EuroPris invites its members and partner organizations to join in a series of campfire sessions on a sustainable future for international knowledge sharing and learning.
EuroPris and its partner organizations aim to bring together practitioners from many countries, to share experiences, exchange information, network and learn together. Because of the traditional focus of this type of organization on physical meetings, activities have been heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Events have been canceled or moved online and new digital-based activities have been developed. How should organizations such as ours move ahead in the future? Which activities should be kept online and what are the best methodologies? Can we use the lessons learned about moving online for reducing our climate footprint? EuroPris invites its partner network organizations as well as its member jurisdictions to participate in campfire sessions to discuss these questions. Potentially, more campfire sessions will follow in 2021 and beyond.
Campfire Sessions begin with a speaker presenting an idea to a group of people. After 10-15 minutes, the focus shifts from the presenter to the audience. For the remainder of the session, the presenter becomes a facilitator, inviting comments, insights, and questions from those around the room (or in this case: zoom). Campfire sessions allow attendees to drive their own learning and share experiences with others, which also assists with networking.
September 10th 2020, 3:00-4:30 pm CET, via Zoom, Joanna Perry
Joanna Perry is an independent consultant, and works with international organizations, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations across Europe, as well as the police and the prosecution service in the UK on all aspects relating to understanding and responding to hate crime. Besides holding several academic degrees, she has a diploma in online and distance learning.
There are many technical possibilities for working online in both small as well as large groups. But the technical expertise, access to facilities and stability of internet connections vary greatly. Moreover, discussing confidential or other sensitive issues relating to prison practices has become very difficult. International networking organizations traditionally also added value by facilitating informal exchanges between participants which happened naturally in the margins of formal meetings. Such informal exchanges appear to have disappeared for now, how can we bring them back?
21 September 2020, 3:00-4:30 pm CET, via Zoom, Marijn de Haas
Marijn de Haas has a background in international law and started her career as a social and environmental risk analyst with the investment department of a large multinational bank. She now has her own company “De Groene Strik” which assists small and medium enterprises as well as NGOs in becoming more sustainable, with respect for people and planet.
How can international networking organizations such as EuroPris adapt their infrastructure to minimize their impact on the environment and climate change? How can we increase awareness within our own organizations as well as in our international network about the importance of environmentally conscious decisions? International travel is an essential part of our core activity. How can we stimulate members to travel sustainably? Can we encourage participants to travel by train? And how do we assess which destinations are easily accessible for train travel? Sustainable travel also means consciously thinking about whether a trip is really necessary. Can we design our events in such a manner that participating remotely is also possible? And how do we help participants in their decision to attend in person or join online? Beyond travel, what are other ways in which we can reduce our environmental impact? Can we limit our use of paper and water? Can we make changes to the food we serve at events? What are the cultural differences within Europe that we will encounter? This campfire session will be an open-ended discussion that will contribute to developing an environmental policy.
Because of the informal and interactive character of the campfire sessions, there are limited spaces available. We have reserved spaces for our members as well as for our partner organizations. Please contact us at [email protected] for registration.
Participation is free for EuroPris members and we will ask a contribution towards the costs (100 euros per session) from our partner organizations.