Ecole_IG is a two year long european wide knowledge exhanchange programme funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme. It's six partners will run a local and trans-local workshop programme to nurture intre-generational exhange, trans-local network and local entrepreneurial projects by young Europeans.

The partners are Stiftung Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig (D), Myvillages (NL), University of Sheffield (UK), aaa (F), Brave New Alpes (I) and APTNV (RO). All partners have a long-standing practice and understanding for how to work with local communities and resources in order to generate tangible knowlledge transfer and kick-start local projects with an impact.

Ecole_IG grew out the The Eco Nomadic School network and has linked with with new partners to develop and grow a european wide network of informal knowledge transfer and strengthening local initiatives.

The Eco Nomadic School as an ongoing programme (2011 - 2015) grew out of the Rhyzom fieldtrips and workshops in 2009/10. The programme facilitates mutual teaching and learning through a series of seminars, workshops and live projects organised by each partner of the Eco Nomadic School and in close collaboration with local interest and community groups.

The nomadic and temporary school for mutual learning and teaching of eco-civic practices in different regions of Europe will reinforce democratic values by the transfer of skills and knowledge on issues of resilience in different urban contexts, involving participants of diverse ages and social and cultural backgrounds.  The project is based on a partnership between 4 organisations already activating in the transmission of ecological skills and knowledge: (AAA-FR, AGENCY/ UoS-UK, MyVillage-AL and FCDL-RO) and takes support from the EU network RHYZOM, in which these partners are involved.


Learn to Act Conference, Sheffield (UK), 6 June 2017


Learn to Act is a one-day, international workshop to explore the growing movement of alternative education projects taking root across our communities. We’re bringing together a group of practitioners and teachers from across Europe, to ask:

How do you set up an alternative school to engage communities? What’s the value of informal learning and teaching? Can we understand these practices in terms of a civic pedagogy? How can we teach each other if we don’t speak the same language, if we have different cultural and social backgrounds? How such pedagogy can gain recognition?

We’ll be showcasing projects as diverse as container universities, refugee classrooms and rural peer-to-peer learning networks. And we’ll be talking about our experiences running one such project: the Eco-Nomadic School, a trans-European network of local projects, across 7 countries, during which we have been teaching and learning from each other since 2007.



10.30 – 11.00

11.00 – 11.45
Doina Petrescu
(University of Sheffield School of Architecture/AAA Paris) and Kathrin Böhm (MyVillages/Company Drinks) introduce the day and the Eco-Nomadic School.

11.45 – 12.30
Keynote from Ruth Morrow (Queens University Belfast) on learning outside the formal school environment.

12.30 – 1.30

1.30 – 3.30
Short talks on civic pedagogy including:
- Lise Autogena (Sheffield Hallam University/Christiana Research in Residence, Copenhagen) on setting up an education programme in a self organised community. (TBC)
- Martin Parker (School of Organisation, University of Leicester) on ‘What’s wrong with the business school?’
- Julia Udall (Studio Polpo/Sheffield Hallam University) on solidarity economies and ecologies
- Viviana Checchia, Public Engagement Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow

3.30 – 4.00

4.00 – 5.30
Hands-on workshops on the wider context of alternative education in our communities. 10 minute presentation, 40 minutes discussion, 10 minutes summary. Led by practitioners including:
- Meike Schalk, Associate Professor in Urban Design and Urban Theory, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm
- Paul Stewart (Alternative Art College) asks ‘Are alternative art schools just a proliferation of the neoliberal single market?’
- Valeria Graziano (Cultural theorist, practitioner and educator, Middlesex University, London) & Janna Graham (Lecturer, Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths) ask ‘What would the post-capitalist university feel like?’
- Matt Weston (Spacemakers/The Brighton School) asks ‘Are Universities Doomed?’
- Steyn Bergs, former Media & Research Coordinator, Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory.
- Silviu Medesan & Laura Panait (La Terenuri, Romania)

You are invited to actively take part in peer-to-peer workshops we will be running during this day.  

5.30 – 6.00
Reconvene for summaries of workshops and closing remarks.

6.15 – 8.00
Communal dinner in Foodhall, a local social space and food-waste kitchen. All welcome.



Professor Doina Petrescu
Kathrin Bohm
Tom James

Shared lunch provided

The event is supported by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union and SSoA – University of Sheffield.


Learn To Act, manual for mutual local and trans-local learning, July 2017

A user-friendly manual explaining and demonstrating international communal and inter- generational learning and socio-economic capacity building programmes (including the six local ECOLE_IG learning blocks) with the aim to stimulate and facilitate their replication by others.

The manual will describe the different methodologies involved, from mapping local traditions and resources, to setting up specific learning programmes, engaging local communities and turning results into practice.
Both the on-line and the printed manual will be clearly structured, multilingual, of highest design and printing quality and easily accessible for a multitude of reader and organisations.

Seminar, Leipzig (DE), December 2016


Strategies and realities of making art part of everyday knowledge exchange

GfZK Leipzig invites you to a two day seminar as part of Ecole_IG

2nd and 3rd  December 2016
GfZK, Leipzig, Germany


Community Economies Research and Resource Centre, Rovereto (IT), 18-23 October 2016

COMUNfARE explores what it means to live in common, through investigations across Europe and the development of proposals for a site in Northern Italy. During the week in Rovereto, we will work on establishing a community-based research-and-resource centre through which to intervene -- locally and trans-locally, through ideas and production -- in the realms of commons and community economies.

Treasures of Beesterzwaag Workshop, Friesland (NL), July 2016

Goal: General learning about the cultural history and village life in this part of Friesland with a focus on maintained and new local production in the Opsterland area. Our learning methods are oral history, representation of the local, storytelling and the sharing of production skills. The final two days we were also a part of the Art and Craft weekend Beetsterzwaag – which is a local event run by volunteers in the village. We presented an International Village Shop with special made and gathered local produce and made a meeting room in Kunsthuis SYB were we exchanged ideas and knowledge with a broader audience.

Languages: Frisian, Dutch, English and German.

Odaja Culture and Traditional Skills, Brezoi (RO), 5-9 May 2016

The main theme for the five day workshop is Wool Processing and Traditional Wood Tiles.

We'll have a step-by-step workshop and will practice all elements of the wool processing activity, from the live sheeps sheering to weaving carpets and clothing items or building insulation.

We will have live demonstrations, experts explanations and museum guided tour.

Interstizi Reattivi, Rovereto (IT), May to December 2016

During a series of 6 weekends, between May and December 2016, we are visiting bottom-up initiatives of self-organised economies such as around food production, housing, cultural production. On Saturday, we go on fieldtrips to visit intiatives in Northern Italy and Austria, while on Sundays we run workshops to collectively develop each participants project idea.

Agricultual Pasts and Futures, Leipzig (DE), September 2015

Ecole_IG at GfZK, Leipzig
03. – 07. September 2015

Agricultural Pasts and Futures


The five day workshop programme looks specifically at youg  professionals who work in an agricultural context, addressing four of the main Ecole_IG topics:


- Need to GROW LOCAL COMPETENCE for all generations with a focus on young people



The activities, fieldtrips and discussions during the workshop aims to bridge traditional agricultural methods and identities with contemporary ambitions and technologies.

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