Many projects focus on women, but in our society there are also men in a vulnerable position. They often came here in their early years to work, lost that work in one way or another and ended up in a downward spiral. They have a loss of self-esteem, feel that they are not taken seriously and feel shame. They become a single story. We have started a project within Golden Men to let these men discover their own story and to show them that they are not just this single story, but that their personality consists of so much more.
Many European countries have experienced an influx of refugees in recent years. Learning their new language is essential for their integration. But what if this is too big a challenge? During our language lessons for people with low language learning skills, we saw the need for an alternative method.
At the request of the OBA (Public Library) in Molenwijk, we developed a training to connect young people and adults in that Amsterdam neighbourhood through stories. Many adults (45+) experienced the presence of certain groups of young people as a nuisance. Among other things, this reduced the sense of social safety.
You learn best in an environment where you feel safe, no matter where you come from or what you believe. Together with partners from Spain, France and Hungary and with the University of Groningen, Centre for Religion and Heritage, we are investigating how to create inclusive environments where everyone feels free to learn, regardless of their cultural background and beliefs.
For the project EU project Common Ground Common Future (Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership) we are looking for narratives that connect. In line with this we develop strategies with which people can better recognize and challenge damaging stories (fake news, hate speech).
Storytelling is a great – alternative – method to turn young people into change makers within their community. Because through storytelling you learn to connect with yourself. If you can do that once, then it is also easier for you to connect with other people in your community.
While the actors Soufiane Moussouli and Yorke Mulder-Bhangoo intend to play a show for the public about extremism, radicalization and an absurd encounter, they run into problems with their own views. The question is whether they can actually play the story at all.
Five questions you’ve always wanted to ask a terrorist While the actors Soufiane Moussouli and Yorke Mulder-Bhangoo intend to play a show for the public about extremism, radicalization and an absurd encounter, they run into problems with their own views. The question is whether they can actually play the story at all. A chance encounter, […]
To include others, with and without disabilities, into part of her story and her struggle, Aysegul Karaca together with us developed a performance for young people : I see I see what you don’t see. This performance is available from March 2019 until November 2020.
“Those fortune seekers”, that’s how refugees are sometimes called. We wanted to shed a different light on the story of the refugee. After all, aren’t we all looking for happiness? And what are you willing to give up in your search for happiness?