Participatory Action Research for Positive Change

Tips voor het faciliteren van online focusgroepen

Corona daagt ons uit in onze actieonderzoeken. Met name als we focusgroepen willen faciliteren, waarbij meerdere mensen dus bij elkaar komen, lopen we tegen allerlei uitdagingen aan. Gelukkig hebben we het wereldwijde web, dat ons in staat stelt om op afstand toch in groepen...

Meet Action Researcher Wilma

De burger centraal “De oplossing zoeken tussen de financiële kaders, in de samenwerking” Wilma van der Vlegel (52) is er stellig over: oplossingen voor zorg en welzijn beginnen niet in een ziekenhuis, maar in de wijk. “Juist dáár kun je mensen in beweging brengen...

Alice

Meet Action Researcher Alice

Looking for solutions together with the community “Just the right balance between science and practice!” Alice Grasveld is what you call a centipede. She is an independent dental hygienist, medical anthropologist and teacher. She combines all this with various oral care projects in developing...

7Senses first published book!

Finally – it’s here! By the end of January the manual Participatory Action Research – Working together for  a better world – was finally published, by SWP Publisher in Amsterdam. The manual, written by Madelon Eelderink, founder of 7Senses, offers practical guidelines for the...

My decennium in a nutshell…

We’ve just ended a decennium… Thinking about it, I see myself back at the beginning of the ‘10’s’ in Cameroon, where I coordinated a few projects for a Dutch ngo. One of those was a water project, installing a waterpump in a small village...

My action research in Lesvos

By Julia Ertl, May 10th 2019 My last week of action research here in Lesvos, Greece started today! My action research focuses on the question: How can refugees visiting and working in the community center ‘One Happy Family’ feel more included and comfortable at...

Agnites Vrolik Award

7Senses Founder Madelon Eelderink nominated for Agnites Vrolik Award!

The Agnites Vrolik Award 2018 is an initiative of UtrechtUniversity to reward the one who’s (scientific) work has the most impact on society. The prize: €25.000,- to be spent on science. 7Senses Founder Madelon Eelderink is nominated for this award! The award will be given out on...

Sustainable Tourism Challenge

Terugblik op de Sustainable Tourism Challenge: samen is alles is mogelijk!

Gastblog door Geertje Lavrijssen, Challenge Coordinator van de Sustainable Tourism Challenge Het is tweede kerstdag en we naderen het eind van 2018, een tijd om terug te blikken op het afgelopen jaar en de activiteiten en gebeurtenissen die hebben mogen plaatsvinden op gebied van duurzaam toerisme....

DE OVERHEID VAN DE TOEKOMST: ACTIEONDERZOEK

Gastblog van Bas Rosenbrand Soms komen de antwoorden gewoon op je pad. In dit geval was het antwoord: Madelon en actieonderzoek. Het begon vorig jaar, toen we landelijke en lokale verkiezingen hadden. Ik stem meestal niet. Niet omdat ik tegen democratie ben, maar omdat ik...

Evaluating the outcome of the Street Angels Challenge: the Street Angels Slum Festival!

I jumped on Asuman’s ‘boda boda’ as if the last time I sat on such Ugandan motorbike was just yesterday. He brought me straight to the hectic center of Kampala, where I was going to meet Dan Sentamu to evaluate the outcome of the...

Women Empowerment Challenge: Looking back

In early 2017, the researchers and I were busy collecting data for the challenge in Kisii. I felt the same excitement and sense of curiosity that motivated the previous Female Rights Challenge, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was mesmerizing to learn something new every...

7Senses wins pith contest

7Senses wins pitch contest

On November 27th, Seats2Meet celebrated its 10th anniversary. This day was celebrated with all kind of activities aimed at the rapidly changing and dynamic society and connect each other’s networks more intensively. One of the activities was a pitch contest in which you had...

Healthy Teeth Challenge

Healthy Teeth Challenge wins AUV-Alumni prize 2017

Alice Grasveld’s Healthy Teeth Challenge won the AUV-alumni prize 2017! She and her team co-created and implemented together with local people in Mfuleni slum, Cape Town a programme to sustainably improve oral health for kids, thereby improving school enrollment and -performance. I had the...

What is women empowement?

Here I am, in Kisii, Kenya, working on an issue that everyone agrees is important, but no one seems able to define: “Women Empowerment”. What is Women Empowerment? English-language dictionaries equate “empowerment” with liberation, emancipation, inspiration, encouragement, confidence-building and equality. Bilingual dictionaries, however, often...

Participatory Action Research in development cooperation: 5 differences to top-down approaches

7Senses strongly believes that Participatory Action Research (PAR) increases the quality of development cooperation worldwide. PAR adapts to any local situation, empowering communities to tackle their most pressing issues ‘community up’. Let us show you the five most significant differences between traditional forms of top-down...

Never say never

Phyllis Livaha is Coordinator of the Female Rights Challenge in Kenya. She conducts PAR for her PhD at the Erasmus University College. For 7Senses she writes blogs about the progress of the project. ‘Never say never’ is her very first blog. Read more about...

Healthy Cooking Challenge wins Albert Schweitzer prize!

Vera van Rijn, participant of the Healthy Cooking Challenge, pitched the project that was developed out of this Challenge, an action research conducted during summer 2015 in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. The project already made remarkable results, now sealed with the Albert Schweitzer...

Job opportunities @7Senses Academy

I know how hard it can be to find a job in the development sector. During and after my study International Public Health I wrote apply letter after apply letter, no success… There were too little jobs and way too many people applying for...

Working @ Seats2Meet.com

It’s hard sometimes, you know. Each day at 17.00 o’clock, they are forced to sweep me out with the rest of the rubbish. I can’t blame them. I’m part of the furniture nowadays. This morning at the reception they even said they could hear me coming in...