26 June: SIETAR Europa 2020 General Assembly Meeting

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting
June 25th, 2020 at 19:00 CET

As SIETAR members we are constantly influencing and changing the organisation to which we represent and belong. There are a lot of ways we do that: organising events, contributing to discussions, sharing experiences, and supporting initiatives.

Once a year members have an opportunity to influence the strategic decision-making by participating in the SIETAR General Assembly (GA).

The GA is, as you know, the highest governing authority of SIETAR. At the GA, we review our previous year achievements and vote for the next year’s vision and strategy.

Your voice matters. Please, participate and be heard.
The GA 2020 will take place virtually on June 25th at 19.00 CET

Please find the following documents:

The meeting will be held on Zoom that allows everyone to be heard:  to comment, ask questions, present suggestions and vote for changes we want to see.

Please register in advance to attend the General Assembly. We will meet on Zoom:
When: Jun 25, 2020 19:00 Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna

Register in advance for this meeting: Contact the office at office@sietareu.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

For those who would like to refresh their knowledge about the GA purpose and the role – please, go to Article 7 of the SIETAR Europa Statutes and article 9 of the Guidelines. Here

Mark it in your calendar.
Decide to participate. Choose to influence.

Kind regards,
Tamara Thorpe
President    

General Assembly Meeting 2018

(originally published 5 May 2018)

SIETAR Europa General Assembly Meeting 2018

7 June, 7 PM (CET)  – Virtual meeting

Please click here for announcement.

Invitation with joining instructions was emailed to members on 31 May 2018.

President’s Greeting 2018

(first published February 2018)

Dear fellow SIETAR Europa members and friends,

It is a great honour to have been appointed to the role of President of SIETAR Europa.  Over the years I have benefitted greatly from the insights, perspectives and knowledge gained from interactions with SIETAR members and enjoyed socialising, exchanging ideas and making friends at SIETAR events around the world. I am happy therefore to do whatever I can to further the aims of an organisation which plays such an important role in building better understanding across cultures.

I want to thank Dr. Pari Namazie, as she steps down as President, for leading SIETAR Europa with such skill, dedication and charm to overcome the challenges faced and to strengthen the organisation we see today. I will endeavour to continue her excellent work, though she is a hard act to follow! I am also grateful to Linda Vignac for undertaking to stay on as Treasurer until after the next AGM, and to Hanneke Brakenhoff for taking on the role of Vice-President. Their experience and expertise will be invaluable. I look forward to continuing to work with SIETAR Europa’s Board. Over the past two years it has been a pleasure working with this pan-European group in my role as SIETAR UK president. During this time (unlike some other British institutions!)  there has been a deepening of the UK’s ties to Europe, with all the different perspectives, creativity and fun which that brings.

Mark Twain famously said, ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.’ This may not always be the case, but SIETAR Europa plays an important role in promoting the values of openness, tolerance, inclusion and a real appreciation of diversity. In today’s globalised, yet turbulent world, intercultural skills are more valuable than ever before, whatever your field or profession. I will be working closely with SIETAR Europa’s board and consulting with members to explore ways that we can expand our role and impact in this area for the benefit of the organisation and the wider community and look forward to connecting with many of you at our events or through our activities.

Joyce Jenkins
President SIETAR Europa

President’s New Years Message 2018

(first published December 2017)

Surprising how fast the days pass by and already we have 2018 soon ahead of us. In my head, I already feel half of 2018 has already flown by. If you empathise with this statement, then maybe this is a good signal telling us to stop, focus on the present, reflect on events of the past year, where we have been and clear our heads for where we are going.

