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Spykens engagerade elever arbetar hårt under Wake-Up Calls workshop 'Redesign the World'

Spykens engagerade elever arbetar hårt under Wake-Up Calls workshop ‘Redesign the World’

Hösten är här, vilket betyder lite mer kyla och mörkret varje dag, mer också ett nytt spännande skolår och nya roliga projekt med Wake-Up Call. Det händer saker nästan varje vecka. Vi började hösten med en rivstart då vi genomförde en Klimat Kick-Off på Stockholm Regions Internationella Skola i mitten av september, där även fantastiska Lorentz Tovatt medverkade. Några veckor senare besökte vi Lund, där vi körde samma koncept på FN-gymnasieskola Spyken. Både eleverna och deras lärarna tyckte att vår föreläsning var mycket inspirerande, vilket glädjade oss oerhört mycket. Nu i helgen medverkar vi på Miljötingen i Gävle där vi kommer att träffa gymnasieelever från olika skolor i Dalarna och Gävleborg och peppa dem inför kommande Global Climate March i slutet av november.

Vi lyckades nominera tre unga svenska delegater från gymnasieskolor i Stockholm och i Ängelholm till en stor europeisk konferens om klimatlösningar, som arrangerades i Paris av Europaparlamentet. Och snart kommer ännu större grupper svenska gymnasieelever att resa till COY11 i Paris – ett stödprojekt för skolor som Wake-Up Call har drivit i Sverige sedan i våras.

Det blir fler resor till gymnasieskolor i Sverige och till klimatkonferenser för ungdomar utomlands (så som Power Shift Ukraina i slutet av november, till exempel) under kommande två månaderna. Det är fantastiskt att se hur starkt klimatengagemanget växer i Sverige och i hela världen!

squad_sans_eyeOch redan nästa vecka, den 5:e november, tack vare ett mycket bra samarbete med Studiefrämjandet i Gästrikland och dess projekt Café Planet kommer en ny upplagan av vårt eget utbildningskoncept, ‘Wake-Up Squad’ av stapel i Gävle, där Wake-Up Call kommer att facilitera en aktivitetsserie med stadens ungdomar kring ämnen klimat, miljö, integration och hållbar utveckling. Det blir spännande, roligt och lärorikt!

Class Trip to the Climate Summit in Paris?

Would you like your class to go on an exciting and educating trip to the UN Climate Summit in Pari (COP21)?
On November 27–29th a youth climate conference (COY11) is taking place in connection with the UN climate talks. Wake-Up Call is offering to help your school with preparation before the trip, finding accommodation in Paris and with participation in the youth conference itself.

Participants of the youth climate conference in Warsaw 2013

Participants of the youth climate conference in Warsaw 2013

In the past 10 years we have participated in a number of climate conferences for the youth, organised on the sidelines of the COPs: in 2005 in Montréal, in 2008 in Poznań, and in 2009 in Copenhagen. We also helped over 100 Swedish high-school students from three different schools to prepare for and participate in COY9 in Warsaw in November 2013.

This year a historical climate meeting COP21 is taking place in Paris, where a new global climate treaty is expected to be negotiated and signed. In connection with the summit a youth conference will also be held in Paris, where young people from all over the world will gather to work together, learn more about the international climate politics, exchange experiences and influence politicians from their own countries to take their responsibility for a sustainable and climate-safe future.

Wake-Up Call has an opportunity to support your school with practical aspects of the class trip and help your students prepare for an active participation in COY11. For more information please contact us as info@wakeupcall.se

Kick-off with Ekolibria at Uppsala University

This Sunday Wake-Up Call headed to Uppsala to join forces with Ekolibria – an Uppsala university-based student organisation that aims to spread knowledge on sustainable development to enhance the young generations’s ability to participate in the creation of a more sustainable future. Sounds quite similar to Wake-Up Call’s own mission, doesn’t it? So it was only natural that we held a joint kick-off at Uppsala University.

Wake-Up Call’s representatives and nine eager Ekolibrians met to exchange ideas, share presentations and simply to get to know each other better over the tasty home-made vegetarian dishes that Ekolibria’s members prepared for the kick-off. In the afternoon Wake-Up Call facilitated ‘Redesign the World’ workshop, helping Ekolibria to develop plans and ideas for the spring semester.

