OUR SESSION VISION European Youth Parliament United Kingdom Autumn National Session 2019
Through specific and targeted measures, we hope to promote a positive atmosphere at the session in three key areas. 1. Anti-competitive steps EYPUK’s sessions are notoriously competitive. Schools see the National Session as the final of a debating competition and often encourage pupils to follow their lead. In recent years, the National Committee has successfully reduced the prevalence of this attitude, and we hope to build on this work in a number of ways. After the positive result following the implementation of ‘green cards’ at past National Sessions, we hope to reintroduce them. Each delegate is given a small green card which they can raise during General Assembly when they agree with the point being raised. We believe this tangibly encourages cross-delegation and cross-committee support and shifts the focus away from competition and towards consensus instead. We are also considering inter-committee delegate buddy groups, to be arranged by the organising team but implemented informally. We believe this will help ease nerves for general assembly as delegates recognise a greater number of faces in the crowd. It will also help foster a more cohesive session atmosphere and coherent group of delegates. This will also be furthered by coffee break activities and team competitions organised by the various officials teams.
In an effort to reduce the pressure on delegates to be selected, we also want to make it clear that they are able to stay involved in EYPUK and the wider EYP community regardless of the juryâ€™s decision. To do this, we will be running workshops on how to stay involved in EYP, on the different roles available to them, and how EYP as an organisation works. We hope this will help delegates stress less about the selection process, and improve alumni retention for the National Committee. 2. Inter-team cooperation Alongside this, we want to ensure a positive and cooperative atmosphere amongst the various officials who will attend. There will be a social programme every evening filled with a variety of activities - in the past this has included anything from cocktail making to karaoke. As a small officials team, itâ€™s really important that cooperation is emphasised so that all participants can get the most out of the session. The session will see mixed buddy groups, and potentially working groups on different elements of the session, such as implementation of the theme in each team, who will cooperate before and during the session. We believe these cross-team groups will encourage all officials to mix outside of their team socially, improving the atmosphere of the session and ultimately the quality of work produced by all as a result of collaboration. A work curfew for officials will also be strictly enforced each night in order to ensure participant welfare, promote socialising between teams, and encourage effective timemanagement and heightened levels of productivity. We believe this will help us to strike the right balance between excellent output and an enjoyable experience for officials 3. Cultural programme Both being from the local region, it is important to us that participants get to truly experience the city of Liverpool as far as possible. We want all aspects of the session to permeate the local community - whether it be media team projects or committee topics and will endeavour to create a cultural programme that leaves officials feeling as though they genuinely visited our exceptional city.
PRESIDENT'S VISION ANNA ZELLWEGER EYP SWITZERLAND
Dear all, In the following I would like to outline the vision I have for the Chairs team of the Liverpool Autumn Session 2019. From the beginning, however, I would like to make clear that I consider this outline to be nothing more than a foundation upon which we will build the session together. For the Chairs’ team and VPs I am looking not necessarily for the most experienced of applicants but for those who have both the most to gain from the experience and also the most to give. I am convinced that chairing at a session is a uniquely personal experience and do not believe in a one-size-fits-all sort of approach. My personal aim for this Session is to provide the Chairs with the support they need to play to their strengths whilst being able to work through those aspects of chairing that are more challenging to them. Be it academics, emotional support or the facing of stressful and challenging situations, myself and the VPs will make it our first priority to cater our support to the Chair’s individual needs. With a floating Board and 9 committees in total, I am convinced that the Liverpool Autumn National Session 2019 will be the ideal opportunity for Chairs of varying degrees of experience to develop a deeper understanding of the kind of leader they are and how to incorporate this in their further work both within EYP and beyond. Academics: General At the centre of our work will be the session theme: “Tomorrow's Europe: Overcoming the challenges of political and economic globalisation". The topics will be tailored to reflect especially the global question of the theme. What will tomorrow’s Europe look like in the face of existing and upcoming global challenges? Chairs will be challenged to think beyond the familiar framework of the EU, possibly even beyond that of Europe. All topics during the session will be tackling questions that concern citizens in a European and global context rather than a national one.
Academic Support and Pre-session Preparation: Something for you to take into consideration when applying to be a VP or a Chair at this session is that we will be going through a rather extensive pre-session preparation. Please take a minute to consider whether this is an extra workload you are willing to take on. The focus of our academic work will be topic ownership for Chairs and topic management for the Board. The Chairs will be given complete ownership and responsibility over their topic and the direction they want to take it in. This, however, also means that the Chairs will be expected to become topic experts. Beyond the traditional research done for Topic Overviews and preparation, we would like to see as much interactive preparation as possible. This could mean, for example, conducting an interview on the subject with an expert, collaborating with the media team on creating a video or, once the delegates are on board, create an interactive means for them to fact-share before the session. Besides responsibility over the topic, Chairs will also be free to decide on the general approach they want to take within their committee and the different emphases they want to set. Â With great power comes great responsibility! The Board will take on the role of topic management. Each Board member will be responsible for 3 of the topics whilst ensuring that the topic structure as a whole develops at a similar rate and in a similar direction. Within the topic clusters the Board member will act as a mirror for you to bounce ideas off of, giving feedback and support when needed. Besides this academic focus, training and knowledge-sharing will be at the centre of our work together. I consider three Board members an ideal opportunity to cater the training needs to the experience levels and interests in the group. Based on surveys, the board will prepare targeted trainings which will be held both before the Session and on Officialsâ€™ day.
