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Conversations with Dr Deborah Robinson

by Oenone Thomas

Deborah[i] is an artist who makes audio-visual installation artwork based on interdisciplinary collaboration. This has included working with biologists, ecologists, biomedical experts, technologists, and specialists in mental health. We initially met on the train as I travelled to Tate Modern in London for the AYCH Tate Exchange Creative Jam and we immediatley realised that the conversation should continue.

Our discussion today was thoughtful, sometimes fast and at other times slow as we considered a diverse range of topics which do not necessarily fit neatly in to a linear piece of writing. It was refreshing to let the conversation take its natural path. This meandering led to:

Young People’s expectations about their lives. Their integration of work and life, their stronger bonds with environmental and global values, their desire for experiences, change and challenge which is at odds with clearly delineated models of work and leisure.

We turned to the magic of the 3.5% behavioural change threshold[ii]. Whether AYCH should think about, debate and perhaps demonstrate through its work how to make behavioural change happen. Thinking here about Florent’s comment about AYCH changing his practice, AYCH Ocean’s impact on the Cíes Islands and some of the campaigns which Young People have presented at our local and transnational Creative Jams. Sometimes the issues we deal with – Climate Change, loss of habitat, mental health etc are overwhelming. How do we overcome being overwhelmed? There is something about scale “think globally, act locally” which has somehow been lost.

Discussions turned to those everyday straplines the permeate our lives. What do they mean and are their messages too human-centric? The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) has ‘giving nature a home’. Do we give nature a home? Is it ours to give? Perhaps with our focus on circular economies and sustainable practice AYCH and our Young People could examine our messaging to ‘de-throne the human’ and in doing so enhance behavioural change.

We work in a world of constructs which are not-fit-for-purpose. Where academics work in collaboration across borders but where universities are ranked by research publication which they want to ‘own’ and where products/services/campaigns are co-designed by AYCH transnational teams where Intellectual Property rights and State Aid are complex.  Recognition is due, but are their things that are beyond ownership? AYCH believes there is, and our Wiki demonstrates this but in other ways we are bound by out-dated constructs. Reporting for ACYH is heavily text based, divided and sub-divided until the essence of what we do is lost whereas we could use the Key Enabling Technologies, multimedia and immersive experience to show so much more.

Our conversation briefly turned to the benefit of ‘gaze aversion’[iii] and how our fixation on eye contact might sometimes be misplaced but we had to an end before we could really start. But I hope that we might learn something from one another. For the moment I have promised to send some videos of AYCH, think about opportunities for collaboration and to allow more time for slow meandering conversation.

[i] http://deborah-robinson.net/

[ii] http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190513-it-only-takes-35-of-people-to-change-the-world

[iii] https://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/npb/people/kbp3/pdf/MarksonPaterson08.pdf

AYCH RESIDENCIES

The aim of the AYCH residencies is to provide an immersion experience as part of the Incubator Program and the Non-formal Education Plan. The participants get the chance to benefit from the expertise available in one of the AYCH Hub to significantly develop their project, connect with experts and like minded young people and discover a new city in the Atlantic Area.

You can participate?

  • Young people aged between 16 and 30 years old.
    1. Under 18’: with permission from their legal guardians; they can do the residency if they are accompanied by a responsible person from their own hub..
    2. Over 18’: they can make the residences inside or outside their own country. 
  • Must have completed the 3 first months of the AYCH incubation programme
  • Be an AYCH ambassador or willing to become one, if not one already.
  • Be successful in the selection process put out by all partners for the Incubation and compliant with Atlantic Area Interreg requirements
  • Great opportunity for young people (YP) to travel and meet others .
  • Makes best use of the skills and specialism of hubs to support the YP’s ideas
  • Great opportunity for YP to immerse themselves in different aspects of the project and expertise. Flexibility, breadth of expertise and opportunities available to YP. Transnational nature of the activity and perspectives, and meet people from across the Atlantic Area Member States.

DATES

BELFAST: 22/07 – 9/08
BREST: 17/06 – 21/06
GRAND ANGOULEME: 08/07 – 19/07
LIVERPOOL: 12/08 – 25/08
LUGO: 01/06 – 23/06 and 14/08 – 21/08
PLYMOUTH: 24/06 – 28/06
SANTO TIRSO: 15/07 – 19/07

CONTACT

IN YOUR HUB or in welcome@aych.eu

QUESTIONS: ELIZABETH ZAHOUI

Eli is the AYCH Project Coordinator at Plymouth College of Art, today she is with us to answer some questions.

