TF Talks

Tool Fair Talks
 are the equivalent of TED Talks but specifically arranged for the Tool Fair.

During all the year we are constantly looking for presenters who understand the field and the theme of the International Tool Fair XIV or one of the priority items chosen for each edition, who can bring some new/different/peculiar perspectives and get the participants thinking in a new/different/peculiar way about the theme. 

The TF Talks last between 12 and 15 minutes maximum and usually include visuals, audio or the use of support materials. The TF TALK will be recorded by the communication team of the Tool Fair and the edited versions will be published in SALTO Educational Tools Portal and via social networks.

The TF Talks for 2021 are:


Online and the 7 Offlines. A modern fairytale

"Youth work is ‘working for the good’ and aiming to support a better living together. Creating empowerment opportunities for youth and turning learning into an exciting meaningful adventure. What if we have been terribly wrong over all these years? Could it be possible that we are little more than ignorant naive hypocrites? "

Jo Claeys, born in Belgium. living in Portugal. Since childhood, Jo has been active in the youth field in many different roles and levels. From 1995, the discovery of international youth work has enriched his practice in many exciting and unexpected ways. For the past 20 years, he is one of the  trainers and learning facilitators on regular training courses as The Power of NFE, TicTac, BiTriMulti, EYE Opener, ATOQ and others.  Jo is currently running a social enterprise which increasingly focuses on the design, development and sustainable production of educational board games. Coherence between theory and practice is his dream and nightmare at the very same moment.


Body poetics: bodies and souls lost in digital world

Covid crisis has provoked changes in our lives, mainly by limiting physical contact and transferring numerous practices, including youthwork, online. In hope that the world will be back (offline!) here we are with an opportunity to discuss what human contact is, why contact is important in any kind of human interaction and how it influences empowerment and social development programs in youth work. In my theatre and creativity development practice my main passion for years is exploring human body, it’s direct link with emotions and our soul and how our human touch is essence of our empathy and humanity. I am exploring all possible relations and constellations in space that one body can make with other bodies and what kind poetics, emotional flow and spiritual meanings they can convey and transfer. I would talk about the body as basis for deep emotional connection and food our inner self in order to grow. Main importance of this speech for me would be to raise awareness that digital youthwork can not be relevant parallel universe for our projects, that it gives an illusion of the contact which can lead into deep loneliness and to offer creative questions (rather then solutions) how to use digital space when needed and to give it credits and importance it also deserves, but to put emphasis on what else we can do in real environment. This topic maybe would never come to the light without Covid crisis, so for me this is not problem-solving speech, rather inspiration for innovation and new practices.

Marija Farmer (Belgrade, Serbia), international consultant-trainer for people, organisational and community development, psychologist, physical theatre director and poetry writer. In the field 20 years and has more than 7,500 participants behind her. Author and facilitator of numerous training programs such as Training of Trainers, Leadership Development, Creativity and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Conflict Transformation & Dialogue, ICL & Tolerance to Diversity, Peace & Civil Society Building. Member of Salto and COE trainers’ pool. Her unique expertise is in the field of creativity development, helping individuals, teams and organisations to develop trust in their creative competences and capacities to create and re-create inner and outer realities and build their own destinies. Founder and director of the consulting agency Magic Agency and author of the brand Business Theatre, delivering training and events for companies and strategies for company culture development (value based). Believes that Beauty will heal the world. Writes, directs, dreams, has a cat, is accidently clairvoyant and loves passionately. 


Shiny Sophisticated New Tools: This is the last thing we need!

The notion that tools for learning need to be increasingly sophisticated and effective suggests that the ‘tools’ we have currently are not very sophisticated, nor effective, and thus essentially not ‘fit for purpose’ or capable of responding to the challenges we face now, or in the future.
This is part of the problem with humanity – we are constantly looking for dopamine hits – the next big thing. It has even found its way into youth work – always looking to invent, innovate, to create, recreate, disrupt, re-imagine and so on.
In the last Erasmus+ cycle, an emphasis was put on creating outputs to demonstrate greater value for money as it were – hundreds, probably thousands of tools and publications were created. And many of course are good value – some not so. But what happens to them? Where do they go? How often are they used? How many ‘shelves’ do they occupy? How many are even downloaded and used?
Does this search for new tools actually serve a purpose other than satisfy someone or a policy which does not have young people at heart but is more about justifying expenditure? Do all these tools meet the needs of the target group we profess to serve, i.e., young people when the fundamental needs for young people remain the same – to be cared for, to be heard, to know someone is there for them? And when it comes down to it, you don’t need a tool or tools for this. These, when it comes down to it are the fundamental needs of humans, not only young people. And the only tools we need are us – the practitioner – the ultimate resource.

Fergal Barr Involved in Youth Work since 1987, quadruple graduate, parent & grandparent Fergal is a passionate devotee to the value, benefits, relevance and importance of humour as a means of engaging and transforming relationships with people.  
A firm advocate of International Youth Work, he is a lifelong (currently suffering) Liverpool Supporter and excessive tea drinker.  He is also an avid book reader and occasional author having published books in 2008, 2011 and 2020.  He also has the distinction of single-handedly changing employment law in Northern Ireland in 2001.   
His Youth Work background includes Youth Information, Education Welfare, Community Relations, Volunteering, Mentoring, and Peace & Reconciliation.  In addition, he has worked in Centre Based, Street Work, Participation, Rural & Urban based Youth Work.  As well as working in Family Support and Social Justice, he has been involved in facilitation and training at local, national and international level, particularly within YOUTH/Youth in Action/Erasmus+, for almost three decades and now and again, does the odd bit of consultation, evaluation and research.