

MASTA Handbook is collecting knowledge and experience about creative activism. We feel not able to any more set a border-line between activism, art, pedagogy, social work and general creativity while defining creative activism with the goal to create a practical guide about it. Kulturlabor Trial & Error gladly invite you our Mašta Handbook Launch Party at the 1th of November 2014.
Come to Ida Nowhere, and bring your ideas about creative activism! We’ll bring the Vokü and music.

History

The Mašta collective was formed in year 2009 as an initiative of young people, who met in Berlin to create a thoughtful and colorful magazine on creative activism, also known as the 1st issue of the Mašta magazine. Through the years the network has developed as a cooperation between NGOs around Europe, supported by a network of activists, artists and curious citizens from Europe and overseas.
After creating 8 issues of the magazine, became necessary to gather the experiences about creative activism in a shape of a handbook that can be passed on to other multipliers.

Why?

To gather knowledge, experience and ideas about the role of creative activism in society and to generate a tool for evolutions in urban and rural communities is the aim of this book. With Microevolutions the Mašta collective draw parallels between the street rebel attitudes and the city developers viewpoints, the social workers and community activists missions and artists self-explorations.
After two years, the book received the final form, and now ready to spread, print it and involve others to it. It can be a tool for the community makers, social workers, and it can help also to the active citizens, who wants to make neighbour actions, can be useful for collectives to group building. The book is never finished – anybody can write in it, and everybody can change the structure of it, customizable.

How?

The book is an online platform where anyone can join and add new articles, we offer a structure and programmed web tool to be used and hope that somewhere in some years the book will have doubled the volume with quality contributions about creative acts and methods from around the globe.

At the Launch Party easily can create your own Mašta Handbook, you can take part of the discussions which lead by the writers of the book, you can meet other people, who are work with community, get inspired, and share experiences!
 



ButtXBetter 2014


In 2014 we took part in the yearly demo-parade against fashion-terror, arranged by the Findus Geburtstag group. It all started with three days in a fancy estate deep in the countryside of Brandenburg. There were all kinds of talented people, that came together to plan and prepare for this huge event. You can see what we did there here. After a lecture about fashion industry from the very great ladies of Clean Clothes Campaign we moved strait into making: Music and a film were quickly created, costumes and flags, a 4 meter inflatable needle and stencills to promote the event. This year the slogan was Your Butt is Better, and there were also two Super heroes to lead the campaign - Captain Trash and Mirror Bitch.


Our team was in charge of organizing two days camp, where everyone makes their own trash costumes for the parade. This event, planned for a week before the actual parade, happened at the UrbanSpree. Out in the sun with our sewing machines and dumpstered materials we created really cool Trashion.


The parade, through Friedrichstraße, one of Berlin’s big shopping streets, was really fun! time DOES pass by quickly when you enjoy! But more importantly it raised awareness and got lots of attention, as the public discussion about garment industry workers rights was heating up anyway, due to the opening of a Primark brunch in Alexanderplatz a week before.


Photos: Gerben Grotenhuis



Four years of Trial&Error


Its been long but its never to late to talk about our 4th BIRTHDAY!
It was super nice! We had two events: one open to public, during the swap-shop opening hours and on. We ate a cake, did some chin-chin with our glasses, wrote birthday wishes on flags and enjoyed being surrounded with the people we love and the dear people that help us along the way.

The second birthday event was organized for us, members and volunteers. We went on a carefully planed adventure around the neighbourhood- looking for clues to get to a secrete destination. There we had a picnic, shared memories and had a funny fight about where to plant a young but heroic apple tree. Our photographer and EVS volunteer Gerben took this great pictures.



Yippie wir bauen!


Endlich konnten wir unser liebevoll seit Jahren gesammeltes Holz verarbeiten und ein wunderschönes und nützliches Regal zaubern. Danke an Jacob für das großartige Design, die Flexibilität und deine wundervoll entspannte Art, Danke an Flo, Jessica und Pablo für eure spontane Hilfe, Danke an Maayan dafür dass du bis spät in die Nacht noch mitgeputzt hast, Danke Ana fürs Ölen des Holzes, Danke an Riccardo und Nadav fürs rostige Nägelreißen, Danke an July, Zahara und Tau fürs Aufräumen und Aufhängen der Klamotten ins neue Regal und danke an die WG für die stabilen Nerven beim Bauen! Schön ists geworden!
Und wofür wir das brauchen? Wie ihr vielleicht wisst ist es mit unserem Projekthaus am See, dem Funkhaus Grünau nun AUS. Wenn ihr mehr wissen wollt, lest hier nach. Daher haben wir diesen wunderbaren zweiten Raum neben dem Tauschladen dazugemietet und nun all unsere Materialien aus dem Lager der Villa Kunterfunk geholt und verstaut. Nun können wir viel besser unsere Sachen vor den gierigen Händen mancher unwissender Tauschladenbesucher sichern, denn das ein oder andere Teil ist schon weggekommen.Und vor allem aber haben wir nun einen Raum zum Arbeiten, zum Basteln, Nähen und Werkeln. 



