Training course "What connects us? Communication: Back to the Basics" in Portugal
Project was organized by Núcleo de Inclusão, in the city of Guimarães, Portugal, on the topic of Basics of communication.
Participants dove into the discussion - what is communication? We communicate every day and yet we do not really think about it, at least we don't think about it in a way many other people do - blind, deaf, people with speech impairment, autistic people or people who have other struggles in their life, that make communication harder.
Yes, we all know that people need to be more inclusive, but how can we really include people when we don't know about their struggles. Well, this is when this project showed us how, and told us how we can help to better include different people. This project was five days of trying to understand and learn about different ways that basic communication is used
and how we can perfect it, so no one feels left out, or otherwise left with a feeling of being a weight on society's shoulders.
Professionals from their areas came to show and talk about how and what devices, materials or things they use to help people communicate with each other. People who, for example, were autistic themselves talked about their experiences that sometimes are labeled as "taboo" or topics that people wish not to talk about. Everyone opened up as they wanted to
know more about the given topic, or they just wanted to share their ideas or questions.
Yet communication is far more than just the idea of "basic communication". Participants also had workshops in the field of advertising - how it works, what are some good examples and the meaning behind the given advertisements. What message and how can we send a message through a picture or video, and how it then affects us. People showed each other different campaigns from their countries and talked about the deeper meanings behind the campaigns and advertisements.
Working with these topics with people across Europe was very eye opening, as it only human, that if you grow up in one country, study in that given country and also work in that one country, that it's not easy to get outside perspective and learn how people are doing those exact things in different countries, but at the same time, they do those exact things differently. Again, what connects us? It's the basics of communication, that connects us, the basic human interactions - as humans we want to talk to one and another, we want to discover and learn new things, and with this project that Núcleo de Inclusão organized in Guimarães, Portugal, people had the chance to try and overcome some language barriers and connect with each other, through the basic communication techniques.
Of Course every project has it's fun side, so did this. People from 10 different countries spent their evenings dining outside and going on a walks in the city, to share their ideas and expand their horizons. Fierce table football battles were fought, and let's just say that Italians and Spanish people might not always be the best at football... Also as this project was about communication, it turned out some people felt more connected with some people than others, and made connections that might even last for a lifetime - while writing this, the author can confirm that he is traveling out of country to meet with people and continue sharing the ideas, as it felt that projects like these can teach everyone something new and also teach everyone something about other people.
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