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Learn about the Policy Labs from the first-hand experiences of participants and stakeholders! 

"The Policy Labs in Vienna were really professionally organised and facilitated. The interactions were very relaxed, informal and respectful. From my point of view, a complete success. The three micro experiments are all exciting and rich in content."

„Die beiden Dialogwerkstätten waren wirklich super professionell organisiert und moderiert. Es war stets ein lockeres, ungezwungenes und respektvolles Miteinander. Aus meiner Sicht ein voller Erfolg. Die drei Pilotprojekte sind allesamt spannend und gehaltvoll.“

"It may sound cliché, but I think of "interaction". I mean, it was very interesting to see people with different experiences, professional but also of life, identifying the same problems and precisely seeking solutions, each with their own contribution, based on their own experience."

„Sembrerà banale, ma penso a "interazione”. Cioè è stato molto interessante vedere persone con esperienze diverse, professionali ma anche di vita, individuare medesimi problemi e cercare appunto soluzioni, ognuno con il proprio contributo ecco, in base all’esperienza propria.“

"I think it has become a space of freedom and trust that has been generated through different Policy Labs' sessions."

„Creo que esto se ha convertido en un espacio de libertad y de confianza que se ha ido generando a través de las diferentes sesiones.“

PL participant from Fuenlabrada Tweet

"So, the word that came to mind was 'contribution'. What I found very important during the Policy Lab was that even though everyone came from different backgrounds, everyone was able to contribute and bring out an idea. And this makes me realize that even if we have different habits and cultures, we can still come together and make ideas grow."

„Allora la parola che mi è venuta in mente è “contributo”, nel senso che quello che ho trovato molto importante durante il Policy Lab è che, anche se ognuno viene da diverse realtà, ognuno è riuscito a dare un contributo e a far emergere un’idea. E quello mi fa capire che anche se abbiamo delle abitudini e delle culture diverse, possiamo comunque incontrarci e far crescere delle idee.“

“The setting and the way we interacted, person to person. That made policymakers not exercise their influence immediately. Quite the contrary."

PL participant from Mechelen Tweet

"The word is ‘mosaic’, in the sense of bringing together different knowledge, different cultures and different cultural backgrounds, but above all trying to find a common idea. When you go to see the mosaic, the result is beautiful, so we all came together, everyone with their own experience and background of life and work, we came together to find a solution, to create a mosaic of colors that when you see it you say wow!"

„La parola è mosaico, nel senso di mettere insieme diverse conoscenze, diverse culture e diversi bagagli culturali di conoscenza, ma soprattutto cercare di trovare un’idea comune. Quando vai a vedere il mosaico il risultato è bellissimo, quindi noi ci siamo incontrati tutti, ognuno con la sua esperienza e il suo bagaglio di vita e di lavoro, ci siamo incontrati per riuscire a trovare una soluzione, dare vita a un mosaico di colori all’esterno che quando lo vedi dici wow!“

"You don't know anyone in the group, but from the moment you arrive at the first policy lab there is coffee ready, there is tea ready, there are cookies. That welcoming moment also lasted long enough to already have a little chat with the others. That's a very good foundation to build on."

PL participant from Mechelen Tweet

"My participation in the Policy Labs in Levadia made me change my way of thinking. I realized the problems that both stakeholders and migrants face every day, I shared my personal experience, thoughts and ideas and interacted with the participants in a safe, secure and respectful environment. It was a unique experience."

„Η συμμετοχή μου στα Εργαστήρια Πολιτικών Ένταξης στη Λιβαδειά συνέβαλε στην αλλαγή του τρόπου σκέψης μου. Συνειδητοποίησα τα προβλήματα που, τόσο οι φορείς όσο και οι μετανάστες, αντιμετωπίζουν καθημερινά, μοιράστηκα προσωπικές μου εμπειρίες, σκέψεις και ιδέες και ήρθα σε επαφή με τους συμμετέχοντες σε ένα ασφαλές και προστατευμένο περιβάλλον, γεμάτο σεβασμό. Ήταν μια μοναδική εμπειρία.“

PL participant from Livadia Tweet

“Methodologies challenge your thought process and so you don't immediately start talking. You are first challenged to think, think broadly. You know you first have complete the activity before you can enter the conversation. It also helps to give speaking opportunities. This gives time for ... who else has an idea?”

PL participant from Mechelen Tweet

“First and foremost, I think it's for the parents who participated - what a commitment! - To participate in that, to take time off. That didn't stop when it was done. We also talked further with each other during informal moments."