Current Projects

filmmakers x ngos lebanon 2022

Filmmakers meet NGOs is coming to Lebanon in fall of 2022!⁠

+++Our call is open! Apply HERE until 29th of August+++⁠

Are you from Lebanon?⁠
Are you a filmmaker or video content creator?⁠
Or are you working for an NGO, a social activist or otherwise engaged in civil society?⁠
Do you believe in a pluralistic and democratic society?⁠
Do you want to fight for peaceful social change?⁠

Then we think you are the perfect match for us!⁠

We are looking for filmmakers and activists from Lebanon to provide them with the knowledge and tools of storytelling and campaigning, to help them spread their message through film. To promote a social issue of their choice by⁠
… a series of online classes with experts from all fields of filmmaking, storytelling and social campaigning 🧑🏽‍💻⁠
… networking⁠
… finding your match to build a filmmaker-activist-power-couple or team 🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏾‍♀️⁠
… developing a film concept with your project partner(s) and produce a short preview film⁠
… intensive consultation and check ups by the elda team along with an easy and structured template for developing your film concept 💁🏽‍♂️💁🏻⁠
… a 5-day seminar in Beirut 🏖️⁠
… meeting film fund representatives⁠
… the “market opportunities” where you can present your idea the most promising film concepts are awarded with a cash booster 💰⁠

We are proud and excited to work on this project with our partners Sabine Abi Aad @shedaresbysabine and INJAZ Lebanon @injazlebanon aswell as @men.tell8@bromwkhdom and Read with Ninette @ninetteabiatallah

Your expected effort⁠
Take part in 7 after work online sessions in September 2022 (2-3 hours each)⁠
Work on a film concept and a short preview film (in a team)⁠
Join the 5 day seminar in Beirut (nov 8th-12th 2022)⁠

There is no participation fee – generous funding is provided by the German Federal Foreign Office

young women for politics palestine 2022/23

young women for politics is a great opportunity for Palestinian women to get their voices heard and gain more impact in local politics!⁠

+++Please apply HERE until 24th of August 2022+++⁠


Are you from West Bank or Gaza?⁠
Are you between 20 and 40 years old?⁠
Are you interested in peaceful social-political change?⁠
Are you engaged in civil society or working in politics or for an NGO?⁠
Do you believe in a pluralistic and democratic society?⁠

Then we think you are the perfect match for us!⁠

We are looking for socially or politically engaged women from the Palestinian territories, to provide them with the knowledge and tools of Democratic change and pluralism, to enhance the women participation in politics.⁠

“Young Women for Politics” contains …⁠

… a series of online classes and mentoring with experts from the fields of political communication and strategy🧑🏽‍💻⁠

… a lot of networking⁠

… jointly develop strategies for women’s political participation by building superwomen-power-couple or team 🦸🏻‍♀️🦸🏾‍♀️⁠

… intensive consultation and check ups by the elda team⁠

… the chance to win a 4-day networking trip to #berlin

We are proud and excited to work on this project with our project partners Palestinian Consultative Staff for Developing NGOs (PCS) and Factory-x.

Your expected effort:⁠
Take part in 8 after-work online sessions in September 2022 (2-3 hours each)⁠
Work on developing strategy (in a team)⁠
Join the workshops in Ramallah in October 2022⁠
Optional: Apply for the 4 day networking trip to Berlin⁠

Find the details and apply for our exclusive and innovative program “Young Women for Politics”!⁠
https://forms.gle/uvfCJg2qd2ink2mJ8

There is no participation fee – generous funding is provided by the German Federal Foreign Office

digital media lab ukraine 2022

+++Register here! +++

digital media lab | Ukraine 2022

Are you from Ukraine?
Are you a young journalist, blogger, storyteller, media professional or student?
Do you believe that good journalism can make a difference especially in times of war?

Then we think you are the perfect match for us!

Whether you are currently living in Ukraine or anywhere else, this program will broaden your network, help you advance and use your journalistic skills for the social good and support you on establishing yourself on the European media scene.

The program offers …

… a series of online classes with experts from different fields of journalism, storytelling, rhetorics and social campaigning 🧑🏽‍💻
… the opportunity to develop a journalistic format to spread your message
… close consultation and check ups by the elda team along with an easy-to-use and structured template for developing your journalistic format 💁🏽‍♂️💁🏻
… a 5-day workshop in Warsaw (online participation possible)
… networking
… meeting international journalists and storytellers

We are proud and excited to work on this project with our partners Institute Respublica and Right to Dignity.

Your expected effort

Take part in 7 after work online sessions in September-October 2022 (2-3 hours each)
Work on your own journalistic concept and hand in a brief pitch
Join the 5 day seminar in Warsaw (dec 5.-8. 2022)
There is no participation fee – generous funding is provided by the German Federal Foreign Office 🙏

Apply now for our exclusive and innovative program “Digital Media Lab”!

There is no participation fee. Generous funding is provided by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Dates:

Part I: online basis school

7 online afternoon classes in September-October 2022 (starting at 3.30 pm EEST, duration 2-3 hours)
Mon, 12.9. kick off – introduction, expectations & exchange
Tue, 20.9. lecture: digital storytelling – interview & journalistic skills
Thur, 22.9. lecture: digital formats – enhance your strategy, content & techniques
Tue, 27.9. practice: digital storytelling – narrative analysis & group work on own formats
Thur, 29.9. practice: digital formats – create your own content strategy in groups
Tue, 4.10. lecture: self presentation for journalists – develop a convincing job profile (in Ukrainian)
Thur, 6.10. recap & next steps – present your work status

Part II: Develop a journalistic format guided by experts

On your own time, you will develop your format, following the newly learned steps
Update Calls are provided by the elda team
You hand in you pitch until the middle of october

The best concepts are chosen by our jury and invited to Part III

Part III: 5 day seminar in warsaw
Trainings tailored to the participants needs
Finalizing & publishing of journalistic concepts
Dec 5th – Dec 9th 2022

femme digitale academy 2022

+++ Our call is open! Apply via THIS GOOGLE FORM +++

femme digitale academy | germany & luxembourg 2022

+++ Please apply until 21st of August 2022 +++

Are you from Ukraine living in Germany or Luxembourg?

