VIDEO DIARY OF THE ROUND TABLE
Sofia 2020: Urban Mobility from the Past or from the Future?
16-18 April 2018
16 April: PRESENTING THE GOALS AND PARTICIPANTS AND FORMULATING THE ISSUES AND TASKS OF THE ROUND TABLE
Location: GENERATOR, inside the former Vitosha Factory (47 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia)
14.30: Official opening of the round table, introductions and greetings:
- Dr. PetarKanev: Shtastlivetsa Sofia Civic Association and Place for Future Educational Network: coordinator of the Crowd In project for Bulgaria
- Silke Steinberg: co-chair of the Institute for Innovative and Preventive Job Design (FIAP) at Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen, Germany; initiator of the Crowd In project
- Marie Jégu: University of Burgundy, France, and FIAP; project manager of Crowd In
- Martin Zaimov: representative of GENERATOR; host of the opening session
- Dr. Valeri Lichev: head of the Anthropological Studies Department at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS) and member of the Place for Future Educational Network
- Dr. Kliment Ivanov: Department of Architecture at New Bulgarian University and member of Place for Future
- Ivan Velkov: deputy chair of the Sofia Municipal Council
Petar Kanev and Marie Jégu present the goals of the round table and its participants and members of Shtastlivetsa and Place for Future – the interdisciplinary approach and the purpose of working in non-conventional heterogeneous groups.
Marie Jégu and Silke Steinberg present the I-MaP Project: goals, targets, perspective, participants, and partners.
Ivan Velkov, Martin Zaimov, and Angel Burov (Union of Urban Planners in Bulgaria) – problems in planning a sustainable urban environment and mobility in Sofia.
Radost Marinova (chair of Bike Evolution Civic Association) and Veselin Kirev (Civic Initiative for Public Railroad Transportation) – controlling authority: the purpose of public monitoring and civil participation in decision-making processes.
Martin Zaimov – the broad meaning of the notion of “design”: from the first mobility plan of Sofia through the establishment of the Bulgarian Electric Vehicles Association to the GENERATOR initiative.
17 April: THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ROUND TABLE PRESENT THE ACTIVITIES, ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND PERSPECTIVES FOR DEALING WITH THE ISSUES OF URBAN MOBILITY
Location: Seminar Hall in the Institute of Law at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (4 Serdika Str., ground floor)
Marie Jégu and Petar Kanev outline the tasks for the day and the event procedures.
Dragomir Konstantinov (Zelenika Foundation) and Maria Maltseva (“Sofia – Green Capital” Initiative Committee and City Group) briefly present their experience, activities and initiatives and respond to questions from the audience.
Lilia Encheva-Hristova, Public Ombudsman of the Sofia Municipality – purpose of the interaction between the Sofia Municipality and civil initiatives.
Marie Jégu and Silke Steinberg present the academic and scientific aspects of the I-MaP project, its academic partners, the interdisciplinary methodology and approach of the team, in compliance with the goal of developing sustainable complex systems through the cooperation (synergy) of humanitarian and social sciences and technological innovations.
Prof. DSc Rumyana Stoilova (Director of the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) – potential of the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS to contribute to the long-term goals of I-MaP.
Additional reading: http://issk-bas.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ISSK-Brochure.pdf
Assoc. Prof. Georgi Georgiev (head of the Department of Architecture at New Bulgarian University) – mobility, urban planning and sustainable development of the urban environment: how academic and educational institutions can contribute to their planning.
Angel Burov and Vasil Madzhirski (Union of Urban Planners in Bulgaria) – challenges in the implementation of the currently developed Plan for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Sofia and in general.
Brainstorm. Announcing the results of the brainstorm.
Borislav Sandov (co-chair of Zelenite (the Greens) Political Party) – problems and perspectives of green urban policies in Bulgaria.
Brainstorm: identifying problems in Sofia. Results of the discussion – looking for common ground and consensus.
Ivan Velkov – the Sofia Municipal Council and the issues of sustainable urban mobility.
Lyubomir Georgiev (Sofproect OGP (Master Plan of Sofia Municipality) presents the activities of the organization and the challenges it faces.
Final summary – formulating a common position.
18 APRIL: FINAL SUMMARIES AND COOPERATION PLEDGES
Location: Seminar Hall in the Institute of Law at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (4 Serdika Str., ground floor)
Kaloyan Karamitov (Vision for Sofia) – summary of the organization’s activities followed by questions and answers.
Gergin Borisov (Spasi Sofia (Save Sofia), a Bulgarian watchdog organisation) – summary of the organization’s activities followed by questions and answers.
Final discussion and summary of the results from the round table. Final remarks, conclusions from the round table, announcing the next steps and events under the project in Bulgaria.
The round table and the workshops in Sofia are supported by:
The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Place for Future Educational Network
I-MaP: Intermodal Mobility Management Plan is an international, interdisciplinary, multi-stage joint project proposal, initiated by FIAP Institute for Innovative and Preventive Job Design (Germany) in cooperation with Shtastlivetsa Sofia Civic Association (Bulgaria), EDUcentrum (Czech Republic), together with associated institutions such as Laboratory Psy-DREPI (University of Burgundy, France), Réseau Recherche Innovation Transition, MSH (University of Burgundy, France), Wuppertal Institute, FH Münster University (Germany), New Bulgarian University, the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria), and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
The first stage of the I-MaP project entitled Crowd In, Sustainable mobility in urban areas through Crowd Intelligence Building European R&D structural partnerships for the development of “participative innovation structures” for sustainable mobility in local areas, aims to create international interdisciplinary teams which will implement the project proposal.
Its official website is crowd-in.org. It is briefly presented in this flyer:
The project objectives are:
- Setting of a sustainable consortium (academic and industry-based), preparation of several joint project proposals
- Development of innovative technologies and scenarios of services to implement sustainable mobility behaviour in urban areas
- Strengthening user motivation through participation and collaboration
- Integration of heterogeneous user groups in the target regions to generate innovative solutions
- Organisation of a sustainable structure for the transcultural exchange of knowledge
- Exploration and network building
- Definition of needs and collection of ideas for Sofia and Prague
- Initiation of the cooperation in Sofia and Prague
- Integration of partners in the field in Germany and in France
- Organisation of innovation workshops in the two target cities: Sofia and Prague
- Initiation of a European cooperation in the field of sustainable mobility
“Sofia 2020: Urban Mobility from the Past or from the Future?”
