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Launched in 2013, the yearly educational program "activEco" is currently one of the key projects implemented by the EcoVisio Association.

The main aim of activEco is to empower creative and motivated young people to focus their energy on the transition of our society to sustainable living. Through facilitating an exchange between young people from the South, North and Center of Moldova, including Transnistria and Gagauzia, as well as neighboring regions of Ukraine and Romania, the program contributes to an ongoing constructive dialogue and democratic grassroots peacemaking, trying to work beyond current language and ethnicity controversy present in the region. This approach also makes tackling ecological issues more efficient and comprehensive.

The program involves the young people from all around the region (Moldova, Ukraine, Romania) into a process of constant interactive learning, capacity building, and practical implementation of the acquired skills as well as multiplication of the impact in a broader society. “activEco” comprises a capacity building curriculum, seed funding for volunteers’ micro projects and peer-to-peer mentoring. This way it offers a secure platform for learning, sharing and trying out innovations in the field of sustainable development

The major outcome is that at the end of each program year there is a group of skilled and inspired multipliers of sustainable development strategies, who are eager to engage in the growing network of changemakers in the region. As of December 2018 (after completion of its 6th edition), activEco has 185 graduates from Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, who have implemented close to 100 civic projects in the region and, in their turn, engaged thousands of people.

In the period 2014-2016, it consisted of two program lines: Sustainable Development and Social Entrepreneurship. Since 2017, Social Entrepreneurship is a separate program: "Social Entrepreneurship - Make It Matter". Moreover, the activEco program itself has also been transformed - after four years of broad work on sustainable development, the team decided it's time to gather the synergy of our alumni and other activists, and focus on concrete issues that need solutions on local and national level.

Thus, in 2017-18, the program has adopted a new structure - not the initial one of three seminars (Impulse, Project Management, Reflection), but directly invites the participants to meet the proposed Challenges at the Challenge Workshops, and, together, work out the solutions that they could implement together. Some examples of the Challenges: "Sustainable Mobility", "Green home and office spaces", "Tree Growing", "Food for Thought", "Urban & Community Development", etc.

What will happen in 2019? We will be able to tell you soon!

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The program is conducted through the collaboration with the German NGO “Active Commons” and the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg (a program of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and MitOst e.V., which provides training and support for international facilitators).

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logo activePeace no backgroundThe “activePeace” program, launched in 2016, is aimed to develop the capacities of young people in such areas as critical thinking, peace education, diversity, conflict resolution/transformation, communication skills, emotional intelligence, civic activism.

The overall goal of the program is to increase the ability of young changemakers to deal with the conflicts which appear naturally (within their organizations, groups, communities, as well as on the level of structures, states and inner peace) and ultimately to transform such conflicts into collaboration.

We believe that any conflict has a great potential and challenges us to think harder, to be more creative, to develop greater understanding, and to search for alternative avenues that are more efficient, more effective, and more productive.

One of the ideas of the program is to combine the new trends in peace education with methods of non-formal education and human-centered design approach, focusing on the needs of each particular community, group or individual. Thus, the program empowers young people to elaborate and implement their own methods and approaches to work with conflicts and to provide “activePeace” in their organizations, communities and groups. Besides, the program aims to create an atmosphere of mutual appreciation and cooperation for the citizens from different cultural backgrounds, languages, nationalities and thus contribute to the establishment of sustainable peace.

Target group: young NGO members, students, activists aged 18-27 from all parts of the Republic of Moldova including north, center, south, as well as  Transnistria and Gagauzia regions.

Stages of the program:

  • Training “Introduction and Defining”
  • Homework Phase “Ideation”
  • Training “Project development and Prototype Testing”
  • Project Implementation Phase “Testing”
  • Training “Implementation and Evaluation” and Networking meetings

Criteria for activePeace projects:

  • Having social value
  • Implemented in interregional teams (at least 2 persons in a team, both from different regions - Transnistria, Gagauzia, North, South, Centre of Moldova)
  • Embedded in a local context
  • Qualitative involvement of the community (the upper stairs of the ladder of participation)
  • Implemented with partners (organizations, groups, individuals)
  • Respecting the requirements for the budget (e.g. no hard equipment could be purchased)
  • The area of the project ought to be related to the activePeace topic.

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Contact person: Maxim Pijevskii, 

The program “activePeace” was developed and launched by Maxim Pijevskii and the team, and implemented by the public association "EcoVisio" in partnership with MitOst e.V. (Berlin) and a friendly financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany and the Robert Bosch Foundation in the framework of the project "Dialogue for change".