When I reflect on SIETAR in 2017, there are so many achievements we shared as a community:

  • A successful congress in Dublin where around 400 participants came together to discover, learn and share. We used this fun new app called Whova (remember it’s pronounced who and then va). We rekindled friendships, heard new thoughts and perspectives, were deeply involved with layers of discussions questioning our identities and culture, laughed a bit, cried a bit and danced a bit. I think many of us would have enjoyed dancing more…
  • We completed a productive webinar year, thanks to the Events and Membership Committee, thank you to the events team!
  • Our Communications Committee did an excellent job in Dublin but also globally by keeping us visible and significant, thank you communications team!
  • Once again, we enjoyed the insights in the SIETAR Europa , a special thanks to Patrick Schmidt.
  • We launched our first SIETAR Europa (intercultural) Cookbook! Do you have a copy, if not please pre-order it here.
  • Special Interests Groups (SIG) continued to work on important issues, such as the migrant challenge and integration into Europe, with new SIGs being formed.
  • New SIETARs are looking at being formed, both within SIETAR Europa (requests from SIETAR Scandinavia, SIETAR Greece) and within our global community (SIETAR South Africa, SIETAR Middle East, SIETAR Chile to name a few)
  • SIETAR Europa took its steps for re-structuring further and has recently posted a call within our community for a Management and Operations Head to work with our board. This person will come on board as of 2018.

Already looking forward to 2018; we have:

  • Our next congress venue committee shortlisted a number of potential venues for our 2019 SIETAR Europa Congress. With the agreement of the Board, we are happy to announce the next SIETAR Europa 2019 congress will be held in Mechelen, Belgium starting on Monday 27 May and ending on Sunday 2 June 2019. As previous years, Monday 27 -Wednesday 29 May will host pre-congress workshops and Thursday 30 May – Sunday 2 June will be congress days.
  • In early 2018, we will send the call for applications for congress co-ordinators and a steering committee.
  • Our events and webinar series for 2018 is already on line here with a diverse and exciting new program. Thanks go all the committee team members.
  • A special thanks to Barbara Covarrubias Venegas who steps down after 3.5 years as the Head of the Communications Committee. Taking her place is Carla Cabrera Cuadrado, who has worked with the Communications Committee for some time. We also welcome Steve Miller, as new IT architect of SIETAR Europa on board. See here for who’s who on our committees.
  • We also say goodbye to some board members who were part of the Executive officers, a special thank you to Silvia Bessler (SIETAR Spain) and Alexander Scheitza (Special Envoy from SIETAR Germany). Our current board members are listed here.
  • We were sad to lose SIETAR Bulgaria who discontinue their activities in 2018. The remaining members will once again merge back into SIETAR Europa as Direct Members.
  • We also have new Direct Member elections in January 2018 and once the Direct Members are selected, the Board will elect a new Executive Officers team; comprising a new President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.
  • A Management and Operations Head will join SIETAR Europa and put together a team to work on executing SIETAR Europa’s vision.

I am looking forward to continuing our task of professionalising SIETAR and making our organisation more efficient, with a clear focus on knowledge, outreach and customer orientation. The words Discover, Learn, Share speak loud and clear about the mission of SIETAR Europa.

I am often asked “What is SIETAR?” My answer is SIETAR is a community full of individuals dedicated to the intercultural field, who have a passion to make the world a better place through awareness, understanding and dialogue. SIETAR is SIETAR because of YOU; our members, because of each of you, your ability and perseverance to make a difference and maintain a community spirit. I thank you for supporting our congress, for the work you do, for continuing to keep the intercultural field important and significant. If you are able to participate in taking forward our mandate, please join one of our committees or submit an application to our different calls for volunteers. We welcome your active participation.

Not only am I thankful to our members, I am very thankful to be working with a talented and committed SIETAR Europa board. We plan to have our annual face to face board meeting in March 2018, possibly in Mechelen, which also gives us the opportunity to see our 2019 congress venue.

I have served on the SIETAR Europa board from 2013 as a Direct Member representative and since 2015 as the SIETAR Europa President. It has been an honour to serve SIETAR Europa and to be more active in the organisational and strategic development of SIETAR Europa. Within whichever capacity; as a member or board member, I look forward to 2018, to continuing our dialogues and to meeting you somewhere in the world. In the meantime, I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday season and new year.

