FORCEP - Meeting in Thessaloniki vol 2

The FORCEP project, under the European program CERV-2021-CITIZENS-TOWN-NT, hosted Seminar 1 titled “Unemployed Active Citizenship: Time for Activation!” from April 23 to 24, 2024, at the Social Innovation and Cohesion Institute - Fifty-Fifty in Thessaloniki, Greece.

The seminar commenced with participant registration and introductory remarks from project leaders and representatives of the participating organizations. This opening session set the stage for the seminar’s focus on the nexus of unemployment and active citizenship. The initial discussion highlighted the significance of intercultural dialogue and the exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Following a brief intermission for coffee, the second session examined the intersection between unemployment and active citizenship. This session aimed to elucidate the multifaceted relationship between these phenomena, providing a foundation for subsequent discussions.

Post-lunch activities included a group exercise designed to identify barriers to active citizenship. This interactive team-building activity engaged participants in a critical analysis of the obstacles to active citizenship within the context of unemployment. The collaborative nature of this exercise fostered a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by unemployed individuals in engaging with civic activities.

The day continued with a seminar session dedicated to analyzing case studies of successful active citizenship initiatives that address unemployment. This session offered practical insights and real-world examples of effective strategies, serving as a source of inspiration for participants.

The first day concluded with a recap and evaluation session, summarizing the key discussions and takeaways. The evening concluded with a dinner featuring traditional Greek cuisine, providing an informal setting for further networking and discussion.

Day 2 began with a brief recap of the previous day's activities and an overview of the sessions planned for the day. Participants then engaged in a group laboratory activity focused on design thinking for innovative solutions. This exercise encouraged creative problem-solving and the development of actionable strategies.

The fourth seminar session provided an in-depth analysis of unemployment trends and strategies for sustainable active citizenship initiatives. This session aimed to equip participants with a comprehensive understanding of current unemployment dynamics and effective intervention strategies.

After a coffee break, the fifth seminar session explored the role of technology in promoting active citizenship. This session emphasized innovative solutions and digital tools that can address the challenges of unemployment. The subsequent laboratory team workshop focused on leveraging technology for social impact, guiding participants through the process of understanding policy advocacy tools and techniques for influencing legislative change.

The seminar concluded with an evaluation of the day’s activities and a closing ceremony. This final session summarized the key insights and action plans developed over the two days, reinforcing the seminar's objectives and outcomes.

The seminar provided a rigorous platform for academic discourse on the role of active citizenship in addressing unemployment. Through a blend of presentations, discussions, and interactive activities, participants gained valuable insights and developed collaborative strategies. The FORCEP project continues to support these discussions, fostering initiatives that enhance active citizenship and address unemployment challenges across Europe.

EDS - Meeting in Thessaloniki vol 2


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