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EVERYTHING YOU NEVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PROJECT LOGIC, BUT COULD BE OF USE FOR YOUR FUTURE

On Saturday,  25th od January, a workshop “Everything you never wanted to know about project logic that could be of use to you” was held for the participants of the 5th generation of the Creative Mentoring program. This workshop was first organized since the inception of the program and was created in response to the needs of mentees, who increasingly need the knowledge of designing and writing projects, which is nowadays necessary for almost all fields.

The workshop was hosted by Dr. Visnja Kisic, Co-Founder and Educational Advisor within Creative Mentoring, and Dr. Goran Tomka, alumni, and current mentor. Visnja and Goran teach at the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Policy and Management at the University of the Arts in Belgrade, and at several other universities in Serbia and abroad. They are active as researchers, practitioners, and educators in the fields of management, policy, and cultural and cultural heritage studies – who gladly relate to interests in politics, ecology, and philosophy.

Instead of a classic introduction to the workshop, Cherry and Goran decided to start the game with the play, by tossing, unwinding and wrapping the club but had the opportunity to present their ideal projects – both imaginary and those they work on. “Creative mentoring” values ​​networking as one of its core values ​​and activities, and in this way, through play, mentees have networked their ideas verbally and visually.

Subsequently, the project logic workshop was divided into three blocks. The first block focused on acquiring basic knowledge of project logic, from presenting the project matrix, through learning about the history of project logic, to identifying new trends in the field. This information block is complemented by examples of good and bad practice, where mentees analyzed and shared their opinions and conclusions.

The second and third part of the workshop focused on using the lessons learned on concrete examples, mentee projects. Four mentees presented their projects, and around these projects, teams were formed to analyze those projects through a project logic matrix. The goal was, through the analysis of concrete examples, to give the mentee more natural knowledge of logical tools and experience working in a project team. In this way, with the help of the team, as well as Visnja’s and Goran’s orientation, the mentees had the opportunity to discover the shortcomings and weaknesses of the proposed projects, as well as to more clearly identify and define their social significance.

The workshop ended with a short play, where mentions in pairs simulated conversation between donors and project proponents.

Photos from the workshop can be viewed here: