Non-Degree / Dates: 10-19 January 2022

Digital Innovation for Civic Engagement Projects is a programme for digital transformation in communities and civic initiatives to involve more people in the discussion and decision-making process by using technology. The aim is to experience what it means to be an active citizen, community member and leader in participatory democracy and to learn about what are the biggest challenges in civic engagement. Participants will also learn how to start the digital transformation in communities and civic initiatives to involve more people in the discussion and decision-making process, using technology for that.

This event will bring together representatives of the international community from Indonesia, India, Switzerland, Latvia, Poland, Estonia and other countries. In this programme, we will explore and share the possibilities and challenges that participatory and e-democracy face. The representatives will share their experiences from each country and learn from each other’s projects.

The programme aims to improve participatory leadership skills, to learn to design civic engagement projects using technology and to do it in a culturally diverse and startup-minded environment. In this hands-on training, participants will work with their own projects to learn to initiate digitally innovative engagement projects.

Why take this online course?

  • The course will help you to understand the meaning of civic engagement and participatory democracy.

  • You will learn how to start the digital transformation in communities and civic initiatives in order to involve more people in the discussion and decision-making process.

Teacher(s)

Lecturers from Tallinn University’s School of Digital Technologies and Citizen OS, including Merja Bauters, Anett Linno, Kai Pata, Margo Loor etc.

Timetable

Real-time video lectures in Zoom (Ensure you have a stable and reliable internet connection).
Time Zone:  UTC/GMT +2 hours (Check the time difference to your location)

Classes occur from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm, but there will also be extra activities after and during the weekend.

Day 1 Monday, 10 January 2022
Introduction and warm-up

Day 2 Tuesday, 11 January 2022
Value-based participatory leadership

Day 3 Wednesday, 12 January 2022
Argumentation & Critical thinking

Day 4 Thursday, 13 January 2022
Design Thinking for Civic Engagement projects

Day 5 Friday, 14 January 2022
Design Thinking for Civic Engagement projects

Day 6-7 Weekend

Day 8 Monday, 17 January 2022
Theory of Change

Day 9 Tuesday, 18 January 2022
Digital Transformation for civic engagement

Day 10 Wednesday, 19 January 2022
Story Telling. Pitching and ending

Participants

This programme is designed for socially active campaign leaders, community leaders, and active people, who have been identifying social problems in their communities or society and have initiated community projects.

We expect the participants to have previous experience in initiating projects or leading or participating in community or civic initiated projects or campaigns, and they come to the programme to develop their social or community campaign, programme, initiative, project, or else. Participants from International Youth Leader Organizations, students, community leaders, and active citizens are welcome to attend the course.

Credit points

2 ECTS

Course fee

400 EUR. For students 300 EUR.

This course is organised together with Citizen OS Foundation, a Tallinn-based civic tech non-profit working all around the world to enhance democracy and participation in civil society. Their mission is to empower people to collaboratively decide on issues that affect their wellbeing, via their Citizen OS co-decision platform.

"You have nothing to lose from attending the winter school with Tallinn University. It is really mandatory to participate, because it is fun and there is a lot of knowledge you can get from great people."

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