E-motive is Elos Foundation's first partner, and one of the most dedicated and long-lasting. Bound together by a belief that there's an abundance of solutions in the world for our social challenges, especially coming from the global South, Elos and E-motive have been walking a path for 5 years creating a new awareness around international collaboration.
Learning from Brasil
E-motive was the first supporter of bringing the Brazilian methodology of the Oasis Game to the Netherlands in 2010, proving that a method that positively impacts Brazilian favelas can work and contribute to social cohesion in Dutch communities. By giving that initial spark, Elos Foundation has been making that belief and idea of reversing the international cooperation paradigm a reality, by growing the amount of local actions in Holland and training a group of professionals in applying the succesful Brazilian methodology.
In the spring of that year the E-motive network gave the opportunity to a group of young social entrepreneurs to go to Brazil and to test to see if the work of Instituto Elos in Brazil could be brought to Holland to work on strengthening the social fabric in our highly diverse urban communities. After being trained in Brazil a group of volunteers and professionals mobilized this community of ‘de kleine wereld’ in Amsterdam north. In a place where people seemed to live in separation, the most heard voice was that of curiousity about their neighbours and other cultures. Collectively the community created in this first exchange a mural with flags of all nations present and a community garden. This first test of applying the Brazilian methodology showed that the outcome was more than the physical result, it was also the building of an intercultural bridge build.
Expanding our local and international networks
After this first experience there was a whole lot of positive response that lead to more interest of people to go to Brazil and experience this first hand. In the years that followed the E-motive network expanded to Spain and Poland and supported similar training and execution of local projects based on the Brazilian methodology in Barcelona and Madrid, collaborating with Altekio/GSA Madrid. In 2014 the local E-motive partner supported a similar exchange of local social entrepreneurs to Brazil and helped get the Elos team to Spain. One of the main projects was an Oasis training hosted in Barcelona, giving another strong impulse in growing the movement in Spain; http://oasistrainingbcn.blogspot.com.es/
E-mpulse game: from south-north to worldwide
In 2015 Elos Foundation, Instituto Elos Brazil and GSAMadrid developed and executed under this program the E-mpulse game. The E-mpulse Game is an on- and offline incubation challenge to support a selected group of social initiators to build partnerships developing their ideas, dreams and projects that will change the world. By taking on 5 challenges on the game platform over the last months, they are supported in building a powerful plan and an irresistible partnership proposal.
35 participants from 12 countries on 4 continents took the opportunity to build cross-border projects, based on the same experience Elos Foundation and Altekio/GSAMadrid had. The E-mpulse game started june 15th and ran until half november and was closed with a festival in Madrid. In Madrid 18 players from around the world presented 15 interlocal projects that are currently being put into action.
4 exchanges to Brazil – 47 people trained
3 exhanges to Europe – 32 people trained – 250 community members
Empulse game, 35 participants, 15 projects in 12 countries
The E-mpulse game started on June 15th, ran until mid-November and was closed with a festival in Madrid. In Madrid, 18 players from around the world presented 15 interlocal projects that are currently being put into action
Get in touch with the E-mpulse game team via:
Elos Foundation; firstname.lastname@example.org
GSA Madrid; Marta.email@example.com
Instituto Elos; Val@institutoelos.org