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Making Ripples

Do you remember the feeling of throwing a pebble and let it jump across the surface of a quiet water? One, two, three, four, yeahh! That´s how we found out how making ripples can be fun. In Septemeber 2017 a group of 20 Europeans came together to find out how […]

Fishing for dreams

Thursday afternoon, the park where we prepared a small stage, chairs and tables is slowly filling with people. We invite them to write down their dreams on little coloured cards and hang them on the rose bushes, our “garden of dreams”. A group of OASIS participants has been out all day with […]

Letting go and teamwork; the spontaneous co-creation of dreamprojects

The whole week culminated in the Miracle, which took place over the weekend of 30th September / 1st October and was a communal construction project with the people of Collado Mediano.   Everything in the Oasis game is very spontaneous and reactive to the dreams and desires of the inhabitants, and the […]

Tällberg Global Leaders 2017: Rodrigo Rubido Alonso / Instituto ELOS selected

Let’s celebrate!!! The Tällberg Foundation today announced the selection of four new Tällberg Global Leaders. They join a select group of individuals from around the world whose work, accomplishments and prospects embody the kind of leadership needed in the 21st century. The 2017 Tällberg Global Leaders are: Rodrigo Rubido Alonso, an architect, […]

Active listening as a path to inviting people to join Collado Mediano’s Talentshow

Today, on the 2nd full day of the program, we did an exercise to practice active listening before going out into the community to collect the stories and talents that lie behind the beauties that we discovered yesterday in the Appreciative Gaze phase. So we were continuing with the Affection […]

Affection: experiences of how to approach people and build connections

It is Tuesday, the first whole day of the OASIS. Our task: To go out into the village, looking for beauties, talents and stories. How to approach people? For some people it seems to be really easy to involve each and everybody into a casual conversation. Not for me. Welcome […]

CEAL blog: Thelma & Louise

It was 7pm, in an evening in late January, Zuriñe and I were driving a van through Biscay bringing resources to Merkatu, where our project was based. With me driving and Zuriñe guiding, we shared our excitement, joy and satisfaction in that we had found an oasis moment of our […]

CEAL blog: From student to social entrepreneur – by Peter Linde

Three weeks into the course we found ourselves inside the classroom again. Small groups of students spread through the room working hard on developing their ideas for starting social enterprises: initiatives that are going to change the world, starting with Utrecht Overvecht. I dreamed of the students go outside since […]

CEAL blog: The story of how kitchen tiles can activate a community

This is a story about how materials ready for the garbage can play a role in community transformation! We were preparing our first OASIS game, which would take place in the Muide, a neighbourhood in Ghent. The game involves listening appreciatively to the community, allowing them to dream and then […]