EMPATHEAST - EMPATHY DRIVEN SOCIAL CHANGE AND OPEN EDUCATION IN EASTERN EUROPE - 2014

Speakers

Miha Pogacnik VIOLINIST / VISIONARY
Patricia Munro CO-FOUNDER OF WORLD CAFE EUROPE / FACILITATOR
Ralph Böhlke ECONOMIST / ACTIVIST / CO-FOUNDER OF THE BELGIAN BRANCH OF TRANSITION NETWORK
Simon Scholl CO-FOUNDER OF KARTOFFELKOMBINAT
Daniela Dimitrova DIALOGUE IN THE DARK
Filka Sekulova DOCTOR ECOLOGICAL ECONOMY, UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Jason Nardi FONDAZIONE BANCA ETICA / SOLIDARIUS ITALY and RIPESS Europe
Nadezhda Savova
Nadezhda Savova-Grigorova CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGIST/ FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL CENTERS AND THE BREAD HOUSES NETWORK
Guus Geisen ENTREPRENEUR / INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
Agota Ruzsa FACILITATOR / CO-FOUNDER OF SoL, HUNGARY

Program

Partners

In time of crisis arises a special need of rethinking and reorganizing our environment in order to meet the social needs and deficits which are visible under the weakened system of governance. These social deficits can be filled and that is why the Ideas Factory started working on EMPATHEAST: Forum for Social Change and Open Education in Eastern Europe. The main objective of EMPATHEAST to firmly put Bulgaria and the Balkans on the world map of social innovation and social entrepreneurship. As a region which deals with a dysfunctional political, economic and social system on a daily basis, the Balkans are a unique ground where social innovation can solve old challenges in a new way.

 

 

For three days from November 14th until November 16th EMPATHEAST will gather together leading lectors and practitioners in the field of social change in order to create a space in which we will learn from each other, experiment with creating new models and celebrate the availability of approaches such as Design Thinking and Art of Hosting in a non-conference format. During the Forum, Plovdiv will become the setting in which seemingly foreign subjects will be transformed into pleasant and accessible starting points for reflection. EMPATHEAST will challenge your creativity for social change through lectures, installations, games, concerts and performances, stimulating collective intelligence and systems thinking. It will demonstrate the meaning of "public visioning" (creating a shared vision) and will reflect on intuitive and empathic leadership, self-organizing civil systems, ethical finance, energy independence, human centered design.

 

 

EMPATHEAST will be much more than an event. Place. Process. Game.

In order to visualize it, we have prepared the EMPATHEAST code. Meet the symbols:

 

Innovator

Early Adopter

Challenge

Process

Collaboration

Common Good

 

Often the Common Good cannot reach its destination because of a Challenge standing in its way. That is why we need the Innovator, who suggests a Process and inspires the Early Adopters. During the Collaboration they realize the innovative process and overcome the Challenges so that the Common Good can reach its final destination.

 

EMPATHEAST meets with who think of a in a spirit of in order to overcome a and create .

 

In order to talk about social innovation we have to be ready to take risks. That is why EMPATHEAST starts with a brave economic experiment - the entry to the forum will be based on the principle "Pay as you wish". The meaning behind this is that everybody will be able to pay whatever amount they want after the end of the forum, thus evaluating what EMPATHEAST has given them.

 

COME. JOIN. CONNECT. CELEBRATE COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE. ENJOY CHANGING IT ALL.

 

This event is organized by the Ideas Factory Association