EVERYTHING YOU NEVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT PROJECT LOGIC, BUT COULD BE OF USE FOR YOUR FUTURE
On Saturday, 25th of January, a workshop “Everything you never wanted to know about project logic but could be of use to you” was held for the participants of the 5th generation of the “Creative Mentorship” program. This is the first time that we organize a workshop dedicated to this topic since the inception of the program. It represents the 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. Višnja Kisić, co-Founder and educational advisor within “Creative Mentorship”, and Dr. Goran Tomka, alumni mentee and mentor in the current cycle. Both of them 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 heritage studies – gladly relating them to their interests in politics, ecology, and philosophy.
Instead of a classic introduction to the workshop, Višnja and Goran decided to start with a simple game, by tossing, unwinding, and wrapping the ball of yarn while presenting their ideal projects – both imaginary and those they actually work on. Networking is one of the core values of “Creative mentorship” and this activity served for mentees to connect better through play.
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 matrices, 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 practices, where mentees analyzed and shared their opinions and conclusions.
The second and third parts of the workshop focused on using freshly gained knowledge on concrete examples and mentees’ projects. Four mentees presented their projects, and teams were formed around them in order to analyze them through a project logic matrix. The goal was 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 Višnja and Goran’s assistance, the participants had the opportunity to discover the shortcomings and weaknesses of the proposed projects, as well as to more recognize and define their social significance.
The workshop ended with a short game, where mentions in pairs simulated conversations between donors and project proponents.
You can see photos from the workshop below: