The training course – “Open Space Training – A tool for Youth Work” is a Action 3.1 training course to be held in Stavanger, Norway from 6th to 13th October 2012.

The aim of the training is to promote the Open Space Technology as tool to increase the quality of Youth Work and to support the development and implementation of innovative youth projects in local communities.

The activities and methods will be based on non-formal education and more specifically using the open space technology as the main process to develop the tools and exercises.

The project is planned for 36 participants from 4 partner countries (Norway, Poland, Portugal and Austria) and 4 neighboring countries from Eastern Europe and Caucasus (Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Belarus).

As a result of the training the network cooperation between neighboring countries of EU shall be strengthened and supported trough the development of projects in Action 1, 3 and 4.


  • Contract number: NO-31-2-2012-R1
  • Funding Programme: Youth in Action Programme
  • Action: Action 3.1 – Cooperation with Neighbouring Partner Countries
  • Activity type: Training Course
  • Nr of Participating Countries: 9
  • Nr of Participants: 36
  • Start date: 01/05/2012
  • End date: 31/12/2012
  • Status: concluded


Open Space Technology (OST) is a large group method, winning a growing interest in European youth work in recent years. It is very supportive of group process and ideas development and is being more frequently used in self-organised youth projects, in youth participation projects and in the planning phase of ‘future actions’ like Contact Making Seminars and Feasibility Visits.

This project was designed to support the ‘dissemination’ and use of the OST method in Youth Work and contribute to develop a network between the Eastern Europe and Caucasus region and the EU partner countries.

The objectives of the training are as follows:

  • Passing the Open Space Technology as a method for working with youth groups
  • Supporting the development and implementation of voluntary and youth work in established and emerging civil societies
  • Supporting the active participation of youth
  • Development of intercultural dialogue and networking between European, eastern-European and Caucasus countries
  • Involvement of people with fewer opportunities
  • Promotion of the “Youth in Action” programme
  • Improvement of quality of YIA programme and projects



The final budget was 236.753,00 NOK