Follow up in Catalonia: Communities in Transition.

28/06/2014 by xavierbaro

Communities in Transition.
Learning methodologies for  entrepreneurship for social change

“Communities in Transition” is the direct follow up of previous projects supporting new social initiatives addressing the current systemic crisis in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Association of Human Rights Educators (AHEAD) organised the training course making use of a combination of non formal education methodological approaches (including experiential learning and outdoor experiential learning) and the experiences and support of practitioners on entrepreneurship for social change.

Further Information

Promoting Active Citizenship

28/06/2014 by xavierbaro

Trajectorya participates in the Conference:

It’s not just about consultation: How can local and regional authorities promote youth participation that leads to real change in society?

Promoting active citizenship and engagement of young people through representative institutions and other means

Trajectorya’s Project “Citizenship and Democratic Participation in political transition contexts” is invited to be among the three good practices to be presented at the Conference of the local and regional authorities.

Promoting active citizenship and engagement of young people throug representative institutions and other means
It is organized by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and will take place on the 12th of June 2014 in Palais de l’Europe, Strasbourg (France).

The presentation will not be very long, but the Secretary General of Trajectorya is  grateful for the opportunity to do some visibility of our work at such level and in general to contribute in discussion during other parts of the conference.

Conference Resolution

Social Entrepreneurship in EuroMed

28/10/2013 by xavierbaro

Euromediterranean Youth Meeting 2014: Social entrepreneurship best practices exchange

Study Visit

7-11 April 2014 | Barcelona


The Euro-mediterranean Meeting aims to facilitate the encounter between young people from different communities within the Euro-Mediterranean region that share similar challenges and have common interests on youth work development.

Link to this page for further info:  HERE

Hiking for Democracy? A drama in 5 acts

19/08/2013 by Citizenship

Group at the beginning…



… and at the end


Some questions about Democracy

13/07/2013 by Citizenship

Can not vote and then complain about not seeing their rights respected?

Is a democratically elected government can be overthrown by an army because, ultimately, the population is more in accord with the person elected?

Is it better to have a collation government who can not take real decisions or a government without coallition, which can make real decisions, with the risk of ending up with a concentrated power, which could eventually lead to taken extreme power?

More Than a Hike

12/07/2013 by Citizenship

decision making using outdoor learning


Our experience in multitask hiking give us how to take decision in stress full moment.

After 5 kilometer walking and caring heavy bag in the dark night, we were a group of seven people, who we don’t know each other so much,

Some of the group are sleepy and tired, some other did get used of this experience before ,

Most of us we are not so ready to do this experience, this mean we are in stressful situation,

Some of us start to look at first time to map, some others search some signal and understand signals and arrows

It’s completry task , we bring the maximum of information,  and we analyze  and discuss about about the possible the path we could pass in it ;

After a half a hour of discussion we take decision to go the white path

From this experimental exercise we understand how important that outdoor learning can help us to know the decision making process can be




According to our experience of hiking and and the multi tasks we had to do ,  it is always be good in the happy and good time , but it when it comes to the stressful time and being lost in the forest , and and don’t know about the directions . here the beneficial time become to give all of us something to learn all of our life about participation , leadership m decision-making .

What Experience did we had and what we learnt it I really interesting to share , we realized that people are divided into four groups according to their participation .

–          Active Participants

–          Challenging participants

–          Non-challenging participants

–          Passive participants

Active Participants: Participants who are always taking initiative to start the task and be the first to tink and act

Challenging Participants: Participants which love to take initiative and role but when they face difficulties and barriers no matter what it is they overcomes these barriers and continue working

Non-challenging participants: Participants which is really interested in taking initiative but when they face difficulties they give up and always find excuses for giving up

Passive participants: participants which they need someone to involve them in making tasks and sometime they are followers

So according to what we learnt and the experience we had if you didn’t participate and say your opinions and your needs , how it will be taken in consideration ? , So participation is not only about helping or being present but also about having role in decision-making taking in consideration people needs , culture background , emotions , caring about the others , balance between personal interests and other group interests m but when it comes to reality of participation in society it will not be that easy sweet thing to participate and taking initiative and your voice to be heard m you have to ask about it to have it .

