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Organization of a structured and aligned seminar/course takes a lot of prior planning and ground work. It starts with accommodating the learning process of the participants with respect to their special needs. The next warrant of a successfully organized and realized seminar is the smooth communication in the facilitators' team with well-defined and assigned tasks and jointly constructed working conditions and terms.

Team Collaboration for Facilitators

Tight cooperation and effective teamwork among the facilitators ensures appropriately designed and delivered seminar. It requires all the team members’ active involvement in planning, delivering and assessing the seminar. This active involvement paired up with pro-activeness and openness to give and receive feedback results in professional growth for the facilitators.

Inclusion and Accommodation of Special Needs

In our activities we should ensure, that participants from different social categories may involve. There are practical and fundamental reasons. Practically speaking, inclusion of different background helps us to disseminate our ideas, to spread the word, to increase sustainability. In other words: Let's use the potential of diversity for our work.

Checklist: Creative Spaces

Environments can support creativity of our learners. The checklist might help to make use of the existing opportunities in a space. How could they best respond to seeking, digging, and wellbeing of creative learners?

Local planning

A checklist for finding a place for a non-formal education training or other similar events.

Checklist: Security of Participants

A checklist for security issues in regard to the wellbeing of participants.

Checklist for greater sustainability and fairness at your event

Practical ideas for planning your workshops in a globally responsible way

Make Vegetarian Food the Norm

In contrast to most trainings and seminars you might set vegetarian food as "normal" and ask those, who eat meat, to announce that to the organizers, so they could order meat for them. Often teams do it the other way round, where vegetarians have to announce it particularly, that they dont want to eat meat.

Informing Participants

After selection of your participants it is useful to inform then as early as possible. Especially in international contexts we have to keep in mind, that visa need to be organized or that travel connections should be booked earliest to reduce costs. As well participants need information about the background, the place and the conditions.

Privacy Protection

In times, where a lot of communication takes places electronically, we have to rethink our care for privacy and for privacy of our participants. Currently most communication data might be stored and analized through those who are not the addressee. For maintaining privacy we need to use specific tools that make surveillance less possible or even impossible. Beyond this defensive motivation there could be another reason for showing interest for technical tools for protection. Privacy means not only to defend ourselves against nosey pencil pushers. Through a privacy-aware attitude civil actors contributes to more quality of communication and shape spaces of confidentiality.

Virtual collaboration space: wechange

Wechange is an online collaboration platform for societal change.

Tips for Increasing the Participants' Levels of Ownership and Involvement

Here come five easy and straightforward methods for boosting the participants' involvement in the training organization, delivery and evaluation and thereby increasing their sense of ownership.
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