16-18 April 2018
See the program here.
The Round Table and the workshops in Sofia are supported by:
The Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Place for Future Education Network
I-MaP: Intermodal Mobility Management Plan
Project I-MaP aims to research, develop and simulate the implementation of a systemic and holistic Mobility Management Model for metropolitan areas, developed and implemented in a co-creative approach, joining and correlating needs and expectations of different user communities in the cities. The objective of the Model is the increase of multi-modal transport use and the promotion of sustainable mobility, while connecting urban areas and their surrounding territories, preserving social inclusion, understanding the mobility behaviour of user communities, developing methodologies promoting cooperation between citizens and decision makers, and generating new business ideas and local services. While following the guidelines of the SUMP, I-MaP will achieve its objectives by ensuring a participative, systemic and locally adapted strategy, developing a systematised methodology, the research and development of instruments (and digital tools) and by establishing expert networks. As the I-MaP concept includes its own monitoring and evaluation tool (based on the Asset Management approach), it also regulates and controls the objectives during the project’s course, in order to systematically adjust and improve the non-working parameters. Resulting from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective, the Mobility Management concept represents a participatory, interactive approach of co-creation involving all relevant stakeholders (from within the local administration and beyond, civil society, private sector, associations) into the process of urban transition. A mobility management plan along these lines ensures a better success for technologies, transport and urban planning, and a better cooperation between parties involved. The multi-dimensional, participative and transdisciplinary approach, as well as the innovative and rich aspects of its controlling system, make I-MaP’s Mobility Management Model particularly suitable to address scopes 1, 2, 5 and 6 of this Topic.
The I-MaP: Intermodal Mobility Management Plan project aims to research, develop, implement and validate instruments, guidelines and a systemic and holistic model of mobility management for sustainable mobility in urban areas, adapted to the specific cultural and infrastructural requirements of cities, while following the guidelines of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), set out by the 2013 Urban Mobility Package, in a complementary approach. The objective of the Model is the increase of multi-modal transport use and the promotion of sustainable mobility, while connecting urban areas and their surrounding territories, preserving social inclusion, understanding the mobility behaviour of user communities, developing methodologies promoting cooperation between citizens and decision makers, and generating new business ideas and local services. I-MaP will achieve its objectives by ensuring a participative, systemic and locally adapted strategy, developing a systematised methodology, the research and development of instruments (and digital tools) and by establishing expert networks.
The project will be developed by a consortium of Researchers, Policy Makers, Industry/SMEs and Civil society, who will join knowledge, competences and networks in a collaborative open innovation approach to determine methods and processes for the modelisation of a local relevant mobility strategy, and in cooperation with the cities of Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Münster (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Sofia (Bulgaria), Dijon (France) and Martin (Slovakia), each distinctive context adding valuable inputs and enriching parameters and variables.
The Mobility Management Model, main deliverable of the project, is to be guided and conducted by a Mobility Management Team, appointed in each city where the model is to be applied, who will supervise the planning and development of intermodal transport and spatial planning in urban areas, organise open-innovation laboratories (methodical workshops for technology, infrastructure and service research and development with the help of crowd-intelligence and adapted to the special needs of user-communities), coordinate a participative network (including experts, citizen associations, end users, local decision-makers, engineers, architects, companies), as well as ensure the involvement and inclusion of heterogeneous groups of inhabitants along the process. The intended Mobility Management Model is therefore based on co-creative open innovation processes, it assembles and disseminates all relevant information on needs and conditions in the different cities (the exchange of information and experience among the cities is an added value which should enrich the innovation processes).
By implementing a model of mobility management, the project follows the objective of promoting sustainable mobility, via the regulation and decrease of the use of private transport in favour of multi-modal transport. The Model will be set to target an increase of 10 to 20% (depending on the initial situation and on the city) of intermodal transport use in the urban regions targeted.
The sub-objectives of the project answer different needs and challenges from the target cities. The target cities cover various existing shortages and they combine multiple parameters in order to test the Mobility Management Model in different configurations. Both differences and common aspects of initial conditions and needs in the participating cities, will create a heterogeneous pool of parameters which is used as framework for the co-creative and innovative development of solutions.
- The Ruhr area (Gelsenkirchen, Germany) is a multi-centres urban area. Because of its metropolitan situation, it brings the challenge of connecting the centres and of solving the primary use of personal transportation in the saturated regional road network.
- Prague and Sofia face a commuter belt challenge; there is a lack of transparency between the actions undertaken, between decision makers and end users/citizens, and a lack of articulations between the actions and the political measures.
- Münster is a mono-centre city. It has an important bike mobility, culturally and socially installed but lacks the infrastructure to face the importance of the bike mobility development.
- Dijon is also a mono-centre city that went through recent spatial and extreme urban changes. The city endorsed a new urban mobility plan and can contribute to show best practice examples. As a newly designed metropolis (French government attributed it the “metropole” label on April 28th 2017), Dijon is currently operating the change from an intermediate city to a bigger city or urban area and can profit from more financial support for mobility development.
- In Slovakia, the infrastructure and the network enable the experimentation on the concept of a mobility management plan/model, both on a local level (city of Martin, about 60,000 inhabitants) and on a regional level (Self Governing Region of Zilina which covers about 700,000 inhabitants).
One of the specific objectives of the project is to experiment with the Mobility Management Model on different configurations and to collect information, data, knowledge, skills and best practices, to link them, and to develop and propose a model as relevant as possible to its environment and capable of answering several different local challenges. The model is to be equipped with adequate tools to ensure a common standard of quality and to guarantee this standard the Asset Management approach will deliver the necessary means. As the I-MaP concept includes its own monitoring and evaluation tool (based on the Asset Management approach), it also regulates and controls the objectives during the project’s course, in order to systematically adjust and improve the non-working parameters.
