For the third year running, WECHANGE was at EuropeLab, a forum for young professionals from the EU and Russia. Run by the organisation EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, EuropeLab always takes place in significant places of historical memory. This year, it was in the city of Piteşti, Romania. You might be wondering why is it that some of the WECHANGE team were recently in Romania. Do they like to travel? Of course. But this was a trip with a mission. It is our second year of collaborating with EuropeLab, an initiative from the Berlin-based NGO, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum. The aim of EuropeLab is to develop international projects between EU countries and Russia on topics such as conflict resolution, historical memory and civic education. A call for project proposals is made after the forum with funding up for grabs. This is where WECHANGE comes in. The participants of the Forum work on decentralised projects, across multiple countries, from Russia to the UK and a fair few countries in between. How do you go about coordinating and collaborating on such transnational projects? Of course, digital tools have opened up a whole array of opportunities in this sphere, but they are not without their problems. Who has access to your data online? Where is it stored? How sustainable is it? It is because of these issues that the WECHANGE platform was developed as an innovative, open source solution. What exactly makes the platform different? How can it be used by social initiatives?
- WECHANGE unites all the basic project management tools in one place.
- WECHANGE is run on green servers.
- WECHANGE does not take part in the data business.
- WECHANGE is a cooperative.
- WECHANGE is a community.