Vegane Seife Workshop


Schon etwas her aber im Sommer lernten wir von Wolfram wie man vegane Seifen macht.
Wolfram, der schon jahrelang Erfahrung mit solche chemischen Prozessen hat, erzählte uns, dass wir Seife im warmen oder kalten Prozess herstellen können. Wir haben eine Mischung aus Sonnenblumenöl und Olivenöl benutzt und die Lauge direkt aus NaOH Pulver vorbereitet. Wir haben die Zutaten bis zur richtigen Temperatur erhitzt, sie dann mit dem Stabmixer gemischt und zum Schluss ätherische Öle hinzugefügt. Die dickflüssige Mischung wurde dann in Becher eingefüllt und erst nach 2 Monaten ist die Seife hart und fertig zu Benutzung.
Super Seife, sagt bescheid, wenn wirs mal wieder machen sollen! Danke Wolfram!



Mašta Handbook - practical guide to creative activism is released!



The handbook is a manifest of creative activism and 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 find it here: http://www.mastazine.net/handbook/.
You can find stories from different collectives and activists; yay@flautas, Fuck for forest, 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 2013 on editor [[ @ ]] mastazine.net. We are looking forward to read 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.



Masta Handbook - Peer to peer education


We are making plans again! The last weekend of May we met with our partner crews from Scotland (Xchange scotland) and Spain (Ye too Ponese) to plan the workshop program of the next year with the Masta Handbook, and develop the online book concept to work well also for print…. It is coming soon and we are getting well exited!
In the meeting we also made a workshop to try out our materials with the NGO, International Young Naturefriends over skype!



Fantasievolle Hüte am internationalen Kindertag im FEZ


Mit viel Fantasie und Kreativität stürzten sich die Kinder am internationalen Kindertag im FEZ in der Wuhlheide auf den glitzrig-glänzenden Haufen an Material und durften wild darauf los basteln. Wundersame und fantasievolle Kreationen sind dabei aus Joghurtbechern, Fahrradschläuchen, Verpakcungsplastik und entstanden! Gerade weil es aus Eimern schüttete, nahmen viele Kinder das Innenangebot war und konnten in der “Wir machen Mode!”- Ecke selber Kleidertauschen, Kaputtes upcyclen und Umnähen, mit Siebdruck verschönern, Kopfschmuck und Accesoires aus Müll basteln uvm.
Mit dabei waren u.a. Trial&Error, Fashion reloaded und SDW-Neukölln.



Die Fanatasiemüllarmee bezaubert den Karneval der Kulturen 2013

Die Kostümköniginnen vom Kulturlabor Trial&Error bildeten mit den nach Müll durstenden Funkhausianern Grünau’s eine wundersam bizarre Fantasiemüllarmee. Tanzend zu den groovigen Songs Von DJ Gyom Diop, welche aus dem pedal- und solarbetriebenen Soundsystems des Müllschlosses schallten, wurde der unmotorisierte Wagen Nr.10 der Karnevalparade durch die Straßen Berlins geschoben. Ein mobiler Tauschladen lud Zuschauer und Mittänzer zum Tauschen, Verkleiden und Müllkostüme basteln ein. Auf Fahrrädern konnte sich jeder auspowern, um die müllige Märchenburg mit umweltschonender trashiger Musik-Energie zu versorgen.
Plastiktütenprinzessinnen, Teebeuteltänzer, Fahrradschlauchhelden, lebende Spiegel, BH-Menschen und Müllmeerjungfrauen waren mit von der Müllpartie und tanzten zusammen mit einer fröhlichen Masse, um das Publikum zu bezaubern. Auch wenn wir nicht gewonnen haben, waren wir doch das einzigartigste und einzigste Müllschlosswesen des Karnevals. Schön, dass ihr dabei ward!

Hier findet ihr eine Liveberichterstattung des Karnevals, mit uns ab Minute 48!



