Ode to Joy

Developing Attunement through the Experience of Joy

 

Ode to Joy aims to increase the ability of people to experience positive emotions and to use these as evaluative perceptions, evaluative feelings and patterns of salience, to create a higher level of intrinsic motivation for learning and for recognition of their competences, both in their professional and in their personal life.

 

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About the Project

JOY is a 30 months European project which started in November 2021, funded by the Erasmus + programme and coordinated by Rogers Foundation for Person-Centered Education.

The project activities will be implemented throughout 4 different European countries: Hungary, Italy, Austria and Germany.

The project is addressed to NEETs and Adult Educators, using experience-based methods, such as drama, bodywork, dance, music, symbolwork, storytelling, nature work, together with more formal VPL (Valuation of prior learnings) methods and CH-Q procedure, making the outcomes of non-formal and informal learning visible and recognized / validated.

PROJECT DURATION

01/11/2021 – 30/04/2024

The project is funded by the European Commission under
the ERASMUS+ programme – Cooperation Partnership in Adult Education

THE OBJECTIVES

To increase the ability of people to experience pleasant emotions like joy, happiness, contentment, pride at work and in their lives

To use these as evaluative perceptions, evaluative feelings and patterns of salience

To create a higher level of intrinsic motivation for learning and for recognition of their competences, both in their professional and in their personal life.

Target Groups

EMPTY

Adult Educators and multipliers in adult education (validation experts, counsellors, artists)

Acquiring techniques of different art forms (drama, dance, symbolwork, etc.). These tools can be used by the educators to increase their clients’ / participants’ life satisfaction, to enhance their motivation in general and specifically at the workplace, their positive attitude, their self-confidence and self-awareness; at the same time, the tools will also help strengthening the resilience of people in difficult situations.

NEETs, Adults and Young adults

People who feel disconnected from the formal educational system and having difficulties in joining the labour market. The developed instruments will be able to connect with the deeper layers of a person (invisible knowledge and skills, social roles, self-image, personal characteristics, motives, and underlying positive emotions) and use the positive emotions to make them visible and connect them with recognizable demands form companies/organisations, through valuation of prior learning.

Artists

People who want to develop their professional scope (pantomime masters, music teachers, actors, clowns, etc.), acquiring new methodologies to be used in their daily work, thus improving and enriching their professional practice and expertise.

Other Stakeholders

Policy makers in education, educational institution leaders, academics, etc., members of adult educators’ networks, to disseminate the project results and promote the use of positive psychology and recognition of competences acquired in non-formal and informal settings for strengthening employability and participation of NEETs.

What is JOY?

What is JOY?

JOY is only one of the emotions – a basic emotion, however somehow it is the emotion, which all of us tend to try to reach.  In our approach, joy is not synonymous with happiness. Joy is not a universal emotion, rather it is a more complex virtue. In our...

The art of storytelling

The art of storytelling

Storytelling, the art of narrating thoughts, emotions, experiences through a process of identification, is a methodology which, thanks to its characteristics, may easily fall under the criteria developed by the Joy Model. In fact, these methodologies allow the person...

Independent Theater – Roma Heroes

Independent Theater – Roma Heroes

Summary of the interview with Rodrigo Balogh Rodrigo Balogh, director-playwright graduated as an actor in 2001 at the Shakespeare Theater Academy, Budapest. During his studies and afterwards till 2006 worked as an actor in numerous theaters, including RS9 theater. He...

How do we work with DRAMA with vulnerable groups?

How do we work with DRAMA with vulnerable groups?

Katalin Lábán’s approach The group number is 12, recommended once a week. It can be adapted from the age of 6 until the age of 99. In the Joy project we adapt for the young adults (NEETs). The facilitator is non-judgmental, non-directive, person-centered, open to the...

Art as an instrument for joy

Art as an instrument for joy

ART is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty (aesthetic) or emotional power. It usually is limited to drawing,...

Joy and creativity: how to use them in your trainings

Joy and creativity: how to use them in your trainings

Reconnecting with oneself, one’s body, one’s emotions and one’s individuality, is useful and important to begin a path of awareness for the rediscovery and enhancement of one’s skills, and thus for entering or re-entering the world of work. In the past few...

EXPERIENCE JOY TO WORK ON YOURSELF AND YOUR FUTURE

EXPERIENCE JOY TO WORK ON YOURSELF AND YOUR FUTURE

The JOY project continues! During the past few weeks, we have been talking with educators and educators, artists, social workers and other professionals who work to support youth in difficult situations, including NEETs but not only, using experiential and...

Partners

The project activities will be implemented throughout 4 different
European countries: Hungary, Italy, Austria and Germany.