Warm wishes,
Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

General Assembly Meeting 2017

(originally published 25 March 2017)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

May 26, 2017 at 18:00 GMT

 

We are pleased to invite you to a General Assembly meeting on Friday 26 May 2017, in Dublin from 18:00-19:30 GMT. The General Assembly will be held in:

Room 218
St Patrick’s Campus
Dublin City University
Drumcondra
Dublin 9

Please note, this General Assembly will be held face to face as part of the Dublin congress. We will do our best to offer the possibility of virtual attendance. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Please find below all the files relating to the General Assembly. These include:

 

According to the Statutes of SIETAR Europa: All members (full and honorary members) shall have one vote in the General Assembly. The quorum for the General Assembly shall be 25% of the total membership unless stated differently in these statutes. If a quorum is not present, then a second meeting may be called in which no quorum is required. Decisions are taken by simple majority of the voting members present or represented by proxy unless stated differently in these statutes. The cast valid votes count. Abstentions are counted as spoiled/invalid.

If you can’t attend and vote, you can download the proxy form, fill it in and return it to us to appoint a proxy.

 

We look forward to seeing you in Dublin and to meeting you at the General Assembly!

Warm wishes,

The SIETAR Europa Board

President’s New Years Message 2017

(first published December 2016)

As I review 2016 on a global scale, it has been one which has surprised and shocked us. Events that dominated the news in the second half of 2016 include Brexit and the recent election of Donald Trump as the next US President. The turmoil faced in the Middle East continues with heart breaking scenes from war torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Consequences of migration in Europe has seen a rise in populism, testing and questioning our values and identity. Leaders fell and were replaced, protests were held, emotions ran rampant, from shock, disbelief, to anger, fear, hopelessness, to acceptance, positive action, to “a thing of the past” and acceptance.

As we go through these stages above, we wonder where are we- where is the world heading? I am reminded of the words of Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), “there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”. And maybe these events force us to question things and look for new solutions. In all this confusion and uncertainty, there can be hope, there can be light, there are hundreds of thousands, millions of people, who will unite for positive action, quietly, loudly, in strength of one character, in mobilising a movement or group. I am reminded of our SIETAR members, our network, our colleagues, the work we do bridging cultures, countries and peoples. And so once again, I feel there is a greater need for our area of work and to continue and engage on every level, no matter how great, no matter how small.

And sharing some of these stories of how we make a difference and what we are doing in our SIETAR community, 2016 has been a constructive year. Below I share some highlights of our work and achievements around the world:

  • The Board, Executive, Communications, Re-structuring and Events committees have worked tirelessly on making SIETAR Europa more visible, more professional, putting standards and processes in place. This job is on-going. As we professionalise, we ask difficult questions on our structure, how to serve our members better and the future of the SIETAR organisation. The end result of these discussions is to become a more efficient, transparent and professional organisation.
  • We had a number of conferences around the world, including SIETAR USA and SIETAR Poland and a very successful SIETAR Europa webinar series using new, efficient tool we have subscribed to, Zoom.
  • A group of interculturalists met in Brussels to brainstorm on the migrant issue. This work and dialogue continues.
  • The SIETAR Global Connect group which meets once a month and brings all SIETAR presidents together, continues to share best practices and exchange. We welcomed SIETAR Mexico to our global community and will soon be welcoming SIETAR South Africa. A global events calendar displays the variety of events all over the world.
  • And last but not least, planning for the #seucongress Dublin congress is well under way, led by a number of committees; including a steering committee, two very dedicated congress coordinators, a program and academic committee with a lot of reviewers, which includes the keynote speakers’ committee, film festival, arts and music program and pre-congress committees. Then there is the very active communications committee, sponsorship, scholarship, budgeting and finally volunteers committee.

And if that is not enough, we are already looking forward to 2017…

  • We already have the entire 2017 webinar series on line!
  • More national and global SIETAR conferences to look forward to, please see the websites of all national SIETARs, an overview is here!
  • Of course, the congress in Dublin 22-27 May and
  • A little sneak surprise, you are the first to hear about the SIETAR Europa Cookbook – soon to be launched in 2017, more information will follow soon as we invite all of you to contribute!

It is a pleasure to work with a talented and committed SIETAR Europa board. I am pleased that we will have our annual face to face board meeting in March 2017. One of our efficiency drives has been to reduce our face to face board meetings. Although this is not ideal, we strive to hold one face to face meeting per year and the remainder are held virtually every two months. I look forward to 2017, to continuing our dialogues and to meeting you in Dublin. In the meantime, I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and new year. Until 2017, stay well and warm!

Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

General Assembly Meeting 2016

(announcement originally published 8 April 2016)

(minutes of GAM originally published 22 August 2016 – click here)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

June 09th, 2016 at 18:00 CET

 

Notice is hereby given of the convening of the SIETAR Europa General Assembly, which will take place on Thursday June 09th, 2016, starting at 18:00 CET. The meeting will be held using our ZOOM platform, for which the log in details will be sent later.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum
  2. Acceptance of last minutes
  3. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2015 and introduction of projects in the upcoming period (e.g. re-structuring of SIETAR Europa, Congress)
  4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2015. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2015
  5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2016
  6. Presentation & Approval of Budget for 2016
  7. Other business

President’s New Years Message 2016

(first published December 2015)

Dear SIETAR Colleagues,

Looking back on the past year, 2015 came filled with many opportunities and challenges, heart-warming and heart-breaking events, joys and sorrows. It is hard for any of us to influence world events, but how we react as individuals and within our communities can make a world of difference. And a difference can be made in many different ways, no matter how great, no matter how small…

Looking back at the first half of the year, SIETAR Europa enjoyed a successful congress in Valencia, where our very active team of volunteers and committees came together once more to organize an amazing congress, where knowledge could flow, networks could be built, old and new friendships could be re-kindled. For the organising committees, there were lessons to be learnt and improvements to be made for our forthcoming congresses. And in the midst of the migrant crisis which followed in the latter half of the year, it was warming to see the solidarity of our members, community and national SIETARs working together as volunteers and entrepreneurs, providing assistance and solutions to this global crisis. Through the global connect platform connecting SIETAR Presidents, many stories, projects, best practices were shared on this issue.

In October 2015, SIETAR Europa welcomed a new board with representatives from each national SIETAR and our direct members, i.e. members who do not belong to a national SIETAR. The Board hit the ground running, so to speak, and had to immediately deal with one or two challenges. To this aim, I am honoured to be working with the current board, who as individuals come with experience, objectivity and wisdom and as a team show a true spirit of democracy, ensuring each decision is weighed within both the national and global frameworks we operate in.

As for the year ahead, I believe our SIETAR family and community has much work to do and much to offer. Not only do our individual projects in our different fields of education, training, coaching, consulting and research continue but so does our work within our national SIETARs and within SIETAR Europa. Our communication committee works tirelessly ensuring SIETAR Europa is “seen and heard” on social media, newsletters and journals. The next congress committee has already come together to start the discussion on the 2017 Dublin congress theme and the events and webinar committee has not only a new and highly professional webinar platform, but has already provided us with an excting and exhaustive calendar of webinars for the year ahead. The SIETAR Europa board will come together in an annual face to face meeting in February to discuss important issues on strategy, structure and adding value. In addition to a face to face meeting, the board will hold monthly virtual meetings.

I look forward to 2016 and hope it is a year in which we continue learning, sharing and giving. I and the SIETAR Europa Board take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a happy holiday and new year. Until 2016, stay well and warm!

Pari Namazie
President SIETAR Europa

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President’s Welcome – October 2015

(originally published October 2015)

Dear fellow SIETARians,

I am reminded by the words of Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet who wrote;

“A traveller is not he who walks fast and tires easily, a traveller is he who walks slowly and consistently.”

When I reflect on life’s journey, my experience has shown that it has been the moments I have spent along the journey, taking time to think, explore, falter, analyse and question which have provided me greater opportunities for personal and professional development, than reaching my destination.

Before the Board elected me, I shared a concern with them and said, “I have something I need to share with you, I need to tell you that although I live here in Europe, I am not European, I am somewhat of an outsider and a migrant.”  Although I was a student in the UK many years ago and a SIETAR member since 2002, I migrated to Europe in 2010. I come from a region riddled with war, where democracy struggles to put down roots, where truth holds many masks, where the bonds of friendships and families runs strong, where distrust runs deep, where freedom is a word written on a wall.

