Past Projects

Addressing young leaders from Russia and Ukraine, as well as Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia and Azerbaijan elda european leadership and debate academy has organized between one and three seminars annually since its foundation in 2014.

#Digital Dialogue – Barcamp Moscow 2018

Changing the world within three days!

European Barcamp and Hackathon was held on 16-18 November, Moscow
Location: www.deworkacy.ru

Can we change this world? Drive social change in Russia, Belarus, Armenia? Impossible? No! It is possible. And: Yes, we can. Between 16-18 November 2018, we brought together NGOs, activists and the creative community to connect, exchange and start new projects under time pressure during a unique European BarCamp. We also announced the first “Changing the World Award” for the best projects of the 24h-hackathon, held during the event.

Democracy rests on debate and civic engagement. With the internet, we have more channels than ever to make ourselves heard. How can we harness digital media for new forms of social campaigning and a vital participatory democracy? How does storytelling for human rights works? How can we raise awareness in society for social change and participation in the democratic process? And what does it take for you to become a relevant actor in the digital environment? These are some of the questions at the core of “Changing the world within three days”, the first European BarCamp and hackathon, held in Moscow on November 2018. So what about you? Are you ready to change the world? We are waiting for your ideas.

What is a BarCamp? The project
The Digital Dialogue 18 series, held in Kyiv and Moscow, was unlike any classical conference you have ever attended. User-generated, fast and fun, it offered a unique opportunity for participants from the creative community, civil society, politics, the tech, and startup scene to come together, learn from each other, start new projects and co-create. Leading experts from tech and politics, filmmaking and storytelling stood ready to provide inputs and feedback and there was ample room for personal reflection. But in the end, it was YOUR conference, a unique “learning and doing experience” driven by participants’ desire to share and learn in an open environment.

 

Female Leadership Academy

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE

Exclusive and innovative  ELDA Female Leadership Academy 2018/2019 was held in three different cities:

Lviv, Ukraine:                           26th – 30th of November 2018

Tbilisi, Georgia:                        01st – 05th of April 2019

Odesa, Ukraine:                     13th – 17th of May 2019

About the project
The Future is Female? Okay, got it. But change doesn’t drive without the right players. That’s why we want you to become a true leadership personality. Being a woman in a predominantly male leadership culture can be challenging and women on the rise are often struggling with a lack of support. We believe that one of the biggest strengths of female leaders is their ability to connect and built communities. That’s why we created a space for women who believe they can make a difference and accompany them developing not just their own leadership skills and personality but also train them the right techniques to share their gained knowledge with other women after the program is completed.

 

Digital Dialogue 2018 – European Hackathon and Barcamp Kyiv

The idea
Can we change this world? Drive social change in Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia? Impossible? No! It is possible. And: Yes, we can. Between 5-7 October 2018 we will bring together NGOs, activists and the creative community to connect, exchange and start new projects under time pressure during a unique European Hackathon. And we will also announce the first “Change the World Award” for the best projects from 24h hackathon, held during the event.

Democracy rests on debate and civic engagement. With the internet we have more channels than ever to make ourselves heard. How can we harness digital media for new forms of social campaigning and a vital participatory democracy? How does storytelling for human rights works? How can we raise awareness in society for social change and participation in democratic process? And what does it take for you to become a relevant actor in the digital environment? These are some of the questions at the core of „Change the world within three days”, the first European Hackathon/ barcamp, held in Kyiv in October 2018. So what about you? Ready to change the world? We are waiting for your ideas.

The project
The first European Hackathon/ barcamp held in Kyiv, is unlike any classical conference you have ever attended. User-generated, fast and fun, it offers a unique opportunity for participants from the creative community, civil society, politics and the tech and start up scene to come together, learn from each other, start new projects and co-create. Leading experts from tech and politics, filmmaking and storytelling will stand ready to provide inputs and feedback and there is ample room for personal reflection. But in the end it is YOUR conference, a unique “learning and doing experience” driven by participants’ desire to share and learn in an open environment.

The Kyiv edition of Digital Dialogue 18 takes place from 5th to 7th of October in Kyiv, Ukraine.
There is no participation fee. For those coming from abroad, a limited number of stipends is available.

Generous funding is provided by German Federal Foreign Office.

Who can participate?
Participants are invited from the tech and start up scene, civil society representatives and politicians between 20 and 35 years from Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova. We expect participants to make themselves available for the entire duration of the barcamp. Proficiency in English is required.

 

YouTube and Social Responsibility

YouTube constitutes a key resource for media makers. However, finding relevant and reliable information on YouTube can pose a challenge. Against this backdrop, this 7-day elda workshop focused on how YouTube can be used as a tool for social change and democracy. elda invited 18 journalists and film makers from Ukraine, Armenia and Russia to Lviv, Ukraine, where they developed, amongst other things, a campaign entitled „Break the Cycle“.

Future Media Lab: Digital Journalism and Democratic Politics

In October 2016, elda invited 16 selected journalists and NGO representatives from Ukraine, Armenia and Russia to a “Future Media Lab: Digital dournalism and democratic politics” in Minsk, Belarus. See a short documentary here:

 

Journalism between politics and Propaganda

This elda seminar, held in summer 2016 in Kyiv, focused on propaganda as a key challenge to independent journalism, the public sphere and democracy. Participants from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine, most of them journalists, were offered practical insights and strategic reflection on the role and relevance of journalism in modern democracies as well as the challenge of old and new forms of propaganda.

A key result of the workshop was the campaign “young journalists against propaganda”.

European Young Leaders – Kyiv 2016

In this special edition, held in June 2016 in Kyiv in cooperation with the UN-Youth-Ambassador-Program, elda invited participants from Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia aged between 15-20 years to discuss youth engagement in democratic politics.

 

 

Social Campaigning School – Odessa 2015

In October 2015, the second edition of elda. was held in Odessa for participants from Ukraine and Moldova, focusing particularly on “Social Campaigning” (in cooperation with Institute Republika). The seminar was based on the elda-concept but was focused on the main competences and techniques of public communication in the context of digital media (social networks, Internet campaigning).

 

European Debate Academy – Kyiv 2014

The first edition of the elda was held in Kyiv in December 2014 (organized with funding by the German Federal Foreign Office). Less than a year after the revolution on Kiev’s Independence Square, 20 participants from civil society and media were provided with a unique learning environment – to reflect on the developments of the past months and their role there-in as well as on the steps, capacities and mentalities necessary to foster democracy in Ukraine.

#Engage Black Sea

#Engage Black Sea provided a forum for young politicians and activists from Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia and Armenia to discuss and apply cutting-edge tools and approaches to foster social change and a more participatory democracy. Focusing on the impact of the internet on democracy, the workshop series took a phenomenon as a starting point which affects both East and West, transition countries and developed democracies alike. The seminars were held in Odessa, Ukraine, and Tbilisi, Georgia, in autumn 2017 and resulted in several social campaigns.

 

 

#verify – digital Journalism and democracy

This project brought young journalists from Ukraine, Russia and Moldova together to discuss and work on the challenges of journalism in context of digitalization and the trend towards “fake news” and “post-factual” societies. This project was conducted in cooperation with the National University Odessa. The seminars were held in Odessa, Ukraine, and Chișinău, Moldova.

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