Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research

SIETAR Polska Congress 2018

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 Krzyzowa, a small village ca. 50km outside of Wroclaw. While small in size (around 220 inhabitants), Krzyzowa 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 Krzyzowa 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:

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