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Program in 2016:

In 2016, the program has started in July and brought together 18 young people from different regions of Moldova (9 participants), Transnistria (7 participants) and Gagauzia (2 participants), in between 17 and 26 years old. For many of them that was the first time leaving home, being far away from their locality or outside their region, or the first time visiting Chisinau. 

The participants went through a series of seminars and meetings, discovering together new places (including Lalova, Riscova, Trebujeni, Vadul-lui-Voda, Chisinau), new perspectives, as well as themselves. The program empowered them to elaborate and implement their own methods and approaches to work with conflicts and to provide “activePeace” in their organizations, communities and groups. 

Stages of the program:

1) Training “Introduction and Defining” - July 25-31, 2016
2) Homework Phase “Ideation” – August 2016
3) Training “Project Development and Prototype Testing” - September 10-16, 2016
4) Project Implementation Phase “Testing” – September-October 2016
5) Training “Implementation and Evaluation” & Networking meetings - October 15-17 and November 4-8, 2016

1) Training "Introduction and Defining"

Team: Maxim Pijevskii, Inessa Abramyan, Meghan Stewart, Ion Ungureanu, Julia Knyupa, Gabi Isac

The first ever activePeace training, "Introduction and Defining", took place on July 25-31, 2016, in Lalova village, bringing together 18 young people from different regions of Moldova, Transnistria and Gagauzia. The key words for the training could be: "Feeling the conflict", "Thomas Kilmann Model - Win-Win", "Perception", "Schulz von Thun Communication Model", "Story Telling", "Active Listening", "Non-Violent Communication", "Nature Meditation", "Be the Change You Want to See in the World", "Identity", "Empathy Map" and "Design Thinking". The highlights of the week were also a trip to Tipova and the negotiations game "Keep Cool"

All of these allowed participants from different regions to mutually discover each other (compensating the obvious knowledge gap), create the feeling of one big team and develop project ideas that they would have to implement in mixed groups - each project team was to have members from two different regions.

You can find more photos from the seminar here.

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2) Homework Phase “Ideation”

3) Training "Project Development and Prototype Testing"

Team: Maxim Pijevskii, Alexandru Lozinschii, Olga Cortac, Olga Skobina

Following the homework phase"Ideation", when the participants were researching the needs of their communities, the second activePeace seminar - "Project Development and Prototype Testing" - took place in Vadul lui Voda, on September 10-16, 2016. Its goals were to check and debrief the results of the research phase; to continue the development of ideas born during the first seminar; to gain and train "hard skills" required for project implementation (project cycle, teamwork, elaborating the concept, setting the SMART goals; defining the stakeholders, time management, fundraising, friendraising, reporting, monitoring); to allow the participants to finalize project proposals; and to continue discussing conflict topics & trying out new techniques of conflict management / transformation.

Some special highlights of the seminar were:

  • Video Workshop - learning practical skills for successful PR;
  • The "Testing / Prototyping" process: each of the participants got the chance to initiate a small activity (not necessary connected to the content of the seminar), to include it into the program and to implement it, respecting all stages of project cycle. Then, the activities were analyzed by the whole group as real "projects". This way, the project ideas were tested / prototyped. This allowed the participants to improve, or, in some cases, even change their approaches / methods / project plans.

Likewise, this meeting was about further getting to know each other - as a big group and as project teams, - and about learning to learn from each other.

You can find more photos from the seminar here.

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4) Project Implementation Phase “Testing” – September-October 2016

5) Training “Implementation and Evaluation” & Networking meetings - October 15-17 and November 4-8, 2016

Team: Maxim Pijevskii, Inessa Abramyan, Inna Gordeeva, Nelea Motricala

The final phase of the activePeace-2016 program consisted of two interwoven parts: training "Implementation and Evaluation"and Networking meetings. The training took place on November 4-8, 2016 in village Trebujeni, whereas the meetings spread from Chisinau (EcoVisio Headquarters and IarmarEco event) to village Riscova and even Syria (through Skype). 

The training included sessions on evaluation and reflection, networking and community building, verbal and nonverbal communication, storytelling, solving conflicts through building trust, ideas and opportunities for future development. The location was also wonderful for morning runs, walks, cycling and lots of other outdoor activities - despite the late autumn. 

