title: why using case studies?

Providing positive examples often takes shape in providing a ‘case study’ or telling a ‘story’. Nowadays there is a widespread use of these tools of communication with a common aim to use them as tools for change.

Generally speaking, case studies have been used differently according to the target group and to the objectives: the business usually insists on the value of ‘best practices’ to create a culture of excellence and to stimulate innovation among competitors, while in public organisations the concept of ‘best practices’ is characterised by its emulative implications. Finally in the academic environment, many disciplinary fields include case studying as one of the most helpful methodology and research strategy.

case-based information : similarly, at the institutional level the use of ‘cases’ and ‘stories’ has become increasingly important for raising awareness and wide spreading knowledge and a significant body of case-based information is available on the web at the website of the institutions that use such tools. Many actors involved in education for sustainability are conscious of the powerful value of ‘cases’ and ‘stories’ and this becomes even truer when referring to sustainability in everyday life and in consumption habits.

educational role of story-telling : indeed educationally ‘cases’ and ‘stories’ are important for the messages they deliver. It has been happening naturally since ages among communities and more formally within the academic teaching and learning context. Nowadays, ‘cases’ and ‘stories’ are put under the same umbrella, just because of their similar nature and because they have recently gained more attention after being disregarded as an informal methodology and neglected as scarcely scientifically reliable.

traditional societies : as a matter of fact, in the same way many indigenous and traditional societies have been always using the power of storytelling to transmit values and educate generations, today’s grassroots groups, NGOs and other relevant organisations working for sustainability often choose to deliver their message through success stories.

Youthxchange takes part to this global effort that produces a case-based knowledge to make it available on the web for many people.

The innovative approach of YXC is the way cases are presented. In fact, they are not just listed and told according to a strict format, but they are crosscutting and transversal to the whole body of the web knowledge. Cases are intended to be not only descriptive of a reality of success, but they also deliver a network of values and principles that can be reproduced in many other ways. Hence, they can be powerful source of inspiration for those who read and surf among the cases and success stories of YXC.

Cases represent stories and they all constitute the soul of the youthxchange website, which ultimately depicts a story of what is happening around the world.