All of us at Wake-Up Call are very exited to have made this wonderful connection with like-minded people. You’ll hear more about our practical cooperation with Ekolibria soon enough!

New Year for Wake-Up Call and New Partner Joining

Hello everyone!

Wake-Up Call is waking-up from its winter sleep and gearing up for a great new year ahead!

This weekend we held a kick-off event at the Young Innovation Hub in Stockholm to make plans and strategies for a new chapter in Wake-Up Call’s life.

Over the past six years we at Wake-Up Call have been experimenting and growing, developing and implementing new successful forms of youth engagement for groups big and small, in schools and universities, at youth conferences and NGOs, in Sweden and abroad. The last two years have been particularly successful in terms of scale and ambition of our projects. That’s why we feel confident that now is the right time to re-establish our solid presence in Sweden, expand to neighbouring countries, and to scale-up the impact of our projects.

To help put this new vision into reality we have a new managing partner joining the company in 2015: Katharina Stark. In the course of the next few weeks she is going to take over the executive leadership of the company and assume the role of a new co-director – meaning running day-to-day operations of Wake-Up Call and making sure that the company is running smoothly and growing in a sustainable and healthy way. Oleg Izyumenko, the original co-founder and an executive director of the past six years will remain onboard as a Senior Partner, helping Katharina with administrative tasks and contributing to strategic planning. Oleg will be especially involved during this period of transition, handing over the contacts, partnerships, as well as the institutional memory and accumulated knowledge of Wake-Up Call.

Katharina Stark and Oleg Izyumenko

Katharina and Oleg

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Intensive and fun days at Nya Malmö Latin with ‘Young Ideas for Europe’

Students are working hard on a political manifesto for sustainable future

Students are working hard on a political manifesto for sustainable future © IFOK GmbH

It’s half-way into the project week with ‘Young Ideas for Europe’ and so far we have had tonnes of new information that the participants absorbed from expert presentations, videos, and watching the live stream of 24 Hours of Reality“, organised by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. At this very moment the students of Nya Malmö Latin are creating their political manifestos for the role-play, as well as working on their own positive vision for the energy and climate policies in Europe in the next 15 years that will be delivered to EU’s top politicians in Brussels in a month from now.

We all learn new things every day. Not only the students, but the facilitators as well. Together we are doing the math and asking critical questions, trying to make peace with the fact that there are no definite answers, but only a definite direction we need to go, and an overwhelming sense of urgency to follow a sustainable path.

On the project’s first day on Monday we had one of the lead authors of the IPCC’s latest assessment report, professor Markku Rummukainen, joining us at the school and delivering a brilliant and well-balanced presentation. Tuesday was filled with politics, inspiringly presented by Lorenz Tovatt, a spokesperson of the Swedish Young Greens, and Anna Bengtsson from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Positive visions for Swedish and European climate and energy policies were brainstormed in the afternoon of the second day. Wednesday marked the start of the two-days long role-play.

It’s half-way through the project week of ‘Young Ideas for Europe’ at Nya Malmö Latin, but only a starting point for these young people’s engagement with climate politics. And we are there with them to support them on every step along this way towards a climate-safe, prosperous, and just world for all.

Det kokar på Ungdomstinget i Västerås

På ungdomstinget kommer elever från skolor i Västmanland på lösningar på framtidens utmaningar

På ungdomstinget kommer elever från skolor i Västmanland på lösningar på framtidens utmaningar

Om du befann dig i centrala Västerås idag och tyckte att det var mycket varmare än vanligt kan jag tala om för dig att det var kulturhuset Växthuset som kokade. Ca 120 gymnasieungdomar från Västmanland hade samlats på Ungdomstinget för hållbar utveckling, ett projekt råddat av Förbundet Agenda 21 tillsammans med Västerås stad, Länsstyrelsen i Västmanland och Landstinget Västmanland. Vi i Wake-Up Call var inbjudna att hålla hov större delen av dagen!

