thinking space

Program design & Program builds

How do I design and build a trust-based relationship model? How do I create a mentoring programme? How do I build a community? Designing and executing an effective programmess takes a good bit of pre-evaluation and research, design, engagement, the right tools training and support and lots of love and attention. In this section we share some approaches, methods and tools that aim to inspire creators of new programmes.

Thinking Space Paper No.11: A bar camp – an event format for community building and progressing a subject


Tired of events with endless PowerPoint presentations and little to no interaction? Tired of passive audiences that consume one presentation after another with no impact? Then try a Bar camp. The Bar camp is a conference format in which participants set up their own agenda with the help of a moderator at the beginning of the day around a central theme. This results in different sessions with different topics. The focus is on sharing knowledge and benefiting from the expertise of others, networking and getting to know new points of view. At the end, the results of sessions are presented in the plenary and a conclusion is drawn and prospects are given.

Thinking Space No.13: Accompanying refugees into self-employment – a field report from a project in Germany


In the framework of the European project RIAC[1], KIZ developed a set of approaches that lead to an accelerated integration of refugees in the German society. The group participating in the entrepreneurship programme included mainly highly qualified and skilled people who could not find an adequate job in Germany and therefore chose to participate in a programme aiming at self-employment. This thinking space presents the programme, its learning and makes suggestions what to consider when supporting refugees to become entrepreneurs.


[1] http://riac-project.eu/

Thinking Space Paper No.26: Setting up a mentoring programme


Setting up a sustainable mentoring programme can sound challenging in the beginning and it might not often be intuitive knowing where to start – but do not worry, we’ve got your back! This paper contains simple tips and recommendations to successfully develop a mentoring programme, and it will guide you through seven essential components for building a strong and sustainable mentoring programme.

Thinking Space Paper No.32: Lu B Mediation – Profiling


This Handbook with its learning and profiling modules has been codified by KIZ following more than twenty years of labour market support activities. Many of the supported people were NEETs, young people of the age of 18-34. They were young people with a migration or flight background, early school leavers, some had drug problems and many came from rural areas.