12th - 13th of October 2018

Integration X

The SIETAR Polska Congress is coming up in October of this year and we’re taking a radically different approach this time.

The Congress will take place in Krzyżowa, a small village ca. 50km outside of Wroclaw. While small in size (around 220 inhabitants), Krzyżowa (http://www.krzyzowa.org.pl/) is of significant historical importance. The village was the seat of the von-Moltke family, who, on their estate, lead the “Kreisau Circle”, a community of diverse people opposing the Nazi regime during the 2nd World War. It was here that in 1989 the Polish Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and the German Chancellor Helmut Kohl held the first reconciliation meeting between the two countries and decided to develop this property as an International Youth Meeting Centre. It hosts thousands of Polish and German youth groups and school classes each year along with other international meetings, conferences and training courses.

We have chosen to host the SIETAR Polska Congress in Krzyżowa not only for its historical relevance to our work in SIETAR, but also because it will allow us to have a more immersive Congress experience. We will live, eat, learn and teach in the same beautiful place allowing us to really spend time together, form new relationships and deepen old connections.

The theme of the Congress, Integration X, is a topic that moves Poland, Europe and the world at this time. People are forced to leave their homes in almost every corner of the world and seek refuge and meld into new environments. Technologies are advancing at a rapid pace and integrating into increasingly more parts of our lives. Large organisations realise that corporate citizenship and social responsibility cannot just be handled by one department, but must, as a transversal value, become integrated into every aspect of running the business. All of these circumstances create the need for integration.

The “X” of the Congress theme stands for the unknown; it stands for “exponential” - and, as luck will have it, X also is 10 in the Roman numeral system and 2018 is the 10th anniversary of SIETAR Polska; so there you go.

The Programme will be a new approach as well. Take a look:

The Programme

12.10.2018 - Day 1:

7:30 Wake Up! Meditation, 5k or Reflection Walk (tbc)

8:30 Breakfast

09:30 Opening Session:

Welcome, Keynote with Sharing Insights and Merging Questions

11:00 Coffee

11:30 Module: Now and How we got here

Examining Challenges in areas of Science, Education, Politics and the Economy

(parallel sessions with 1 or 2 speakers per session)

13:30 Lunch

15:00 Module: Nerdshops and Deep Dives

Nerdshops are for thinking together; creating new insights and deepening our collective understanding. Here, we will be exploring concepts and issues such as Diversity, Hate-Speech, Radicalisation and Polarisation, Reconciliation, Resonance, Emergence, etc.

(parallel Nerdshops)

16:20 Coffee

17:00 Module: Integration X

Plenary Session

18:30 Rest

20:00 Gala dinner and 10th Anniversary Celebration

13.10.2018 Day 2:

8:00 Wake Up! Meditation, 5k or Reflection Walk (tbc)

8:30 Breakfast

09:30 Module: The Now we can Learn from

Examining Best Practices from Science, Education, Business and the 3rd Sector

(parallel sessions with 1 or 2 speakers per session)

11:00 Coffee

11:30 Module: Skilling Up

Workshops are for doing together; creating new practical skills and increasing our comfort with specific tools. These workshops will be all about specific skills to meet the requirements of the future.

13:30 Lunch

15:00 Module: Integrating the Now with the Future

Open Space to create and develop: Partnerships, Projects, Research Initiatives, Training Products, Diagnostic Tools, Evaluation Tools, etc.

17:30 Coffee

18:00 Module: Wow!

Plenary - Celebrating our Achievements

Closing the Congress

19:00 Informal Dinner, Rest and Getting Ready...

21:30 Party like it’s 1999

What’s missing is - you:

The Programme and the Location - they are nothing but a shell, a framework. The main language of the Congress is English while we look to include sessions in Polish as well. We would like to invite you to submit proposals for contributions for the different modules:

Wake-Up Sessions

7:30 Wake up! - 30 or 45 minutes

To help wake up minds and bodies for a day of learning, we would like to offer yoga, meditation, reflection walk or other similar activities. If you are able to run such sessions, please submit your ideas here.

Day 1:

11:30 Module: Now and How we got here - 60 or 120 minute sessions

Examining Challenges in areas of Science, Education, Politics and the Economy

(parallel sessions with 1 or 2 speakers per session)

For this module, we’re looking for speakers who have significant insights into the challenges we face today as a society. How can we understand the forces that shape our world better? What is the cutting edge from the political, social, psychological, economic, ethnographic and educational sciences, among others?

This session could be a talk followed by Q&A or other similar suggested format. If you have an idea for a contribution to this topic, please submit your proposal here.

15:00 Module: Nerdshops and Deep Dives - 70 minutes

Exploring concepts and issues such as Diversity, Hate-Speech, Reconciliation, Resonance, Emergence, etc. (parallel Nerdshops)

A Nerdshop is like a workshop, so, interactive and collectively productive by design. It is nerdy, in that each Nerdshop is meant to address one concept, introduce it and then go deep into what it really is, what it means, what it means for intercultural professions, and how it could be applied.

If you have recently become fascinated with a concept that you wish to share and discuss with your peers from SIETAR, please submit your proposal here.

17:00 Module: Integration X - 15 minutes

In this plenary session, we want to invite you to propose inputs that are best presented on a stage, in 10-15 minutes. Do you have an experience, an idea, an approach or a perspective that you want to share with your community of interculturalists? Please submit your proposal here.

Day 2:

09:30 Module: The Now we can Learn from - 45 or 90 minutes

Examining Best Practices from Science, Education, Business and the 3rd Sector

(parallel sessions with 1 or 2 speakers per session)

After Day 1 which was all about going deep and really understanding the present, the 2nd day is about looking ahead. In this session, it’s all about stories of success. What can we learn from the successes of others - what worked in one context and might work in others? We’re looking forward to seeing your proposals for this session, which you can submit here.

11:30 Module: Skilling Up - 90 minutes

And finally, before we start creating the future, let’s skill up. What methods or approaches can you share and teach to your peers in a 1.5 hour workshop? While the Nerdshops are all brainy and conceptual, these workshops should be practical, tangible and directly applicable.

Submit your proposal for a Skills-Workshop here.

Instructions for submission:

Submit your proposal by clicking on the link within your selected session type above (i.e. Nerdshop) where you will access an online form. Please complete the form with the requested information.

The deadline for submitting proposals is: 11th March 2018. Notice of acceptance will be given by 9th April 2018.

The main language for the Congress is English while we welcome submissions for sessions in Polish as well.