This video introduces the work of the Youth Research Board and their contribution to the final Changing the Story event
The ACT project combines research and applied components, producing alternative practices to be proposed to formal and informal educational institutions, as well as academic research and publishing in Kosovo. The project is being done in cooperation with four local partners that work with art and youth in several Kosovo municipalities including: Anibar (Peja), 7 Arte(Mitrovica), NGO Aktiv (Mitrovica North) and Varg e vi (Gjilan). Additionally, participants from local and international organizations contributed, including: Kosovo 2.0, Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) and Opera Circus (from the UK) as well as independent researchers.
Co-Investigator Simon Dancey Changing the Story’s Phase 1 Colombia strand incorporates two areas of research. The first, an experimental project that seeks to stimulate creativity among young people dwelling at the borders of precariousness. The second, a comparative study that considers the construction of worlds through social imaginaries and investigates how dominant imaginaries can be a barrier to an alternative future.
Project Principal Investigator, Sreenath Nair The South East Asia Consolidated Learning project will work across a selection of the existing CTS portfolio of projects to draw out key lessons learnt, both in terms of theory and practice, maximise synergies across the CtS portfolio, identify key areas of impact of the wider project and define priorities for future work. The Consolidating Learning projects are also an opportunity for CTS to further engage CSO partners and stakeholders internationally, ensuring that our research remains relevant and applicable to their work longer-term
Interviews with visual artists about creation of animations recording stories of former child soldiers in Colombia.
Introduction to Changing the Story project from Project Principal Investigator, Paul Cooke
Alongside Changing the Story’s celebration event in June 2022, Researcher Sabrina White and Jazz Pianist Ben Gilbert brought together around a dozen post-graduate and early career researchers to reflect on what the jazz metaphor could offer to research on peacebuilding.
An introduction to the final Changing the Story workshop held in Leeds, 30th June-1st July 2022. Project Principal Investigator Professor Paul Cooke (University of Leeds) introduces the four key research strands to have emerged from this 4 year AHRC/GCRF Network Plus Project.
The short film made by the young people from the Youth Committee at Nigel Caring Community Safe Park, South Africa, explores issues around human trafficking in their community alongside contemporary suspicion of traditional beliefs. This film was made with the support of the Global Challenge Research Fund, the University of Leeds, One Child One Family and the Bishop Simeon Trust. The film was featured in the ‘Changemakers in Film Summit: Health is Wealth’ (14 July 2021)
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Issie Christoffels loves the people of the Karoo. She remembers a hard youth, with very few opportunities: very few things to do, very little positive going on… Today she is against fracking in the Karoo because of the impact it could have on farming. She wishes for more projects and spaces for development where young people can find sustainable things to do with their creativity and energy. She says young people can shine where they are. This film is released as part of series created by Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba, the “true voice of the land”, based in Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo. Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba is a collaborative project established between the Support Centre for Land Change and Youth-in-Power in Graaff Reinet, and academic partners at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies in Johannesburg, and at Leeds University in the UK. The film was one of four featured in the ‘Changemakers in Film Summit: Dissecting the gender issues surrounding social advocacy in post – conflict societies’ (21 July 2021).
Annie Arries is a primary school teacher who loves the Karoo and says she will never leave. She says here, children can still grow up as children. Her hope for small Karoo towns is more houses, more access to land, and more job opportunities for young people. The film was one of four featured in the ‘Changemakers in Film Summit: Dissecting the gender issues surrounding social advocacy in post – conflict societies’ (21 July 2021).
Mrs Jaftha was brought up in a strict home, to value the things they had, even the things they got for free. She remembers her childhood as a time of playing in the streets, a time of freedom. She loves the Karoo sunsets and sunrises. She has a lot of trust in the people of the town and the municipality. Still, she is against fracking because of impact she says it will have on water resources: she would rather see the land sustained than exploited, even if it creates work opportunities. She hopes for more recreation centres for young people. Wishes there were a Drive-In (like there used to be) - and space for a proper mall so that people don’t have to drive so far to the cities. She also argues that subsistence farming and access to land adds to your value and your pride as a South African. This film is released as part of series created by Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba, the “true voice of the land”, based in Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo. Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba is a collaborative project established between the Support Centre for Land Change and Youth-in-Power in Graaff Reinet, and academic partners at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies in Johannesburg, and at Leeds University in the UK. The film was one of four featured in the ‘Changemakers in Film Summit: Dissecting the gender issues surrounding social advocacy in post – conflict societies’ (21 July 2021).
This short film was created by the team at Ilizwi Lenyaniso Lomhlaba to highlight the crucial role that women are playing in claiming space, dreaming new futures, and implementing militant action at the frontlines of land justice in South Africa. We created it for a collaboration between the Support Centre for Land Change and Tshintsha Amakhaya where they brought women activists from across the Karoo to Graaff-Reinet for a conference on 22-24 August 2019. The film was one of four featured in the ‘Changemakers in Film Summit: Dissecting the gender issues surrounding social advocacy in post – conflict societies’ (21 July 2021).
The ImaginingOtherwise project visited the Zeitz Mocaa museum as our final art-activism-educational event for this difficult year. Meet Gomez who is studying engineering and was fascinated by the architecture of the building and reflects on art, representation and politics in his own life
Watch the graduation film ‘El Juego del Encuentro’ (Longing to Return) from Angel Hurtado, visual artist on the ‘Building Trust for Truth-telling among Former Child Soldiers’ project. Angel was also a participant on a University of Leeds student-led project, in which CTS challenged a group of Faculty of Arts and Humanities Liberal Arts students to create two films that highlighted the themes reflected within the work created by young people engaged in Changing the Story projects.
Artists, activists, practitioners and academics speak about the opportunities and challenges of participatory arts in development. Filmed at our international seminar held as part of the GCRF ‘Voicing Hidden Histories’ project (Cooke, 2017).
Watch the critical review of Changing the Story Projects in Eastern Africa Project led by Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, (Principal Investigator) University of Brighton, UK. With partners Dr John Mwangi St. Paul’s University, Kenya, and Mr Chaste Uwihoreye, Uysenga Ni Imazi, Rwanda.
The #ImaginingOtherwise team hosted a series of webinars, or international conversations, about the value of co-creation and participation. Catch-up on all the episodes at your leisure.
Uzabintwari project at Rwamagana Youth center "YEGO CENTER" We are using Art, theatre and Dialogue, for bring back heroism! let the elders guide the young so the raise wisely! and be the most important person in their community. I can be the Hero!