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Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece and Cyprus, seen with new eyes - from the sea. Art as a co-lab between Tikvah Breimer, Francesco Torresani, Mattia Leone (DiARC UNINA) and Lucas Rampazzo.

‘SouthSouth European Peer to Peer’ is our breeding ground for innovation - a space to listen, dialogue, share (mistakes, experimentations), exchange experiences, be inventive.

The idea for a South South European ‘Peer to Peer’ for university teachers, originates from the time that lockdowns started lifting, and we woke up to a new Europe in higher education. Does it make sense - to believe, the South is in the unique and optimal position to develop capacity, in the South? Might they have similar experiences, challenges and inventiveness?

We take our time to explore this well.

We approach the North and South of Europe without compartmentalising the regions, but rather seeing the fluidity of their borders, and exploring each other’s worlds, history, present experiences, needs, ideas and hopes. You can see this beautifully reflected in the graphic art created especially for the event, in which Lucas Rampazzo sees the South with new eyes, from the sea, and as a single borderless line.

Our focus in finding common ground is on (technical / pedagogical) teacher training of university teachers and South-South capacity development through hardcore listening, dialogue and peer exchange. 

To ground the exploration, our umbrella is in the technical field of architecture, urban planning, urbanism, climate.

We aspire to connect Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece (incl Cyprus), organically over time. We do so through our pilots, teacher training and clientwork.

The envisioned ‘Peer to Peer’ listening, exchange, dialogue exists of researchers and university teachers (which are not mutually exclusive and even seasonal).

Ours is an open-ended endeavour, which takes shape in the present tense, through our dialogues and pilots and exchange travels.

Why South-South
South-South refers to the initiative to ignite capacity development of university teachers that follows a two-way direction especially within the South of Europe itself (peer to peer exchange). Thereby the dialectic, the contradiction, the comparison, are not ignored but actively sought as a rich way to explore the boundaries of these worlds and their lived realities, worlds, histories, dreams.

Coming from an applied/practical and technical angle, a SouthSouth orientation can enhance our understanding of teacher training in this context, to integrate both its limitations and its qualities, and integrate them with inventiveness and innovation. Resonating with the realities and cultures of both the South and its universities is considered a priority.

It is a matter of finding the right angle with regard to the South-South initiative for capacity development of university teachers. Tension arises from the assumption of a homogeneity in the South. It risks losing the opportunity for heterogeneous networks where different ideas and solutions can be discovered. We must steer clear of zoning which creates differences instead of promoting broader tables.

On the other hand, there may be a niche that does not yet exist yet and could be tested using the South-South concept as a way for peer to peer exchange. This would shortcut interference from different contexts which would complicate the focus of the discussion. The assumption made is, then, that there is a homogeneity of characteristics, and that through this angle the subgroup is preserved in such a way that solutions to any issue can be discussed effectively. A critical point to bear in mind, is the difference between the north of the south, and the south of the south.

Who leads?
Blended operates as the lead of initiatives.

Curious? Passionate about higher education in the South of Europe too as a lecturer or specialist? About resilience, and teacher training in this context? Interested in partnering with us?

Feel free to connect Tikvah directly to make an appointment for a call 

We are here especially for you as unique professional, to come alongside you and partner with you, as you work on a (climate / urban / architecture) curriculum, so that you can offer effective and resilient education in all simplicity.

StudioBlended Foundation 2023

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