YA Berlin 2012

Berlin 2012: The “After Movie”

I really regret that we didn’t work with media during this academy, the potential and the motivation was clearly there. Andreas from Belgium produced this photo show to pay tribute to the whole group and the exceptional  atmosphere in Berlin. Enjoy*: *one remark: Andreas included music of the Swedish House Mafia (yes, you could argue about the taste of music 🙂 , but due to legal regulations we decided to publish without music. So its up to you, if you follow the recommendation of the producer…

No complaints!

25 young Europeans from 13 different countries met; and 1 weeks in 2 different cities, 1 fable, 2 songs, 3 videos, uncountable group work sessions, simulations, discussions, potatoe dinners later: an inseparable group of friends (I can’t remember when I have seen so many tears for good bye). Friends who managed to discuss hot issues respectfully, who looked after each other, and: never complained! Not about the workload, the hot-cold showers, the potatoe-pork-repetition, not when being sick or tired. So thank you, guys! It was a pleasure working with you… Hope to see you soon! Tina

Speaking for myself: After the academy is before the academy…

Yesterday I’ve said good bye to the participants of the academy in Berlin 2012 and tomorrow I will already welcome 25 young Europeans to Tallinn. So I’m now on my journey with mixed feelings but want to say a big “Thank You” to the 25 participants in Berlin. Not only they worked hard and were always motivated to discuss, even during dinner and afterwards. They also were extremely nice and caring with each other – and ME! I can’t remember when I got the last time chocolate, a ‘Hasselhoff performance’ and a T-Shirt with many nice wishes. You’ve set the bar for the following academy quite high!

Success: more questions than answers…

The last day began with a goodbye as Nadia was the first participant to depart from the academy . We stood in the reception area to wish her goodbye and promise to meet again. Following breakfast we began our discussion on power in the 21st century, where Dr Claudia Schmucker talked to us about the G8, G20 and the IMF. She helped us to understand the importance for the smaller nations to be in a group such as those just mentioned. After this Andrea and Tina asked us to write down the first word that came to mind when thinking about power and a still opened question about the seminar. There was a variety of words and questions and even though we know more about People and Power than we did at the beginning of the week, we feel like this is just the beginning of our understanding and hope th...[Read More]

“I’ve been looking for…”: On the traces of the ruling powers in Germany

The 5th day morning was a bit different than others – besides of having a longtime night chats, nobody was tired but  excited. 25 artist (with their main composer: Leah and write:  Sofie) prepared a small surprise for our beloved Tina. In spite of fact that almost everybody has a sore throat (our Eustory illness was spread from Czech Republic and Slovakia to the rest of the group) we did our best to sing our song as loudly as possible. “Mrs Hosselhoff” (Tina) was impressed that she has so creative children “from across Europe (and Africa!)”. In a good mood we started our work, Todays topic was “peaceful risings and velvet revolutions”. The work time was opened by presentation prepared by Dr. Andrea Despot Then we started discussion based on examples of velvet revolutions ...[Read More]

Not spoiling the broth*: Day 4 in Berlin

It was probably the sun and the tasty breakfast that gave this morning a special kick. Going into the garden for our third warm-up ‘social gathering’ we noticed there was some new feeling of connection between us and even the most tricky toaster-games worked better. Dr. Jan Behrends brought us back into the 20th century to witness the transformation of Berlin affected by different ideologies. The topic  ignited a vigorous debate on the powerful people of the era and how their ideologies turned Berlin into two separate cities. Besides, we realized that there are many layers of history in the city that we see today. Mr. Behrends discussed how an idea can get its physical shape in the form of architecture, where the buildings carry the message of the time. The discussion came to an end there ...[Read More]

We are Welshmen in Berlin…: Delayed Day 2

After finishing our Starbucks on Alexanderplatz, our international family began our caffeine fueled cycling tour. Splitting into two groups, with each being led by a British guide (with one happening to be another Welshman to add to the two we already had) , we mounted our ‘Fat Tire’ bicycles, armed only with squeaky ducks to alert unsuspecting dogs. The traditional Welsh humour helped to spice up the complex history of the city. Berlin really appears to be the city of contrast. Our track went with the line where there used to be the Berlin Wall, which used to be the border between two opposing ideologies just some 23 years ago. That what used to be the symbol of oppression is now a colourful symbol for freedom of expression. Many of us were surprised at the amount of graffiti ...[Read More]

Third time lucky: Day 3 in Berlin from a Belgian perspective

Personating a broken toaster, James Bond, a mixer or an island may not seem like the most obvious beginning of the day, but here in Berlin it’s starting to feel familiar! What seemed to become a very peaceful and quiet Sunday, turned out to be a day full of heavy discussion, finished by a lovely concert in the nearby church. After our slightly funny warm-up, we began the day with a panel discussion, including several lectures about different sorts of power. After these short lectures, the whole group was able to ask the speakers some questions. Seen the large amount of question asked to Melissa Eddy (the Berlin correspondent for the International Herald Tribune), it seemed to be that “The fourth power”, aka the media, interested us the most. Having eaten a light lunch, we were asked ...[Read More]

The Eustory experience continues: Day 2 in Berlin

The amazing David Hasselhoff couldn’t have been more proud today to hear he’s still so popular in the streets of Berlin. What started off as a regular day in the German capital for its four million inhabitants, turned out be one hell of an experience for basically every of the twenty-five Eustorians, one by one the best in what they do in their own country. After an early-morning run for myself and a German-style breakfast, the Academy officially resumed, starting the day with several 30-minute lectures. The lecture that made the biggest impression on myself was the one by Luís de Almeida Sampaio, the Portuguese Ambassador in Berlin, about “Power Structures”. It’s truly remarkable that most of us didn’t know how big of a deal the legitimization of power in the world is and how much power, ...[Read More]

Mix and match! The exchange mission

First day in Berlin, some of our participants have already arived yesterday and of course we didn’t want to give them just the morning off. So we sent them out on a mission. 4 groups, 4 destinations, 1 aim: exchanging one box of matches for as many things as possible  and come back with something significant better. 4 groups, 4 different stories. Read here about their different experiences about getting in touch with ‘Berliners’.

People and Power – Power over People? Young Europeans discussing the dimensions of power in Berlin

We may be a little late to call it ‘Summer Academy’, especially when looking out of my window at the rain falling down, but since it is our first seminar this year… But maybe  I stick to the weather neutral term ‘youth academy’. What ever we call it: We are about to start! On Friday afternoon 25 young Europeans, from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Wales and even Eritrea will arrive in Berlin to discuss the dimensions of power and the role people – individuals and groups – can play in changing the course of history. The participants will bring examples from their countries and discuss with politicians, journalists and other experts. And of course we will...[Read More]