INSPIRED BY is a place where activists from all walks of life meet to build networks, inspire each other, and share their experiences of working with empowering civil society projects. During the four-day event, discussions, workshops, presentations and much more are held at different venues. At INSPIRED BY, what is essential is learning from each other regardless of nationality, language or organization membership.
Activists have gathered at INSPIRED BY (MediaBarCamp) since 2008. In 2017 INSPIRED BY community celebrated the 10th anniversary of annual activist event which main idea was to inquire the sources of inspiration and discuss on INSPIRED BY (Belarus) considering the retrospective of the event itself and its focuses’ evolution. From a strong focus towards media the event has shifted towards multisector cooperation and collaborative dialogue among different sectors’ activist.
Yet another decade of event is ahead with new goals and focuses. This year the annual activist’s meeting is INSPIRED BY where participants would have a chance to share their experience discussing on ideas, bigger picture of implemented projects and activities. The yearly activity cycle of the project is panned to be implemented in two segments: INSPIRED BY MBC international non-conference and post-MBC “INSPIRED BY MBC Goes Regional” where some of the participants will be invited to join to contribute and realize activities in their regions having focus to the fields of human rights, gender equality, environment, culture, media and politics.
What does INSPIRED BY mean? Inspired Belarus/Inspired BY you. Every activist is inspiring in some way, and we all inspire each other. We want to know where you, as an activist, look for inspiration for your activism. When taking action locally, activists create a ripple effect that could impact not just the community but the region, the country and maybe the whole world.
INSPIRED BY is a melting pot for activists from Belarus and their peers from Russia and other Eastern Partnership Countries. We share ideas, networks and encourage each other. Participants bring their experiences with them as they return home and use their inspiration to activate their communities. After INSPIRED BY participants are invited to join follow up programmes and contribute to the series of events in Belarus, realizing activities in their regions.
Inspired BY format ensures a dynamic profile that is never the same. This non-conference is highly interactive and organized by hundreds of participants on-site. INSPIRED BY creates an international sustainable platform for dialogue, platform for democracy activists from different spheres to engage in experience sharing and collaborative activities. Activists present their local projects and experiences, pooling democratic knowledge in a wide variety of innovative workshops, panel discussions and forums.
We want to hear about your vision, and what drives you to take action. How does your project fit in to a larger plan to improve your community, and what changes has it brought already? INSPIRED BY offers a space to build real, meaningful and sustainable relationships that can grow through shared values and common interests. Together we contribute to increasing empathy, breaking stereotypes and shaping a common language in local communities. Our vision is to see networks of critical communities emerge from this programme and support the impact of their ongoing efforts.
INSPIRED BY reminds us that we are not alone, and that democracy-driven activists from different countries and regions have access to a support network and a knowledge base that will help us succeed.
Do you want to be a part of INSPIRED BY? No one leaves INSPIRED BY uninspired.
Join the 12th “INSPIRED BY” (Inspired by Belarus / Inspired by Someone or Something) to experience all the energy, impulse and interconnection. Scoop up the power to push your community to positive changes!