Places & Traces is a non-profit organisation based in Athens, Greece, active in the fields of educational, cultural and social innovation, founded in September 2021. Its activity includes, among others, the design and implementation of projects and actions promoting place identity, active citizenship and the reinforcement of community bonds through an interdisciplinary approach and continuous interaction with local urban, natural and sociocultural ecosystems. To support the above, Places & Traces seeks cooperation with social, cultural and educational stakeholders of the public and private sectors, including schools, Higher Education institutions, local authorities, youth organisations and other third-sector actors with a similar approach.
Angeliki Tseliou has a rich experience working in the larger youth and education sector since 1999. Over the last 5 years she has been specialising in educational programmes with a visible social imprint: between 2016 and 2019, she was the Coordinator of “kids4thecity” (kids4thecity.gr), run by the City of Athens and the Hellenic Ministry of Education to promote active citizenship in youngsters through urban heritage; in 2020, she was the initiator and coordinator of “Next Station Victoria” (www.nextstationvictoria.gr), a programme aiming to reinforce community awareness in Victoria Square, Athens. In parallel, she collected valuable experience as a Project manager and Content expert for nationally and internationally funded projects (Erasmus+ KA2, Horizon 2020). In September 2021, she co-founded Places & Traces with Babis Stamatakis in order to design and implement projects that highlight place identity, through interdisciplinary educultural practices. She holds a BA in Linguistics by the University of Athens and a MA in Modern Greek Literature by the Sorbonne University.
Babis Stamatakis is a civic engagement enthusiast, involved in sociocultural projects since 2010. A member and supporter of several community-based networks, he identifies himself in introducing local initiatives, bringing together people, collectives and organisations, with an aim to deliver social and cultural acts, such as Rue Libre Athens and E=MC2.
Possessing a diverse business background, he has built a solid professional profile in the sectors of Business Analysis, Development and Operations, Project Management, Technology and Training; he feels most creative when given the opportunity to invest his expertise in projects with a distinct social footprint.
With a strong focus on projects with an educational profile, educators at all levels and students of all ages constitute a primary target group of Places & Traces. At the same time, as the organisation acknowledges the importance and multiplier potential of youth awareness and participation, their audience includes younger members of the community (kids, teenagers and young people 18-25), as well as youth workers and related organisations. Furthermore, their activities address the larger communities, and are designed so as to primarily contribute to the improvement of the everyday experience in multicultural contexts challenged in terms of social cohesion and threatened by social inequalities. Remote communities, vulnerable social groups and people with disabilities are also among the potential beneficiaries of the organisation’s activities.