TGIS is a unique course that offers the opportunity for each person attending, regardless of their academic background, country of origin or career path, to collaborate and solve social and environmental problems.
I participated in E2E’s TGIS Workshop this January 2017. The experience was extremely rewarding.It was really eye-opening and challenged us to communicate in new ways and look from different perspectives. It really taught me a lot about empathy and creative problem-solving. It wasn’t just about finding solutions but really understanding the problem from a new perspective. So, I really enjoyed the experience and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for innovative approaches to complex problems.
Maria Pritchard, Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey – USA
TGIS gave me a great insight into project management in a cross-cultural environment, providing experience using internationally recognised tools applied to real world projects. The group was diverse not only due to the different languages and cultures, but also the many professions and interests represented. This resulted in a set of ideas and perspectives that would be difficult to find elsewhere.
Oliver Gooding, Bristol University – England
The Taller para la Gestión de Impacto Social was an amazing opportunity for me to put into concrete terms my passion for development and years of NGO experience. TGIS was my introduction to E2E as I was becoming a volunteer for the organization, and it was truly insightful seeing how a social organization can measure and demonstrate its impact systematically and thoughtfully. Regardless of my six years of experience working with NGOs, this approach is truly unique and one I will carry with me into many positions.
Erin Wright, University of Wisconsin Madison – USA
The workshop was the perfect experience to prepare me for the world of economic development and, more than anything, the process of monitoring and planning projects. I finished the workshop with the confidence to start using tools like the logical framework, the theory of change, and network analysis as well as others. I loved being able to apply these new tools to real-world problems with true experts in the subject. The mix in each group of professionals with experience in Colombia, students of international development, and people from local organization was perfect. I now have a much more nuanced understanding of how project work in Colombia, including the role and functioning of the government, the different cultural attitudes that affect implementation, and a better idea of how NGOs are perceived here. The second part of the workshop opened my mind to new types of intervention and planning methods with which I did not have experience with. I learned a great deal about how to prepare surveys, ask questions in a way which avoids my personal biases influencing the answer, and how to create activities which promote empathy and creativity in a community.
Alex Lintz, George Washington University – USA
I wanted to acquire the knowledge and tools to become a social impact project manager. When I arrived in Medellin I made contact with experts on this theme; E2E and signed up to their workshop on the design and management of social impact projects. I enjoyed the workshop a lot: one of the best I have attended. The content was very deep and we learned how to use many tools and how they apply to projects. While we were learning the theory of project management there were many creative activities that invited us to reflect over our communication and effective collaboration within culturally diverse groups. Let´s face it is required that you “Learn to unlearn” and you have to come with an open mind, energy and the will to empower yourself with knowledge to better manage a social impact project and change the world
Dévi Tillai, ESC Rennes – Francia
TGIS was training was very new because I only had experience working in Switzerland; a very different experience to Colombia. TGIS provided many different technical skills as I learnt how to use project management tools for different situations as well as many of the human impacts of projects. In relation to the technical dimension I have seen and used the best practices of the world of development and social action. For the human part I met people with varied lives, careers and origins who were impassioned to learn with me. It was a rich experience for sure and we worked together over different projects and exercises interesting and concrete. The participative group work was the central pillar of the training and it was a positive evolution to grow on the existing Swiss training that I had learnt. To work and learn in this way was enriching and now I have a very clear and concrete idea on how development projects function.