The Networking meetings:

  • October 15-16, Chisinau - IarmarEco, the Fair of Ecological Opportunities and Social Entrepreneurship in Moldova - getting to know alumni of other programs implemented by EcoVisio (activEco, Harap Alb, ClimateLaunchpad) and other members of the existing and evolving community of activists.
  • October 15, Chisinau - meeting with Andrey Devyatkov: discussing the Transnistrian issue. 
  • November 5, village Riscova - meeting with Seed It Forward initiative in action: participating in a tree-planting event with another ~80 volunteers.
  • November 5, village Riscova - getting to know Eco-Village Moldova and the future Environmental Training Center.
  • November 6, village Trebujeni - Skype call with Syria

You can find more photos from these events here.

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So, in 2016, the participants of the program realized many field visits in different locations in Moldova, Transnistria and Gagauzia, implementing projects in interregional teams. They have worked together with local and international trainers, and have met several experts with valuable real-life experience in the topic of conflict transformation from Russia, Japan, United States, etc. As a result, the participants from different regions have jointly initiated and implemented 8 small projects. Moreover, they have learned more about the ways to work with the conflict, discovered more about the region they live in and about themselves. 

Projects implemented by participants in 2016:

In 2016, 8 participants' projects were implemented, mostly in interregional teams:

  • "Bring me to life" - Arina Tocan, Corina Gilca, Alexei Groza (Causeni, Causeni district & Bender, Transnistria region)
  • "Brain Drain" - Vladislav Bachev, Serghei Bondarev (Bender, Transnistria region & Chisinau)
  • "Bye, stereotypes!" - Anna Ereshkova, Daria Bogdanova, Veacheslav Radulov (Bender, Transnistria region & Ceadir-Lunga, Gagauzia region)
  • "Mind Borders" - Alina Creciun, Adriana Gorceac (vil. Chiscareni, Singerei district & Vadul lui Voda, Chisinau municipality)
  • "Peace+" - Catalin Apostol, Vasile Iatco (vil. Truseni, Chisinau municipality & vil. Petrunea, Glodeni district)
  • "Step Forward" (orig. "Шаг вперёд") - Evghenii Nazaria, Iuliana Stan, Adelina Polischiuk (Tiraspol, Transnistria region & vil. Ciulucani, Telenesti district)
  • "Two Worlds" - Nonna Mihalcean, Xenia Verban (Balti & Gagauzia & Transnistria)
  • "Young & Active" (orig. "Tineri & Activi") - Radu Timpau, Gheorghe Taran (vil. Chitcanii-Vechi, Telenesti district & Causeni, Causeni district)



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Seed It Forward

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Seed It Forward is an agroforestry initiative founded in 2015, led by an activEco-2014 alumna and a ClimateLaunchpad Moldova 2015 alumnus. The goal of the initiative is to “grow trees and people for a greener Moldova”. They do it with persistence, day by day, by planting and growing trees and other plants in different regions of the country, and sharing their passion and skills with other people, especially those ones who have never planted a tree in their life.

The main idea of the initiative, promoted through direct actions and inspiring examples, is that: Everybody can grow a healthy tree. Everybody can create a productive organic orchard. Everybody can plant a forest. Everybody can be part of the solution, not just part of the problem.

Seed It Forward's long-term projects include:

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Highlights of 2017:

  • 22 planting events with volunteers in 13 localities of Moldova, more than 5 plantings consulted, numerous monitoring and tree-caring visits
  • Teambuildings as one of the new activities
  • Multiple simultaneous events – thanks to a team of three main coordinators, Seed It Forward could be at several planting events in different parts of the country at once
  • Co-organizing, with Eco-Village Moldova and EcoVisio as a whole, the program “ActiveOrganic” (February-November 2017) - promoting topics such as agroforestry, composting, natural plant protection, beekeeping, solar food dehydration etc.
  • Co-organizing, with EcoVisio, the activEco Tree-Growing Challenge, and mentoring more than 10 planting initiatives all over Moldova
  • Launching a new project-initiative, “Ask a Worm“, to promote urban composting and local products
  • Over 335 people involved in practical activities (many of them more than one time)
  • Over 3400 seedlings and over 3500 seeds planted

Since autumn 2015, more than 600 people have been directly involved, including alumni, participants and applicants of various programs implemented by EcoVisio. It would also not be possible without fruitful cooperation with local communities, especially youth, local authorities, local and international companies, organizations, volunteers and initiatives.

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