A Vita Europe selection of civil society events around Europe
Listed events (for further descriptions of events and links scroll down):
1 August 2014, online, Introduction To Social Return On Investment Online From SROI Network
3-8 August 2014, Caux, Switzerland, Impact Initiatives for Change 2014
4 August 2014, Liverpool, England, SROI Practitioner Training
4-8 August 2014, Hong Kong, ThinkYoung Entrepreneurship Summer School
6 August 2014, London, UK, Writing Successful Bids (One day workshop)
10-13 August 2014, Caux, Switzerland, The International Peace-Builders’ Forum (IPF)
11 August 2014, York, UK, Creative Europe's 'Culture' opportunities: Information seminar – York
12 August 2014, worldwide, International Youth Day
12-13 August 2014, London, UK, Measuring social impact (Two day masterclass)
14-17 August 2014, Grinda, Sweden, Futureperfect Festival
19 August 2014, worldwide, World Humanitarian Day
27-28 August 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, EVPA Regional Meeting in Scandinavia
27-29 August 2014, Geneva, Switzerland, WHO Conference on Health and Climate
28 August- 4 September 2014, Poland, Active Youth for Active Europe
1 August 2014, online
Introduction To Social Return On Investment Online From SROI Network
Social Return on Investment (SROI) will help you understand, manage and communicate the social value that your work creates in a clear and consistent way with customers, beneficiaries and funders. It can help you manage risks and identify opportunities and raise finance. It will throw up potential improvements to services, information systems and the way you govern you businesses. All in order to increase the social value or impact of your work.
The SROI Network are running an introductory training session online, called: An introduction to how to do an SROI analysis
- Try answering the questions SROI poses - an exploration of the process with some exercises and a worked example.
- Applying SROI
- Tools and resources
To read more: http://www.euclidnetwork.eu/
3-8 August 2014, Caux, Switzerland
Impact Initiatives for Change 2014
Impact Initiatives for Change is following in the footsteps of the five-year Learning to live in a multicultural world conference that was started in Caux in 2009, and has a long and successful track record.
IIC will, at the same time, expand its perspective on diversity and take a new approach to bringing about social change within our diverse societies. The organizers believe that dialogue, personal growth and reflection are the cornerstones for this.
The conference will bring together (wannabe) changemakers from different cultures and backgrounds, with diverse ideas on how to make the world a better place and how to actively engage in creating a more desirable future for an inclusive multicultural Europe.
4 August 2014, Liverpool, England
SROI Practitioner Training
The 2-day practitioner training, organized by The SROI Network, provides a thorough overview of SROI from two main angles. The first day gives a practical, interactive, step-by-step introduction to the process of SROI via a case study that participants can bring along. The second day covers the more theoretical basis that underpins SROI, together with an exploration of issues that practitioners will need to demonstrate an understanding of if they wish to become accredited. All training is delivered by SROI Network accredited practitioners and is suitable for any experience level
To read more: http://www.thesroinetwork.org/training/practitioner
4-8 August 2014, Hong Kong
ThinkYoung Entrepreneurship Summer School
ThinkYoung, the first think tank that focuses on young people, is organizing the 7th edition of its Entrepreneurship Summer School in Hong Kong from the 4th to the 8th of August. Summer school sessions have already taken place in Brussels, from the 21th to the 25 of July. In partnership with Google, Huawei and the University of Hong Kong, the Entrepreneurship Summer School is the next step to become a successful entrepreneur. Without any teachers or boring lectures, it welcomes successful entrepreneurs such as Luigi Tiziano Peccenini (founder of Wall Street Institute International), Jennifer Chan (founder of Delta Think), Raphael Cohen (founder of Hotel Quickly) and many other professionals. The Entrepreneurship Summer School therefore aims at inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs to build their own ventures. The Entrepreneurship Summer School website gives a great overview on the program as well as a full description of the speakers. Past editions are also promoted to show the continuity of the project and the evolution of the Entrepreneurship Summer School throughout the years. A conference is to take place at the European Parliament concerning the summer school project.
6 August 2014, London, UK
Writing Successful Bids (One day workshop)
This one day workshop will guide participants through the steps that they need to take their organization’s funding applications more successful. During the day, they will learn: the process of securing funding / best practice; how to research and select which applications they should make; the different types of funding application they may need to make; how to successfully pitch their organization in a bid; developing realistic budgets; how to avoid commonly made mistakes.
10-13 August 2014, Caux, Switzerland
The International Peace-Builders’ Forum (IPF)
The International Peace-Builders’ Forum is a unique opportunity to meet, connect and interact with actors in the peace-building field. It gives the opportunity to participate in group discussions, attend presentations, panel discussions and workshops, and visit the stands of peacebuilding organisations within the Caux-Palace!
The organizers expect:
-NGOs, foundations and networks
-State actors and international organizations
-Think-tanks, university students and academic staff
-Grant-giving organisations, philanthropic individuals and corporate
The IPF is organised by CAUX-Initiatives of Change (CAUX-IofC) and the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (ICP), with the support of the Caux Scholars Program (CSP).
To read more: http://www.caux.iofc.org/en/IPF2014
11 August 2014, York, UK
Creative Europe's 'Culture' opportunities: Information seminar – York
Creative Europe's 'Culture' sub-programme, as the previous 'Culture 2007-2013 programme', supports cooperation and exchange between arts, culture and heritage organizations across different European countries.
The Creative Europe Desk for Culture will present the four funding opportunities and the eligibility conditions, discuss how to develop applications and how to build a good project. They will also be joined by some previous recipients of EU funding through the Culture programme who will be on hand to help with advice. Many elements of the previous programme have been carried over for Creative Europe:
Cooperation Projects are still the core to the programme, accounting for 70% of the sub-programme funding allocation with annual deadlines for both 'small' and 'large' projects.
Literary Translation by established publishers will continue to be supported
European Networks will support sustained learning and exchange between EU networks with varying specialism
European Platforms will encourage innovative approaches to audience development
With Creative Europe, the focus has shifted from 'intercultural dialogue' to new objectives of:
-Projects that strengthen the cultural and creative sectors through new ways of working.
The session will focus on 'Cooperation Projects', preparing organizations who are considering applying for the 1 October 'Cooperation Project' deadlines.
To read more: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/
12 August 2014, worldwide
International Youth Day
The theme of International Youth Day 2014 is “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters’. Youth with mental health conditions can often experience stigma and discrimination, which in turn can lead to exclusion and/or discourage people from seeking help for fear of being negatively ‘labelled’. Efforts are needed to overcome this stigma to ensure that young people with mental health conditions can lead full and healthy lives free of isolation and unnecessary shame, and that they openly seek the services and support they need.
UN DESA, through the Focal Point on Youth, and the Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development, promotes a multi-dimensional approach to addressing the challenges faced by young people with mental health issues, including tackling stigma and promoting social inclusion to enable all young people to achieve their aspirations and goals.
International Youth Day will take place in the ECOSOC Chamber, UNHQ, from 10am-1pm on 12 August. The IYD event is being co-organized by UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. It will bring together young people, youth organizations, Member State representatives, civil society, and UN entities to discuss the issue of youth and mental-health in particular looking at issues such as the impact of stigma, discrimination and exclusion, on the local, country, and international levels.
12-13 August 2014, London, UK
Measuring social impact (Two day masterclass)
Funders are constantly looking for 'track record' and evidence of impact, but what do you need to do to measure your social impact and what indicators do you need to put in place before you do so?
The SSE and nef consulting have partnered to offer a two day course giving you the knowledge and tools that you need to measure your organization’s social impact.
As well as making your organization more attractive to funders, being able to measure your social impact will enable you to measure the effectiveness of your organization, to benchmark with your competition and allow you to see where improvements can be made.
To read more: http://www.the-sse.org/schools/19/sse-london/211/measuring-social-impact-with-nef-consulting
14-17 August 2014, Grinda, Sweden
The fourth annual Futureperfect Festival takes place 14-17 August, on the island of Grinda, in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden. It’s a celebration of what is possible in sustainable living, in three summer days of inspiration, creativity and exchange, which give participants: world-leaders in design, enterprise, policy & science in exchange with each other - and you; opportunities to make your voice heard, connect with others - and create your own idea. For professionals and public, young and old, individuals and groups – it’s a celebration of potential and practical change. The main theme of Futureperfect 2014 is: REDEFINITION. Who And What is Leading Change Today?
Futureperfect Festival is a series of conversations, experiences, explorations and imaginations around themes from modern society – considered with a view to how good living, individually and socially, is equivalent to sustainability. The main themes are: cities - architecture, urbanism, infrastructure; technology - information, internet, lifestyle; food - gastronomy, farming, health, nature; culture - creativity, storytelling, meaning, play; finance - capitalism, markets, justice, money. Futureperfect Festival is for everyone who is curious about how the world is changing, who wants to be part of positive change – as an individual, a professional or an organization – and who wants to engage in a new, inspiring, connected way.
To read more: http://2014.futureperfect.se/
19 August 2014, worldwide
World Humanitarian Day
The United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day is held on August 19 each year. The day honors all humanitarians who have worked in the promotion of the humanitarian cause, and those who have lost their lives in the cause of duty. The day aims to increase public awareness about humanitarian assistance activities worldwide and the importance of international cooperation.
World Humanitarian Day is a day dedicated to humanitarians worldwide, as well as to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities. The day aims to honor humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or injured themselves in the course of their work, and to acknowledge the ongoing work of humanitarian staff around the world.
27-28 August 2014, Stockholm, Sweden
EVPA Regional Meeting in Scandinavia
On 28 August, EVPA members based in Scandinavia are invited to Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. The event aims to increase the networking and sharing of experiences between EVPA members and in the second part of the day to increase the knowledge of VP/SI in the region.
To read more: http://evpa.eu.com/events/190
27-29 August 2014, Geneva, Switzerland
WHO Conference on Health and Climate
This three-day conference, hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, will bring together leading experts in the fields of health and climate change, to discuss: strengthening health system resilience to climate risks; and promoting health while mitigating climate change. Within each of these themes the conference will make recommendations on policy options to maximize health benefits, and the specific contribution of the health sector to the objectives. This conference will provide guidance to Health, Environment, Energy and Development Ministers of Member States, senior Civil Servants, technical experts, other UN agencies, NGOs, Chief Executives from Health Authorities, and relevant private sector entities. The conference will provide a spring-board for action in addressing the impacts of climate change on health, with the potential to improve the lives of millions.
28 August- 4 September 2014, Poland
Active Youth for Active Europe
Active Youth for Active Europe is an eight-day training course dedicated to people working with youth. The course will be held from 28 August to 4 September 2014, in the village of Kopaniec, near Jelenia Gora (Poland) and under the new Erasmus+ funding rules, you could have 100% of your travel costs reimbursed! The project is open to 30 participants from ten programme countries: Malta, Italy, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Croatia, Macedonia, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Romania and Poland. The programme will address the topic of unemployment, which has become an extremely dangerous social problem, destructing the social tissue, the economic and social security systems and the mental health of young people, who encounter impassable barriers to find employment. This problem is especially present among certain groups of young people: minorities, certain ethnic groups, people from poor areas or coming from disadvantaged families, less educated youths or young people with various disabilities. Exclusion from the labour market often leads to marginalisation and exclusion from participation in the wider society. Special emphasis should be put on working with young people from groups that are in a particularly difficult situation in the labour market. Activities in the project will help youth workers to gain and deepen their knowledge and exchange good practices.
To read more: http://www.euclidnetwork.eu/