At Recrear we love good questions, and we are constantly asking ourselves hard ones.
We believe that what you observe is in constant change, so to manifest new realities we can start by understanding our current ones.
We design and carry out participatory action research and collective and creative processes to understand and shape our current reality, co-develop new understandings and seek collective solutions.
Learn more about our work below.
We work with a range of partners including research institutes, think tanks, funders and Civil Society Organisations. We design and deliver participatory research processes and collective learning journeys.
We love designing our own research projects: independent research designed based on the questions that move us, following our impulse to explore and learn with a group or community. Our independent projects experiment with new methodologies, research processes, and ways of sharing research. We love sharing our learnings in small bites, through short stories, photos, and reflections. We also experiment with multimedia platforms. These are usually long term projects (6 months – 3 years).
This project, part of Gioel Gioacchino’s PhD research, explores how youth-led CSOs engage with the shrinking availability of funding for civil society.
Over the course of 10 months, we engaged ten leaders of grassroots, youth-led CSOs in Medellin, Colombia. We guided them in a process of self-reflection (first-person inquiry), and collective analysis, and exploration of their organisational cultures and practices (second person inquiry). The findings from this action research process contribute to a deeper understanding of the world-views of the leaders of youth-led CSOs in Medellin.
Read the full thesis
Video – Money, Culture and Change
We spent 7 months in Cuba working with 10 young researchers, and 75 young people from 3 cities. With a research project on youth’s relationship to climate change we sought to open a space for young leaders to connect with each other and create synergies.
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100 Voices is a research project that took place in the province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, between January and August 2012. The initiative was intended to document stories of young people in a province with a delineated marginalized population of Afro Ecuadorians. The study focused on 6 areas of the province, questioning youth between the ages of 15 and 27 on their relationship to their community. The ultimate goal was to observe the forms in which youth participated in the community development process. In our work we saw an opportunity not only to attempt to answer the question ‘What does youth participation look like?’, but to simultaneously make note of obstacles and opportunities facing youth at a larger level. 100 Voices was also our platform for storytelling, through which we created a space for youth to reflect and share their perceptions and their lives in their communities.
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