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“S’way Tales – Stories of a community”, Plymouth, UK

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S’way Tales was established as a pilot partnership project, working with a small cohort of young people, Southway Community Group, a burgeoning Community Interest Company (CIC), Southway Play Care Charity, Plymouth Community Homes, Local Councillors (elected local representatives), local youth and community groups, local residents, and Fotonow (CIC) and Plymouth City Council Community Connections Youth Workers.

The project stemmed from identified issues within the community, specifically social isolation amongst residents (older and parents). Engaging with local young people, the project sought to identify innovative ways to both develop young people’s understanding of digital (lens-based) technology, whilst collaborating within a community environment. Sessions included; project development, filmmaking, photography, audio recording, interviewing, editing and event management / exhibition production.

The project culminated with a community event, on Saturday 19th May 2018, the day of the Royal Wedding. The young people’s work, a short-film, project photos and portraits, were exhibited to the local community and wider stake holders. This pilot social history project, led by young people, brought a community together whilst offering informal education in digital technology – working with the ethos of ‘visual culture for social change’.

The project that was kindly supported by donations from #Luscombedrinks #Aldi #Cooperativefood #Langagefarm #ABCBouncyCastles and co-financed by Interreg.


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João Sousa: new collection

João Sousa, designer installed in the fashion and design incubator of the Santo thyrso factory, in the framework of the AYCH project, continues his professional growth.

The young designer has just released the promotional video of the new campaign, completely recorded in the factory of Santo thyrso.

Here it is.

QUESTIONS: RICHARD DOAK

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Today Richard Doak visits us to talk about his work at Aych and with young people from Devon County. Space works in several centres directly with the young people and Richard makes a personalized accompaniment that motivates them in their futures.

Can you tell us what is your work in Space and how do you work with young people?

My role is AYCH Project lead worker. I am a qualified Senior youth support worker with a specialism in music technology,  I am also a sports coach, archery teacher and climbing instructor. I have been working with young people for over 8 years,  running various successful Youth projects mainly around music delivery in the wider community. The way I work with young people is to allow them the opportunity to make their own decisions and mistakes on the way the projects they are part of go. My role is to facilitate, Inspire and support their ideas and decisions, helping them to reflect and evaluate their learning.

How do you think that Aych can change the life of the young people you work with?

Here in Devon, we are part of a large rural community. We took the decision at space to take this project away from the cities and out into the wider community giving young people in smaller towns, A chance to have their voices heard. We have created 3 hubs in which the AYCH  project will work from trying to spread them out across the county of Devon. One in the North, One in the south and one in the middle of the County. All of these areas face rural deprivation, poor transport networks, high youth unemployment and a disconnect from the wider UK. With this international Project, we hope to encourage young people to see a bigger picture and connect them with a wider community using are skills as youth workers and utilising modern communications technologies.

What do yo think that can ben the advantages for young people when forming part of a transnational project?

For young people in our county, the opportunity to gain real skills relevant to today’s job market is key.  The opportunity to work across countries is a concept unfamiliar to the young people I am working with. For example, as we prepare to take our group of young entrepreneurs to the next creative jam in Spain 3 out of the 5 young people do not have a passport or access to the internet in their home.  Through the AYCH Project, I can support them through the first ever trip abroad opening new horizons to their outlook. The chance for them to meet other young entrepreneurs from across Europe is an exciting one and for them to gain experiences with professionals from all walks of life is an opportunity not to be missed.

More than 200 young people attended AYCH Open Day at Fabrica de Santo Thyrso

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Fabrica de Santo Thyrso hosted more than 200 students for the AYCH Open Day. Creativity and entrepreneurism were the keywords in this event, organized by the Municipality of Santo Tirso and framed within the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Program.