PCA was amongst the first AYCH Hubs to launch the Incubation Programme. How do you see from your perspective the evolution of the young people who work with you?

That’s right, we launched the first cohort of our 9-month Incubation Programme with the mission to help young people from all backgrounds to take their idea to life. We selected 9 participants coming from Plymouth with various backgrounds. They had different and impactful projects ideas around upcycling old clothes, designing a restorative space for ill people, developing an AI software for retailers, publishing a cookbook, becoming a creative activist YouTuber, launching a sustainable fashion brand, etc.

I find it fascinating to mentor these young creatives and follow their progress in shaping their projects. What I’ve noticed throughout the Incubation Programme was their level of confidence and the skills they develop. They realised they had talent and potential to do something great, and as they learned new enterprise skills to frame and pitch their work, they build up confidence.

And because we always work in non-formal settings, the participants felt at ease to express their fear and challenges in front of the group, which takes courage but it led to lots of knowledge sharing and collaboration.

We now have a group of trained young entrepreneurs who help each other, after 3 months of weekly sessions, some of them are already close to launch their product to market or set-up their new business, it’s very impressive. Next steps for them are to test and develop their product and business in another AYCH Hub through the International Residencies where they will benefit from specific expertise and will connect with other like minded creatives, such a great opportunity for them, I’m really looking forward to following their adventures!

Eli, as a young woman: what would you say to girls like you who want to start their career and do not dare?

TOP TIPS:

  1. Be proactive, ambitious and only apply for positions that truly appeal to you!
  2. Mobility helps a lot because it takes you out of your comfort zone and that’s when you learn and become more confident
  3. Don’t hesitate to travel, even for a job interview, that’s an investment but it shows courage, agility and motivation
  4. Be patient, it takes time to find a great job

Nowadays, there are so many opportunities to gain experience, travel and learn skills (AYCH being part of them now). I was born and raised in a working class family in a small town in Brittany, France. Thanks to the great number of educational programmes, I have managed to study in Rennes and Montpellier, France but also in Finland (Erasmus). I was then selected to work in Greece (internship) and in the USA as part of my Masters. Then I worked in Paris (internship) a few months and I’m now working in the UK.

Today I’m 25 years old, I have almost reimbursed my student loan, but what’s most important is the experience I have in project management and cross-cultural communication and all the great people I met and places I discovered on my journey. I’m now working for young people in an inspiring place (plymouth city and the art college) and I’m seeing all those great projects and initiatives for a more sustainable future, I could not ask for a better job!

What do you think Aych offers that does not offer another project, or another educational program?

AYCH offers so many free opportunities for all young people. It’s a unique and visionary programme because it’s non-formal (cool, creative, innovative) and it adapts to your needs while focusing on what will be needed in the future (digital skills, sustainability focus, self employment, collaboration, creativity, etc).

You can learn skills in problem-solving with the design thinking approach but also digital, creative and enterprise skills. You can also develop a project, product, business with the help of experts and you also get to travel and meet like-minded young people across the Atlantic Area. You meet people and you get to think out of the box. You get lots of support on your personal and professional journey and you also get to use plenty of equipment in the AYCH Hubs that often include FabLabs, co-working spaces, etc.

AYCH an amazing project/community to be part of!

QUESTIONS: MADELEINE AU

Aujourd’hui, Madeleine Au nous parle, elle est responsable du service emploi insertion économique de la métropole de Brest, qui a gentiment répondu à nos questions.

Pouvez-vous me dire ce qu’est la métropole de Brest ?

Brest métropole est la 2ème métropole de Bretagne. Elle compte 215 000 habitants et rayonne sur un bassin d’emploi de 400 000 habitants.

  • Capitale européenne des sciences et technologies de la mer : 60% de la recherche française et 1er pôle de compétitivité à vocation mondiale « Mer Bretagne Atlantique »
  • Activités maritimes militaires et civiles : près de 25 000 emplois industriels liés à la mer, 1er port français d’entretien de la flotte militaire et de réparation navale civile
  • Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication : 25 000 emplois, 1er pôle de compétitivité à vocation mondiale « Image & Réseaux »
  • Enseignement supérieur : 24 000 étudiants, 1 Université, 8 grandes écoles d’ingénieurs, de management dont l’Ecole Européenne Supérieur d’Art de Bretagne

Comment les jeunes de Brest peuvent bénéficier du programme AYCH ?