And today one of the biggest concerns we share in Europe is the migrant issue. Migrants come in strength and number, knowing not what the future holds, but with a deep belief of hope for a better future. Europe embraces us, fears us, threatens us, loves us… Together we will face many challenges, hopefully learn from each other and evolve. There is so much to learn from one another, if we are prepared to see. This brings me back to Rumi’s wisdom of walking slowly and consistently, learning from each other, taking time on the journey.

And for our SIETAR Europa community, I feel it is also our time to be part of this journey, to examine our role, not only in the bigger picture of Europe but also within our own community, consolidating our values, mission and vision and finding a unified voice. I hope we can continue this journey together, it might at times be too slow for many of us but hopefully it will be consistent. In this same light, I look forward to working closely with our new Board, our diverse and active members and each national SIETAR in order to understand our different needs and priorities and how we can move forward one step at a time.

As a final word, I would personally like to thank Claude Bourgeois, the past SIETAR Europa President, although it was a short presidency, I greatly admire and commend her passion, commitment and energy to SIETAR.

With warmth and light,

 

Pari Namazie, PhD

President of SIETAR Europa

Maria Jicheva passes away

(originally published 15 June 2015)

We heard today that Maria Jicheva passed away this weekend of the cancer she had been struggling with such courage and dignity, without moaning, showing or complaining; with so much courage that to some of us, unaware of the suffering she has been facing, so fiercely hidden behind her smile, her warmth, in Tallinn and elsewhere, Her much too early departure comes as real shock, and unprepared as we were will take time to realize.

Our deep sympathy goes to her daughter, her family, her friends and her colleagues. We share your grief and your sorrow.

Our sympathy goes to Francien from the Netherlands, to Alexander from Germany who were Presidents of SIETAR Europa just before and just after: SIETAR Presidents work hand in hand and they did, in the three years she served as Sietar Europa President from 2004 to 2007 : “She was a very remarkable person, a good friend and a reliable, motivating and inspiring colleague to many of us. And yes, the “Queen of Diplomacy” was a title she truly deserved”

The Queen of Diplomacy, thus she will be remembered. Please be assured that we DO share your grief.

Our sympathy goes to our and her colleagues, our and her so many friends from Sofia and from SIETAR Bulgaria, she was such a very active contributor and president; and to her colleagues in the UK where she had recently settled.

Our sympathy also goes to the many Sietarians from all over who worked shared, built with Maria – “She was so generous, so inspiring” – contributed to her many a project, adding stepping stones together to a better understanding and to higher respect of mankind.

PEACE be with her!

Claude Bourgeois, Sietar Europa President

**A collection is being organized for the funeral. The very numerous portraits and messages we receive from all over Europe will be gathered into a memory booklet for her family to keep.

Letter from Mieke Janssen-Matthes, Co-founder and first President of SIETAR Europa

(originally published May 2015)

We would like to publish a letter from Mieke Janssen-Matthes, co-founder and first president of SIETAR Europa who recently celebrated her birthday:

Dear Mister President of SIETAR-EUROPA, Livingstone Thompson, Hanneke, Saskia, Candela and Manuel,

Your message, your congratulations and all good wishes really touched me. Thank you so much!

It aroused happy thoughts, inspiring memories but most of all it reminded me of the unity, good will and enthusiasm, so ingrained in this non-governmental society for education, training and research in Europe. You begin meeting colleagues, you end leaving friends!

May this congress manage to keep up the “good work”, showing how original grass- roots organizations might be exemplary!

May the exchange of knowledge, of care and problem solving be a joy to you all.

I considered participating, but my health keeps me home, hopefully preparing me for the next decade!

Enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner, hopefully looking forward to the next conference!

Please, forward my warm greetings to all SIETARIANS, old and new.

Let me end with the Vera Lynn’s song:

     “We’ll meet again,
      don’t know where,
      don’t know when,
      some happy day!”

Many, Many thanks.
Mieke M.E. Janssen-Matthes,
Co-creator and First President of SIETAR-Europa

Livingstone Thompson – UIA Interview

(originally published May 2015)

Dr Livingstone Thompson, President of SIETAR Europa (Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research), has been recently interviewed by UIA (Union of International Associations) on the upcoming SIETAR Europa Congress in Valencia. The interview is featured in their May 5th issue. You can read the interview by clicking here

General Assembly Meeting 2015

(announcement originally published 2 April 2015)
(minutes of GAM originally published 20 October 2015 – click here)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

April 22, 2015 at 19:00 CET

 

Notice is hereby given of the convening of the SIETAR Europa AGM, which will take place on Wednesday April 22nd, 2015, starting at 19:00 CET. 

