Photo by Miško Stanišić: 2 August – Roma Genocide Remembrance Day commemoration in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial, 2016.
Misko Stanisic, Director
Nevena Bajalica, Programme Manager
Terraforming is an independent non-governmental and non-profit organization from Novi Sad in Serbia founded in 2008, with partners, contributors, associates, and project activities all across Europe.
Terraforming develops educational methodologies and teaching materials, combining best practices in contemporary pedagogy with new-media technologies while facilitating multidisciplinary cross-sectoral international project cooperation and exchange.
In 1990’s Nevena Bajalica and Miško Stanišić left the war-torn Yugoslavia. Nevena emigrated to the Netherlands, while Miško managed to get out of Sarajevo and eventually ended up in Sweden as a refugee. It wasn’t easy. During the first years, Miško lived in refugee camps around Stockholm while Nevena managed Amsterdam squats. After several years, lots of effort, and hard work, things got better. Both managed to study, find proper jobs and managed to get their lives sorted out. Eventually, both found their professional and personal interest in the fields of education and civic activism, and in topics related to human rights, war atrocities and crimes, and their everlasting consequences, prejudices, discrimination, and xenophobia against various minorities, immigrants, and “foreigners.” After decades spent in the Netherlands and Sweden respectively, both felt that their acquired knowledge, accumulated experiences, and a unique overview of the ways, trends, needs, and potentials both in Western Europe, Scandinavia, and in Serbia should be put in use for developing cooperation and exchange projects in the fields of education and culture, to bring together and contribute to all these societies they call “home.” Nevena and Miško met in 2008, and Terraforming was founded.
Nevena and Miško in 2009. during one of the first projects of just founded association Terraforming. Photo by Miško Stanišić