Agenda 21 har skapat ett studiematerial om klimat- och energifrågor som kallas för Vett & Watt. Mycket av just det här Ungdomstinget handlade om vår energianvändning – om vad energi är och var den kommer ifrån, hur vi kan minska vår energianvändning och vilka alternativ till traditionella energikällor det finns.

Wake-Up Calls Lovisa föreläser Youth Climate Action

Wake-Up Calls Lovisa föreläser Youth Climate Action

Efter ett par faktaspäckade föreläsningar på morgonen entrade Wake-Up Calls Lovisa scenen med föreläsningen Youth Climate Action. Youth Climate Action misslyckas aldrig med att blåsa nytt liv i sin inte sällan ganska klimatuppgivna publik. Föreläsningen är fullspäckad av peppiga filmer och exempel på vad ungdomar gör runt om i världen och i Sverige för att förändra och förbättra världen – utifrån sina förutsättningar som ungdomar där de lever. Jag blir alltid lika taggad av att få se och höra andra berätta om hur de engagerar sig och organiserar projekt, hur de lyckas engagerar hela skolor och samhällen där de bor med kreativa och roliga idéer. Det ska vara kul att engagera sig!

Youth Climate Action följdes i vanlig ordning av vår Redesign the World-workshop. I Redesign the World får ungdomarna äntligen själva tänka. Nu är det dags att dela med oss av våra verktyg för att förändra världen. Med våra verktyg ser och och lär sig ungdomarna hur lätt det är att omvandla idéerna i deras huvuden till verklighet. De ser att det går, att vägen dit är överskådlig och – viktigast av allt – att den är riktigt, riktigt rolig.

För vet ni en sak? Världen är påhittad. Ni som har sett filmen Matrix är med mig. Allting i världen, alla länder, alla religioner, alla partier och alla lagar och regler är påhittade av människor med idéer. Det jag försöker förmedla på workshopgolvet är att alla som har fattat detta kan förändra världen. Alla som har insett detta simpla – att allt i världen en gång startade som en idé hos en sådan som du och jag – kan göra precis vad den vill. Det handlar om att våga hitta på och göra, och att föreställa sig vägen dit framför sig.

Sofi, Lovisa och Maja, dagens workshopledare från Wake-Up Call

Sofi, Lovisa och Maja, dagens workshopledare från Wake-Up Call

I skrivande stund sitter jag på SJ:s snabbtåg från Stockholm hem till Lund. Att dra iväg någonstans i Sverige mitt i tentaplugget och få föreläsa med Wake-Up Call och träffa alla ungdomar och lyssna på deras galna, innovativa, fantastiska idéer är världens energiboost. Tidernas bästa extraknäck! Tack för mig.

/ Maja Cronert

Action plans and inspiration ahead of the class trip to Warsaw

‘Redesign the World’ in the afternoon helped create new ideas for implementation in Malmö, at Nya Malmö Latin, and in Warsaw

‘Redesign the World’ in the afternoon helped create new ideas for implementation in Malmö, at Nya Malmö Latin, and in Warsaw

On October 17th Wake-Up Call’s representatives Malin, Lovisa and Johline held an inspirational kick-off for those sixty students of a model school for sustainability in Malmö, Nya Malmö Latin, who will go to the Conference of Youth (aka Power Shift Central and Eastern Europe) that will take place just before COP19 in Warsaw. Thursday morning was filled with inspiration and information, while the afternoon gave space for action planning and to form new ideas for a better world.

The end of the day was just the beginning for many students. Many new ideas, thoughts and new inspiration were born, when the “Power Teams” that we created presented their ideas in front of the rest of the students. Project ideas that were developed during the day can all be implemented in reality, and many of the group were eager to push these ideas forward in their school. We at Wake-Up Call are really looking forward to see how these ideas will be accepted by the school’s management and how they will be implemented in the school. It was also fantastic to talk to enthusiastic teachers who were confident in their students’ capacity to take these ideas forward and actually make something real out of them. Another great day in Malmö!

