Why Craft your future?

The regions Friesland (NL), Central Bulgaria (BG) and Valencia (ES) bear a wealth of intangible heritage, such as traditions, knowledge of old crafts and social networks. Student Training weeks and Transnational Meetings enabled the Craft Your Future consortium to experience this wealth in each other regions. What all regions have in common as well is waste. With Craft your Future we have made a giant step in pushing a circular economy in which the reuse of products and raw materials is maximised and their value destruction minimised. In Craft Your Future students examined whether the advancing technology and trends can help revitalize old crafts using waste as raw material.

Pilot testing the Craft Your Future Product Ideation game at summerschool CASCO in Groningen. Photo: LHF

In three years of Craft your Future we:

  • have let 700+ VET students become closer to and more involved with their regions old crafts and traditions and cherish it. The VET schools in the consortium ran the Craft your Future training programme at their schools and reached 700+ VET students over the lifetime of the project.
  • … ensured that 1000+ young people have the power, knowledge and competences to be the change for sustainability that our world needs. The 1000+ students (Vocational but also Higher education, Primary education, Secondary education) that participated on several occasions in the Craft your Future student training programme (either during pilot test activities, Multiplier events, Summer schools, LTTAs, TNMs, dissemination events, etc), Circular Economy and Sustainability has always been a central theme to the activities.
Projectpartners and students at Omrin Recycleboulevard during the Craft Your Future Leeuwarden Training Week. Photo; LHF
  • … educate 700+ VET students to be the innovators in the companies they will work for in the future by letting become aware of trends & new technologies and learn how to spot them. Innovation was stimulated amongst the students as a result of the strong focus on of Craft Your Future activities on Trends & New techniques, and having a consequent approach of placing student in the lead.
Craft Your Future Student Design Object at the Crafts exhibition in Valencia, ES. Photot: LHF.
  • … started the inter-cultural conversation and exchange between youngsters about cultural heritage (traditional crafts), trends & new techniques and the circular economy, let them discover what their regions have in common and how using trends & new techniques can push traditional crafts to the 21st century in a circular economy. During two physical (NL and BG) and 1 hybrid Training weeks, students activity participated in Craft your Future EU training weeks and Makathons and experienced the wealth of each other’s cultural heritage. Students compared and shared their view on Circular Economy, worked out solutions to address challenges and used the new techniques and trends in the process of designing their solutions. This was done at FabLab VLC in Spain, FC D’LAB in Leeuwarden NL and the (as a result of Craft Your Future) newly set-up 3D Lab at the premised of Tryavna Art School in BG.
Student saying goodbye after the Bulgarian Craft Your Future Training week. Photo: LHF
  • … Increased the pool of work based learning opportunities for students in order to develop their competences for future working life and developed VET teachers’ skills by letting them to work with their students on ‘real-life’ cases. The Craft your Future Regional Alliances (and the Regional Alliance action plans) made sure that the VET schools in the consortium expanded their networks on regional and EU level. During the 3 years of CYF 200+ students and 20+ teachers worked on real-life challenges and were in close contact with the world of work, either in pilot test activities, broader Craft your Future activities or at the EU Training Weeks. 
  • … reinforced VET colleges network by setting up a cooperation with regional stakeholders. Regional Alliances that were formed in the regions, the Multiplier events organised, and the activity planning for the future in the Regional Alliance Action plans makes sure concrete outputs and activities will spring form these networks. 
Stakeholders playing the Craft Your Future Ideation game at the Dutch Regional Alliance meeting / Multiplier event. Photo: Janna Bathoorn.
  • …. preserved cultural heritage by using culture as a driver for creative innovation, turning intangible tradition and waste management issues into a real future by using trends and new techniques.
  • …. created a bridge between generations. The pilot test activities always involved 1000+ youngsters (students) and 150+ adults (professionals, Fab Lab specialists, Craftsmen and -women, policy makers, shop owners, Cultural sector representatives, etc.) in activities. The angle of placing students in the lead in the organisation of dissemination events, ME etc. brought generations closer together as well. This resulted in the fact that the young generation learned to understand the elder generation better.