The Municipality of Santo Tirso is the Portuguese member of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project. This international partnership aims to develop the creative and entrepreneur potential of young people in the Atlantic area. The project is composed by 13 members, coming from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

AYCH Open Day was the first official public event of the project taking place in Portugal, and the outcome could not be more positive. Young people showed great interest and commitment during the activities. Santo Tirso is known as the birthplace of the textile industry in Portugal, so one could guess that a program focused in the creative sector would arouse interest in the young people of the county. More than 150 people signed up for the activities and over 200 were present at the opening ceremony.

During this day, participants had the chance to participate in several workshops, in a wide range of areas, such as photography, fashion design, design thinking methodology or digital marketing. The most important universities in the region were also represented, and experts from each of them had the chance to discuss the future of the creative sector in a Round Table. Throughout the whole day, both participants and visitors had the chance to visit the Creative and Cultural Space, an interactive showcasing area, were one could check some of the best projects of the partnership stakeholders.

QUESTIONS: RICHARD HAYMAN

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Today we are talking with Richard Hayman (Second one from Right to Left in the picture) Lead Partner of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Project, representing the Devon City Council. Who answers clearly to our three questions of today:

Do you represent an British county in this project, how did you decide to create a project like Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs?

My role within Devon County Council is to optimise the drawdown of all funds including European to deliver the Counties Strategic objectives, amongst which is the provision of opportunities and employment for the youth of Devon. This together with both my and Oli Rauds experience in European funding through various Interreg programmes led us to the idea to create the AYCH model  (probably over a beer) to give creative youngsters the opportunities AYCH is delivering.

Do you think Transnational events or trainings are an important aspect in the formation of young Europeans?

Absolutely it is vitally important that as wide a range of experience both culturally and technologically is available to young people across the EU including the UK!!

We are in a process between the EU and the UK complicated with the arrival of Brexit; How could this situation affect this Aych project and Interreg projects in general?

Firstly our Government have guaranteed funding over the life of any existing Interreg or UK Structural funds currently approved by the EU, so in that sense nothing changes for AYCH and all the other prprojects/programmes which DCC is involved with.  However the political situation is extremely fluid at the moment to say the least!!) and if we leave there are obviously various scenarios

AYCH OCEAN

Involve young people from four European countries through the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) project of the Interreg Atlantic Area programme in initiatives to conserve the good environmental condition of its beaches. The second is to create educational and informative material, achieving an active and interventive communication of these values with the work of European youth.

To achieve these objectives the project invites all its partners to develop activities for the benefit of the conservation of the seas and oceans with special incidence in the problem of plastic in those fulfilling the commitment that the whole partnership has acquired in relation to the circular economy and on the basis of starting this common project.

This year the objective is to have a “sea of ideas” and for young people from all over Europe to prototype solutions for environmental problems.

The Volunteer Camp of the Cíes Islands of the General Directorate of Xuventude, Participation and Volunteering of the Xunta de Galicia and the National Park of Atlantic Illas of Galicia gathers 120 young people from all over Europe this summer to work in the Cíes Islands.

A wonderful experience for youth throughout Europe.

Soon you will have more news from us.

QUESTIONS: ENRIQUE RODRIGUEZ

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Today a person with a long career in the configuration of European projects answers our questions. Enrique Rodríguez is the Head of the Department of International Initiatives and European Affairs of the City of Gijón, one of the two partners of Aych in Spain.

The City Council of Gijón already has extensive experience in European projects, what makes Aych different from the rest of the projects?

The AYCH Project has an aspect that makes it different and attractive and is that it works directly with people, with young people in our environment. This element makes AYCH a project that is close, direct and much easier to transmit. Sometimes European projects are abstract or excessively technical, but with AYCH we find a project close to the citizen. The beneficiaries of the project will participate in transnational meetings, training projects, and they will have the opportunity to meet other young people, as well as trainers from other European countries. At a time when the European project is being questioned, this closeness is, without a doubt, the most outstanding element.

Tell us briefly how you think Aych may be important for young Asturians.

