In order to face global issues, we need a new approach to knowledge and learning. Many learning programmes in International Cooperation are top-down oriented, in which one is teaching and the other is learning. This is an unequal relationship which implies that only one partner is in need of gaining new knowledge. Also, this approach is often inflicted with dominant narratives of who is knowledgeable and who is not, and who needs to learn from whom. E-Motive believes this does not do justice to all the existing bodies of knowledge in the world and keeps hierarchical systems in place. It misses out on the potential to be surprised by learning what is different from you.
"All over the world people are looking for solutions to questions about legal rights, justice and injustice. In these areas we can learn much from each other, and must exchange more than we do right now." – Farah Karimi, Executive Director Oxfam Novib
Innovative solutions and citizen driven projects often arise under urgent circumstances, and have the power to influence policy making that affects the daily lives of people. Yet, these solutions are usually ‘hidden’ within local communities. E-Motive has the ambition to disclose and disseminate this valuable knowledge by organizing learning exchanges in which innovative solutions can be shared and improved, and thereby upscaling their impact globally. Only by facilitating a learning exchange that is based on professional equality, connecting the right people and the right solutions, mind sets can be changed and new perspectives can be created to approach problems differently. Instead of trying to re-invent the wheel, there might be already a good solution out there, in the most unexpected places, that can help you solve your local issue. E-Motive provides the space to learn from unexpected points of view.