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The REFAK (ReferentInnen Akademie) is the Train the Trainers program in Austrian Trade Union Education. It is a cooperation project between the Chamber of Labour (AK) and the Association of Austrian Trade Union Education (VÖGB). It is managed by a cooperative pedagogical management team of AK Vienna and VÖGB. REFAK is aimed at all people who are or will be active in trade union adult education as trainers, speakers or lecturers. The selection of the participants is carried out in close cooperation with the responsible trade union secretaries.


#visdo_30 – Use comics to address sensitive issues

Comics as statement

Where do I start? In a world where so many things don’t seem the same as they did a few weeks ago? With a hint that we celebrate 30 issues of #visdo with this blog post? I’ve decided not to put too much emphasis on one or the other topic this time, but instead to give you a tool to celebrate the small #visdo anniversary – to find the right words in a time when many discussions are shifting to the online world and there’s so much to say. And that with comics! 


#mm: „Annoying Methods“ – Constellations

“Get up from your chair and stand next to the subject that applies best to you!” 

Illustration: Nicola Sekler

For years, methods from the family of constellations have been THE hits in adult education. In the meantime, participants sometimes roll their eyes full in an annoyed manner when they are announced. .


#mm: „Annoying Methods“ – Introduction round

Foto: PL

Experienced seminar participants know the situation: you enter the seminar room, look for a seat, cast curious glances at the others present, participants and trainers… 

And then it starts: the inevitable round of introductions… In turn, everyone says what their names are, which union and which company they come from and what they expect from the seminar that is just beginning. Preprogrammed boredom… 


Biography work – 5 Exercises on Gender

Biography work: deep analysis,
own experience, socialisation,
questioning stereotypes

Biography work is ideal for an in-depth analysis of the theme of gender. Make sure that the participants engage with the topic from their own experience.  

The following five exercises should support participants when dealing with their own biography and help them to critically reflect on gender roles, socialisation and language.  


#thedi_20: „Building“ Countervailing power – Part 2

Which ingredients does the “magic potion” countervailing power consist of? 

Betriebsrat als Gegenmachts-Zaubertrank für Gewerkschaften und Arbeiterkammern,

We all know the stories of Asterix and Obelix, who, with a mixture of belligerence, self-confidence, shrewdness, cunning and not to forget the dosed use of their magic potion, defy the superiority of the Romans again and again and stand up to them in their legendary Gallic village. There is also a superiority in the conflict of interests between capital and labour. It is an asymmetrical, unequal struggle for participation and fair distribution under capitalist conditions. This makes it all the more important to know exactly what the ingredients are and to be able to analyse them, from which we can brew our „magic potion“ „countervailing power“. 


#mm: “Annoying Methods” – our new series!

A guide to unhappiness for trainers 

Participants in training courses, seminars and particularly longer courses complain about annoying methods. However, those who are annoyed and allergic to certain methods learn poorly or, in the worst case, not at all! With our small series on the subject of „Annoying methods“ we would like to support trainers in avoiding allergic reactions and point out possible alternatives! 


#visdo_29 – Design banners and posters yourself

Messages that make it big

Sometimes a flipchart is not enough. Who would have thought that this sentence would one day come from me and I would actually mean it … but it’s true. Sometimes you want to carry a message into the world beyond the seminar room in the truest sense of the word. And the flipchart is not perfectly suited for this. But there are alternatives. 

How these can look like, what you should take into account when designing, which material you can use and how you can achieve a good result without a printshop, we want to take a look at in this #visdo. For this I will go into content, form and material: 


#dido_36: Bad News are Good News?

Making Fake News and Co. a playful experience 

Slip into the role of the bad guy and manipulate, rush, exaggerate, provoke… With „Bad News“ we become real false reporters and this with a good intention. Because the free online role play helps to understand and classify the mechanisms behind targeted disinformation on the Internet. 

In this way, we gain insight into the methods and tactics used by false reporters to spread and polemicise their content and to play with people’s fears.


#dido_37: Mini video campaigns in cinema trailer form

Shaking up, informing, stimulating discourse – campaigns serve as a mouthpiece where people have something to say! Especially videos are an expressive possibility. But if you can’t make big media productions, you can use an app. With iMovie you can quickly create appealing videos that look like a Hollywood-style movie trailer.