A barcamp is a good opportunity to come up with new ideas in a creative atmosphere. To exchange knowledge and experiences, to make contacts and last but not least to have a lot of fun. You talk about what you are interested in, in an open learning environment. We've asked some of the participant who held a barcamp about why they wanted to share their point of view with the rest of the conference.
Leyla lead a discussion on the social impact of media literacy:
"I became interested in media literacy during the coronavirus pandemic. Being media literate means you can read, understand and analyze the media messages you consume. However, in many countries, media literacy is not taught at educational level which prevents young people to develop necessary media literacy skills. However, we can easily come across the flood of fake news and misinformation in the traditional and social media that might adversely influence the health and well being of the citizens and their civic engagement. For example, there were/are a lot of misleading claims about the coronavirus outbreak that encourages people to disregard medical advice and take unnecessary risks. All these lead to fatal decisions by the people and make it difficult to manage the spread of the virus. Also, because of technological developments, almost everyone today can create media messages online. Although media aims to inform, educate and persuade the audience, we have to check the quality of those media messages. Therefore, we should be careful and posses media literacy skills, including critical thinking and communication skills to mitigate the negative impact of the media on us and to avoid becoming victims of fake news, bullying, hate speech and racism. Without media literacy, people, particularly from disadvantaged groups, miss out on social opportunities or are stuck in a limited (digital) environment which only confirms and spreads biased opinions. Media literacy projects or programmes are essential to empower young people to become active citizens and to contribute to their societies."
Alexandra held a presentation on the topic of slavery in textile production:
"Slavery has many faces. Factories, which use forced labor, people, who have no other choice than to work 16 hours per day, consumers, who keep buying more and more items. We have to be aware of it. We have to feel responsible for it. And we have to act. "Awareness. Responsibility. Action" - this is the name of my project, devoted to the topic of slavery. It consisted of two-day workshop, where participants could get acquainted with the topic, think of the ways to solve it and learn how to reuse clothes. We chose the way of recycling clothes to reduce the consumption and affect the fashion industry. Today I made it for our participants because I feel that's important to share such knowledge with the most people possible"
Kiril gave a talk on the most persistent antisemitic myths in history and present time:
"Antisemitism is sometimes called 'the oldest hatred', because the harmful stereotypes and vilification of Jewish People persisted and evolved over thousands of years. That's also a reason why it is often hard to identify. So if we want to fight antisemitism we need to learn its historic roots and present day forms and expressions.
Antisemitism is oftentimes a sign of a society, political systems slowly slipping into more intolerant and derogatory forms of coexistence. So if we want to work and preserve our open and diverse societies we need to prevent antisemitism from rising to prominence."
Dr. Imke Hansen talked about conflict management.
She introduced the conflict-iceberg. With the issues on the surface, there is a lot going on beneath which plays a central role in solving the conflict at hand: Personalities, Emotions, Interests, Needs and Desires, self-Perceptions and Seld-Esteen, Hidden Expecations and Unresolved Issues from the Past. One way to deal with a conclift ist non-violent communication – which includes openness and active deep listening.
In an interview, Imke explained why she thinks needs are upmost important in a conflict and how each and everyone of us can be a good listener.