The meeting will be held using the Gotomeeting online platform:

1. Link to the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/598820693

2. Please use your microphone and (VoIP). You can also participate by phone:
France: +33 (0) 182 880 780
Germany: +49 (0) 692 5736 7211
Irleland: +353 (0) 15 290 180
Italy: +39 0 699 26 68 58
Netherlands: +31 (0) 208 908 267
Austria: +43 (0) 7 2088 0034
Switzerland +41 (0) 435 0006 96
Spain: +34 911 23 0850
UK: +44 (0) 20 3713 5028

PIN-Code: 598-820-693

Meeting-ID: 598-820-693

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

AGENDA :

1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum

2. Acceptance of last minutes and appointment of minute Committee

3. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2014 and introduction of the new Directors.

4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2014. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2014

5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2015

6. Presentation & Approval of Budget for 2015

7. Other business

 

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Saskia Lackner 

SIETAR Europa board secretary

 

PROXY

For representation at the SIETAR Europa General Assembly

The undersigned appoints …………………….…… as proxy, with full power of substitution, to represent the undersigned at the General Assembly of SIETAR Europa to be held on April 22nd, 2015 and at any adjournments of the meeting, and to vote as specified in this proxy.

 

Dated ………………………………………… Signed ………………………………………

Please send it back by email to office@sietar-europa.org

President’s Letter 2015

(first published December 2014)

Dear SIETAR Colleagues,

The lights of the Christians’ Christmas celebrations, as do the festivals of lights in other religious traditions like Jain and Hinduism, remind us of the stories of new life, triumph and new beginnings that have been preserved in the world’s cultural traditions. The stories are told and re-told as each generation tries to find new answers for old questions and pose new questions as they search for new situations.
SIETAR Europa is also aware of its own cultural stories and as 2015 comes within our gaze, we are seeking new narratives to refresh the cultural paradigms. Global and regional changes, as changes in local communities, challenge us to find new answers to old questions of culture, cultural interaction and intercultural communication

The search for new stories, new theories and cutting edge practices in the intercultural field, which is the thematic idea underlying the congress to be held in Valencia May 21-23, 2015, is also a search for new ways of being intercultural and relevant in a world that is irretrievably diverse. Further information can be found on the congress webpage here: http://archives.sietareu.org/seucongress2015, registration is already open.

SIETAR Europa, as a leading intercultural organisation, treats the grasp for new cultural paradigms as an imperative, which is also reflected in the current process to realise a new mission and vision leading towards 2025.

As 2014 ends and as we awake to the hope and excitement of 2015, we praise the commitment of our Board of Directors, executives and working committees, whose tireless efforts gave a fresh impulse to our work. Our zeal and drive cannot slacken in the New Year.

The new vision and mission leading to 2025, the new theories and ideas for new practice emerging from the May 21-23 congress and the inauguration of a new president and Board are some of the exciting things to expect in 2015.

Yours,

Livingstone Thompson
President, SIETAR Europa


Maura Gallagher passes away

(originally published July 2014)

It is with deep regret that we have to inform you of the recent passing of Maura Gallagher. She is seen below (standing in white jacket) with Alice Davis (seated), Acting President of SIETAR Ireland.

Maura was a long-standing member of SIETAR Europa and was instrumental in introducing many people in Ireland and the UK to SIETAR. She was a founding member of SIETAR Ireland. Maura died in Ireland on July 27, 2014 and was buried a few days later. We honour her memory with appreciation for the contribution she made to SIETAR.