1.2 Relation to the work programme
The proposal relates to topic LC-MG-1-2-2018, “Sustainable multi-modal inter-urban transport, regional mobility and spatial planning”, under the part “Smart, green and integrated transport” of the work programme.
Users who live in cities have nowadays several possibilities to adopt a “green” mobility. However, commuters who need to use different kinds of transports still prefer to use their private vehicles, because of organisational, functional and personal considerations. Consequently, one of the biggest polluters and emitters of CO2 are individual vehicles: 70% of CO2 emissions in urban areas are caused by traffic (BAUM, 2013, p.70). It is, therefore, a key challenge to develop a sustainable mobility and transport system corresponding to the culturally based mobility behaviour, so that air pollution, climate change and the unbridled consumption of resources is counteracted, without restricting the mobility and quality of life within urban spaces. Mobility, particularly in local areas, must be secured, sustainable, low emissions and affordable. Therefore, not only has the development and promotion of relevant concepts been given special attention in current applied research (BMBF, 2015), but also intermodal passenger and freight transport projects and numerous initiatives. Already in the Danube region, the first signs and options for the development of sustainable mobility are evident. E-bikes are highly popular in many areas, e.g. in Prague sightseeing tours are offered (e.g. Premier Prague Tours, Prague by e-bike, Prague eBike Tours & Rental), although they are at different stages of development and are not networked in most cases. Urban areas often lack appropriate infrastructure to allow sustainable mobility, and the existence of intermodal services, with the exception of commuting cities, is lacking. Transport and mobility as well as urban spatial planning are mostly not related to the specific, culturally based mobility behaviour of the user communities. And yet, the behaviour of inhabitants of large cities is influenced by a lack of suitable sustainable-based solutions. In Prague and Sofia, there is a great need for sustainable mobility concepts, adapted to the specific urban conditions. The offer of an alternative transportation option (e.g. Shared transport) from the suburbs to the inner cities (e.g. to work or to schools) is missing almost completely. Therefore, there is a significant need for the development of sustainable mobility concepts in local spaces (see UN, 2010a, p.13; UN, 2010b, p.6). The initial situations show that private transport leads to congestions in cities and city lines collapse because of traffic (Prague as an example). Commuters not only need to circulate outside the city but also inside the city, they consequently need an attractive offer that combines a multi-modal transport adapted to their need. In order to support inter-modality, the gap between the different kinds of transport used and other considerations must be solved. This can be done by developing adapted to end users technologies, services and the integration of potential users to the process in an open innovation approach, in which the cultural aspect is implemented by users themselves.
Resulting from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective, the Mobility Management concept represents a participatory, interactive approach of co-creation involving all relevant stakeholders (from within the local administration and beyond, civil society, private sector, associations) into the process of urban transition. The Mobility Management Model ensures a better success for technologies, transport and urban planning, and a better cooperation between parties involved. The multi-dimensional, participative and transdisciplinary approach, as well as the innovative and rich aspects of its controlling system, make I-MaP’s Mobility Management Model particularly suitable to address scopes 1, 2, 5 and 6 of this Topic.
1.3 Concept and methodology
The overall concept underpinning I-MaP is the research, development and simulation of implementation of a systemic and holistic mobility management model for metropolitan areas, developed and implemented in a co-creative approach, joining and correlating needs and expectations of different user communities in the cities. While following the guidelines of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) (set out by the 2013 Urban Mobility Package), I-MaP offers a complementary approach by ensuring a participative, systemic and locally adapted strategy. It supports organisations and institutions to implement a SUMP, thanks to a systematised methodology, the research and development of instruments (and digital tools) and expert networks. As the I-MaP concept includes its own monitoring and evaluation tool (based on the Asset Management approach), it also regulates and controls the objectives during the project’s course, in order to systematically adjust and improve the non-working parameters.
While actual measures and politics lack collaborations with the different stakeholders and don’t systematically involve local populations, the concept of a mobility management plan results from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspective. It aims at the involvement of heterogeneous knowledge from experts and key actors, and at the integration of the various levels of social life by implementing co-creative workshops and developing innovative ideas and new services. The Mobility Management concept represents a participatory, interactive approach of co-creation involving all relevant stakeholders (from within the local administration and beyond, civil society, private sector, associations) into the process of urban transition. A mobility management plan along these lines would ensure a better success for technologies, transport planning, and a better cooperation between parties involved.
A first network of experts and researchers on a European level reached out to or developed local networks of different stakeholders in each partner country. Therefore, in each city the project partners can count on a sustainable network of key actors in the field of mobility. The subprojects join interdisciplinary research partners, communal partners of city administration, policy makers, corporate and private partners interested in developing sustainable mobility solutions in order to improve the quality of city life, SMSs offering mobility services, a network of NGOs, initiatives and projects working in the field of sustainable mobility and mobility experts.
The Mobility Management Model bases its approach on three pillars:
a- Development of a strategy for sustainable mobility, with the help of open innovation processes, co-creation and crowd participation, based on a prior analysis of the local cultural specificities, needs and expectations
b- Methodological development of services and new business models, in an participative open innovation workshop process, tested and eventually implemented;
c- Conceptualisation and development of training and coaching programmes through social and cultural approaches, offered to the local population/citizens, as well as to the stakeholder and decision makers.
To facilitate implementation, the Mobility Management Team will need special tools (survey tools, software solutions for the management of data, creative techniques, didactic concepts…), which will be gathered in a Mobility Management Toolbox. The Toolbox in conjunction with several guidelines will be an important practical output of the project. The elaboration of the Mobility Management Model, its toolbox and the progress of the project will be monitored and evaluated following an Asset Management procedure. It is one objective of the project to develop this procedure and tool in order to guarantee the holistic and systemic character of the model, while being able to control at the same time its own progress.
Finally, the Mobility Management Plan will be modelled, its implementation in local environments (which will be determined during the project, on a district level or even on a city level in the case of Münster or Gelsenkirchen) simulated and submitted to test by different citizen groups. The model will be then delivered to different municipalities and decision makers, who will decide on a possible implementation.