Aktionsplaner och inspiration inför klassresan till Warszawa

‘Redesign the World’ under eftermiddagen resulterade i nya idéer för att ta vidare i Malmö, på Nya Malmö Latin och i Warszawa

‘Redesign the World’ under eftermiddagen resulterade i nya idéer för att ta vidare i Malmö, på Nya Malmö Latin och i Warszawa

Den 17:e oktober höll Wake-Up Calls representanter Malin, Lovisa och Johline en inspirationsdag och “klimat-kick-off” för de sextio elever på Naturskyddsföreningens modellgymnasieskola Nya Malmö Latin som kommer att åka till Conference of Youth (aka Power Shift Central and Eastern Europe), som ska ske strax innan COP19 i Warszawa. Förmiddagen fylldes med inspiration och information medan eftermiddagen var ett tillfälle för aktion och att forma sina idéer för en bättre värld.

Dagens slut var för många en början på nya tankar, idéer och ny inspiration, när de Power-Teams som vi format presenterade sina idéer framför resten av grupperna. Projektidéerna som togs fram under dagen är alla genomförbara och flera av grupperna var ivriga att ta idéerna vidare i skolan. Vi på Wake-Up Call ser fram emot att vittna hur det tas emot av skolledning och hur det implementeras av skolan. Det var också kul att prata med engagerade lärare som var mån om att eleverna skulle kunna ta sina idéer och tankar vidare och faktiskt skapa någonting av det. En annan lyckad dag i Malmö!

Sustainability Week in Huddinge with Wake-Up Call

Johline delivers her presentation to one of the school classes in Huddinge

Johline delivers her presentation to one of the school classes in Huddinge

This whole week Wake-Up Call is busy at the event called Sustainability Week that takes place in an area of Stockholm called Huddinge. Our trainee Tova Melin started the week and delivered her inspirational talk to six out of fifteen school classes participating in the event. From the middle of the week I, Johline Lindholm, took the stage and since Wednesday I’m doing presentations and discussing with the students.

This year Huddinge Sustainability Week is about sustainable consumption. In Swedish language “handla hållbart” can be interpreted in two ways: to consume sustainably and to act sustainably. And I chose to focus on the second one when preparing my presentation.

Coming to Huddinge in the morning I have been welcomed by a projector and speakers and the first thing I did was to try the speakers by turning up the volume listening to Save the World Tonight with Swedish House Mafia and this has been my theme song this week. Every time I interact with an audience like this, I always learn new things and the best feeling for me is when they are asking questions and also when they are questioning what I say. This shows me that they are focused and that they are thinking and this always makes me think one more time myself and I always learn something.

I am looking forward to starting my Friday by pumping up the volume on the speakers and preparing myself for questions and questioning.

Happy Johline accepts a certificates for the eight trees planted in Wake-Up Call's name

Happy Johline accepts a certificates for the eight trees planted in Wake-Up Call's name

Update from Friday: As a little “thank-you” the organisers of the Sustainability Week donated money to one of Wake-Up Call’s favourite projects, an agroforestry initiative Vi-Skogen. Now eight more trees will be planted around the lake Victoria in Eastern Africa in Wake-Up Call’s name, awesome!

Training Course at JENSEN Södra

Oleg talks about Wake-Up Call’s approach to teaching social entrepreneurship to youths

Oleg talks about Wake-Up Call’s approach to teaching social entrepreneurship to youths

After three days of Wake-Up Call’s Nordic Retreat Emilia and I were given the opportunity to join and assist Oleg on a mission to inspire and train a core group of teachers at JENSEN Södra in Stockholm.

The first day was dedicated to discussions about motivating and engaging students in a classroom setting. In the afternoon Wake-Up demonstrated its concept of the inspirational kick-off that we offer to high schools around Sweden. The second day was an express training in the method of Public Narrative – creating a sense of purpose and motivation through the power of story-telling.

My first impression when we arrived at JENSEN Södra was that the teachers looked so happy! Then I became even more excited about the coming two-days training than I was before. It just makes my day when I start my morning with meeting smiling people!

After the introduction round with expectations and overview of the two coming days Oleg presented Wake-Up Call and its approach to teaching social entrepreneurship and invoking a sense of leadership in young people. I instantly got this warm feeling inside: this is just what I want to spend my time doing! To make young people see their own great potential to become change-makers, to give them support to make their ideas real. Just do it!

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