Tools to Explore


Tools-to-Explore sessions are an opportunity for participants to go deeper into understanding and developing tools around a particular theme or sub-theme. Unlike normal Tools Workshop, Tools-to-Explore sessions are multiple sessions. Participants sign-up to attend a daily session for the duration of the Tool Fair (so three sessions) and facilitators design a learning pathway which builds over the days. Participating with a consistent group means you can get more deeply engaged than in a normal Tools Workshops. Tools to Explore sessions often result in practical outcomes to be shared in the final plenary of the Tool Fair.

In Tool Fair XIII, we have four possible Tools-to-Explore groups to join:

Rodrigo Vilarinho will work on the theme: Dance for empowerment – a personal and community approach.  Rodrigo says: Dance is a powerful and inclusive tool that is much easier to implement than people normally think. In these workshops we will explore, and analyse dance tools of contemporary dance, improvisation and fast creation while discovering its connection to personal and community empowerment. In parallel the work of “ReAct! - Actions moving” will be presented focusing on the component of community dance and social questioning of the public spaces. We will constantly raise questions and discuss performing arts as a tool for learning and empowerment.

Suha Ayyash will work with the dialogue game: Let us talk.
“Let’s Talk” is a card game focused on creating and stimulating community dialogue for the purpose of strengthening community resilience and preventing violent extremism. This tool focuses on having deeper understanding for our emotional intelligence which is needed in order to establish concrete basis for our self-awareness and even the people around us.  The images used on the cards are a result of a number of projects focusing on these topics implemented by I Dare for Sustainable Development. They enable participants to have conversations about sensitive topics in a constructive way. We will look at how we use this and other tools during capacity building activities using non-formal learning methodologies. We will also look at how we use this tool during our Speak and Cook activity in order to have a clear structure for the dialogue taking place, and explore different ways the tool can be adapted and adopted.

Tena Kostanjšek will focus on the educational concept: Capoeira – a tool for change.
The aim of this educational concept is learning social skills through sport training. It will be presented using the example of capoeira (telling stories and legends that support certain values). Participants will experience various types of tools that fit in one of the four educational parts of the concept. Types of tools include: sport games with educational elements, capoeira elements and “add ons” that provoke social learning: moves, history and values, music and songs, metaphor of the tribe in group work. After experiencing various types of tool, together we will discuss possible ways of using the tools in other contexts, not only in working with capoeira groups.

Alicja Jablonska will adopt some techniques from the Hackathon environment: Hacking for Tools Development.  Alicja will use her experience in design sprints, programming and MAD (Making a Difference) projects to help us explore ways to develop Tools for Learning and the whole process of creating and developing them.  In a hackathon, non-formal meets entrepreneurship! We hope this will extend to getting creative even about the concept of the Tool Fair itself and how it might evolve in the future. Hacking is basically building something – anything - or changing the way a thing is used. It is definitely a team activity; communication and diversity are key. We may not achieve a finished product but we will certainly have something to present at the end. If you register for these sessions, it would be great if you could bring your laptop or tablet with you.