transdisciplinary approach and participatory action research addressing: Arts and (inter-)cultural activities + Communities + Social Inclusion + Education

INTERWEAVING Identities, Stories, Belongings


Who is behind this?

Ria Baeck


Who is joining forces?

Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, through Gil Penhas-Lopes.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Europe is called to integrate the diversity of all people. We imagine a weaving of diverse people, deep dialogue, many art and social forms to build a generative practice to navigate disruptive changes, while strengthening and healing our communities.
The complexity of the situation, the individual & collective dynamics and political & historical injustice are too big for any person, or any methodology to handle; transdisciplinary collaboration including participatory action-research is needed.

Where will your idea take place?

Europe (North and South)

Why does Europe need your idea?

Today’s systemic crisis is fueled by the personal, communitarian and national dis-functionalities, expressed through a weak ability to reflect & find new solutions; resistance to act; insecurity, anxiety related with diversity issues (migrants); disconnection from ourselves, family and neighborhoods. Similar problems in societal sectors: working in silos, a distance from reality. Social innovation is unequipped to deal with historic, inter-cultural and -generational dynamics, so problems repeat.

What is your impact?

Raise profile of innovative individual & community development & healing practices
60 trained professionals (15 EU countries) implement new practice within local & professional networks
Set-up professional network + online platform

Yearly 4 webinars, 1 international meeting

Test integral participatory action-research practice to learn faster & monitor continuously

Start long-term work between scientific research & process oriented methodologies

Disseminate ‘embodiment of multiple belongings'

How do you get there?

Integration of conversational, systemic and embodied practices into a coherent integral practice
Integration of participatory action-research into the practice and the whole project; apply full learning cycle frameworks on all levels and elements of the project
Develop (prototype 1) training with core team
open training: 3 days training + 2 days research and community building
Debrief training, learn and adjust prototype, develop (prototype 2) training
Open training, wider audience (3 + 2 days)
Debrief training, learn and adjust prototype
Publish research articles on processes and its measurable impacts
Design and create artefacts sharing the practice, the experience and effects
Spread the body of knowledge, into existing networks that are working with or can benefit from this work

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Targetgroup: 60 pan-european professionals working with/reaching people (social workers, social innovators, educators, healing and art professionals, leadership trainers, coaches, facilitators, consultants etc.) wanting to work in close collaboration with other disciplines applying participatory action research.

Beneficiaries: local citizens (+ local persons in charge of communities and neighborhoods) seeking help, advice and new approaches, reached by the targetgroup and their new projects

What makes your idea stand apart?

Design, facilitate, monitor, analyse data & report done by using participatory action research
understand effectiveness and synergy of methodologies by doing
apply action research to new practice itself, continuously improving it
bridging heart (process oriented technologies) & mind (scientific research)
acquire research data via embodied practices
work collaboratively across diverse sectors
work on historical, complex dynamics, belonging and identity, when everyone just tries to ‘solve problems

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 76360,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel Cost : 12.800.- Accommodation and Subsistence: 11.460.- Event Costs : 10.000. Public Relation: 5.600.- Personnel Cost: 36.000.-

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

What is your first impression when reading this proposal? Do you know partner-organisations that would like to co-create this?



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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