One of the data that appears in the project is the high rate of unemployment among young people in the European Atlantic region, especially in Spain. Well, from Gijón we believe that AYCH can be a piece that contributes to the development of activities among young people that encourage the start-up of projects of a business nature. The interaction between the activities that are launched in the project with other local initiatives are very important for the consolidation of ideas that may arise in the Creative Transnational Jams. In addition, these projects could also have the European added value that any of the proposals resulting from all the exchanges and training that may occur during the life of the project may have.

The Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project is aimed at young people from 14 to 30 years old. Is there a concrete profile of participation in the project and could you advance what is the closest thing you are going to do from the City Council of Gijón for these young people?

In our case we have decided to bet on the development of the project in the field of industries and services 4.0 in order to seek synergies and meetings both with other projects that are being developed in Gijon, and with local partners with whom we have been collaborating in multiple initiatives . Specifically, the collaboration with the University through two Chairs, Gijón Smart and Gijón Media Lab, is fundamental. The young people who participate in the AYCH project, in their Creative Jams, come essentially from this collaboration with the University. Throughout the project there will be more activities that will allow us to collaborate with other social entities and other profiles of young people. This is one of the strong points of the project. The diversity of young people who can participate in it.

AYCH Coordinator French Visit Odyssey

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Every day we work interactively and collaboratively as an AYCH partnership, its vital to our mission. Our partners and their hubs are in four countries and stretch from Belfast in the north to Santo Tirso, near Porto in the south. We use interactive technologies regularly to reduce distance and keep us all working together. But sometimes nothing is better than meeting face-to-face to discuss things in depth, to experience the local environment and culture, and to build strong enduring relationships. We are careful to use this precious time wisely. This week I have visited our AYCH Partners in France.

Sunday 16 December – Exeter, UK to Brest, France

A day of travelling, thinking about the week ahead, chance encounters and practicing my school girl French.

  • Paris was fog-bound, every passenger had to switch-off their electronic devices, the pilots relaxed and the plane landed itself. Where would we have landed without this technology?
  • On the flight to next flight to Brest made a new friend from Germany, who like me has a role working for young people and loves German Christmas biscuits. Like a magician she produced a packet of Gewũrz-Spekulatious from her bag and gave them to me. Perhaps we will work together in the future?
  • Jumped in to a taxi, practiced my French and the driver practiced his English whilst we somehow managed to talk about the France v Russia handball match. Wondered if the taxi driver enjoyed the conversation as much as I did.
  • Later that evening ate on my own, ‘watched people’ at the Christmas Market and thought ahead to the business of the next day.

Monday 17 December – Brest to Rennes, France

A day of meetings, exploration and travel.

  • Met with the project partner from Brest Metropole and discussed in depth deliverables, commissioning, reporting, budgeting, working, problem solving, translation, meeting protocols and more. Agreed the steps we need to take.
  • We were joined by another Brest team member for lunch. We shared and reflected on the mornings discussion and talked about our different cultural approaches to lunch! Reminded myself that I need to think about what the working day looks like across AYCH.
  • Explored Brest and visited some of the facilities available to AYCH. Peered down on the ‘traditional’ industries around the shipyard and looked in to the future from the state-of-the-art cable car.
  • Settled on to the TGV to Rennes and typed my notes from earlier in the day.
  • Arrived in the hotel in Rennes but discovered my laptop did not like the insecure WiFi on offer. Read my paper notes and prepared for the next day.

Tuesday 18 December – Rennes to Nantes, France

Another day of meetings, exploration and travel.

  • Met the new project partner from Atlantic Cities for the first time and travelled by metro from the city centre to the University area of the town.
  • Enjoyed presentations from the talented team members, discussed AYCH values and plans for future delivery and was surprised that Papa Noel had included me in his deliveries to Atlantic Cities.
  • Ate in a busy local restaurant whilst we discussed AYCH, the locality, tomorrow’s meeting in Nantes and our different Christmas customs.
  • Explored Rennes, talked about the juxta-positioning of old and new architectural styles, employment and skills, cemented our relationship and got very wet.
  • Took the train to Nantes, returning to this city after only three months, arrived in torrential rain and took the tram for a few stops before using Google maps to find the hotel. How the city seems to have been changed by dark short days and Christmas activities.
  • Noticed the moon which looks as if it were suspended from a crane in the night sky.
  • Logged my phones and laptop to the hotel’s WiFi and caught up on the messages I had not been able to receive that day or the evening before. Checked AYCH progress on reporting. Thanked colleagues in Brest and Rennes for their warm welcome and their work.
  • Read John Steinbeck’s ‘Travels with Charley’ in a quiet corner of a nearby restaurant whilst eating something simple and tried to ‘switch off’.

Wednesday 19 December – Nantes, France

Another day of meetings but no travel and an enjoyable stroll across the Loire for work.

  • Set off early to meet our partner at L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique and arrived at the door with students and felt immediately welcomed in to a creative space.
  • Enjoyed presentations from students of two tools developed for AYCH – QUEST puzzle for facilitating discussion and planning participant journeys through AYCH options and Bright Mirror an ice-breaker ‘plus’ activity. So stimulating to work with creative, agile and enthusiastic young people.
  • Discussed L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique’s AYCH experiences and their discoveries about how AYCH has become embedded in the approach.
  • We were joined by the Chef de póle from the Pays de la Loire, and the Directors from L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique’s Care and Nouvelles Practiques Alimentaires Design labs, and colleagues from Atlantic Cities in time for diverse, informative and stimulating discussions over lunch.
  • Resumed the afternoon with discussions about Work Package 3 which focuses on the Capitalization of AYCH. Discussed how we could maximise the particular expertise and connections of the three key partners and the best way to utilise opportunities for all partners.
  • Travel arrangements for the following day were reworked in response to an unavoidable change of plans.
  • Said farewell to guests and partners before working with our host to complete our follow-up our Work Package 3 activities and briefly discuss workshop options for the second transnational Creative jam in Gijon next April.
  • Enjoyed the walk across the Loire back to the hotel reflecting on the day and thinking ahead to Thursday’s visit to Angouleme.
  • Worked through emails/messages and thanked colleagues and students in Nantes for their warm welcome and their work.

Friday 21 December – Paris to Exeter, UK

Flight to UK

  • Arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport with thousands of other passengers, some travelling for Christmas holidays and others diverting because of the closure of Gatwick, UK airport. Eventually arrived at the departure gate two and half hours later and ten minutes before boarding.
  • Continued reading John Steinbeck’s ‘Travels with Charley’ with occasional views through the clouds to the English Channel/Le Manche below and eventually the rural landscape around Exeter.
  • Sent emails to thank colleagues in Angouleme for the meeting and to send promised follow-up information and took a quick look at AYCH Basecamp to check if anything needed urgent attention.
  • Completed the post-trip administration.
  • Unpacked the Gewũrz-Spekulatious and began to feel a bit more Christmassy!

“Plastics, plastics, and more plastics” by Sira López

Sira López has a degree in Marine Sciences and an expert from Aych. He currently works as a manager of the Cíes Volunteering Field where Free Plastics activities are carried out.

Plastics, plastics, and more plastics. Look to your right. Now to your left. And now head on. It seems impossible not to see plastics wherever we look up. And we have begun to use this material in such a massive way that it is everywhere. But, being honest, the truth is that they are very comfortable. They do not weigh. It Does not Break. They are cheap … They seem all advantages. But unfortunately, in this story, there is a B face. And we don’t make responsible use of them. We generate tons and tons of plastic waste annually. Most of them end up in landfills, where they are incinerated. Some, the least, recycled, usually in third world countries. And, more and more plastics are accumulating in the oceans, the true lungs of the planet, since this is where most of the oxygen we breathe is generated. Plastics spend hundreds of years in our seas until they degrade completely. During this process, they break into smaller and smaller pieces. So small that they are practically imperceptible to the human eye. They are the microplastics. But these microplastics can also come from cosmetic products, such as scrubs, going directly to wastewater, so that it is impossible to treat them in a treatment plant due to their tiny size. And although they are not seen, they are fatal. For a while now, plastics are appearing in the most unexpected places. Not only are they in the stomach of fish, but they have also appeared in table salt, in tap water or in honey. Without us noticing, they have become part of the food chain, incorporating into living beings the toxicity that everything derived from oil entails. And the long-term effects that they can carry are not yet well known. Alarms about this problem have jumped worldwide and, fortunately, more and more countries are deciding to ban the use of single-use plastics.