For the duration of the project and its testing phase, Mobility Management Teams carry out the model. Those teams can be located on different levels in the participating cities (communal or private actors). Together they supervise data collection and management (analyse and diagnostic of mobility), coordinate the different experts, actors and decisions makers, and conduct open innovation labs (during workshops). The result of co-creative workshops leads to the development of technologies, infrastructures or services adapted to the local context and the need of citizens and stakeholders. Experts establish then a spatial planning and supervise its implementation. The last step is monitoring, assessment and evaluation of the implemented mobility plan, infrastructure, technology or services. The implementation has to respond to the standards set in the Asset Management concept. Depending on the chronology of the process, the Mobility Management Team either takes care of the controlling or attribute experts to it. Parallel to this process, the Mobility Management Team has the task to coordinate a participative network, to increase visibility (on decisions, on projects, on measures, on civic movements…), communication and acceptance amongst all the parties involved during the implementation process (before, during and after) and to enable feedback possibilities.
The Asset Management is a strategic, systematic process of operating, maintaining and improving physical assets, the process itself and outputs. It is self-regulated and follows an agile approach, which allows to modify targets and to improve measures. It enables strategic decision-making and support urban and spatial planning, environmental protection and evolving mobility needs. Originally developed in the United States of America and in Canada, a version of the Asset Management dedicated to transport (“Transportation Asset Management Plan”) already exists and is being used and experimented on by multiple organisations under US DOT (such as the Federal Highway Administration, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program and several State transportation agencies: Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Utah and California), however it has yet to be adapted to European needs. I-MaP plans to connect with those transportation agencies to exchange Best-Practices, Know-How and experiences.
Because I-MaP aims at the research, development and testing of the model and will lead to a modelisation and simulation of the implementation of the Mobility Management Model in the six different target cities, it is positioned on the level 4 (TRL 4) – technology validated in lab –, in reference to the Technology Readiness Level (TLR).
In Germany, not only has the development and promotion of relevant concepts been given special attention in current applied research (BMBF, 2015), but also intermodal passenger and freight transport projects and numerous initiatives e.g. ruhrmobil-E, RUHRAUTOe and competence centres like Electro mobility NRW, 2014. They are supported by many ICT-based groups (Molecules/Berlin), with the aim of changing behaviour in the individual user towards using instead of owning vehicles. In Prague and Sofia, bike communities and E-bikes are highly popular in many areas. In Sofia, associations are active and engaged in dialogue with decision makers. In Dijon, a new mobility scheme proposes relay parking for citizens living in the periphery, giving them the possibility to leave a personal vehicle on the city borders and to travel inside the city with public transport. This measure is also proposed during major events (concerts, football games) to reduce dense traffic. The use of bicycles has been increased thanks to new services such as self-service stations, short and long-term rentals related to conventional subscriptions (bus and tram), or secured parking areas for personal bikes (Bonnet, Pilarski, & INSEE, 2017).
In order to research and develop the model of a mobility management plan, the project will use the following methodology:
- Research and state of the art
- Diagnostic and analyse of the needs, the local mobility politics and requirements (infrastructure and geographical specifications) in the target cities by collecting quantitative data: traffic monitoring, use of geolocalisation, communication and telematic data from the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems programmes (such as Galileo and EGNOS), questionnaires and surveys; and qualitative data: interviews, roundtables, participatory observations, documentary analysis, discourse analysis and case studies.
- Analyse of cultural specificities in mobility behaviour and culture through socio-psychological methods; identification of needs to make sustainable mobility solutions more visible and more attractive.
- Definition of common standards of sustainable mobility to design the Asset Management tool.
- Identification of potential groups that need to be brought together (roundtables with citizens on a regular basis, local actors, decision makers, experimenting groups going into the field, moderated dialogues between those groups in an institutional framework (such as in think tanks)).
- Need to differentiate and to determine the various layers of interests: end users (employees, commuters…), companies (they are interested in accessible ways to their offices and employees being on time), service providers and inhabitants (repercussions of traffic jams, in terms of noise and air pollutions, compromise between infrastructure development and preservation of cultural and historical city centres…).
- Development and testing of co-creative Open Innovation instruments: implementation of Design Thinking methodology (Simon, 1996; Waloszek, 2012), participative open innovation Workshop (Hawig, 2017; Steinberg 2017)…
- Development and testing of an adapted mobility strategy and spatial planning, development and testing of innovative services or technologies.
- Adaptation based on feedback from the results and the monitoring.
- Simulation of the model for replication to other cities, exchanges and transfer in a European shared Best-Practices approach, benchmarking.
- Development of an Asset Management Tool to ensure quality and standards.
Methodological contribution of the partners during the process:
The project I-MaP gives priority to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work; all the partners and the cities contribute to the development of the model according to their expertise. This reinforced cooperation subscribes to the idea of shared knowledge in a European research and development network and to the transfer of Best Practices between European cities, as foreseen by the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans guidelines.
The FIAP e.V., the team from Bulgaria (the New Bulgarian University, the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the SHTASTLIVETSA Sofia Civic Association) and the Wuppertal Institute will realise a state of the art of the scientific literature as well as a diagnostic and analyse of the initial situation in the target cities.
With the contribution of the Bulgarian partners regarding their expertise on citizen’s involvement, and by using their joint expertise on service development, open innovation, crowd intelligence, market analysis and business plans, the FIAP e.V. with the help of PEDAL Consulting from Slovakia will then research and develop a culturally adapted methodology to conduct participative and co-creative innovation workshops with local stakeholders and citizens in the different cities.
Based on the result of the diagnostic and analyses of the needs and also based on the results of participative innovation workshops, the consortium will then develop the model of the Mobility Management Plan, with inputs from the Wuppertal Institute, the FH Münster – University of applied sciences and a team from the municipality of Münster (transport and construction department) as technological and infrastructure guarantors. Both teams from Münster are also experts in developing Asset Management tools in the field of mobility. Asset Management is a strategic, systematic process of operating, maintaining and improving physical assets, the process itself and outputs. It follows an agile approach, which allows to modify targets and to improve measures.
In parallel, the Laboratory Psy-DREPI (University of Burgundy), the Réseau Recherche Innovation Transition, MSH (University of Burgundy) and GRM SCIC SAS, will deliver inputs on social and cultural aspects (social psychology, stereotype, change management, identity strategies, appropriation vs. acceptance, group dynamics, social representations and intergroup relations). Their work also applies to all the cities included in the project, which allows thematic focus while linking the different fields of experimentation but also a meta-analysis on the cultural specificities that enable or block certain exchanges of “good practices” between cities. The EDUcentrum, z.ú. from Prague, will be in charge of supervising the development of a training/coaching programme since EDUcentrum team has got a long-term experience in both theoretical research in the field of education as well as in practical training course design, development of methodologies and implementation of coaching programmes in different areas.
The whole consortium will deliver a model of Mobility Management with a simulation of implementation, based on local needs, and in addition to this, the departments of communal traffic in the different cities involved in the project offer fields of action for implementation.
The project has an innovative component because it is based on an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach, independent from classical repartition of tasks and isolation of experts working on their own. The approach wishes to increase efficiency through citizen participation and networking, shared knowledge, shared competences, crowd intelligence, transparency of needs and perspectives.
The open innovation laboratory or workshop method enables the research and development of innovative services, new products and business ideas, technologies, new and adapted infrastructures. It also follows a side objective: the empowerment of citizens and a gender equal contribution of participants, by integrating citizens and local inhabitants to the development process and by including them into the planning of a sustainable mobility in their urban areas. I-MaP has also the ambition to develop a functional and sustainable expert network promoting multi-modal inter-urban transport, spatial planning and sustainable mobility, dedicated to experience transfer, replicability, Best-Practices diffusion and support to local needs. The Mobility Management Model, its instruments and the Asset Management approach represent new organisational models, inexistent yet on the European market.
2.1 Expected impacts
Through the research, development, testing and implementation of the locally and culturally adapted Mobility Management Model, the project contributes to a better acceptance and appropriation of multi-modal transport, it develops new mobility solutions and innovative, sustainable services ideas in a co-creative approach and therefore reduces the environmental impact of commuting and inter-urban transport. While doing so, the project increases “inter-modality and higher resilience of the transport system between the metropolitan region and the neighbouring cities and rural areas” (Impact 3 of the Work Programme). The project I-MaP will set the Model to target an increase of 10 to 20% (depending on the initial situation and on the city) of intermodal transport use in the urban regions targeted.
The most important output of the project will be the innovation Mobility Management Model and its toolbox. The interactive and participatory character of this model and its tools will contribute to the implementation of a sustainable, socially rooted mobility culture in urban areas.
Five to ten workshops in each target cities are planned. Scientific publications, as well as user-oriented, application related articles and information will contribute to the diffusion and reporting of the projects’ results and are foreseen in the deliverables. In each city, public events will help to involve inhabitants and to disseminate the new mobility services and structures. The establishment of a coaching programme for end-users, of an open innovation workshop methodology for service providers and of a Mobility Management Model for engineers and politics will be also part of the deliverables.
The development and use of a methodology for co-creating innovative services, supporting participation to intermodal development, and the establishment of a model locally adaptable (to support mobility and to connect areas, urban and surroundings, in order to promote sustainable mobility, by increasing end-user acceptance and appropriation) will impact the behaviour and acceptance of citizens and stakeholders toward measures supporting sustainable mobility.
In order to reduce the environmental impact of commuting and inter-urban transport, the proposal contributes to:
- reducing “congestion, energy, emissions of air pollutants, carbon footprint, noise and land-use within” Prague, Sofia, Gelsenkirchen, Münster, Dijon and Martin, as well as other cities, by promoting inter-modal mobility and by offering a viable alternative adapted to the needs of the local context (Impact 1 of the Work Programme). By integrating the future end-users to the planning process and to the design of a new mobility for their city, this project ensures a better appropriation and acceptance of sustainable mobility, which will reduce the impact of traditional mobility on the environment.
- increasing “coordination between multimodal infrastructure mobility and spatial-economic development, including reduction of inequalities” (Impact 2 of the Work Programme). By offering and dedicating a spatial and organisational structure (the Mobility Management Model), the project targets specifically the improvement of the coordination between multimodal infrastructure mobility and the spatial-economic development. Contrary to personal means of transportation, multimodal transportation and multi-modal infrastructure reduce the surface needed for transport of persons. Therefore, the surface can be freed to integrate into a green urban planning (parks and green spaces, pedestrian and commercial sectors…). Furthermore, in the objective of reducing inequalities and exclusions, the Model will include citizens’ interests in its processes and aim to connect the different parts of urban areas between each other. Finally, the development of new technologies and services will strengthen the local economy and open new business models, as well as contribute to job development. Indeed, customer-driven innovation processes for intermodal transport will develop new sustainable-oriented services. New software solutions (for Mobility Management Team) and Applications (for end-users) will be developed to support the Mobility Management Model.
On a cultural impact:
- Due to the co-creative and participative character of the project, I-MaP will make a considerable impact on the mobility culture and on mobility behaviours in the different cities. Instruments developed and tested by social sciences will measure this impact.
- For each city, an analysis of acceptances and resistances towards sustainable mobility solutions will deliver valuable intervention possibilities to facilitate and improve implementation.
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уводни думи и приветствия
On 15.03. 2017 eng. Angel Zhilanov, Mayor of the First Green Municipality in Bulgaria – Gorna Malina, was guest lecturer at the International Business School in Botevgrad. In the framework of the project “Enabling students and citizens to realize their global environmental and social footprint.” , eng. Angel Zhilanov presented the state and the opportunities for development of tourism in the municipality, the activities and measures set out in the municipal development plans and the Strategy for Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Municipality of Gorna Malina 2017-2030, the challenges and opportunities in the implementation of regional tourism policies and local development. Under the management of Mr. Zhilanov Gorna Malina Municipality was declared the first green municipality in Bulgaria.
The Chief Expert on Education, Culture and Religious Affairs in the Municipality of Gorna Malina – Mrs. Ganka Hristova, took part in the meeting. The students were from the second and third bachelor’s program “Tourism”, led by Prof. Nikolina Popova and Ch. Prof. Dr. Desislava Aleksova, Chairman of the Association “Shtastlivetsa”, moderator of the discussion. They were able to enrich the theoretical knowledge obtained in the fields of “Planning and Development of Tourism” and “Field Study of a Tourist Destination” by presenting good practices, results of analyzes and projects of the municipality.