Le territoire de Brest dispose d’un tissu dense de partenaires très impliqués dans la formation et l’insertion professionnelle des jeunes : Université, grandes écoles, organismes d’insertion sociale et professionnelle des jeunes, acteurs des quartiers de la Ville de Brest, … S’appuyant sur ce réseau, Brest métropole organise des rencontres collectives et individuelles pour promouvoir les actions  proposées par les acteurs brestois du programme AYCH.

Ce réseau de partenaires est un relais indispensable pour diffuser l’information en direction des publics de moins de 30 ans.

Ce travail en réseau permet de toucher un public venant de différents horizons, la diversité des profils faisant la richesse des échanges entre le public et des projets développés.

Que voudriez-vous que les jeunes de Brest se rappellent de AYCH dans quelques années ?

L’objectif est que le projet AYCH aide les jeunes à concrétiser leur projet de développement en leur apportant des contenus, des méthodes de travail et des contacts utiles pour lancer leur activité.

Pour ceux qui ont eu l’opportunité de participer aux creative jam ou aux résidences dans les pays européens partenaires, l’important est que ces expériences leur apportent une ouverture d’esprit, la découverte d’une autre culture et des pratiques différentes et pourquoi pas, des contacts pour leur projet.

Comment Brest métropole met en œuvre le projet AYCH sous l’angle de la jeunesse, du chômage, des nouvelles technologies, de la formation …

Grâce à la mobilisation des partenaires intervenant dans des champs de compétences complémentaires, Brest métropole conjugue le projet AYCH au pluriel.

L’implication dès le début du projet de la Mission locale pour l’insertion socio-professionnelle des jeunes, de l’Université via son fablab UBO Open Factory, de l’Ecole européenne supérieure des Arts de Bretagne et du Technopôle Brest Iroise, constitue un marqueur garant de la diversité des publics ciblés, pouvant bénéficier de compétences croisées au service d’un domaine d’activité prometteur pour le territoire.

Brest métropole en tant que partenaire du projet AYCH, œuvre à élargir la participation d’autres structures expertes, à même d’apporter des compétences complémentaires et nécessaires à la réussite des projets du public.

Alberto Costa: Empreendedorismo e Moda

Hoje estamos acompanhados por Alberto Costa, vice-presidente da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, que gentilmente responde às nossas perguntas.

Qual a importância de Aych para os jovens da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso?

A crise económica de 2008 provocou um brutal aumento do número de desempregados na Europa, superando, atualmente, os 25 milhões de pessoas. O empreendedorismo representa, de forma transversal em termos europeus, uma das respostas mais eficazes a esta realidade. É, hoje, universalmente aceite que a Europa precisa de mais empreendedores para retomar o crescimento e níveis elevados de emprego.

No Município de Santo Tirso, o empreendedorismo constitui uma área prioritária na promoção do emprego jovem e qualificado. A Incubadora de Moda e Design da Fábrica de Santo Thyrso constitui uma referência regional e um equipamento único para a promoção e crescimento de projetos na área da moda, do design e das demais indústrias criativas. Através do projeto AYCH, a Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso vê uma excelente oportunidade para encorajar os jovens a desenvolver as suas competências empreendedoras, através de um modelo de empreendedorismo que visa a conexão de hubs no espaço atlântico em torno do setor criativo.

Os jovens que participem no projeto AYCH são apoiados pela Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, através do INVEST Santo Tirso e de um conjunto de instrumentos que lhes permitirão transformar as suas ideias em projetos e ações que potenciem as suas competências e, consequentemente, a possibilidade de desenvolverem uma carreira no setor criativo.

Mais se acrescenta que a Estratégia de Especialização Inteligente da Região Norte – RIS 3 Norte, apresenta a “Cultura, Criação e Moda”, como como um domínio prioritário de atuação, que genericamente consiste na exploração do potencial das indústrias criativas (sobretudo nas áreas de design), de novos materiais e de tecnologias de produção inovadoras, na criação de novas vantagens competitivas em setores com uma forte componente de design (design based consumer goods), nomeadamente o têxtil e vestuário, calçado, acessórios, mobiliário, joalharia, etc.

O AYCH é, indubitavelmente, um projeto estratégico para Santo Tirso, dado ir claramente ao encontro deste domínio de atuação e contribuir igualmente para as prioridades de desenvolvimento, ao nível do emprego e do empreendedorismo, da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso.

Santo Tirso especializou-se na sua incubadora de Moda, como pode influenciar o resto das incubadoras, sendo tão criativo?

