by Florent Orsoni, Chair of Consolidation of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs model



AYCH Legacy isn’t only a « what works story ». With an Internet hub ( you will have access to different channels. You can access to the book, which relates and links the AYCH cornerstones and the story, the Wiki which delivers the tool box in an open source version and detailed framework, and a progression support desk, which connects people, experiences, to make your own path with AYCH.

AYCH Legacy delivers an experience, a way. But there is something beyond AYCH.

First of all, AYCH Legacy has a message in education. At L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, we decided to include this process as part of the curriculum. We not only worked with students, but as a professional team. We gave them confidence and self-awareness. They produced tools for facilitation, discovered MIRO which is the core tool of our workshops. We changed the mindset : when I saw « poor quality » prototypes (first impression) in Vida Lactea or Space, Richard or Xose told me : this is the first time they have produced something by hand, this is the first time an International expert has said : it’s worth, go on. AYCH makes me understand that education is more an experience than a programme.

AYCH Legacy also has a message on the value of design. We had to redesign AYCH to succeed, to adapt ourselves, to vision and vocabulary. AYCH Legacy celebrates this approach that encourages dialogue, diversity, flexibility… Design thinking has been the way to transform AYCH into an education path with meaningful experience, that builds self-confidence, trust, and openness.

Most of all, Aych legacy is anchored, nourished by European values : a way to collaborate, to build something resilient trough the crises (Brexit, COVID). We were resilient, because we were mainly driven by values, utopia. Indeed, and we accelerated our process during the crises.

We are in the darkest times of human history. I have no doubt that this crisis drives us towards a new world. Aych leaves with a method, an approach, a way to bring new ideas into life. And we have this urgent challenge to design this « new world ». « When it’s dark enough, you can see stars »… I hope Aych could be one of these stars that guides you through an unknown path of cooperation, knowledge sharing, ideas spreading, something youth oriented where everything is possible… With AYCH, we embodied the vision that gave birth to another utopia, Europe, that turns such dreams into reality.