3 October 2016
Eleonora Spinelli, lecturer and researcher at the National University of La Plata and the Praxis Institute (UTN-Rafaela) in Argentina did a research stay at Orkestra last September. The purpose of her visit was to share experiences on how to address communication when it is understood as a territorial transformation process that needs to build a shared story. At Orkestra, communication as a change process has been addressed from an Action-Research for Territorial Development approach, while the Praxis Institute has taken Paulo Freire’s Educational Approach.
To carry out this sharing of experiences, participants from Orkestra included Patricia Canto and Maite Reizabal, who together with Eleonora, embarked in a reflexion process based on four main pillars. First, they analysed the influence of organisational structures in communication and the challenges that arise when moving from product-based communication to process-based communication; they also examined how to design communication processes from practice and how not to overlook the fact that conflict and power are elements that permeate any communication process. Then, they addressed the challenges posed by communication in virtual environments: the specific requirements they should meet to have a dialogic and problematizing character to encourage reflection. A third focus of interest was the systematisation of experiences as a way to rescue learning in research processes: whereas at the Praxis Institute systematisation follows a linear process and occurs once the research process has been completed, Orkestra carries out an ongoing systematisation that takes place throughout the whole process.
Eleonora also attended a meeting with representatives from the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), where she shared her current work on the incorporation of a gender perspective into public policies and the university sphere.
Eleonora’s visit to Orkestra is framed within the collaborative work that is being developed between with UTN-Rafaela, whose lines of action include the implementation of a process aimed at learning from the differences between institutes and universities that work on building methodologies for transformative research. The most recent milestone in this process is the agreement signed with the National University of Tierra del Fuego.