BLended Adult Learning
for the Social-ecological Transition

Strategic Partnership 2019-2021

BLAST

Project Description

Blended learning for the social-ecological transition combines experiential place-based learning through immersion in community-led initiatives with online opportunities for exchange and peer learning in geographically distributed Communities of Practice. Blended approaches extend the reach, facilitate access, improve motivation, enhance flexibility, and synergise otherwise disconnected opportunities for learning and action. They combine “high tech” and “high touch”, i.e. digital access to the most suitable resource persons, the best knowledge and the most advanced practices available at the transnational level, and the conviviality of personal encounters and joint face-to-face work in unique local community settings or regional multi-stakeholder networks.

For more information, feel free to come in touch with the coordinator of BLAST: markus.molz (at) ecolise.eu

The purpose of the BLAST partnership is to enable educators, trainers, facilitators, mentors, researchers etc. in delivering transformative learning opportunities to citizens, communities and professionals that engage as change-makers and game-changers in the social-ecological transition. The aim is to help them contribute more joyfully and continuously to just sustainability transitions while generating broader and more lasting impact in response to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement, and broader humanistic agendas of systemic change and desirable futures.

The BLAST partnership pursues the following objectives:

  1. Provide a context for adult educators to improve their competences in delivering blended transformative learning for civic engagement in community-led initiatives.
  2. Increase reach and improve access, quality, attractiveness and coordination of educational delivery of transformative adult education initiatives across Europe that are supporting the social-ecological transition.
  3. Identify, pool, encourage and spread related social and educational innovations.
  4. Exploit and promote results of other related EU projects.

Products

Through participatory processes across several iterations, the BLAST partnership develops the following outputs:

  • BLAST Community of Practice Guide
  • BLAST Catalyst Toolkit
  • BLAST Competence Framework
  • BLAST Training of Trainers Curriculum

Preliminary and final versions of those outputs will be made accessible through the evolving BLAST wiki pages.

 

Calendar

The dates and times are only preliminary and might be changed.

 

Date & time frame

Description of Event

Format

Venue

17 September 2020

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Community of Practice 

Onboarding for CoP –

Online monthly meeting

Zoom

15 October 2020

9 am. – 6 p.m.

Regional Workshop

Blended Workshop happening at the same time on multiple locations –

Local & blended event conducted in English and in the local language 

– Berlin, Germany 

– Zagreb, Croatia 

– Birmingham, UK 

– Bucharest, Romania,   

– Olot, Spain

– Cloughjordan, Ireland

19 November 2020

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Community of Practice 

Follow-Up on Regional Workshop –

Online monthly meeting

Zoom

17 December 2020

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Community of Practice

 – Winter CoP –

Online monthly meeting

Zoom

21 January 2021

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Community of Practice 

Online monthly meeting

Zoom

18 February 2021

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Community of Practice 

Online monthly meeting

Zoom 

18 March 2021

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Community of Practice 

Online monthly meeting

Zoom

18-22 April 2021

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Train 4 Trainer Workshop

Local & blended event

Spain, Catalunya

Venue tbd

Activities

The BLAST partnership is unfolding the following activities as learning opportunities for educators, researchers, policy-makers and other interested professionals:

  • BLAST Community of Practice (monthly conference calls and self-organised spin-off activities)
  • BLAST Working Groups (synchronous and asynchronous co-creation of the outputs)
  • BLAST Regional Workshops (15 October 2020 simultaneously in 6 countries* & online)
  • BLAST Training of Trainers (April 2021 in Catalonia & online)
  • BLAST International Confluence (September 2021 in Brussels & online)

* Croatia, Ireland, Germany, Romania, Spain, UK

The European Commission’s support for this strategic partnership does not constitute an endorsement of the contents it produces, which reflect the views of the authors alone. The Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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