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SHIFT. SHAPE. MOBILIZE.

Shift. Shape. Mobilize. is a tools & skills workshop for bloggers | Illustration: Oleg Borodin
Shift. Shape. Mobilize. is a tools & skills workshop for bloggers | Illustration: Oleg Borodin

Are you an active blogger? An activist who wants to shift mindsets, shape social change, mobilize people? Is your work related to Eastern Europe? Are you interested in gaining new skills in live blogging, social media, security online and verification? Then read on, we just might be looking for you!

Never stop learning

At Sourcefabric, we’re always looking forward to sharing our tools. So, when the Federal Agency for Civic Education/Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung approached us to partner with them and n-ost to organise a workshop for bloggers we said… yeah!

The project is called SHIFT. SHAPE. MOBILIZE. and it aims at getting a better understanding about the socio-political relevance of blogs in countries in transition. The project’s goal is to raise awareness, empower and support the role of bloggers in Eastern Europe as an alternative source of information in society.

For this reason, we are inviting 20 bloggers to take part in a 5-days workshop in Berlin, Germany on 16-22 November 2015. During the workshop, Sourcefabric will give training on two of its open source blogging and publishing tools: Live Blog and Booktype. We will also give the participants free Live Blog and Booktype Pro hosting for six months, which they will be able to use individually or collaboratively.

During their stay in Berlin, the bloggers will attend a series of practical workshops, partake in debates and panel discussions on hot-topics and also have the opportunity to get to know local communities of journalist, bloggers, activists and hackers.

Who can apply

Bloggers from different European countries. Bloggers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation are especially welcomed to apply.

Actively blogging on sociopolitical topics, either by directly addressing social, political, economic or environmental issues in their country or in Europe, or by addressing them in an artistic way, such as photography, comics, music, artistic actions and campaigns, etc.

English proficiency is essential (the workshop will be conducted in English).

Availability to attend the workshop in full, from 16 to 22 November 2015 in Berlin, Germany is also a must.

Selection will be made in line with gender and geographical balance.

What about the costs

All costs will be covered by the organisers of the event, including travel to/from Berlin, visa, accommodation, meals and all materials to be used during the workshop.

Note: bloggers will be asked to bring their own laptop, camera and microphone.

How to apply

Interested candidates are invited to apply by filling out the application form.

During the application process, you will be asked to provide a blog post telling us a story about:

  • a recent positive action / campaign that inspired you 

  • what keeps you going as an activist against the challenges your country is facing 

  • how activists are bringing social change through social media 

Note: the blog post has to be 4,000 min. - 8,000 max. characters long, submitted as word or URL. As a blog post you can include links, pictures and videos in your texts!

To take part, check the call and send in your application by the 20 September, 23:59h CET. If you have any questions, reach out to [email protected]. You can also follow SHIFT. SHAPE. MOBILIZE. on Twitter through the hashtag #Sh.Sh.Mob15

 We will also give the participants free Live Blog and Booktype Pro hosting for six months, which they will be able to use individually or collaboratively.

Are you an active blogger? An activist who wants to shift mindsets, shape social change, mobilize people? Is your work related to Eastern Europe? Are you interested in gaining new skills in live blogging, social media, security online and verification? Then read on, we just might be looking for you!

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