Lab on Technology and Shrinking Communities
Interval: August 7-9, 2019 (2 & 1/2 days, full day).
The Lab is part of the project Migration in the Balkans: Before and after joining the European Union, organized in partnership with the Institute for Ekonomiks from Pristina and supported financially by the international alumni center of the Bosch Stiftung.
“Migration in Balkans- before and after joining the EU” tackles one of the biggest challenges in the Balkan region, which is migration, more precisely, brawn and brain drain. Many Balkan countries are constantly facing the problem of migration and none of them is developing a strategy/action plan to overcome the issue. Several challenges are brought about by the migration phenomenon, such as a slowdown in development and expanding depopulated areas in countries of origin and a mixt societal response and pressure on social services in western EU member states. Through this project, we aim to open the discussion and tackle the problem of brawn and brain drain from a regional perspective. The format we propose is that of a lab in Făgăraș (Romania) focusing on technology and shrinking communities (August 7-9, 2019) and a workshop in Tirana (Albania) focusing on regional responses to migration (October 10-12, 2019).
The Lab in Făgăraș will focus on shrinking communities and technology. It aims to become an experiment on how technology may support communities to address depopulation/out-migration-related challenges. Specific migration-related challenges will be identified as well as local organizations/institutions that will benefit from the generated solutions. The Lab will bring together up to 30 BAN members, experts, and local community stakeholders who can generate changes locally with the learning and solutions derived from the Lab.