Start & End Date: 01.05.2017-15.12.2017
Place: Berlin & Hamburg, Germany and St.Petersburg, Russia
Participating Countries: Germany and Russia
Project Partners: Centre for Independent Social Research
Number of Participants: 12 participants

Grant Giver: Auswärtiges Amt
Funding Program:German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Auswärtiges Amt & Freistaat Thüringen Landesverwaltungsamt
Grant Amount: 62,000 EUR

The project of ‚‘‘Stadt Im Dialog 2: Civic engagement through P2P Learning‘‘ is a continuation project based on the previous experience of the ‘‘Stadt im Dialog 2016,‘‘ organized by CGE Erfurt e.V and CISR (Center for Independent Social Research). Evaluated from its strengths and weaknesses, the main motivation of the this project is, therefore, to develop a civic educational program for urban activists based on the principles of peer to peer and learning by doing.
In the peer-to-peer principle, we try to accommodate the expansion of horizontal thinking of the participants, while avoiding the creation of any hierarchies in the models of horizontal urban development. The second component of the project is to strengthen the education and training factors in the process of learning. Meeting with German experts, sharing and exchanging of expertise and experience with each other is a valuable opportunity for the project participants. This format will allow the project participants to reflect on their mutual skills, and further correspondence. The third component is the emphasis on learning by doing. This approach is relevant for urban activists who are more into action. The combination of study visits and communication with colleagues – with the joint implementation of projects enhance this project and make it more attractive to urban activists.

To reach the aims of the project, we designed four activities:

Kick off meeting
Kick of Meeting held on the 10th of June, in St. Petersburg. During the meeting the applications where discussed and the participants where chosen, establishing the initial discussion on the design of the Edu program.

Number of participants: 15

Profile of participants:Coordinators from Germany and Russia, expert-adviser and selected experts from cities in Russia.

Study-tour
Study-tour held from the 1st to 7th of July in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany. The participants were actively involved in the discussions of the design of the Edu-program. Each of the participant prepared during May and July and presented during the study tour the idea (s)he wants to share. Participants could ask for online or offline (in St.Petersburg) consultation on this issue with the Russian experts. Related seminars were conducted during the 7 days of tour. As the closure, a 1 day-long seminar in Berlin (07 July 2017) became a summing up event where the core idea and pre-final design of the Edu-program was formulated (to be finalized by Russian team of coordinators and experts during July-August).

Number of participants: 22

Profile of participants:Residents of the Russian Federation cities concerned about the development of urban environment around water, keen to grass-root civic initiatives, and interested in participating in the proposed format.

Design finalization of the Edu-program
Meeting held in August in St. Petersburg, Russia. The worshop included ectures, expert lectures, seminars, group-work in urban planning and urban design, applied hand-craft work, final seminar teaching/training, onsite research and participatory planning with the involvement of the stakeholders, combining p2p learning and invited experts.

Number of participants: 21

Profile of participants:Coordinators from Germany and Russia, expert-adviser and selected experts from cities in Russia.

Workshop and closing event
Workshop and closing event held on the 30th of August to 5th to September in St. Petersburg, Russia. The program for implementation in September was finished, including curricula, schedule, speakers (among the participants and invited experts), location (for classes and applied workshop) and agreement from authorities for the legal issues.

Number of participants: 15

Profile of participants:All participants from the previous activities of the project.

Methodology

The P2P educational platform of ‘’Stadt im Dialog 2: Civic engagement through P2P Learning’ will be implemented in a format of a series of activities/events as follows: study visits to relevant cases in Germany (for example Berlin’s post-industrial waterfront Spree area and Hamburg Hafencity), round table discussions with Russian and German experts, workshops and networking events, which at the end will lead to the production and implementation of the educational program. The Program will be implemented (taught) in September 2017 in St.-Petersburg according to principles of “P2P learning” (participants will teach and train each other in this program) & “learning by doing” (a week-long workshop focused on city planning & landscape design of the waterfront area will be realized at particular location in St.-Petersburg).
These activities will be involving various related actors from different cities of Russia and from different fields of expertise; politicians, academia; NGOs, to name a few, and will take place in various cities in Germany and St.-Petersburg, Russia. The project will eventually generate a prototype of methodology of the P2P educational program in urban planning and design, which afterwards will be repeated in many cities of Russia through the multiplier effect. Participants of the program in 2017, from various Russian cities will become promoters and implementators of it in their native cities and regions.
The project approach of P2P learning principle has been empirically carried out by several Russian urban initiatives such as:
– ‘’Open Urban Lab’’ (OUL) in Saint Petersburg with the project of ‘’SAGA of the City. Urban Space in Transformation’’) (http://juliakolesova.wixsite.com/openurbanlab).
– P2P educational platform proved to be a catalytic method for the participants to realize their local projects in Russia. For example, one of the participants of the ‚‘‘Stadt im Dialog 2016‘‘ has transformed her initial idea of waterfront beautification into a creation of P2P civic educational platform as a sustainable model to reach the goal of improvement of waterfront in the city titled “Right to the water”.

Impact

In the future, we would like to modify and replicate the program for implementation in different cities in Russia. The expansion of the program in other cities of the country will be one of the most important results of the project – ability to contribute to the expansion of ideas, skills and formats involvement of citizens in the processes of civic education, horizontal planning and urban development. The project aims to boost the awareness of inhabitants regarding urban development and management, raising awareness of citizens on these issues, and as a consequence – improving the quality of decisions and the level of bottom up projects in Russian cities. Participants of the project in 2017 will become successors and multipliers of similar activities in their own cities.
This project reach a wider audiences of at least 100 people at the final event in St.-Petersburg. 10000 people get informed about the final workshop via social networks (members of the group in Facebook and V kontakte) and through related contacts of the projects and all contacts mobilized by the fellows and partners (in case of ‘‘Stadt im Dialog 2016‘‘ altogether the announcement reach 20-25 thousands people).
The multiple effect of this project will be carried out by each participants in their own cities (we expect 6-8 of such participants). About 50 people in each city was mobilized as for the project’s follow up represented by these participants from ‚‘‘Stadt im Dialog 2: Civic engagement through P2P Learning‘‘. Hence up to 400 people participated as the direct target audience of the project, who can later try to implement this project in the upcoming years.
Added to that, we reached and involved representatives of from other stakeholders without whom we believe such projects can not be sustainable:
– City Authorities: representative of several key departments will be informed. Some of them will be asked for permission for the workshop to happen, and are involved as a speaker.
– Municipality: in St-Petersburg, municipality has different role from city government. We have gained contacts with them in relation to the waterfront development in St.- Petersburg.
– Business actors: including landowner of some waterfront or neighboring areas who will be invited as partners in the project.

We encouraged the involvement of these stakeholders in the future realisation project of P2P Edu-programs (based on our model) in other cities. We expect that city government and business representatives will be involved in the following projects of P2P learning by doing on urban environment in Russian cities (2017-2018).

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Testimonials

Valentas Kriauciunas

Participant of Activity. 1
It was great

Steveli Säde

Participant of Activity. 3
This project was awesome. Right there I “met” street workout. I got new knowledge and friends from Europe! The best part was our team exercise – water rafting. I had a looottt of fun with everybody and I learned that even if you cant talk in English, it’s still easy and possible to communicate 🙂

 

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