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Into The Wild – Generation “Next” experiencing the (EU)ropean Dimensions
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“I've always thought of acting as more of an exercise in empathy, which is not to be confused with sympathy. You're trying to get inside a certain emotional reality or political reality and try to figure out what that's about so you can represent it. - Edward Norton Learning through experience – the motto of this project! We are going to work and live together accordingly. At the end of his life Albert Einstein concluded that his most decisive learning processes did not happen in school. We are going to build on this conclusion, aiming at at a non-formalistic learning approach together with 60 young Europeans from 7 different countries. Our learning experiences are supposed to go way beyong cognitive recognition of facts and figures. By immersing into the world of Mini LARPs (Live Action Role Plays) we are going to discover social, political and cultural European dimensions from a whole new angle, which we would like to call “playducation”. 60 young people come together in the Europahaus Marienberg to make up their minds about Europes different dimensions. We want to know what Europe is at and where the journey is going. In an intercultural learning environment we are going to develop ideas for an everyday life just as we would like it to become European reality – with all its ups and downs. At the end we will have created a series of Mini LARPs that will help others to engage in those learning processes, that we ourselves created and thought to be important. After having learned about the relation between play and seriousness and also after having tested a series of different LARP and simulation approaches, we are going to develop our own Mini LARPs. We will again put them to the test, before making them ready to be uploaded into the SALTO Tool Box for the benefit of others. This also guarantees that this project will contribute sustainably to the future development of European education and working towards something that maybe one day will be called “European Identity”.

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