Working with creative place-based learning to boost cultural agency and participation
This proposal for a creative laboratory training reframes the idea of humanitarian agency to embrace creative methods and active citizenship training pedagogies. The method at the core of the lab is simple and accessible for most with online access. By adding this methodology to their toolkit, humanitarian actors, volunteers and cultural interpreters work with communities and clients to involve them in a safe online tool for place-based learning and cultural agency development. By using simple accessible websites like Google Maps and Padlet, the intended participants can learn not only more about their relationship to place, but ground themselves in the places they inhabit, establishing their presence and finding empowerment in their own knowledges. This methodology has proven especially useful and rewarding for individuals who have a transnational background of asylum seeking and refugee status, and can be led on-and offline. The conferences dedicated laboratory session introduces the tools and rationale for the creative place-based learning pedagogy I have elaborated over 2 years with the partnership of Italian NGOs and my own research. It stimulates the lab participants own skills and interests in developing themes, finding creative topics of engagement and best practice within the affordances of the method. The session is expected to last 1 hour and can accommodate up to 50 participants. I can run more than one session if needed.