Game Changer is an international project funded by the European Union utilizing innovative technology and cross-sectoral cooperation to empower NGOs and youth leaders (or Ambassadors of Change) to respond to the growing trend of radical and/or extreme behaviour in young people throughout Europe.
Game Changer will promote tolerance, respect and civic engagement among young people to prevent polarization within communities. Through education, online social media campaigns and offline social city games Game Changer will encourage youth to be more accepting of cultural differences, personal preferences and to engage in dialogue to eliminate cultural and lifestyle misconceptions.
We hope through the Game Changer Program, we can encourage more young people to be the change in building a more inclusive, open-minded, diverse, and peaceful Europe.
Game Changer is a partnership between TechSoup Europe, a leader in delivering technology and solutions to support civil society organisations, and NGOs working with young people: L’association Artemis (France), Civis Polonus (Poland), Impact Hub Athens and Logou Paignion (Greece). RNW Media/RNTC (Netherlands) and ExploreIT (Poland) will assist with development, training and research. After a first round of social media campaigns and social city games, NGOs and future Ambassadors of Change across 15 other EU countries will have an opportunity to run similar campaigns targeting their local communities.
Partner NGOs and Ambassadors of Change from Greece, France and Poland will receive a variety of trainings, educational materials and experts support. It will allow NGOs and young leaders to inspire others, lead effective social media campaigns, and be a voice for change in their local communities.
Ambassadors of Change led by partner NGOs and experts will conduct online social media campaigns targeting their local community and peers. These online campaigns will promote positive narratives and encourage more tolerant views to differences in people and culture.
Offline Social City Games
Our offline platform will allow youth to play a guided “Social City Game” created by our partners. The game will be used by NGOs to address anxieties and grievances young people feel in their local communities. It will encourage young people to question their intolerant and potentially radical views, help create connections and knock down barriers that may further encourage their existing ideology and/or behaviors.
What we wish to achieve:
- At least 8 Ambassadors of Change run social media campaigns supported and monitored by partner NGOs reaching no less than 100 people in their local communities.
- At least 12 offline social city games involving 600 young people led by our partner NGOs.
- Scaling to eventually support at least 15 European NGOs working with young people in running Social City Games
- Training manuals, framework, and IT tools to be made available in 4 different languages to allow other NGOs and experts to continue building off our success and findings.