The 2017 edition of the Visegrad School of Political Studies Meets Russia is titled “Empowering Civil Society” and aims at supporting civil society, combating stereotypes and strengthening ties between young social and political leaders from Europe and Russia. Through practical workshops, discussions and simulations, the participants will be equipped with a tool kit necessary for their everyday work in civil society organizations or media outlets. The sessions are organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy in cooperation with our Russian partners.
RECRUITMENT OPEN FOR SEPTEMBER SESSION
In 2017, the VSPS Meets Russia initiative combines 5 elements:
March Session (20 – 24 March) – 5 Russian participants attend the Spring School of Diplomatic Skills,
June Session (5 – 9 June) – 5-day workshop for 20 young leaders from Russia and V4 countries focused on social and political activism,
July Session (3 – 7 July) – 5 Russian participants attend the Diplomatic Skills Masterclass,
September Session (20 – 24 September) – 5-day workshop for 20 young leaders from Russia and V4 countries focused on journalism,
Conference of the Association of the Schools of Political Studies (25 – 29 September) – 5 days of discussions on fundamentals of democracy and civic engagement.
As part of the VSPS Meets Russia initiative, 5 participants from Arkhangelsk, Moscow, Novosibirsk and Voronezh were invited to join the Spring School of Diplomatic Skills – week-long soft skills workshops organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy.
The program was held on 20 – 24 March. It was focused on communication and included workshops such as: Public Speaking, Bilateral Negotiations, Diplomatic Protocol and Etiquette, Effective Meetings, Written Communication, Public Diplomacy, Social Media Campaigns, Leadership and Team Management. Apart from the Russian participants, the program gathered participants from Afghanistan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The multicultural environment contributed to the depth of discussion and presentation of various points of view. In general, the participants benefited from the program by having a chance to practice skills such as public speaking in a safe, encouraging environment.
More information about the program can be found HERE.
The June Session of the VSPS Meets Russia initiative, titled „Empowering Civil Society”, was designed for activists and NGO representatives. It aimed at supporting civil society, combating stereotypes and strengthening ties between young social and political leaders from Europe and Russia. Through practical workshops, discussions and simulations, the participants were equipped with a tool kit necessary for their everyday work in civil society organizations. The topics discussed were: project management, communication and PR for civil society organizations, social media campaigns, public speaking, leadership and team management and the development of civil society in the Visegrad countries.
The group included 8 Russian participants from Moscow, St Petersburg, and Barnaul, as well as Hungarians and Poles. They represented organizations dealing with issues such as: transparency and corruption, election observation, violations in healthcare system, civic education, legal assistance for refugees, cultural heritage protection and others. The diversity of the group allowed for a multifaceted discussion with diverse points of view and facilitated the creation of a network, which in the future can result in joint initiatives.
Program of the June Session is available below:
On 3 – 7 July 2017, as part of the VSPS Meets Russia initiative, 3 participants from Russia attended the Diplomatic Skills Masterclass organized by the European Academy of Diplomacy.
The Diplomatic Skills Masterclass is designed for young and mid-career professionals from the international business, public administration and third sector. The course builds on previously acquired soft skills and presents an expanded set of topics that are designed to further prepare participants for the challenges and rigors of diplomacy, international business and working in multinational organizations in the 21st century.
During every edition, at least 12 countries are represented in a group of 20 participants. The diversity of backgrounds and nationalities ensures not only a perfect networking opportunity, but also a multifaceted perspective on all the issues covered during the program. The workshop is held in English.
More information on the Diplomatic Skills Masterclass can be found HERE.
VSPS Meets Russia September Session is designed for journalists and media representatives from Visegrad countries and Russia. The aim of the program is to provide the participants with knowledge and skills empowering them to act as both government watchdogs and initiators of positive social change. It will encourage them to promote reliable, fact-based journalism, focused on combating fake news and different types of censorship or propaganda.
The program of VSPS Meets Russia September Session consists of two parts:
1. 20 – 24 September, Warsaw
During more than 30 hours of intense workshops, the participants will cover topics such as
Propaganda and Fake News,
Role of Media in Supporting Civil Society,
Social Media Campaigns,
2. 25 – 29 September, Raszyn – Falenty
The participants will attend the conference “Sapere Aude: Freedom, democracy and globalization.” organized by the Association of Schools of Political Studies in cooperation with the VSPS. The conference will gather over 60 young European leaders for a series of workshops, lectures and discussions on the various aspects of the political, social and economic developments in Europe and beyond. The program will focus on the fundamentals of democracy and civic engagement in the context of current national and international affairs.
We are happy to announce, that the recruitment for the VSPS Meets Russia September Session is now open!
Deadline for applications: 1 September 2017
The VSPS Scholarship covers the participation fee, 10 days of workshop, materials, certificate, lunches, coffee breaks and accommodation on 24 – 30 September in Falenty. Participants are required to arrange their travel and accommodation during the first part of the workshop in Warsaw (20 – 24 Septmeber).
The program is addressed to media representatives, journalists, bloggers, social and political activists from Russia and V4. The ideal candidate has a proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community, demonstrating leadership potential and a desire to take an active role in positively shaping the world around them.
Citizenship of one of the following countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia;
Minimum 23 years of age;
Minimum 3 years of working experience and proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student unions, civil society organizations);
English language competency: C1;
Participants must submit an online application form and upload their CV.