COMPARATIVE RESEARCH NETWORK EV
The Comparative Research Network (CRN – www.crnonline.de) was founded in 2007 and worked since then in the field of non-formal adult, youth and VET education and research. The CRN Network activities are divided into three vertical fields: research, education and publication. The research department aims to bring social sciences closer to society. Research fields are, among others: European Borders, Civic Participation, Urban Issues, Peacebuilding and intercultural dialogue, diversity and citizens science. We are working on local projects in Berlin with migrants on co-creating concepts of social integration and is a large scale conversation of change and social cohesion and new notions of diversity between local citizens and policymakers.
The training department is working on non-formal education in cross-sectoral approaches. Among others, CRN is specialised in civic education and participation, cultural heritage, digital and media skills, storytelling, intercultural skills, green education, game-based learning and creative social entrepreneurship. The Education Department implement training activities and train-the-trainer courses, developing methodological tool-kits, training plans, and concrete tools such as online games, apps and handbooks. The three columns connect with three horizontal initiatives: the CRN Participatory Lab, combining research, education and publication of civic education and the CRN Peacebuilding Programme. It consists in performing research and training on intercultural dialogue and social integration. But also in conflict management and peacebuilding in the Euromed, Eastern European and the Balkans and the European Circular Economy Education Initiative.