Terrarium Workshops


On April 12 T&E invited to Naturlabor workshop about Terrariums. We tried to understand, how closed ecosystem can work and make one of them by ourselves.
Some tips, how to do make your own terrarium: first goes a layer of small rocks to prevent damage to plant roots, after that some moss as a filter that will allow the water to filter down but not the soil. The third layer - soil, and then let your fantasy work - plants, moss forests, princes, deer, flamingos etc.
You can’t imagine, how long some of the gnomes was waiting for this moment to start life in their own mini worlds!



Werkzeugkiste

Das Kulturlabor Trial&Error e.V. hat mit der finanziellen Unterstützung des Quartiersmanagement Ganghoferstraße aus den Finanzmitteln des Programms “Soziale Stadt”, das Projekt „Kreative Umweltwerkstätten“ an der Eduard-Mörike-Schule in Neukölln durchgeführt, welches in Form von Arbeitsgruppen wöchentlich von Februar bis Juli 2012 stattgefunden hat.
Inhalt des Projektes: Entwickeln und Durchführen von Kreativ-Workshops. Die Workshops fanden wöchentlich mit einer Gruppe von 14 Kindern (4.- 6. Klasse) statt. Wir haben über die Verantwortung für unsere Umwelt diskutiert und anhand praktischer kreativer Workshops die Bedeutung unserer Natur und unseren Einfluss auf sie kennengelernt.

Ziel des Projektes: Wir finden es wichtig, Umweltthemen auf eine kreative Art und Weise anzugehen und sich bewusst zu werden, dass wir die Umwelt aktiv mitgestalten und verändern können.
Methode und pädagogische Haltung: Miteinbeziehen der Kinder in die Entwicklung der Inhalte und Aktivitäten der Workshops. Wir experimentierten außerdem mit der Kreativität als ein Mittel zur Förderung einer verantwortlichen Haltung gegenüber der Umwelt.
Mitwirkung:  Diese Werkzeugkiste ist das Ergebnis unserer Arbeit und dazu gedacht unsere Erfahrungen sowie das Ergebnis mit euch zu teilen und damit die Integration von Umweltthemen im Lehrplan der Schulen wie auch im Alltag zu unterstützen. Diese Werkzeugkiste kann von Dir erweitert werden, fühle Dich eingeladen und sei kreativ! Wenn Du Dich engagieren willst, Umweltthemen in die Schule zu integrieren, freuen wir uns sehr, Dich auf diesem Weg zu unterstützen und dies zu ermöglichen.
Die Inhalte sind opensource und unter creative commons veröffentlicht und könnt ihr gerne hier ansehen und runterladen.
http://issuu.com/trial-error/docs/werkzeugkiste_kulturlabor
Oder kommt vorbei und leiht euch eine gedruckte Version aus!



Easter with Naturlabor


In Naturlabor Easter workshop on March 29 2013 we talked about weird and less weird traditions we use to do in Easter. Chocolate bunnies or egg battles?
But the main reason we wanted to come together was to find out - How to colour Easter eggs by natural plants and patterns.
After experiments with onion skins, purple cabbage, chamomile, candle wax, blueberries, leaves, beets etc. and 30 min of curiosity (while the eggs were boiling) the result came out surprising but truly beautiful! That’s really worth to go back to the roots to awaken the old traditions our ancestry was familiar with! 



Färbertage


On the 16-17th of March our Tauschladen (swapshop) and our Natulrabor joined forces to offer a Natural dying workshop with Alina Völker. She is a fashion design student specialised in plant natural dying and was able to facilitate for us the complex process that she has been experimenting for many months! Here some images of the workshop!



