New era new adventure – digital competitiveness and cooperation in V4 countries

Our new project is starting. You can read some former information below.

Digitalisation is one of the most important challange nowdays. Organizations working on the field of intercultural dialogue can’t share their experience and project outputs to the community who can be beneficary of their achieved resaults because of the lack of digital skills and sources. By the V4 Hungary strategy „digitalisation is, and will remain in the forthcoming decades, the main driving force of competitiveness. A plenty of free softwer is aviable on-line to create an innovative, value and data based visual content to express theirself in base of our common roots, cultural heritage and historycal background in V4. The raising multiculturalism in Europe and the 2015 “refugee crisis” have affected significantly the general society across the Europe, and especially the V4 countries. Recent surveys show that although the V4 countries have not experienced any noteworthy inflow of refugees and have only small non-EU minorities, they record worrying and growing rates of xenophobia and hate against foreigners and “otherness” in general. The civil society and academia have cumulated wide experience and information to nurture intercultural dialog in their societies. We know famous documentary film festivals (where the artistic value and the market are in focus), pitch forums (where directors can apply directly for support) in the region but don’t exist a platform where professionals from NGOs with real stories from the field, directors and donors can meet to inspire each other and create a socially and artisticly new impact driven visual material.

We organize innovative capacity building activitities for participants coming from the civil society and public institutions working in intercultural dialogue. During the activitites they learn with the learning by doing method digital visual content making (photo and video) and the shooting (when participants can use their new story telling and visual communication skills) and the presentation technics at Pitch forum to improve new skills for effective communication in national and international (especially V4) context. Professionals (as PR agencies) has valuable skills in the field of visual communication but working with them organizations need an extremely high amount of money that small organizations can not afford. Skills learnt by professionals improve also NGOs competitiveness. At the Pitch forum participants can try sharply their new skills, they can meet with professional filmdirectors to create together an effective, impact driven visual tool (eg. Documetary film). To achive this aim we invite potentional donors at the forum. With digitally produced visual tools they can learn a new visual language (understandable very well also by youth and older age group who use smartphones and social media) and that they can use in everyday communication to build a community around them (engage voluntiers, clients, etc.). Learnt the new skills be learnin by doing method they immediately have visual products to use in different platform. The advantage is also that they can build this knowledge in their trainings to create a more professional services for their clients.

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Our partners:

Cukru production is a videproduction studio founded by director Martina Slovakova in 2012. Cukru is a group of ideamakers, designers, editors, animators and cinematographers. They strive to produce quality visual solutions. Having many experience with projects for NGOs, local brands, commercial projects, election campaigns or biggest international brands is making from Cukru one of the leading video-agencies in Slovakia.

The National Trust of Slovakia (NTS) was established in March 1996 by six enthusiastic young people as a non-governmental, non-profit organisation. The mission of the National Trust of Slovakia is to secure permanent protection and sustainable use of historic environment – heritage sites, objects of great values, and sites of natural beauty for the benefit of Slovakia and its people.

The Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR) is an independent public research institution which conducts excellent academic research in the larger field of international relations, which includes European studies, security studies, area studies and other related disciplines. IIR has been the leading academic institution for the study of international relations in the Czech Republic since 1957 and it is also an active member of several international research networks.

Foundation of Cultural Exchange toTU toTAM was formed to build an international understanding by cultural education and arts; to give youths and seniors new possibilities of self-development and to enrich Polish culture by organizing international projects. Specifically: ·To establish a “space” which will encompass the teaching of languages, the arts, and humanities; · To create and maintain an event e.g. festival of dance theather · To help youths with volunteer and student exchanges. · To create and maintain a facility for musical, theatrical and other performances.