Thursday, 22 May 2014

"Capo-activities" as both source and outcome of everything? Results of your solution-tree papers.

On our "Creativity & Innovation" day we asked you to consider the issue of innovation. We used to that one of projective techniques commonly used by social scientists sometimes called solution-tree task. The idea of this task was to encourage you in a pleasant way to freely reflect on sources and outcomes of innovation. Within intercultural groups you were asked to write down, on the image of tree, what in opinion of your group are the "roots" and "fruits" of the daily topic.
Group discussion and work was very intensive so it is not surprising that the effect of your work was interesting and your answers were very diverse. In order to sort them we created categories that reflected your ideas. The result of that was an average solution-tree considering the problem of innovation:
Within the sources we distinguished such categories: culture, resoursces, human qualities, knowledge and needs&wants. Human qualities such as courage, curiosity, openmindednes or crativity and needs&wants were the most common terms considered as sources innovation. Also knowledge (experience, education, philosophy) was considered as typical origin. What we especially find interesting is the fact the external sources over which we have very small control, such as resources (funding, connections) or culture, appeared on your papers but were not dominant.
Among "fruits" we identified six major categories: opportunities, efficiency, personal development, inventions, social networks and sustainable social growth. Inventions (technology, discoveries, improvements, new ideas), social networks (friendship, interaction, communication, etc.) and sustainability (quality of life, health, social happiness) were the types most represented on your papers. Maybe it will be an overstatement but in contrast to the sources, which were more dependent on individuals (individual qualities, needs, wants), the results of innovation are in general more communitarian. Whole society benefits from innovation. 
And what about CAPOEIRA? No - we did not forget about Capoeira as root and fruit of innovation (everything?). This category is special as same as special were some solution-tree which were totally influenced by project activities and ambiance that we all created during our meeting. These papers were full of sentences like: afro-brasilian culture, music, capoeira, dance, maculele, friendship considered as origins and outcomes of innovation. And we find those capoeira-oriented solution tree as our personal succes thus - thank you!
Ginga Brasil

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Pyramid of the average participant - the hierarchy of project activities

If these data are correct and if you truly filled out this questionnaire in compliance with Maslow's pyramid capoeira and dance classes fulfilled most sophisticated needs for most of project participants. Of course to interprete this like that would be an exaggeration so we just want to believe that more than a half of you enjoy the most classes which our association prepared for:
This is also a great feedback for our future project's - we will include of course capoeira classes but mixed with other activities. Moreover - 37% of you put on the top of the pyramid those activities that was dependent upon you (common chats, free time, intercultural nights was your contribution to the "7 days-7 causes") - and this is information for us that we should give more space for spontaneous input of participants.

Distribution of activities on the middle level of the pyramid look like that:
And this level also suggests us that within preparation of project's schedules we should include more time for participant's contribution. Although you can see that your "responses" on that level were divided evenly, there is some general trend showing us that activities dependent upon you and Ginga Brasil (Capoeira, music and dance classes) were generally put at higher levels of the pyramid. And on the lowest level almost half of your "answers" (42%) was related to activities prepared by our partner associations.
In we look at the data in such cumulative manner - the project was a succes for our association (because you loved our contribution :) ) but was also a succes in terms of intercultural integration (because you also loved activities done by yourself within free time which was not too much):

Friday, 16 May 2014

Is safety truly so important in volunteering? First flash of evaluation data!

Do you remember our evaluation play from third day of the project? We asked you to write down six word that in your opinion are associated  to volunteering? The goal of the task was to stimulate us to think about how volunteer activities contribute to life of individual and community, what are the possible sources and outcomes of such noble demeanor. Not only did you fulfill the papers with personal associations but also in creative way you decorated the questionnaire and thus you made our work of processing data very pleasant!
Some of you had opportunity to present your thoughts on the daily topic to every participant. We all can agree that some of them were truly amusing. Above you have one exemple of those presentation - Asparuh you did a great work and thanks to you all of us had fun!
Fun! According to your work fun/happiness is one of those associations that occurred very often. "Hard data" show also others: friendship, community, travels, experience. And above all - help. For almost all of you help is what is associated to volunteering. Of course we will not discover anything new if we state that helping, supporting give the essence of volunteer activity - it's a common knowledge but your feedback just confirmed it!
So help, fun, experience, friendship, community and travel were the most common associations. However going through papers and discovering that such connotations as love, hope, future, creativity were also written down and that they repeated was most pleasant experience for us! So thank you for sharing your thoughts on third day's topic!
Ginga Brasil! 

Saturday, 3 May 2014

The last day training

During the last day of our stay in Lisbon we summed up the topics we were discussing about for the whole week and practised capoeira and other dances again. After the breakfast we gathered in the gym of a local school and started our last training. Everyone enjoyed it and we had a lot of fun. Experienced "capoeirests" showed us, the beginners, some new exercises and after that an African dance and maculele training followed. To be honest, some of us might have looked funny, as we are not professional dancers, but despite of this, we enjoyed it, which was the goal.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Intercultural night by the Czech Chicks

As we were the only participants coming to this project and not knowing anything about capoeira, we were truly looking forward to sharing something from our own culture with the other participants. And you bet we had a lot to share! Thanks to our folk dancer Denisa, we surprised everyone with a traditional Czech costume which took everyone's breath away. Although we are able to tell a lot about our home country, we have decided to make our presentation inovative and competitive as hell. Divided in five teams, we asked questions one by one, making the competitors sweat hard and think even harder. We were pleased with the number of right answers, however, the huge black hole in the sport successes of our hockey-famous country were SHOCKING to all of us!!

Yet, we closed our eyes and decided to announce the winners. Lucky for them, we brought our typical liquer and hard alcohol like every single Czech person would do. Fortunatelly for everyone, we have also brought some delicious Czech food, that made a pleasent change to our woozy cousine.

Most of us had never practiced capoeira and it was very emotional and touching to be part of this project. On one hand it was difficult and physically taxing for the non-capoeiristas in the Bulgarian group, but on the other hand it made us feel in harmony with our opponents and our bodies. After the roda we were all filled with positive energy. It was also a fantastic opportunity for the people in our group who have trained capoeira before to get to know a new style and new techinques and movements.

We were also thrilled to be able to present our culture, cuisine and history with the rest of the participants in the project during the Bulgarian culture night and we were very happy with the positive response we received from everyone.

Atanaska, Todor, Dimitar, Asparuh, Olga, Bozhidara, Plamen, Svetlana "Tigresa", Plamena "Viúva-negra", Yavor "Espantalho"

I-WE experience Capoeira

7 days 7 Causes has been an exciting experience for our group . We have had the full experience and culture of the music, the history, the community and the spirit of Capoeira through; workshops and active participation. As dancers from London we have experienced new dimensions to movement and music through Capoeira and we are now addicted!

I-WE via The Creative Cycle (London, UK)
Gwen Jones
Marta Valverde
Frankie Thompson
Monica Nicolaides
Hayley Chilvers

And Liz Amadi

"Roda na rua" in Lisbon center

On the third day of the project we organised a capoeira show in the city center. For the Estonian group this was the first big capoeira street game and a unique experience for everyone. The music and the atmosphere created by participants drew the attention of the audience, allowing us to present the project to many young people of Lisbon.

Alo Arro, Alexander Ruubel, Arvo Sailev, Tiina Kotli, Tonis Kotli, Anett-Airiin Saarsoo, Laura Maasalu, Kristin Kulm, Maria Saar, Kristiina Randruut, Dina Smoljakova, Maris Vork