P.S : Take in consideration that this analyze was based according to my personal background of experience and maybe it will not be that hard to participate in other society



“Many Activities And Team-Playing Will Give You a Training That Will Prove Invaluable Later on In Life  “ Walter Annenberg

Taking initiative



it always happens when during discussion people can’t decide what to do or because of democratic voting which can’t help in solution making

And of course when there is no solution of a problem in a group, initiative becomes a leadership and initiator- leader.

Leader shouldn’t always be right. Firstly he has ideas and at least one solution because people sometimes without voting agree with him and following so it’s normally that we lost in the forest.

Finally we mustn’t accuse other that happened because of us.


Kadry , Jolanda , Abdou

Hiking towards Democracy

12/07/2013 by Citizenship

How does an expedition of fifteen individuals from various parts of the world, translate itself to modern realities, say those occurring in the Middle East and Turkey, or perhaps even smaller ‘revolutions’ that are more closer to home?

What is certain is that the challenges we encountered exposed many of our own weaknesses and discrepancies that if applied in a position of ultimate responsibility e.g. in government, would lead us to encounter a tremendous set of problems.

The planning stage of a project is akin to forming an interim government. Inevitably, leaders will emerge to guide for a variety of reasons that may come from empathy, initiative, ambition or the basic desire to fulfil a need. In that particular moment, interim leaders may lose focus as they focus on what’s to follow rather than the task at hand. Alternatively, they may fail to communicate their desire and need and therefore incur the wrath of those who (for various reasons) are unable to speak up. What is important at this stage, is that interim leaders set-up the mechanisms required to ensure that a democratic decision-making forum is established. Once this forum is established it is important to determine that consent has been given for decisions to be made.

Nowhere is this more important than with the current situation in Egypt, where a temporary government has been installed by the military in suspension of Egypt’s constitution and first democratically elected president. It is important to ensure that the people know that the purpose of the interim government is to swiftly promote new free and fair elections.

They must also be prepared to create back-up plans lest the reality they encounter does not enable them to implement the decision they (initially) made. In such situations it is easy for followers to become lost as to their leaders’ decisions. If for example in a simple hike, the followers fall behind and are suddenly expected to retreat, the frustrations are likely to return back to the leaders who failed to communicate the change. Similarly, in government, a ‘u-turn’ is likely to be met with hostility from the public usually driven by the media, unless the occurrence of the change is tactfully and strategically communicated.

Every project must have criteria to determine its level of success just as every government must ensure that it tries its utmost to deliver that which it promised to those whom elected it. Those in leadership must be prepared to answer questions and to be held to account over their decisions. They themselves must ensure that they place adequate mechanisms and reminders to ensure that their first duty is to the people. It is also for people to ensure that they take steps to hold their leaders to account, through questioning, lobbying and through responsible citizenship.

Ruta Masalska –  Mustafa Kemal Tosuner – Khalid Miah

Democracy needs your attention!

12/07/2013 by Citizenship

Decision making process is as important as decision itself. Democracy needs attention. Pay attention to your behavior if you want your interest to be achieved and don’t avoid participation. Every decision has to be taken in a democratic way. The responsibility of citizens should involve permanently participation in the whole process even though the decision will not be as you expected, should not discourage your participation. Giving constant feedback is as important as the participation and might have a strong impact on the decision.

Decision makers have to be aware and pay attention that every step or acting is being democratic. Never avoid discussions, even if the time is limited or if the people don’t have initiative or if the question doesn’t seems important. Try to be aware of decision making and for that is necessary to search for more information and from different sources. Analyze this information, in order to understand the situation better.

Only if both sides are permanently assuming responsibilities and communicating with each other, democracy can work.

Heba, Mikhail, Alina & the contribution of Zek