Biodiversa‘s head and projects coordinator, Esther Vallado, contributed to the conference by leading a session on «transformative learning for sustainable living» during the second day of the gathering.
IYNF (International Young Naturefriends), is an international organisation bringing together Young Naturefriends and their organisations accross Europe. It was established in 1975 and currently has 19 member organisations. With more than 120.000 young members organised in over a thousand local groups, it is one of the major European youth organisations. Every year they celebrate a Networking Conference. This year’s theme was «Urban Outdoors – Resilient Cities, Resilient Youth!», and the conference took place in the Italian Naturefriends house «Il Vile», in the heart of the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany.
Biodiversa was there sharing expertise, through a whole morning session on «transformative learning for sustainable living» lead by Esther Vallado, the head and projects coordinator. Through a role-game, she made participants experience an encounter between two civilizations, activity which she then used to explain the basic concepts leading to transformative learning, to then link it to sustainable living in a very logical way.
Esther triggered participants senses, feelings and thoughts using different means and methodologies, and we were only sorry there was not enough time for discussion at the end. Many fruitful conversations around this theme came up spontaneously after this session, though, making good use of the available free time together until the end of the conference and hopefully even further.
The rest of the conference was all about getting to know each other, knowledge and skills sharing, planning, discovering, and food tasting! The Annual Meeting of IYNF took place right after the Conference, in the nearby historical town of Volterra, starring a newly elected presidium, the acceptation of one new member organisation from Latvia «Homo Ecos», also partner of Biodiversa in some projects, the ratification of Sarka Bambasova as the new Secretary General since the beginning of this year and the re-election of Vanessa Hofeditz as president.
Biodiversa has requested membership to IYNF and its application is currently being reviewed. We will keep you informed about that!
Click here to read about the result of Biodiversa’s application for membership with IYNF:
Click here to read the feedback about the «transformative learning» workshop: