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Call for applications: SI Alumni Events!

Photo taken at last year’s alumni event “Our journey after Swedish Institute Management Programme”. Provided by SI alumnus Olga Ryabova.

Do you have an idea for an alumni event that you’d like to organise in 2016? The Swedish Institute can provide you financial support!

The Swedish Institute is pleased to announce the possibility for SI alumni and Regional SI Alumni Networks to apply for financial support to organise local events in 2016.

Through this call SI wishes to support regional alumni activities with the aim of creating platforms for alumni to meet, exchange knowledge and build competence in the network.

A maximum of SEK 12,000 can be applied for within this call. The grant can be used to arrange social events, lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, and much more.

The call for applications is open from 15 January to 7 February.

You can find all relevant information and instructions on how to apply by clicking here.

Download the application form through this link.

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Alumni events in Vilnius 7-8 January

Non-profit umbrella organization Youth to Youth Initiative, Malmö University and the Swedish Institute invite you to two alumni events in Vilnius, 7-8 january:

Social Innovation: Youth Participation in Governance

When: 7 January 2016 13:00/ Thursday

Where: Restaurant KITCHEN – Didžioji g. 11, Vilnius

Non-profit umbrella organization Youth to Youth Initiative which aims to foster change and to construct an effective environment for youth participation in the decision making process and community development, Malmö University (Sweden) and Swedish Institute are inviting to a discussion by a cup of coffee.

An important part of social innovation is the opening of governance structures and processes to diversity. There can be any number of drivers for this and it also reflects the extent to which these initiatives enables sustainable change and inclusion. In this seminar, more or less successful examples of youth participation in governance from different countries will be discussed.

Fredrik Björk a lecturer in Social Innovation and Environmental Science at the Department for Urban Studies, Malmö University will arrive directly from Sweden to share his knowledge, insights and ideas with Vilnius Community.

Fredrik Björk is locally is also engaged as a board member of Yalla Trappan, a social enterprise, and the Center for Public Entrepreneurship, a third sector initiative to support civic entrepreneurial initiatives in the region on Skåne.

In 2014 Björk was part of the team that developed an Agenda for an ecosystem for social innovation in Sweden, an initiative financed by VINNOVA, the Swedish governement’s innovation agency. Some months back, Björk joined the Global Wellbeing Lab, a network of people from different parts of society, and all corners of the world. The lab focus on how leadership and organisations can develop beyond the narrow metrics of GDP, towards an approach were the wellbeing of people and ecosystems are at the center. The Lab is a joint initiative by the MIT-based Presencing Institute, GIZ’s Global leadership academy and the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan.”

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Social Planning in Volunteering, Zaporizhzhya 21-23 May

Taras Butchenko and Igor Kudinov were amongst the ones who were granted funding in the first call for applications in 2015 to organise an alumni event. Their event was on the topic of volunteering and took place in Zaporizhzhya on 21-23 May. Below is their report from the event:

Igor Kudinov

“Social Planning in Volunteering” event held at Zaporizhzhya National University (Ukraine) with support from the Swedish Institute was attended by more than 30 guests, including 10 SI alumni. The main aim of the event was to establish Swedish Institute alumni local network in the field of volunteering. It consisted of different discussions and classes on numerous topics. Most of them were practical workshops focused on a new ideas and methods of planning in volunteer social work.

With regard to a particular topicality of the subject the event had a great public resonance and attracted participants not only from different regions of Ukraine (Kiev, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Rivno, Ternopil) but also from neighboring countries (Belarus, Estonia and Georgia). SI alumni were engaged into professional discussion with volunteers, researchers, staff of NGO, officials who took an active part in the meetings and classes. Read more » >>

“Make it social!” – Event on social entrepreneurship in Minsk in November

Please find below a report from Natallia Rameika who was granted economic support in 2014 to organise an event on social entrepreneurship. 

No business can be successful without its positive effect on the society. To create a better tomorrow the first thing an entrepreneur should think about is not the money he/she can earn but the change he/she can make. Social entrepreneurship perfectly combines these two aspects: accomplishment of social tasks and entrepreneurial approach. To understand what is social entrepreneurship and how important its development in Belarus, Belarusian SI Alumni orginised the two days seminar-training “Make It Social!” Read more » >>