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    On Monday, Loesje's Imagination hosted a lecture by Professor Shoaib Nabi Ahmad about Education and Arts, more specifically about his work and research on Socially Responsive Communication Design.

     

    Designers rarely have the power or independence to be entirely resposible in terms of the designs they delvier to the market or industry. Nevertheless, Professor Shoaib Ahmad considers that everyone should take responsability for their creations in a conscious way. So, he teaches his students how to respond to ethical issues by design.

    Here you can watch a small video about the project Colors Notebook done in collaboration with 52 students from the School of Architecture and Design at the American University of Sharjah. These notebooks address on many levels the subject of Identity in a multi-cultural, multi-diversed, multi-lingual society.

     

    After an interesting presentation by the Professor, all the participants engaged in a discussion about the state of Arts education and its importance for a well-balanced society.

  • Loesje was the past week in Maastricht, the Netherlands for the 26th Caretakers of the Environment International Conference. Between other interesting activities, students from different countries joined for a creative writing workshop with great results! Check our Poster Archive.

     

    Caretakers of the Environment International  is an international organization which aims to promote sustainable development education for youth. They believe that the best way to promote a sustainable development education for youth is through having students meet and work together. So, they organize annual international conferences that act as a platform for teachers and students to exchange concerns, ideas, strategies, actions and projects in the field of environmental education.

  • This year, Loesje was for the first time taking part in one of the biggest art project in Berlin: 48 Hours Neu Kölln.

    Flats, gardens, bars and streets of Neu Kölln turned to an open, free and huge art playground. For a weekend, art and culture are the center of the city life blowing a cretive and playful atmosphere in this area of Berlin.

    In the Kleinegartenkolonie Hand in Hand (small plot of gardens), you could find a small garden where people were reading in the tree small Loesje posters.

    Walking around in the pleasant Sunday sunny weather, visitors could discover some posters in German and in English on the topic of this year edition "End Station: Paradise". They also enjoyed a small acoustic concert by Natalie and Safaa.In all the small gardens, different art installations and performances were happening, visitors were walking around freely enjoying the first bit of a creative summer. 

    Thanks to: Rita and Thorsten for their beautiful garden, Kristin for her help, Natalie and Safaa for the music and the organizing team of 48Stunden Neu Kölln.  

             

  • The June poster series are ready to stick in the sunny streets of your city. Maybe also in your room and why not give them away to your neighboors as well. Have fun and be creative!

    For the last series and all the other Loesje posters, click right here => http://www.loesje.org/posterarchive/lastseries

  • The project "Loesje crosses the Mediterranean", funded by the Anna Lindh Foundation, to connect youth from the European and Mediteranean area, has been approved! The participating countries are: Egypt, Germany, Israel, Palestine, Slovenia and United Kingdom. 

    The aim of the project is to empower and mobilize young people to take action for more democracy and freedom of expression in their country and in the world, as well as, creating durable links between European and Mediteranean youth. To reach this goal, a training and a seminar, offering possibilities to network, discuss openly, acquire and create creative tools, will take place in Germany and in the United kingdom. 18 young people, 3 from each partner country, will participate in this project.

    Loesje promotes active citizenship, reflects on social topics through debates and discussions and bring these issues on the public space by sticking posters. Via her creative methods, the participants will open the dialogue for more tolerance and open-mindness.   

    Furthermore a creative writing handbook will be published and disseminated in English, German, Arabic, Hebrew and Slovene, various local workshops and exhibitions will be implemented and a documentary film produced. 

  • The study session, that happened in the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe, Budapest in November 2011  was a great success for the partcipants and the organizers.  

    The partipants challenged their predjudices and shared their experiences through workshops and dicussions. The topics brought into the discussions and activities were Human rights, stereotypes, dignity, diversity and activism. The outcomes were various: 13 posters were created, a street action was led in the main square of Budapest and a follow up project has been planned.

    To summarize the methods and techniques used during this Study Session, a report reprensenting various aspects of it has been written by the organizers: Hranush Shahnazaryan, Carola Stahl, Agnieszka Byrczek, Hristjian Jordanovski and Hussein El-Shafei.

    You can read the report here:  

    Report of the Study Session online

    and also in the printed version at the loesje International office in Berlin.

    Don't forget: the fight against stereotypes and predjudices begins with you!    

  • On the first day of Summer, 21st of June, Loesje danced her way around to the Jugendklub Linse, in Berlin to join the Fête de la Musique.

    People could rock their bones at the LiBeRo stage and chill at the LiBeRo lounge listening to singer/songwriters. Loesje had a stand where people could participate in activities taken out from the street art and DIY books from the EU4YOUTH library at Linse, while listening to all that good music.

  • The training Initiative Rule - if you have a good idea you can't keep it to yourself came to an end the past Sunday. From 8th t the 18th of June, 30 participants from 15 different countries learned how to use effectively social media and how to create successful online and offline campaigns.

    During one of the workshops about video blogging, the participants had the chance to produce original short films. Check them out:

    How to make Loesje posters

    A 1000 Miles From Here

    Loesje text writing methods

    Lauchhammer

    After brainstorm comes sunshine

  • A team from Loesje participated in the Otok Daily Multimedia Training Course, between the 25th of May and the 5th of June. The activities took place in Izola, Slovenia while the film festival Kino Otok was taking place.



    The participants were divided in three groups with different taks. You can see the results of their work here. They covered the film festival by using creative means and approaches, mixing a personal vision with the daily happening of the festival. The participants had the chance to improve their video, sound, writing and interviweing skills.

    Check this video about the Otok Daily team and get to know how the backstage boiled with creativity!

  • Loesje sparks creativity, stimulates dialogue and critical thinking, and gives young people all over the world a voice. To get more Loesje posters in the streets, support the network creating and spreading the posters by clicking here and becoming a monthly donor or giving a one-off donation.

    Loesje is an international network of young, creative citizens organized both in local informal groups and national associations. Through collaborative creative text writing workshops short texts are created and spread on posters on- and offline worldwide. The posters are thought-provoking, sometimes naïve, but always positive and inspiring. Through the posters, Loesje inspires people to reflect, take action and form their own opinions. 

    Loesje International was founded in 1994 and has had its seat in Berlin for the last seven years. Two employees and many volunteers support young people and give them tools for freedom of speech, press freedom, human rights and creativity. Especially in developing countries with young democracies, like Egypt, the Ukraine, and Palestine, Loesje helps strengthening civil society on grassroots level. 

    Loesje challenges people to reflect on their society and to create their ideal world. The network today has circa 2000 active members in around 30 countries, but many more spread posters and follow Loesje online. Every new poster means a new spark of inspiration on our streets. It costs 1,25 € to put up one Loesje poster and we would like to spread another 2000 the coming month. 

    Click here and get more Loesje posters in the streets! Thank you!