Democracy and participation, Communities, We want to further develop a methodology called land-based education

Fields of dialogue


Who is behind this?

Jochen Butt-Posnik

DialogFelder e.V. (in Gründung)


Who is joining forces?

NGO Folkowisko


RWS Wojciechówka (eco farm)


Profondo e.V.


Our partnership has started as a Polish-German cooperation due to the scope of our association's activities. But we are open for new partnerships in European partner countries!

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

"Field of Dialogue” is a new dialogue format we want to develop to give space for meaningful discussions like “What is the society we want to live in?”, "What should change in our village?" or “What Europe could be for us?”. A format accompanied by practical activities such as baking, field work and music. Prepared by an international Train-the-Trainer Seminar. Facilitating open space for dialogue between different political sides of the twisted Polish & European society.

Where will your idea take place?

We want to reach rural areas in Poland (Masovian, Lublin) and Germany (Lower Saxony, NRW, Thuringia)

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe falls into divided echo chambers, East/West, pro/against refugees, city/village. The new dialogue format “Fields of Dialogue” will reach out for inhabitants from the country side and bring them together with diverse "city people" to overcome the unability to speak and work with each other.

What is your impact?

A yurt as a temporary village centre will have travelled to approx. 10 villages in DE and PL.
10 x there will have been common work, common speaking & listening and common food & culture. 10 trainers of the new dialogue method will be trained - and be ready to transfer this method to other fields.

How do you get there?

3-folded methodological approach:
I. building trust & cooperation between diverse participants by practical work with/on the land,
II. dialogue in the yurt on important topic for the venue,
III. enjoying music & food together
=we call this land-based education

1. Prep phase: Feedback from funders & fine-tuning the idea
2. Planing phase: planning the training & 10 local events
3. 7-day Train-the-trainer-course
4. 10 events in rural areas of PL & DE
5. Evaluation & transfer

What is your story?

We got to know land-based education at an educational venue in the UK. In all our training and educational activities so far, we felt such an element missing. Coming from the countryside in DE and PL, we were looking for a method which could bring the divided social groups from far poles together.

Who are you doing it for?

The trainers to run the dialogue formats are possible change makers in Poland, Germany etc. of various ages and positions. Direct target group of the dialogue formats are inhabitants, young people, and families of rural areas in DE & PL. Debate partners are urban hedonists, artists, sociologists...

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Anybody out there tries as well out methodologies to bridge echo chambers and groups in the society which don't share a common world view anymore? Would be happy to exchange!




Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 17, 2018

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