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Rural Mindshift

Together with our partners, we are working on the concept of a co-creative cloud for rural spaces standing for an open and resilient society. The project host is the Stechlin-Institut, situated 80km north of Berlin.

Under the umbrella of the Bosch Alumni Network, we would like to start the database of RuralMindshift in order to offer an informative instrument for the exchange of the many perspectives of like-minded initiatives in rural contexts, aiming towards a network of Zukunftskünstler*innen (Uwe Schneidewind, Wuppertal Institut), “artists at the future,” who have dedicated their own life plan to a sustainable “rural renaissance.” RuralMindshift aims to connect such initiatives in the rural sphere by developing a decentralized database that gathers and shares current practical knowledge, both as a guide for projects yet to come and as a mutual support system for existing places where the needed transformations have already taken seed.

Picture of: Stechlin-Institute (Photo credit: Stechlin-Institute)

TEAM

Team Proiect Rural Mindshift

Ana Marica

Team Proiect Rural Mindshift

Maria Chirilă

Team Proiect Rural Mindshift

Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Ana Marica

Ana's professional experience is located at the intersection of learning design, organizational development, and social impact. On a mission to understand how communities can change for the better when self-directed learning principles are introduced in the educational process, she has spent the last 8 years researching and connecting with projects and communities from around the world who actively contribute to reimagining educational paradigms. During this time, she has co-founded Digital Romads, a human resources and organizational design consultancy whose purpose is to support teams and organizations to explore transparent, open, self-managed, and co-created ways of collaborating and communicating. 
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Maria Chirilă

Ana-Maria is Assistant Manager at the Făgăraș Research Institute. Also, she is a student at the Department for Biotechnical Systems Engineering, Faculty for Environmental Protection, University of Oradea. Ana-Maria considers that community engagement is an important part of one’s lifestyle, therefore, she is supporting the activity of the Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation and is a member of Carpati.org. Ana-Maria believes that what others do, and their actions, influence us all, therefore it is important that we create and collaborate, as we are sharing life experiences every day. Ana-Maria is passionate about exploring new places and sports, such as endurance biking, swimming, hiking, and gastronomy.
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Ștefan Cibian, Ph.D.

Dr. Ștefan Cibian is a member of the Board and the executive director of the Făgăraș Research Institute. Stefan is an Academy Associate with Chatham House – The Royal Institute of International Affairs, he is also teaching courses related to international development at Babeș-Bolyai University and manages Cibian Consulting S.R.L. In what concerns teaching and research, Stefan is focused on development and statehood in Sub-Saharan Africa, development policy, development assistance, international organizations, migration, and human rights. Stefan’s core interest in research is focused on international development, community development, Africa-EU relations, development policy, international relations theory, peacebuilding and fragile states, the link between research, policy, and practice, higher education policy and global affairs, including the EU. In terms of geographic focus, Stefan is primarily concerned with Sub-Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, and transatlantic relations. In his consulting and civil society work, Stefan is focusing on civil society development in CEE, contributing to the development of civil society organizations. Stefan is the President of FOND, the Romanian NGDO Platform, the Treasurer of CONCORD – the European NGO Confederation for Humanitarian Aid and Development. He is also a board member for the following organizations: ARCADIA – The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, Țara Făgărașului Community Foundation (FCTF), UiPath Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement (FIT). Stefan received his Ph.D. degree in political science and international relations (2012) as well as his M.A. in public policy (2006) from CEU – the Central European University. He also holds a BA in political science (2004, from Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania) and in law (2005, 1st of December 2019 University, Alba Iulia, Romania).
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Departments/units: Policy Analysis and Outreach Department, Center on Global Affairs and Post Development

Regions: Romania, Europe, Global

Topics: Philanthropy and Community Development, Civil Society