Activities of the School
The School, beyond working according to the priorities established with its individual partners, promotes the implementation of several activities in interested countries and at the international level.
Production and dissemination of knowledge
The School supports the organization of conferences, symposia, thematic days, cultural campaigns, exhibitions, international competitions, art events and other events that contribute to enriching the culture of human development. The School also supports the production of documents, publications, periodicals, web sites and electronic libraries. The International Manual of Human Development is one of its main products. The web pages of IDEASS programme (www.ideassonline.org), ILSLEDA programme (www.ilsleda.org) and Universitas Forum (www.universitasforum.org) are an example of such knowledge dissemination activities.
The International Manual of Human Development
In his book The Way, published in 2011, Edgar Morin reflects on and maps out actions for a better future. He notes that in all countries there are already many experiences of change that are little known and which often remain isolated. Morin suggests carrying out an in-depth survey to make them better known, and promote the dissemination of quality innovations. The School aims to implement Morin’s suggestions. Its main cultural output is in fact the International Manual of Human Development, produced though a permanent process of consultation with the most advanced experiences in all fields. It is a living handbook because it is systematically enriched by contributions from actors involved in change and because it is used in all the countries participating in the International School network.
The network of laboratories of change
The laboratories are consolidated experiences of integrated or thematic territorial development. Working in collaboration with universities and research centres, they offer a permanent and structured environment for visitors, students, researchers, experts, teachers and other actors interested in participating in activities and extracting from them indications to disseminate nationally and globally. The School is setting up an international network of these laboratories, which include innovative and strategic projects and offer a terrain for research and knowledge production.
An example of these activities for the implementation of the human development laboratories is in Albania, in the regions of Vlore and Shkoder.
Training and higher education projects
The School promotes projects which, at the request of national and local governments and social actors, provide professional development and advanced courses for development managers: intensive courses, exchange of experiences, training-of-trainers, study tours and similar activities. Examples of these activities for the training of development cadres:
Colombia, training course for local economic development officers
Ecuador, training course for local economic development officers . Course flyer
Marche Region, training course on sustainable tourism
The School also promotes university programmes for future professionals of development and education (degrees, masters’ courses, etc.) in collaboration with universities interested in developing curricula in line with the Millennium Platform and linked to concrete territorial development experiences. Such university programmes would link the specific realities and cultures where they are located with the international debate on the future of everyone.
An example of these university training activities is the Master course being programmed in Colombia, in the department of Antioquia.
Innovative strategic projects
To satisfy requests from national and local governments, the School develops projects to support reforms in line with the Millennium Platform, fine-tuning solutions and working methods which can then be disseminated. These projects enhance partnerships between public and private actors and associations, in particular at regional and local level. In this framework, action-research is also encouraged to systematize practices, so that they may be disseminated nationally and internationally, and so that innovative methodologies and technologies of human development are enhanced. An example of these strategic projects is the Mediterranean University of Trades, which the International School is promoting to enhance the traditional and local knowledge of the Mediterranean countries by supporting their networking and the organizing specialized training courses.
An example of innovative strategic project is the Mediterranean University of Craft and Trades, promoted by the International School to valorize traditional crafts and local knowledge of the Mediterranean countries through their articulation in network and different activities of specialized training.
Implementation of School branches in the countries
The school provides support to set up branches in interested countries, especially countries where cooperation programmes for territorial development are being implemented.The School’s branches provide technical assistance, identify innovations in the country, organize training activities, produce documentation, publications and other forms of knowledge dissemination on a permanent basis. They mobilize the most reputable institutions in the country, capitalize on the most qualitative contributions of international cooperation and
support their sustainability.While the Schools’s country branches are linked to its international structure, they have their own legal status that allows them to operate in the country and to have administrative autonomy. Each branch is led by its General Assembly made up of representatives of the Government, institutions, universities, public structures and private associations, international organizations working in the country, etc. At an operational level, each branch of the School has a permanent technical structure with a group of experts and support services. In this way, they are in constant dialogue with the authorities and social actors, are able to adapt to political and cultural changes, but also have the opportunity to ensure necessary operational continuity.