Rural CODES is a project developed by 5 European organizations: Goteo and Amaltea (Spain), Elos Foundation (Netherlands), Ideen hoch Drei (Germany), and Terra dos Sonhos (Portugal).
During the week from September 26th to October 2nd, 20 participants will gather in an albergue in Collado Mediano to start this project that wants to explore around diversity, community building and social entrepreneurship, and how these areas interact and feed each other.

What are we going to do?

Develop a training program within the European Erasmus + framework. An intensive 7-day training based on the Oasis methodology, a community mobilization methodol that comes from Brazil and has been disseminated internationally. The training is for youngsters and youth and community workers living in rural or urban areas in Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Germany.

The participants of this training will deepen and work on finding solutions and thinking about proposals to strengthen the coexistence in diversity (cultural, social, generational, etc.) and to promote sustainable local development in rural contexts, empowering social entrepreneurship, that allows to improve the living conditions of the people living in rural areas, conserving the environment, looking to the future. An activity to work on personal development and the development of skills for collaborative social entrepreneurship.

The training is full-time and intercalates group activities with activities of direct interaction with the community. In addition to living the Oasis Game methodology, different spaces will be created for the exchange of experiences between participants and experiential training in different group dynamics (Art of Hosting, social technologies such as Open Space and World Café, circular dances, sustainable project design ..) . The applied methodology is learn by doing, and the content is co-created amongst the group of participants.
The Oasis Game is a unique methodology created by the Instituto Elos of Brazil to empower communities, transforming their environment and creating positive socio-environmental impacts. Promoting local community development in a participatory and fun way.

Where?

In the village of Collado Mediano, located at the Northwest of the Community of Madrid. It is located in the Sierra de Guadarrama, at 1032 meters, on the hills formed by Cerro del Castillo, Monterredondo and El Chaparral. It has a population of 6583 inhabitants.

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View of Collado Mediano

Collado Mediano is a lively village, with a diverse population, with many articulated groups and collectives, with a lot of potential and that could see in the Oasis an opportunity to boost, to put into value everything that already exists and fill it with even greater vitality. This place, like many others, faces challenges and obstacles for a sustainable livelihood.

The stay and meals are included during the week of the project. Participants and facilitators will stay together in a community space in the village. A space in nature, where to live and develop this collaborative project. The proposed activities will be carried out indoor and in direct interaction with the community of Collado Mediano.

When?

From September 26th to October 2nd, 2017.

Participants should plan their trip to arrive on the 25th in the afternoon and leave on day 3 in the morning. So we can enjoy 7 full days of training.

How does the OASIS methodology work?

Through the appreciative gaze and the search for opportunities, talents and knowledge, the spirit of cooperative social entrepreneurship is cultivated. It also strengthens the affective connections between the people taking part of the process, boosting the individual and collective empowerment and the idea that it is possible to generate social transformations from satisfactory experiences.

At the end of the experience, there’s a physical intervention performed in the space, through the collective participation of their habitants, meaning a real experience of how it is possible to unite different people in their highest aspirations.
The intervention consists in recovering an abandoned or degraded space, in the representation of their common dreams, what can be translated into parks, murals, gardens, outdoor furniture, cultural activities, …, building them with their own hands and hearts.

The constructed projects are an essential part of the methodology. They are opportunities for participants and members of the community to work together in a tangible and visible improvement. The experience of literally transforming a physical space in a short time leaves an indelible mark. For the community, this constructed spaces functions as a physical memory that they have the power and the ability to create a better future for themselves.

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Illustration by Instituto Elos

Through the metaphor of OASIS, it seeks to rescue the idea of ​satisfying ​places, full of joy, dreams, beauty, in accordance with our desires and aspirations. In spite of the wide “deserts” that spread through regions and communities throughout the planet, where social and / or environmental vitality has been destroyed, “oasis” appear as spaces of confidence where it is possible to recover collective action. In this way, the Oasis Game intends to create and expand these spaces, starting with a physical intervention in a neighborhood that promotes cooperation and participation, to continue extending these spaces to different areas and territories, expanding the idea that Change is possible, both individual and collective.
It is a flexible process that allows people to be involved in building the type of community, society and, finally, the world in which they want to live.
The Oasis Game is composed of a community of players considering a broad definition of community that involves various stakeholders such as; neighbors, NGOs and associations, local government, community leaders and companies, etc. These players create the Social Network; a space for dreams, talents, resources and solutions. Conceived to be carried out in a full cooperative way, so that we can all together do something in common, the Oasis proposes rules that allow the victory of all, without exceptions. In this scenario, the success of one depends on the success of the other.
The Oasis game is organized in the following seven steps:

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Instituto Elos

The Oasis game is a social technology developed by Instituto Elos in Brasil. has been played more than 500 times in 40 countries on four continents. In Europe; some of them have been carried out in London, Amsterdam, Berlin and Madrid.

About us?

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Local Organizers:
Cooperativa Goteo: Based in Madrid. It develops its work in the areas of ecology, community development and social entrepreneurship. They are members of the GSA Madrid group since its formation.

Red Amaltea: Association of professionals network working in the field of facilitation of groups and organizations, community development initiatives and educational ecology.

GSA Madrid: It’s a group of people and social entities, mainly cooperatives, that come together to bring the work of the Oasis methodology and the Elos Philosophy to Spain. In close relationship with the Instituto Elos Brazil, founders of the methodology. They have six years of experience with Oasis in Spain.

Core Group in Collado Mediano: A group of neighbors and neighbors of Collado Mediano that are collaborating in the preparation of the project, to host the Oasis in the town.

International Partners:
Elos Foundation: A European entity based in the Netherlands that promotes the principles, philosophy and practice of the Oasis Game methodology and Elos Philosophy in Holland and other European countries.

Ideen Hoch Drei: Is a German organization that has a network of social entrepreneurs in different areas: social, environmental, cultural, etc. Through collaborative work and network, they enhance the training and the impact of the projects carried out by its members.

Terra dos Sonhos: Is a Portuguese non-profit organisation works to address the lack of awareness in society about the importance of emotional health in everyone’s general well being and health and the urgency to give people with a fragile emotional/mental health the necessary tools to manage it.