Education for development

In Imaginario Social, we work to make everyone able to exercise his/her right to participate fully in the economic, social and political life and to enjoy decent living conditions. We believe this objective can be reached if each one of us gets involved to change this reality.

For this matter, we try to show to the Spanish population the lives faced by these communities we work with and with which we create informative and training activities: it is our way to promote and encourage social change.


Raise Awareness





This initiative has been sponsored by the European Union as part of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion

Image has become a very powerful means of expression in our society. Media are the ones in charge of displaying the ‘realities’ through the camera. They aim and shoot, selecting afterwards those images that will pass on the thoughts and ideas to the society that consumes them. In recent years, images of violence and poverty have been consumed eagerly, opinions have been built and sensitivities have been moved, many times by distorting reality which, after all, is portrayed by external actors. After a second, images disappear as fast as complaints or events. During last years, the Cañada Real Galiana has posed for many cameras thirsty to display the exclusion and poverty situations, dealing of illegal substances and occupation of the lands, rubbish, police raids, floodings and fires.

What would a young Romanian gypsy who lives in the Gallinero and who suffers everyday social exclusion situations take pictures of? Wouldn’t his view be the same as the view of journalists and researchers whose goal is to show it to the public?

Here we have on our hands a powerful medium that can depict the ‘social imaginary’ of a group, with their beliefs and meanings. It also represents a wish these young people have to be shown, to introduce themselves as individuals and as part of the community they belong to. These ways to comprehend reality are important to break down stereotypes and barriers among the different social organization ways of cultures.

‘Young People’s View’ was born from the working group of Proyecto Nido, a socio-educational project that Imaginario Social is carrying out together with the Santo Domingo de la Calzada Church; a project that works with 15 young Romanian gypsies between the ages of 12 and 18 years old who live in the shanty town of the Gallinero in Valdemingomez.

It has been exhibited in: the 2010 World Social Forum, 2010 Rivas Social Forum, III International Architecture Congress held in the Design Central of the Matadero Cultural Center or MADPHOTO Escuela Plató, among other spaces.


Education for Development



The idea and practice of the business activity, has been changing throughout the years based both on internal and market requirements. 21st Century society requires not only that the products and services must be high quality and environmentally friendly, but also it requires that the companies treat their employees well, respect human rights, do not subcontract or carry out unfair working practices and do not discriminate against women. This set of principles has been named CSR.

Is it appropriate that the people in charge of the CSR, as the workgroups of the company or the employees in general, know basic concepts of International Cooperation, such as: Human Development, Poverty, H.R., ODA? Which criteria will be applied when choosing a development project? How will they differentiate some organizations from others? How will they make their employees get involved in solidarity projects? Could they even promote their own initiatives and carry them out together with other development actors?

In order to answer these questions, Imaginario Social has organized this course that it is taught in those companies which are interested in starting to support Social Intervention and International Cooperation projects and programs. If you think your company can be interested in our course, please, call us at (0034) 91 521 95 95 or write an e-mail to fis@fundacionimaginariosocial.orgfor more information.