Special attention was paid to the detailed presentation on “Strengthening the Competitiveness and Efficiency of the Tourism Sector in the Municipality of Gorna Malina by Optimal Utilization of Available Resources in Accordance with Market Requirements and Consumer Expectations for Sustainable Development of Tourism in the Period 2017 – 2030″, followed by a lively Discussion. Gennady Kondarev of the Environmental Association Za Zemyata/For the Earth presented the local problems of the Bulgarian municipalities in a global context, according to the challenges of our choice on the way to future development that we are doing today but it will determine our future, especially with regard to what kind of ecological and social footprint we will bequeath to our successors from our entire common planet.
The event was carried out with the financial support of the European Union.
The content of the debates, seminaires and public lections is entirely the responsibility of Shtatslivetsa Sofia Civic Association, Enironmental Association “Za Zemyata/For the Earth” and PLACE FOR FUTURE Educational Network and in no way can it be considered to reflect the positions of the European Union.
For nine years in a row, the Travelling University of the Place for Future education network has gathered students, teachers and researchers from various countries (including Bulgaria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Slovakia, Poland and China) in the town of Chiprovtsi and the Western Stara Planina region in Bulgaria. The Travelling University is interdisciplinary, aimed at scholars and civic activists from diverse areas of knowledge and expertise.
Shtastlivetsa Association has organized interdisciplinary summer schools, lectures, seminars, student practices and internships, debates, and artistic happenings—all dedicated to the new paradigm of Sustainable Development. Some of our topics have brought together ecohumanism, new science, alternative culture and education, innovative forms of democracy and civic participation, ecology and environment quality.
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Itinerary and Schedule of
our Travelling University ‘Europe – Place for Future’ 2017 in Western Stara Planina and Chiprovtsi (20 – 25 May 2017)
20th May: travelling Sofia – Izvos – Belogradchik – Chiprovtsi
- Leaving Sofia at 7h45
- Introducing practices for sustainable development near the village of Izvos, architect Georgi Georgiev’s passive house
- Lecture: architect Georgi GEORGIEV (Cobb-Plymouth University, England, Center for Earth Architecture and Multi-family Solar Buildings – ISES – European Summer Architectural Academy, Freiburg, Germany): ”Building the Future: The Earth Architecture in Bulgaria and EU.”
21st May: Building Bridges: Lectures dedicate to interdisciplinary education, and to Europe as a place for development of creative skills and architecture
- Stoil Tzitzelkov (European Association for Deffend of Human Rights), Wellcome lecture
- architect d-r Gergana Stefanova (Department of Architecture at New Bulgarian University)“Sustainable development and modern architecture”
- Milkana Meskin (artist, Master’s Degree, Textile Specialty, Holistic center AVIR): “Power of the colors”
- Team work
- Lunch break
22th May: Development of social sciences
- d-r Radosveta Krastanova (Director of Centre francophone at New Bulgarian University): “Europe, beyond the stereotypes”
- Etienne Ciapin (PhD Student at Pierre-Mendès-France University, Grenoble, France and Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia) “European Union space: from margins to alternatives”
- Team work
- Lunch break
- Visite of Gushovski Monastery „Saint Archangel Michael” and waterfall of Chiprovtsi and ecotrail “Deianitsa”
- Team work
23th : Lectures dedicate to local/global development
Jordanka Zamfirova (CHAR Association, Chiprovtsi):: “Local development problems in rural arias”
- Genadi Kondarev (Co-director of Za Zamyata/Environmental Association For the Earth): “Fossil energies and sustainable development”
- Team work
- Lunch break
- Visit of the local mines
- Team work
- Team work
24thMay : Celebration of 24th of May in the local school “Petar Parchevich”; lectures and demonstrations related to the local crafts and the route to carpet.
- Day dedicated to national and local culture and Chiprovtsi carpet craft
- Nikola Nikolov (Petar Parchevich School, Chemistry and Biology teacher and local researcher form Chiprovtsi) : “Plants and natural wool colouring“
Yulia IGNATOVA, (master carpet maker).: “Carpet production and traditions”
- Celebration in the local school “Petar Parchevich” of of 24th of May, the Bulgarian education and cultural Day and Slavic alphabet
- Team work
- Lunch break
- Visit of the Middle age church „Saint Trinity” and its secrets, village of Belimel
- Team work
- Culinary contest: everyday knowledge and local sources used in local development
Celebration of the Bulgarian Education
25th May: Concluding lecture and final discussion; travelling Chiprovtsi-Vratsa – Sofia
- Lecturers: (optional - Sasho Draganov : Tourist brand “Stara Planina”)
dr. Petar Kanev (Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at BAS and University of Library Studies and Information Technologies): “Building Bridges: The Educational Network as a Place for Creating our European Future”
- Lunch break (you have to come to the restaurant with all your luggage, ready to leave Chiprovtsi)
13:00 Leaving Chiprovtsi
- Visit of Ledenika cave in Nature park “Vratsa Balkan”:
- Closing discussion
Arriving in Sofia around 20h00
The organizers keep the right to bring small changes to the program. For weather reasons same activities could be rescheduled or replaced by others.
The working language is English.
For more information about the International Travelling University you can check our web site http://placeforfuture.org/ or on the following phone numbers: 0878 605 831 Elena Tsitselkova and 0886 347 274 Dessislava Aleksova.
- Fill in the form from the link below
- You have to cover 50lv. participation fee before 10th of May
THE ORGANISERS PROVIDE FOR YOU:
- Free transport during the Travelling University, Sofia –Chiprovtsi-Sofia and in the Chiprovtsi region;
- Lectures, demonstrations, outdoor activities, visits of cultural and historical sites
- CD with all final student works (pictures, presentations, articles, video)
- Attendance Certificate
FOR YOUR JOURNEY YOU NEED:
- To cover your accommodation fee, between 60 and 90 lv for all 5 nights. In case you choose the option “accommodation organized with our assistance”, you can choose your guesthouse from the provided list.
- To cover your meals: 50lv for organize lunch, dinar on your own and your personal expenses.
- You need comfortable shoes for hiking, warm clothes for the evenings and rainy days. It’s a mountain region; the evenings could be really cold, as days could be shiny and hot.
- Do not forget your smile and your good mood.
The food in the Chiprovtsi’s restaurants is cheap with good quality. There is possibility to prepare your own food in some of the guest houses. You can find in the shops a homemade wine, rakia, white and yellow cheese on a very good prices. In the evening it’s possible to organize a BBQ or a fireplace party in the mountain. If you play on any musical instrument, please feel free to bring it, we will be happy to enjoy your music.
There are two ATM and a pharmacy in the town. We will be allowed to use a stadium in a very good condition for free, under condition to have appropriate chooses.
Our working language will be English, with interpretation in Bulgarian during our discussions with the local community.
The transportation of all participating students (by a 50-seat bus) will be covered by the organizers.
Participants need to pay in advance 25 Euro (50 leva).
We recommend that you bring at least 100 Euro (200 leva) for personal expenses (especially food); personal IDs (including an international passport); shoes suitable for the mountains; clothes for rainy or cold weather; sunscreen; anti-insect spray or another insect repellant.
We kindly ask anyone with specific food (vegetarian, vegan, non-dairy, allergies, etc.) or health needs to let us know about them in advance.
Our 2017 Travelling University is sponsored by the following partners of Shtastlivetsa Civic Association:
- New Bulgarian University
- Centre francophone at New Bulgarian University
- AUF – Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
- Talant Campus, France
- Municipality of Chiprovtsi
Our team includes scientists and lecturers from the following educational and scientific institutions:
- Pierre-Mendès-France University, Grenoble, France
- University Montesquieu (Bordeaux IV), France
- University of Burgundy, France
- University of Craiova, Romania
- Matej Bel University, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
- Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
- New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria
- University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia, Bulgaria
- Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
- La Maison des sciences de l’Homme, Dijon, France
- Za Zamyata Environmental Association, Bulgaria
as well as experts from NGOs, business partners, representatives of the local community, and outstanding individuals with invaluable practical experience in various fields.
Taking part in our Travelling University allows students and volunteers to:
- spend a week working in an international team, with like-minded people from various European universities;
- participate in discussions on topical issues (sustainable regional development, cities in transition, new communities, new forms of citizen participation, new social and cultural practices);
- gain knowledge and experience from established scientists, young researchers, experts coming from various fields and from the local community;
- get familiar with the unique natural and cultural heritage of the region of Western Stara Planina;
- experience inspiration and adventure, build new friendships, engage in intercultural communication that brings joy and hope;
- work in interdisciplinary teams, develop their skills in communication, mutual enrichment, and communal solidarity;
- help accomplish practical tasks that will benefit the development of the region and their own personal growth.
Our team will be happy to welcome volunteers to the Travelling University 2017. Candidates who wish to have part of their costs covered by the organizers need to send a motivational essay and afterwards attend an interview with a member of our team. Volunteers who cover their own expenses are also welcome.
We have been weaving, like a Chiprovtsi carpet, the Place for Future education network, a community drawing its inspiration from a young tradition: the International Travelling University in the Municipality of Chiprovtsi and the region of Western Stara Planina in Bulgaria. Our aim and passion is promoting cooperative culture and sustainable living. This means providing information and inspiration but also knowledge and reflection for those seeking a community, forming communities, struggling with the challenges of the new communal shapes, or wishing to develop a greater sense of community in their workplace or the various environments in which they live and communicate.
In 2017, the Travelling University will take place from May 20 till May 25.
You can sign up for joining at: place.for.future @ gmail . com (Attendance is limited )
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A Transdisciplinary Education Network for Sustainable Development and Civic Participation, established by the Shtastlivetsa Sofia Civic Association and its partners.
CHIPROVTSI Travelling University
which is a collection of scholars and students from mainly Sofia HE Institutions, who form the Shtastlivetsa Civic Association.
It’s interdisciplinary and incorporates a wide range of subjects and fields from sociology, anthropology, ecology, archelogogy, philosophy, English, public admin and so on.
There were professors and participants came as far from France, Germany, Greece, Serbia and even myself and my student Jim from institutions in South Korea (even though we are from Scotland and China).
Nonetheless, the international mix worked well, I certainly had no difficult understanding anyone, Jim got an opportunity to study with other students whose 1st language was not English either, which all culminated in a group presentation on an objective task. It was very much a ‘classroom without walls’ there was not too much authority, the students thrived in the such conditions of trust, and demonstrated that they not only had the enthusiasm to deliver to task, but also good presentation skills and ideas to carry it all off at the end.
For Jim it was a chance to use some English and some of the skills he had learned as an undergraduate, to deliver an idea or information in second language, based on his own and the views of his group members. While for me it was interesting observation into the exploration of alternative pedagogical approaches beyond the confines of a classroom to see how students behave and perform under certain conditions where there are no grades at stake or some authority figure bending and shaping or dictating what should be done and how it should be done.
The result was a very intersting experience not just doing school like work out in the field, but learning a lot of aspects into the life of the people who lived there, the skills and crafts they had, their personality, outlook, their pride in themselves and their lifes, their hopes, fears and so on. It was also something that you not only look or listen to, but you taste, feel and smell (it is the countryside after all…and all 5 senses work outside the class, not the just the basic primary ones….feeling grass between your feet, tasting homemade country foods, smelling the mountain morning mist, feeling the sun….and lots of stuff.
So, I definitely gave the ‘Traveling University’ an A+ . In fact ithe whole notion of a non-static education to me, is a complete no brainer, what’s more important is that the youth (and old timers like me) better get their skates on and learn a lot of things they don’t teach practically in universities otherwise they’ll be gone, they’ll just crumble and die…and that would be a tremendous loss to humanity really.
It’s the old Joni Mitchell thing….”you don’t know what you got till it’s gone”
Kids need to learn this knowledge (and skills if they can), like where food comes from and how things are made…and the importance of ecology to a sustainable life.
I’m a bit sad, my new job will mean I won’t have time this year to go to this years event, but I will certainly keep in touch and hopefully do more research on alternative and experiential learning approaches (as students get a lot out of it, I’ve found).
The Case for Alternative Pedagogy in HE can be a wide range of methods and approaches – Autonomous learning… leadership/community / group dynamics. Technology…also is probably also going to play an increasing role of course
Harnessing the various elements are what makes for a successful pedagogy. That is not to say however there is no room for traditional methods..it’s adapting them to the new kind of conditions ….in the learning.The objective here is to combine ideas and knowledge of what we have and hopefully develop something new that offers an alternative to the current narrative of teaching and learning in HE
And education generally. Active Learning…It’s the new ‘Rock n Roll’ of Global education. However, for now let`s start with a pedagogy that is based on the experiences of the collective of the association, (that everyone is free and equal).
NEW AND TRADITIONAL COMMUNITIES IN EUROPE: BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE 2015, July 6-12, in Chiprovtsi, Bulgaria:- Click HERE!.
VIDEO DIARY from the Student Work in Teams HERE:
The need for communal belonging and sharing, however, often conflicts with the isolation and alienation stemming from the hyper inpidualization of our communities. The increasing geographical, economic and cultural mobility brought along by globalization processes has created further challenges to preserving established communities. There emerge communities developing new kinds of ‘common life.’ Some of them categorically break with tradition, others categorically return to it, still others rediscover it, attempt to modernize it and hand it down to future generations.
The ‘New Communities in Europe: Between Past and Future’ Traveling University invites us to reflect on the present and evolution of living in communities. Participants will get introduced to specific local examples of new and traditional communities in Northwestern Bulgaria. These communities have the advantage of being examined in their natural environment. In parallel, participants will learn about other such communities in Europe and around the world, based on the principle of intentional communities: ecovillages, cohousing,residential land trusts, income-sharing communes student co-ops, spiritual communities, and other projects where people live together on the basis of explicit common values. Still more examples will be drawn from some of the newest types of communal life in Bulgaria: from social networks such as the Food Co-op and Bg-Mamma movements, to civic groups and environmental protection networks such as the For the Nature Coalition and the Save Irakli civic group, to the new forms of ‘informal formal’ association such as our own Place for Future education network. We will talk about new and traditional communities but we’ll also try to live in a community, even if for a short period. Each day of the Traveling University will include:
- in the mornings, presentations and discussions of various types of communities;
- in the afternoons, workshops aimed at group (‘community’) interaction among the participants;
- introduction to local traditional and innovative types of communal life.
We will focus on several topics related to coexistence and decision-making in a community:
- Leadership decisions and majority rule
- Innovative forms of decision-making (deliberation, democracy of consensus, etc.)
- Dealing with power imbalances
- Finding your role in a community
- Integrating new members
Our topics include:
- Green jobs: alternative employment or another empty slogan? How can we apply them to small towns such as Chiprovtsi?
- The lifecycle of cities: dying, nascent, evolving settlements and communities.
- Migrations and dynamics in the development of metropolises. Mobility and stability. Adaptation to the new social and urban conditions.
- Growing urbanization and urban policy. Where do humans stand?
- Protecting cultural heritage: government policies, cultural institutions, formal and informal activities.
- Real and virtual habitation. The new online communities and their intermingling with the offline world.
- Pluralism and tolerance. How do we live with the Other–especially under the constant bombardment of media buzzwords such as ‘terrorism’?
We will work in several interdisciplinary groups:
A. Urban planning.
B. Local policy.
C. Green activities.
D. Cultural and social activities.
We’ll endeavour to build upon the ideas from our previous travelling universities.
For more information about our next and previous Traveling Universities, please see the following links:
More about the region West Stara Planina
What is ‘Place for Future’?
The PLACE FOR FUTURE network is a broad alliance for informal and alternative education. Our priority over the recent years has been the introduction of sustainable development education and good practices into Bulgarian curricula; and bringing together Bulgarian academic circles with genuine civic initiatives and good practices of civil participation.
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OUR LAST EVENTS:
- New Bulgarian University, Sofia
- Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
- Institute of Archaeology with Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
- La Maison des sciences de l’Homme, Dijon
- Georges Chevrier Centre at the University of Burgundy
- Institute of Sociological Studies at Pierre Mendes-France University, Grenoble
- University Montesquieu – Bordeaux IV
- Institute of European Studies at Jagiellon University, Kracov
- Institute of European Studies at Matej Bel University, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
- European Association for the Protection of Human Rights
- For the Nature Coalition
- WWF – Bulgaria
- Chiprovtsi Municipality
- Chiprovtsi, Alternative and Development (CHAR) Association
- Chiprovtsi History Museum
*Radosveta Krastanova: My Place for a Future We wish to make the island of public community a significant archipelago. *
Shtastlivetsa’s ‘trademark’ are travelling universities. Traditionally, we have organized them in Western Stara Planina since 2009, on the principle of interdisciplinary education through field demonstrations and practice.
‘The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were!’
John F. Kennedy
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Public lecture and discussion “Threats by extractive companies to the tourism development in perspective developing destinations” was conducted in the centre of distance learning in the International Business School – Sofia, on 14th October 2016. It was directed to students in the second year, Majoring in Tourism and headed by Assist. Prof. Dr Desislava Aleksova, PhD, from Shtastlivetsa Civic Association. Speaker at the event was Gennady Kondarev from “Za Zemyata” (“For the Earth”) Environmental Association. The students had the opportunity to become acquainted with extremely inspiring people like Oscar from Namibia who make a presentation about the problems near the town of Tsumeb where is processed concentrate from the mine in Chelopech; Wilmar from the town of Ferro De Pasco, Peru – one of the highest municipalities in the world; Carmen from the town of Oyon, Peru, where in its neighbourhood the mine Islay Cruz corporation Glencore mining lead-zinc concentrate, which until recently crossed by land and water half the globe. Each presentation included a lively discussion. The students contrast the issues close to their homelands comparing them with threats represented in the presentation. It was presented the short version of the documentary “Good Life” by the Canadian-Hungarian director Megan Horvath, shot in Krumovgrad and Namibia. In the film matched the expectations of the two local communities in the lands for which operates Canada’s mining and manufacturing corporation Dundee Precious Metals.