Project Inspiration

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Projects are a good framework for gaining experience, making a societal impact, building networks, and putting democratic or idealistic principles into practice. Therefore it is a good idea to encourage participants to seek out volunteer project work.

Basic criteria

  • Projects relate to a social relevant issue or topic (social impact)
  • They are focused on clear goals (theory of change)
  • They have a defined time frame
  • They plan resources like human, financial, environmental and other resources
  • Projects involve other people and the community according to the ideal of participation
  • There is a logical description of how the project has an impact on people, the community or the environment after it will finish (sustainability)


Possible indicators for checking the social impact of a project idea

Values:

how values are reflected in the goals (working for what) and in the operative concept (how to work).

Responsibility:

the team members are independent and feel responsible for their activities.

Development of personal capacities:

team members use their learned capacities

Societal relevance:

the project links individual action with societal impact.

Authenticity:

a project represents an individual thought or concept as an answer to societal needs.

A Project Concept

In the following step, to create a more concrete project concept, you can use a basic template for a project concept. In this way, participants learn to transform a broad and often not yet very detailed idea in a type of elaborated logical description. Offer your participants to create such a text step-by-step. Maybe these method templates could fit to your needs:



Created By N. Zimmermann


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