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Engaging with the Future

Engaging with the Future

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Our challenge

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).

Study format
Application period
20 December 2023 – 12 February 2024
Study period
19 February – 31 May 2024
Hosting university
University of Trento
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Learning outcomes


The capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties


International Cooperation

Collaboration between governments and organizations in which it is agreed to work together on similar objectives or strategies.


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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.

Hosting university

University of Trento

University of Trento

Challenge provider


Associated Partner

Linkoping University