Random Junk


We made a very special Christmas Present to sell at the markets this weekend. We collected lots of random small things that we had been keeping in our houses - that were waiting to be used or because they were nice - and washed quite some glass jars with lids. We filled the crap in the glass jars doing our best according to our artistic and creative judgement and labeled it: “Random Junk”
We brought the jars to the market, together with other things we had made ourselves and had an interesting time questioning all this selling and buying, art work and trash concepts.
How? Funnily enough quite some people liked the Random Junk jars. When they asked the price, we said, you can say how much you want to give, then we can agree on the price together.
I had a lot of fun seeing people’s eyes twist. For the first time I was trying to sell a product that we happily made, but that didn’t represent an offense for me if people didn’t want to buy it. On the contrary, people would have to make an effort to decide if they really wanted it, and how much money did they think they would be willing to pay for it.
The game was about this idea, that something that appears very valuable for me, should also have a very high price. Or all the concerns that this raised around value, price and quality.
At first they were confused and had a really hard time saying a number. Sometimes they had the feeling that for the value they wanted to give to the jar, they would could not really afford to pay it (because they couldn’t justify that they really needed it as one needs food or a place to stay). Other times they would offer a price initially that they already considered underpriced themselves. It was them having a struggle about wanting something and paying for it and me watching their story and their process.
When they said a number and I said, yes, then they were incredibly liberated, feeling that we had reached an agreement.
People here in Europe see a product and ask for the price. The price of the product or service is an inherent quality with a role in the decision making process of whether they want the product or not. In many cases the price is even decisive. This is a lot of the problem about money: if you are buying something you don’t think about how much effort it takes to make it, you care about how much is the producer asking for. It’s not the buyer’s problem, it’s the producer’s problem. Welcome to capitalism.
Now it was the buyer’s problem and I was glad to bring this issue right to the center of the discussion.
On the other hand I do find some of our Random Junk really beautiful - thank you to everyone that loved it as well and bought it.

Words and Photos by TauMh



Organic Deo Workshop


Every Naturlabor is learning us something new. Last Friday we were making organic deodorant. This time Tau was our specialist and showed us how to do it - it is really easy (and works!). Shea butter, baking soda, cornstarch and your favourite essential oil - that is all you need!
But Naturlabor is not only about practical skills. It is also about eating and talking! During sitting all together in a big table we were talking about normal deodorant bad input to our bodies, exchanging experiences and many, many different ideas we had.
We are wondering now what should be the topic of next Naturlabor. Do you have any ideas or skills you want to share? Don’t hesitate and let us know!





Stream for change a retrospective


Actions and reactions from 5 different countries: 5 creative activist concerned groups came together to bring street actions to street of our towns (Riedau, Austria; Prague, CR; Berlin, Germany; Athens, Greece; Tenerife, Spain, in order to raise awareness, animate our communities and bring good news into our living spaces.
Kulturlabor Trial&Error as a part of stream for change realized many actions and activities supported by the stream for change network. Now you can read and see what happened the past months.

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Colorize the city
with moss graffiti

It is said that moss absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide; to benefit from this we would have to cover all of Berlin to start purifying the air a little. We started with some ugly wall to hopefully makes someone else’s day a little better. You can find information online about how to make moss graffiti. We decided for a mixture with some fresh picked moss, buttermilk and sugar. Read more in the original post!

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Herb plant give away
with seed bombs and urban trash mobile

The idea of this action is to promote people growing their own food and to understand plants. Seedbombs are designed to enable seeds to be sown in a hard to reach place. Perfect tool to go wild with flowers and reclaim your nature! Our invention of urban trash mobile is one of the most beautiful way to promote herbs growing in ones kitchen.

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Critical mass
with Critical Masks


Join your local critical mass and help animate it with costumes or noisy objects and musical instruments. With our handmade beautiful anti pollution masks we want to show that cycling is not only more fun but also healthier. Read more in this post.

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Ecological footprint
a dumpster diving comparison


We found it very interesting to see how our ecological footprint is actually influenced by dumpster diving. We collected data of our food consumption and data of our dumpster diving action. Analysis is coming soon.

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Lifestyle choices
Our choice: swap your clothes!


There are so many clothes on this world created through exploration and under inhuman conditions. We decided to not be part of this any longer but the show alternatives and thus we opened our own swapshop! Here we exchange clothes and shoes and learn how to create our own.

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Open green tours
aka trash awareness walk

A real alternative to classic tours is the trash awareness walk. Not only realizing our own ecological footprint but also realizing the trash in our environment and figuring out how to prevent public pollution problems.

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Local Healthy food
in shape of vegan cakes

With really delicious vegan cakes, supported by local farmers carrots, apples and berries we invited to pure treat and pleasure. Starting with a communal vegan cake baking and the sharing of the recipes, we introducing some first time baker into its philosophy.

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A week without Plastic
a closer examination of the plastic bottle


We realized that not touching plastic for one week is a too big task for us, but not knowing why plastic is actually so evil we decided to have closer at it: the plastic bottle. After experimenting with the material, Jorge, our in-house chemist introduced everyone to the world of plastic. Lesson learned: if there is one way, it’s try to avoid plastic. Check out this post to know more!

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Outdoor upcycling
the Recycled Creativity Festival


We invited to a 10-days festival of outdoor upcycling activities to promote the concept of recycle, reuse and reduce and to have fun with trash! Check it out and come by next year. Read more about the festival fourth edition and about the festival in general.

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Independent week
the Schrottregatta

Have u ever built your own trashboat? Did u ever see people floating on lots of trash, reusing flyer stand as an engine, frying pans as paddle and wheel chairs as seats including driving wheels? No? Well it is a lot of fun as you can see!



Recycled Creativity 2012

– the fourth edition, amazing creations from mind-blowing people. Thank you all!



It certainly takes a while to write a review of this awesome festival. But let’s give it a try.
The repair&recycle day opened the festival at Lohmühle Wagenburg at the 15th of September with artistic, inspiring Workshops about recycling, upcycling, DIY, crafts garden, cradle-to-cradle, alter ego etc… We created fun sex toys from old bike parts thanks to bikesexual, welded our alter ego in shape of body extension with collective Karkatag, we were taught how to beautify our old clothes with sewing and screenprinting together with Tauschladen “Jacke wie Hose” and monster maker and artist Bitxo. Furthermore Gaby showed how to make the fitting accessoires. You could loose yourself in creative poetry with Loesje and get your hands dirty while gardening with maria. Also wood craft skill could be learned with Tom and Marco in the transfurniture workshop. If you prefered to be a bit outerspace, you would have certainly joined the trashion show lead by differente upcycling trashion artists: Gogotrash; freak show designers; Gyom Diop; as The Tape Master; The rest berater family; Rest investors.
The Kids were in good hands at the puppet theater. Great also that there was ArtSpecs Lab to document the festival with kids and make interviews. Check u the result!
Most of this workshops and more were been continued at the Funkhaus Grünau on the Schrottregatta day, e.g. like nature digital and cradle-to-cradle held by Lars Zimmermann, Plastic wigs with Stine and Inoxkapell taught about bio-diversity and of course all the open workshops at Funkhaus were open to teach about welding, wood and co.
Also the stage had a great line-up thanks to stage host: Niti Dhingra. Dale Barnes, a techno and house DJ from Manchester opened and closed the festival, followed by Caroline Clifford, a hilarious comedic singer-songwriter and Blue southern, playing traditional american music, country and blues. Natalie & Mimmo, a double bass/vocals duo that caressed our ears with smooth jazz & bossa nova covers. Less smooth but an eclectic mix gace us Caroleen N, a french female electro singer-songwriter. TSUNDER Czech rock a mixture of rock, punk and post punk made us rocking for the trashion show, while SKAIN, the bad man from London and founder of the notorious bass blunder parties ‘Mega Buff’ set the evening off for some renegade sonic tempos.
During the festival t&e organised a little upcycling shop featuring products made with smartly repurposed materials. We could find Päivi Raivio’s Recycled Leather Pendans, Bikesexual’s jewelry, fetish tools and belts, Stacy’s sweet small pillows, Deaf Messanger’s Notebooks and Diaries, Recycled Paper Seedbombs from Maria Nordlund and Elektronic Jewelry from Trial&Error!
For people to not loose their creativity due to too little sugar in the blood, we organised a cake manufactory, to serve delicous cakes, sweet, spicy, fruity, vegan, salty, light, heavy, coconuty, artsy, chocolaty and many more…. At the festival’s Eve the party started at the new Errorists Stube office. More than 25 people offered their time and creativity to bake the Cakes for Solidarity, that would help raising funds to cover workshop givers transportation costs and general festival expenses.



Organic Toothpaste

On a Friday  in 2012 we had our new Naturlabor event. It was : How to make your own organic toothpaste.
Naturlabor is a workshop meeting that takes place every two weeks, to teach each other and experiment with making things for our daily live by using natural material and DIY technics.
There is a different theme for each meeting. This time Diana showed us two kinds of making natural toothpaste. The recipe was given to her by an old Catalonian lady living in the Pyrenean mountains.
One recipe is based on an claylike, fine soil, rather liquid and the other one based on oil, looking like pesto. For both we use the same herbs that are e.g. like salvia antibacterial.
About 20 people joined the Workshop. AS usual we start with a nice healthy dinner together and have a good relaxing time.
While making our pastes, people shared their knowledge about the ingredients, the use of fluoride, pollution through plastic brushes and how to avoid it and much more.
Summit-it was a nice and cozy atmosphere and the folks really liked it, including myself.


Text by: Monika S. Fotos by: Tau*mh