SOI-128 Ch.1-Engaging with the future

Application deadline: January 31, 2024
Application deadline: January 31, 2024 (you will be redirected to the ECIU website)


Challenge provider Mazingira Association
Instructor Francesca Odella, Martin Fredriksson (Linkoping University, Sweden)
Period Spring Semester
Application deadline January 31, 2024
Challenge Engaging with the future


During the learning activity, participants will explore how NGOs and global organizations approach solutions to environmental and social resilience in a changing geopolitical environment; they will explore critical approaches to international cooperation projects and collaborate to project works developing future scenarios for the social and political aspects of sustainability goals at international levels. During the kick-off week in presence in Trento participants will take part in meetings, seminars and cultural activities in collaboration with NGOs and local institutions, supported by ERASMUS short mobility grants. In the following weeks, participants will attend online seminars and group meetings and coordinate their projects with the support of a faculty coach; the final projects will be presented publicly at the closing ceremony of the challenge, hosted at Norrkoping Campus, Linkoping University (LIU).

The challenge

The future of international cooperation relies on developing new forms of active involvement of EU citizens and institutions, as much as methods that allow communities to innovate their socio-technical approach to resources and their overall distribution. Specifically, the global economic situation and the evolution of the geopolitical arena stimulate small and medium organizations to situate themselves differently than in the past, both in terms of external accountability and internal goal-setting. These changes are also facing our challenge provider, a small NGO working on environmental protection and social inclusion in Italia and Tanzania. After a long experience in the implementation of SDGs with participatory and community activities, Mazingira is searching for innovative ways to involve citizens and institutions and has given us the spring for this challenge. In accordance with this view, our participants will discuss the aims of international cooperation with the support of experts and teamchers, and explore the topic adopting a future-oriented and culturally-informed perspective.


The planned duration of the Challenge is 10 weeks (including one kick-off week and excluding a week of Easter vacations). The learning program includes online and in-presence seminars/lectures and coaching sessions in English, for a total of 12 hrs seminars and 6 hrs coaching/tutoring. Participants will attend seminars and meetings, and discuss their learning outcomes (learning diary, short reports) during the coaching sessions; they will be organized in small groups of international and multidisciplinary students and collaborate to the development of a shared project, according to the guidelines of the Challenge.

The kick-off week in presence (4 to 8 of March 2024) will be hosted in Trento and involve seminars and cultural activities in collaboration with NGOs, supported by ERASMUS short mobility grants. The final presentation of the projects is held in a hybrid session (13 to 17 May 2024), organized by Linkoping university. Seminars, other learning activities and coaching sessions are held in English language; a dedicated online area will store recorded seminars, readings and learning material for individual study and group collaborative projects.


The challenge is organized in a BIP format, thus ensuring that participants can benefit from Erasmus+ short term mobility financial support. Please consult your home university for further information on mobility support via the contact form

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the problem, the challenge provider and the challenge itself by gathering information in creative ways
  • Work effectively in multidisciplinary and multinational teams
  • Develop and strengthen futures literacy among young EU citizens
  • Elaborate and discuss areas of critical importance for international  cooperation at the EU and global level
  • Formulation of projects in collaboration with NGOs and community representatives

Application deadline: January 31, 2024