O setor têxtil e da moda é identificado como estratégico no âmbito da politica de desenvolvimento do nosso território. A atuação da Incubadora de Moda e Design (IMOD) e do Centro de Empresas e Inovação (CEI) do HUB Fábrica de Santo Thyrso será reforçada com o projeto AYCH, que apoiará e acolherá projetos de empreendedorismo associados ao Cluster da Moda e Indústrias Criativas.

O Hub “Fábrica Santo Thyrso”, ao representar para o projeto AYCH um importante polo da Moda, Atividades e Indústrias Culturais e Criativas, dará importantes contributos para a potenciação do Empreendedorismo Jovem e Criativo.

Este Pólo da Moda e de Atividades e Indústrias Culturais e Criativas na Fábrica Santo Thyrso apresenta importantes valências para o projeto AYCH. Conta com uma Nave Cultural e Industrial, espaço para eventos e iniciativas culturais, um Centro de Empresas e Inovação, espaço de acolhimento empresarial focado na tecnologia, com sinergias importantes na fileira da Moda, uma Incubadora de Moda e Design, espaço de incubação de projetos criativos e um Centro Interpretativo da Indústria Têxtil do Vale do Ave, núcleo de memória da fábrica.

A IMOD dispõe de um Fab Lab de Moda & Design, altamente inovador, constituído por um Laboratório de Confeção, um Laboratório de Design e Modelação em CAD CAM e um Laboratório de Estamparia Convencional, que está ao dispor dos jovens, não só de Santo Tirso e território de proximidade, mas de todo o espaço atlântico, quer no âmbito das residências de incubação, quer no âmbito do apoio a programa de estágios do projeto AYCH.

De ressalvar, também, a importância da rede de Stakeholders que é colocada ao dispor do projeto AYCH, e que inclui parceiros como o MODATEX – Centro de Formação Profissional da Indústria Têxtil, Vestuário, Confeção e Lanifícios, a Universidade do Minho, o P. Porto –  Instituto Politécnico do Porto, entre outros, cuja atuação concertada com a Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso é fundamental para o sucesso e criatividade do projeto AYCH.

Para este ano de 2019, quais são os objetivos da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso para a Aych? O que você quer fazer?

Para dar continuidade ao sucesso do trabalho desenvolvido em 2018 no âmbito do projeto AYCH –  Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, o ano 2019 será decisivo para a Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, através do INVEST Santo Tirso, implementar a estratégia AYCH de suporte ao desenvolvimento de oportunidades de negócio e de criação de emprego no setor criativo. Esta estratégia terá como foco dois eixos de atuação, que correspondem ao Programa de Incubação e ao Programa de Estágios.

É ambição da Câmara Municipal de Santo Tirso, através do INVEST Santo Tirso, incubar, em 2019, 20 jovens empreendedores e apoiar o desenvolvimento de 20 projetos no domínio da moda e/ou indústrias criativas. Este eixo e foco estratégico de atuação para 2019 não descura a participação noutras atividades do projeto como os planos de capitalização com os stakeholders, a dinamização dos workshops KET “Key Enabling Techologies”, a participação no Creative Jam em Jigón (Espanha), e o apoio à criação da política de conexão de hubs AYCH no espaço atlântico, através da rede de experts, entre outros.

Pablo Castro: Aych en Lugo

Hoy hablamos con Pablo Castro, encargado de la oficina de Asuntos Europeos de Vida Láctea y Coordinador de Actividades en el proyecto Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs.

¿Cual puede ser la importancia de Aych para la juventud de Lugo?

Proyectos como el Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs AYCH tienen un impacto vital en la juventud de una ciudad como Lugo, donde el paro juvenil puede llegar a ser una preocupación.

Por ello toda la ayuda de la Unión Europea es crucial, y el proyecto AYCH casa a la perfección al tratarse de un proyecto orientado no sólo a la formación, sino también a fomentar el emprendimiento juvenil, la trasnacionalidad y la búsqueda de nuevas formas de desarrollo de proyectos e ideas; AYCH contribuye de manera sustancial a dotar a los jóvenes de las herramientas necesarias tanto para hacer realidad sus proyectos como para abrirse camino en el mundo laboral.

Lugo ha especializado su incubadora en lo audiovisual, cual es el motivo principal de haberlo hecho y que puede ofrecer a los jóvenes de Lugo?

Lugo tiene en su entorno una casuística especial: la escasez de desarrollo tecnológico relacionado con el prototipaje de producto, debido a que Lugo es una provincia con un trasfondo rural que poco a poco va adaptando su estilo de vida a las nuevas tecnologías. Los jóvenes hoy en día se encuentran inmersos en el uso de aparatos de última generación, uso de redes sociales e internet; y por esa razón se optó por fomentar las herramientas audiovisuales, las cuales a parte de brindar un camino diferente al ya existente, pueden ser empleadas para fomentar y expandir sus líneas de negocio.

Accediendo a nuestra incubadora los jóvenes de Lugo serán asesorados por nuestro equipo de expertos, recibirán formación de distinto tipo, tendrán acceso a lo último en tecnología y formarán parte de un proyecto transnacional. El Proyecto AYCH cuenta entre sus acciones la de realizar procesos de incubación de manera transnacional entre los distintos socios del proyecto, establecidos en cuatro países del Arco Atlántico (España, Francia, Portugal y Reino Unido). Por lo que de ser interesante para el incubado cabría la posibilidad de realizar un corto período de formación en una de las incubadoras de nuestros socios en el extranjero, de manera gratuita.

Nuestro sistema de incubación sigue las líneas formativas del Proyecto AYCH, por lo que persigue el formar al joven para que sea capaz de pensar por sí mismo, planteándose el tipo de ayuda que necesita, cómo podría mejorar su idea o incluso si sería necesario un intercambio con uno de nuestros socios en otro país. Este tipo de formación tiene también un importante impacto económico-social ya que de nuestra incubadora audiovisual podrían surgir novedosas formas de fomentar líneas de negocio muy tradicionales; como por ejemplo una explotación ganadera.

Pero no sólo nuestra incubadora está especializada en lo audiovisual, también tenemos otras opciones dirigidas al prototipaje y desarrollo de producto a través de nuevas tecnologías.

Para este año 2019-2020, cuales son los objetivos de Vida Lactea para Aych? Que quieren hacer?

En Septiembre de 2018 el partenariado del proyecto depositó en nosotros su confianza al ceder la gestión de la Comunicación del proyecto a Vida Láctea. Durante estos meses hemos abierto nuevas redes sociales y reforzado de forma notoria los medios de comunicación que existían previamente. El objetivo que nos marcamos para el 201-2020  no se basa tanto en darle un impulso aún mayor al apartado de Comunicación como en utilizar los medios disponibles para hacer llegar toda la información posible a los jóvenes.

 

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AYCH Kids Drawing Contest 2019

“The Atlantic Ocean, a sustainable environment for all!”

ATLANTIC YOUTH FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Atlantic Cities organises a drawing contest for children of
the following Atlantic countries:
Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal.
Theme: “The Atlantic Ocean, a sustainable environment for all!”
Imagine the future of the Atlantic Seaside and express your creativity!
This contest is open to all children between 8 and 11 years old of public
and private schools. Participate and get a chance to win a sustainable gift
set!
We believe youth has the power to change the world and inspire others.
Through this contest, our main goal is to raise awareness on sustainability
and environmental protection by giving a voice to children and allowing
them to showcase their creativity.

COMPETITION RULES [EN] [ES ] [FR] [PO]

 

AYCH: A PROJECT WITH VALUE

The Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project begins its work with the youngest of the house.

Through AychKids this European project has several main objectives:

– Disseminate the values of aych to children throughout Europe.
– Create activities for the youngest that have relation with the new technologies.
– Contribute to the dissemination of the aychocean program among children to continue the struggle of a world without plastic.

Our project believes that education has to reach the whole society but that children have to find tools outside the academic environment, and even through European projects; It is important that the shared work of educating comes from different areas of our societies.

Soon we can enjoy the adventures of Drop and Friends. !!!

VISIT TO ART IN BREST

As part of the incubation program in Brest, participants visited the ZAAT gallery. The gallery is tackling the issue of empty of vacant units in Brest, by organizing temporary exhibitions of local artists.

Participants had the opportunity to exchange with the artists and about their path towards professionalisation, talking about status, economy, activity and how to turn your passion into an activity.

This visit was organized in partnerhip with CitésLab, an agency supporting entrepreneurs in urban deprived areas.

COMPETITION

WIN an Independent Liverpool card for discounts in 100s of local independent businesses!

To enter this free prize draw… 
1. Like the AYCH Platform page
2. Like this post
3. Share this post!
😁 Easy!

AYCH Platform aims to spark entrepreneurship in young people. You can find more about AYCH Platform by visiting our website!
http://www.aych.pacificstream.info/

Ts&Cs: The competition will close at 12 noon on 22nd April, Bank Holiday Monday, and the winner announced the same day. The prize is as stated.