Project is coming to an end

For the past 2½ years a group of engaged, hardworking practitioners and academics have worked together to discover how it is possible to be truly co-creative and produce teaching material in cooperation between marginalised youth, students, practitioners and academics. The project has had it’s ups and downs and now we are getting to the end of it.

Concrete products of the project are an anthology (with contributions from practitioners and academics from Rumania, Ireland, Spain, the Nederlands and Denmark), a module concept and a teacher’s guide. But perhaps the most important outputs are the lasting impressions the project has had on all participants. And by this I’m not only thinking about the project partners but also all the students, youth and colleagues who have participated and somehow contributed to the project. The co-creative and innovative workshops have been educational and the engagement of everyone has been amazing.

Thank you to everyone who has participated and I hope the lessons of the project, and the knowledge that it is possible to be co-creative and involve the actual stakeholders – in this case marginalized youth – in numerous ways when performing social work.

Reflexion on partner meeting in Ireland

Last week we spent five interesting days in Ireland. Thank you to all of you who organised the meeting and those of you who joined us at meeting and shared experiences of working with marginalised youth in Ireland.

The meeting made me think of all the different outputs we get from this project. One thing is the formal outputs in terms of a teaching module, an anthology and other visible products. Another thing is the impact the meetings has made on each of us. I have been very impressed by the interest and eager to exchange knowledge between students, youth, practitioners and academics in Denmark, Romania, Spain, Holland and Ireland. Everywhere we have been met by interesting people who have embrassed our idea of co-creation and WHO have taught us lesson on how to do exactly that – co-create.

Forandringsfabrikken Norway

Talking about vulnerable youths then this website must be looked at the project is about vulnerable youths working towards change and working towards being heard and towards being respected. All of the youth connected have been placed in care outside their homes and all have a demand for respect, trust and being involved in their own lives. What they want is more based on these ideas thatn programmes, methods and intervention programmes. Very much like the youth we hvae been talking to.



Wicked problems and wicked competences

Wicked Competences
At the moment I’m writing a chapter for the HIP anthology on the subject of ‘Wicked Competences’. This is proving more difficult than was originally thought! Writers out there have specified a number of wicked competences, but it seems that there mightn’t be a direct alignment between these and the characteristics of wicked problems. So what I’ve decided to do is to reflect on the ‘know-how’ social professionals need to acquire to address features of wicked problems. To reduce the risk of this exercise becoming too abstract, a case study example of young people hanging-out on a street corner was designed. In particular, I devised the case study to contextualise and explicate particular features of wicked problems. By doing so I tried to identify elements of ‘wicked competences’. As I’ve been thinking and writing about these connections, other ideas are emerging concerning how the ‘Wicked Problems’ framework aids reflective social professional practice. One area of interest concerns how the framework could assist social professionals to reframe their thinking when they become frustrated with attempting to address social problems. Incorporating the theory of ‘Wicked Problems’ into one’s professional outlook may help to reduce professional burn-out.  I’m also thinking about how the theory of wicked problems could support social professionals to critique modern and commonly accepted performance management practices. Hopefully, more on this idea in the chapter!
Mark Taylor
IT Sligo
April 2015

Partner meeting Amsterdam April 2015

Our fourth partner meeting is in Amsterdam is coming soon. I am looking forward to working with the data collected in all partner countries and to get a genuine feeling of the projects advancement. After interesting meetings in Romania and Spain including lots of learning, the next meeting is about working towards the production of the outcomes of the project. Outlines for the data analysis are prepared by the Dutch, outline of the Module Concept will be presented by the Danish and the anthology is coming along nicely in the hands of the Irish.

I love working in an international team and I think you are all doing a fantastic job. See you soon, Lene

January 2014.

We made it we managed to hold the first kick off seminar and meeting in December 2013 and thereby start the programme within the planned framework. This was quite a challenge since we only received the go ahead from the EU in the autumn.  In fact it is a credit to all members and a witness of their commitment that we managed to hold the meeting right up to Christmas and the break.

The meeting was successful on three levels, one that we could welcome our Spanish partners to the group, a group that have been working together for two years in the previous Leonardo project. I hope that we can build on this positive approach and use it to develop the project.

Secondly we managed to share and gain a greater understanding of all the practical details- thanks to Helle and Mia. Without your help we would still be trying to make head or tail of the administrative details.

Thirdly we held an inspiring and successful workshop at Østbasen  Horsens.  The workshop was good because it involved direct interaction with practice and gave some exciting input from practice that we can consider. – e.g. once again I became confirmed of the important of a strong positive relation between outreach and frontline workers and vulnerable youths and children. That without this contact no amount of organizational plans and agreements can reach out and support vulnerable youths alone.

We also had some good input about the use of energizers and integrating different learning forms and modes, thanks Jesper.

The participation of the students of social pedagogy from VIA UC Horsens made it possible to draw on their experiences and also to engage in a dialogue with them. I hope they could use the input and lets wish them the best of luck with their BA projects.

Then a thanks to both Bodil for arranging things but again to the staff and youths a Østbasen for making it possible. Without their work and input the seminar would not have been possible.

Finally I am full of good expectations and positive input – a good start which I am looking forward to building on.


Yours Gordon