For some years, young people from all over Europe flood the Terrestrial Maritime National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia. But, unlike the ordinary visitors who receive the islands, we want to talk about people who come with a clear idea: to contribute their grain of sand to make this dream place a little better place. They are part of Pink-Power, a group of volunteers who decide to spend part of their summer in the Cíes Islands doing multiple tasks in coordination with the park staff. His work is focused on the environment, highlighting the cleanliness of beaches, awareness of the citizenship or the proposal of prototypes that help replace the plastic of our daily life or eliminate it from our environment. Thus, through the cleaning of beaches, they not only systematically collect the garbage that reaches our beaches, but also identify and quantify it, transferring this data to the Ministry of Environment through its Citizen Science program. With the help of these results, which will be subsequently analysed in more detail, action will be taken accordingly according to the type of waste most frequently found. In this way, the chain of awareness continues. It is no longer simply about eliminating waste from an area. It’s about going further, preventing this from happening, not making the same mistakes again. Seeing the will of the coming generations, it seems that we are on the right track.

Exeter MBA Alumni Conference

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University of Exeter: Business School, MBA Alumni Conference, 23 November 2018
A fabulous and immersive day at University of Exeter Business School, thinking about the New Economy:
  • How emerging business models challenge established ways of working
  • The need for sustainable business practices that respect and conserve limited resources
  • The challenges of new technology and its effect on the way we work and live
For me this day resonated with some of the raison d’etre of Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs. I have made short notes to share on topics and I have made some interesting and promising connections which I will help develop and share over the next few days.
Agenda:
Welcome: Professor David Bruce Allen
Keynote: Ed Mayo, Secretary general of Co-operatives UK
Talk : Professor of Leadership and Head of Management, Alex Gerbasi PhD
Talk: Sandra Norval, MD, Catalicity Ltd
Talk : Dr Stuart Robinson, Director of Exeter MBA
Panel debate
First Topic:
Make developing relationships part of your job
Alex Gerbasi PhD who is Professor of Leadership and Head of Management at the University of Exeter Business School talked about her research and experience of relationships and networking. She urged everyone to invest in their own development by consciously making developing relationships part of your job, and to think “who do you know, who knows you and how do they know one another?”
Many of us have networks which are frequently characterised by:
 Immediacy – where you are right now
Proximity – contacts you often see
Similarity – contacts who are like yourself
Relational Inertia – its easy to stay the same and not to change
But we can all thrive, grow and deliver by improving our networks by:

 Diversity – Including people beyond your area of immediate interest and expertise. This is important for inter-disciplinary working and for more mobile working opportunities.

Depth – Including people who are more experienced/senior and less experienced/senior as well as equivalent, in short up, down and sideways

I want to apply this to AYCH:

How can our Young People use AYCH for developing relationships which help them thrive, grow and deliver in the New Economy:
 
Always think about your security and safety. Over 18 years old? Perhaps use professional networking sites to develop relationships which will help with career mobility. When they are participating in AYCH events use the opportunity to have conversations with new people. Aim to think about:

Diversity – Include other young people from thier own and other nations they meet at the Creative Jams, as Interns etc. Connect with young people with the similar and different skills and interests.

Depth– Include people who are more experienced/senior and less experienced/senior as well as equivalent to themselves. Connect with experts, and AYCH team members.ap