Dash is a punctuation sign that links two words. Dash can mean many things: You can add a dash of salt to your soup, you can dash for cover, but dash can also be courage, verve, enthusiasm, vigorous action.
D-A-S-H has been a a 4-year pilot project for young artists and activists from across Europe, who try to tie up their commitment against racism and xenophobia with the practical use of media. D-A-S-H aimed to start up, to empower and to interconnect local activities as well as online projects. As an XL-project of the Youth Program of the EU Commission it received funding from the German Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ) (Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Seniors, Women and Youth), Youth Program action 5 of the European Union, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (BpB) (Federal Center for Political Education).
From its conception in 2001 until its conclusion in 2006 D-A-S-H has been working on four levels:
D-A-S-H combines search engines, a category system, dossiers and newsletters to a information research platform, which effectively does not rely on commercial services or a certain funding period. The sustainability of the tools becomes evident, whenthey are handed over to young and active people who use them
Access is the keyword for networking by one’s own hand. D-A-S-H offers a wide range of internet, media and networking services, young acitivists do need in practice. D-A-S-H does not only consulting and assisting, but also supplies appropriate space and effective solutions
- Further education and training in terms of networking
D-A-S-H offers assistance, designs and organizes coaching and training facilities, which meet the challenges of everyday networking. Regulary workshops deal with apporproiate use of the internet, in order neither to be overwhelmed by a information overload nor to waste away in meaninglessness.
D-A-S-H initiates, supports, and interconnects a selection of innovative projects, which develop new strategies against racism and xenophobia. D-A-S-H assists in publishing, producing and evaluating the results.