During the Session Due to the floating Board structure Chairs will be able to rely on ongoing support. The Board, however, will be challenged to distribute that support in a manner that is most beneficial to all committees. For this collaboration to work, communication must flow in an open and honest matter. Bearing this in mind, I consider the well-being of all officials to be most important during our time in Liverpool. Together with the HOs and the rest of the Leadership we will ensure as much inter-team cooperation as possible. The aim is to create an open space where everyone feels comfortable both in their role as well as in speaking out if something is harming their well-being. Whilst the VPs and I will be the initial go-to people for the Chairâ€™s we as the Leadership hope to create a session atmosphere with as little inter-team boundaries as possible.
PROVISIONAL ACADEMIC TIMELINE 22. April: Chairs team starts working on Topics 28. May: Topic Overview deadline June onwards: pre-session preparation with delegates (including special theme-related projects), inter-team projects, pre-session trainings, session preparation
If youâ€™ve made it to the end of this vision I would like to thank you for sticking with me and for considering an application to the Session. I feel very passionate about the project and the people who are already on board. This will be both a very demanding yet all the more rewarding experience for all participants and I for one cannot wait to get started!
SAM LINGARD EYP UNITED KINGDOM
It is the media teams role to ensure that delegates, officials and those outside the session remain connected; fully aware of the current issues being discussed, and the ideas and visions that are constructed as a result of the event. EYP is an invaluable opportunity for all involved and remains fundamentally important in ensuring that politics is accessible to everyone. With that being said, it is surely of the upmost importance that the ideas and discussions are not left at the session, but rather marketed, documented and spread with the purpose of ensuring change. In order to see that this happens and guarantee that the session will be a success, the following text outlines a vision for the media team. Â The session theme of 'Tomorrow's Europe: Overcoming the Challenges of Economic and Political Globalisation', must be of paramount importance to the media team. Exploring the key ideas, and assessing what delegates believe on these issues would provide a compelling insight as to what the problem is and how we can look to address this in the future. It is also our job to inform delegates of the arguments within the debate, with discussions through articles and other forms of media providing them with the necessary information to come to informed conclusions. Â With only five of us on the media team, it vital that we are able to work together efficiently. Itâ€™s important that we have regular breaks, and look to work with each other in a constructive and supportive manner. We are looking for members who will be able to work well with others and contribute creatively to the process. I aim to make the media team environment as relaxed as possible, providing as much support and help to members as I can.
An initial idea for the session is to create introductory videos (no longer than one minute) for each topic, which could be posted online and shown before debates. This would provide a quick informational recap for delegates and offer a visual aid in doing so. In order to achieve this, I would require individuals that would be willing to put in some work before the session, in order to help research and produce these videos. Commitment and passion for EYP are therefore traits, which will be favourably looked upon in applicants. Another potential idea involves the use of data, specifically collecting information from delegates to assess how and why delegates may vote as a result of their socioeconomic backgrounds. This project would aim to address the issue of how accurately opinion polls are able to predict voting â€“ something made dubious by the Brexit referendum. As the editor, I am aware that each member of the media team will bring original and creative ideas to the session, and I believe it important that I am able to offer any support to these that I can. Ultimately this EYP session will be what you make it, so I would recommend that you come up with some concepts, which we as a team can work on beforehand and during our time at the session.
JOHN MCGUINNESS EYP UNITED KINGDOM My core philosophy is that we should not view EYP just as a competitive process but also as a welcoming space that serves as an educational tool that allows you people to both learn and develop over the course of the programme. The vision for the jury team I outline below hopes to capture that. Â Integrating Growth into the Selection Policy Personal development is a key part of the EYP experience, but it is rarely reflected in the work of the jury or how we think about selection. EYP for myself and so many others has been the opportunity to make mistakes in a safe environment and the freedom to grow both personally and professionally through these experiences. I want this development to be integrated into how we think about selection. Personal development first requires the recognition that you have things to develop. The humility to admit that and to allow others to inform your growth is a skill in it of itself and should be recognised as such. Consequently, delegates who are not perfect throughout the sessions but demonstrate concrete growth over the course of the programme and the willingness to engage in activities that are outside their comfort zone will be held in contention for selection. The goal here is give delegates to space try new things without fearing that it could affect their selection prospects. Â Approachable Jury Team An issue that I have frequently encountered with jury teams is that they can be separated from the session. The role relies on observation and does not require much interaction with other team and as a result can be isolated from both the delegates and the rest of the officialsâ€™ team. I am hoping to break that barrier down. Firstly, I want the jury team to remain approachable to delegates and be open to speaking to them. The jury team can be a scary presence to many delegates as they feel they are being graded at every moment. Efforts to humanise the jury team and have small moments of interaction with delegates would go a long way to putting delegates at ease and allowing them to feel comfortable being themselves. Secondly, I want a jury team that feels as integrated into the session as the other teams do. This involves making a concerted effort to socialise with other teams and finding ways to engage with the session elements of those teams. This way the jury can be part of the collaborative structure of the session rather than remaining at a distance.
EDUCATING AND EMPOWERING FUTURE GENERATIONS
OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONAL GROWTH THROUGH LEADERSHIP
CULTIVATING A COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT