As you may have noticed, we’ve had to press pause on our big annual events during the pandemic, namely Unlock and CampCamp. Not to worry— they will be back. We miss them as badly as you do;-) In the meantime, we’ve begun relaunching smaller workshops and local meetups as the pandemic situation allows, most recently with a gathering of our programme alumni in Ivano-Frankivsk September 30 through October 2.
About 30 former programme participants gathered for 3 days in this eclectic city, known for its unique urban culture and recognised as one of the most livable cities in Ukraine. Apart from networking and brainstorming new ideas and initiatives, participants attended talks and master classes presented by their colleagues and experts from business and creative sectors. Of course, Covid safety is still a top priority, so all participants were required to be vaccinated or have a negative PCR test.
It was also a great chance for us to catch up with former programme participants and learn about how their projects are going, which is always a huge inspiration. Soon we’ll post some video interviews with authors of projects developed at our anti-domestic violence campaigning lab, Telling Her Story, and at our podcast school, Vsyo Slyshno.
This in person meetup follows the relaunch of our InterActions professional exchange programme, which will be hosted by civic organisations in Ukraine this year, as well as our workshop for Armenian social business, which took place in Yerevan in August, and a live talk with civil society in Bishkek called Culture and Social Changes in the spring.