Are you an IT professional or talent, looking for a job in IT in a big European company? 

Do you want trainings for meeting & corporate culture, job interview skills, communication and leadership techniques, conflict management and personal coaching for your career start in your new home? 

Then we think you are the perfect match for us!

The Femme Digitale Academy prepares Ukrainian IT talents for the German labor market: It offers suitable jobs for Ukrainian women and skilled professionals for German companies. The academy recruits, empowers and integrates Ukrainian IT talents into the participating companies with trainings, online seminars and personal coaching – for their start and onboarding in big European companies.

It is free for participants, sponsored by companies that are looking for skilled IT employees. 

Start: september/ october 2022

We offer…

… a job in IT in a well known European company. 

… a series of trainings with experts from different fields such as coaching, communication, HR, leadership development, 

… networking with other participants as well as HR from big companies.

… personal coaching for your individual career start in Germany or Luxembourg. 

You offer…

… as a professional:
professional education and working experience in an IT job. 

… as a talent: 
other education and some working experience (1-2 years) in the IT field and interest and motivation in specialisation in IT.

… a professional level of English.

… motivation to take part in a kick-off event and ca. 6 3 h online seminars, as well as 2 h individual coaching sessions.  

Interested? 

We are looking forward to hearing from you! Please fill out the form and send us your CV. For further questions please contact info@eldacademy.org

*** the participation is free of charge for participants due to the funding from participating companies

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Past Projects

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

social campaigning school – middle east 2021/22

The Social Campaigning School gives the opportunity to a group of young Palestinians, Lebanese and Jordanians to learn the tools and techniques of campaigning and mass communication in order to empower them and give them the chance to practice their ideas and beliefs democratically. The aim of the seminar is to empower young leaders to become multipliers of social change.

This project is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, and hosted by elda – european leadership & debate academy and Stahlmedien and their partners Factory-x, Sabine Abi Aad and BuildPalestine.


Find the participants‘ amazing campaigns here:

Men.Tell by Lama Hatoum & Ola Zeiter on Instagram

Brom w khdom by Leila & Louloua Bachachi on Instagram

Ambulogy by Husni Sawalha on Facebook

Read with Ninette by Ninette Abi Atallah on Instagram and Facebook

Social Media Minimalism by Madleen Abu Irayeh on Instagram

Green Souls Palestine by Habiba Masoud, Ahmed Quraish, Warda Ajjour & Islam Masoud on Instagram

Create Debate! 2020

Create Debate! empowers and connects participants in order to increase democratic participation and visibility for actors of social change. Through the 3 phases of the program the participants will learn, cultivate and practice democratic social change.

We proudly present the projects that our participants created during our online academy Create Debate:

Digital Social Change Academy 2020

Join our Free Online Course!

The Covid-19 crisis shows international NGO work the difficulties and chances of social change – more than ever. Due to social distancing and lockdowns we are forced to completely switch into the digital sphere. This holds problems but also offers us chances: We can meet people that we might have never met. Our experience shows, that digital communication is possible – if it is moderated well. The Academy that took place in November and December 2020 with participants from all over the world consisted of 10 online seminars in form of an online salon, each focusing on a different aspect of social change and/or NGO work. One or two experts introduced their perspectives in short inputs to the group. Victoria Schneider accompanied the discussion as a moderator. 8 topics were be given, 2 topics were proposed and voted by the kick off participants.

Dive into our digital salons now by rewatching the sessions on video and checking out the slide shows, links and additional material on Candid (registration is free).

Female Leader Summit 2020

In three seminars our participants focussed on the topics Leadership & Agile Work, Communication & Networking and above all Female Empowerment and meanwhile designed, organized and promoted a hybrid 2-day event.

 

About the summit.

Although international studies show that more women on the board mean more economic success, women in powerful positions are quite rare to find. It is still not understood that female leadership is not about women’s promotion – it is about the economic wellbeing and innovative power of organizations.

We discussed the issue with women who experienced themselves what it means to be a woman with power:

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Anna Christmann, Member of Parliament (Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen) (GERMANY)
Maria Mezentseva, Member of Parliament (UKRAINE)
Miranda Tkabladze, IFES Georgia (GEORGIA)
Anastasia Barner, Founder and CEO of Fementor (GERMANY)
Franziska Leonhardt, Founder and CEO of Ave & Edam (GERMANY)
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The talk took place in our Berlin studio, Fluxbau of FluxFM and was streamed live via Facebook.

 

About the project.

The future is female?  Okay, got it. But change does not drive without the right players. That is why we want YOU to become a true leader – with a personality, mindset and skills that make the difference. Being a woman in a predominantly male leadership environment can be challenging. 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 build communities. That is why we created a safe space for women who believe they can make a difference and accompany them on their path.

 

#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 brought together NGOs, activists and the creative community to connect, exchange and start new projects under time pressure during a unique European Hackathon. And we also announced 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.

The project
The first European Hackathon/barcamp 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 took place from 5th to 7th of October in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Generous funding was provided by German Federal Foreign Office.

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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