 

President’s message for 2014 UN World Day for Cultural Diversity and Dialogue

(originally published May 2014)

The UN World Day for Cultural Diversity and Dialogue, May 21, is a reminder to us that developing education and intercultural skills to sustain the diversity and strengthen harmony of societies is a challenge that still lies before us. For this reason SIETAR Europa, as part of its commitment to intercultural values, has made renewing paradigms of culture and diversity a thematic focus for the coming twelve months. The next SIETAR Europa congress, which will be held in Valencia, Spain on May 20-24, 2015 under that theme, will therefore be a way to observe the 2015 World Day of Cultural Diversity and Dialogue. SIETAR Europa invites you to join us in Refreshing the Cultural Paradigm.

Livingstone Thompson
President of SIETAR Europa

General Assembly Meeting 2014

(originally published June 2014)

 

SIETAR Europa –  General Assembly Meeting

June 16, 2014 at 19:00 CET

AGENDA:

1. Welcome and Verification of Quorum

2. Acceptance of last minutes and appointment of minute Committee

3. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2013 and introduction of the new Directors.

4. Report from the Treasurer: accounts of 2013. Presentation of auditors’ report, Approval of accounts 2013

5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2014

6. Presentation of Budget for 2014

7. Report on what comes next

8. Approval Budget 2014

9. Any other business

10. Closure

You can download a copy of the President’s report by clicking here.

To download the minutes of the AGM, please click here.

President’s New Years Message 2014

(originally published December 2013) – Winds of Change

Dear SIETAR Colleagues,

As we approach a New Year I would like to share with you what is happening in SIETAR Europa and
to invite you to play your part in raising our organisation to a new level of excellence in the
intercultural field.

In Europe, as elsewhere, winds of change are blowing and we must unfurl our sails to take advantage
of them. This may mean leaving sheltering practices and structures that we have relied on until now,
which may no longer serve us well as we sail into the uncharted waters of a global tide of change.

As a step toward more efficient and smarter ways of working, SIETAR Europa will engage an
Executive Officer in January 2014. This step is designed to ensure that we:

  • Strengthen SIETAR Europa’s public image and develop a professional brand that people
    across Europe will recognize and be keen to associate with.
  • Create and commit to a vision and implement strategic plans that will grow the organization
    and establish it internationally as the leader in intercultural education, training and research.
  • Increase membership involvment and grow local and national SIETAR organisations that are
    at the heart of the vitality and sustainability of the entire SIETAR movement.

Taking advantage of the winds of change also means strengthening our capacity to work virtually.
We will launch a SIETAR Europa virtual meeting platform in January to support the activities of the
working committees and the Board of Directors. These working committees have targets to meet and
results to deliver in the areas of communication and social media, publication and research, grants and
projects, membership events, finance and development, as well as planning our next congress in 2015.

Desire for greater global collaboration is gathering momentum in conversations between SIETARs
in Europe, USA, Japan, Brazil, British Columbia Argentina, Australia, Arabia and Young SIETAR.

This surging tide of global networking will lift all the national and local boats in the SIETAR fleet!
SIETAR Europa’s immediate critical challenge is to clearly define itself and its vision towards 2020.
The first in a series of strategic meetings to explore our future directions will be held in February,
facilitated by our Finance and Development Committee. Follow-up steps will be taken at the Board
meeting in Madrid, March 6-9.

We eagerly view the New Year as an occasion for change, for fresh vision and for new
accomplishments. To make the most of these opportunities, we need creative, innovative and
energetic minds and willing hands. We need your input. We need you. Please make it your resolve for
2014 to communicate your ideas and needs, to volunteer your available time and energy to your local
SIETAR organization, to the work of SIETAR Europa and its Committees. (Committees are listed at
http://www.sietareu.org/what-is-sietar/committees). We encourage you to participate actively in the
discussions in our various SIETAR online networks.

Join us for an exciting and productive year!

Yours,
Livingstone Thompson, PhD
President, SIETAR Europa

President’s Letter 2014

(first published December 2013)

Dear SIETAR Colleagues,

As we approach a New Year I would like to share with you what is happening in SIETAR Europa and to invite you to play your part in raising our organisation to a new level of excellence in the intercultural field.

In Europe, as elsewhere, winds of change are blowing and we must unfurl our sails to take advantage of them. This may mean leaving sheltering practices and structures that we have relied on until now, which may no longer serve us well as we sail into the uncharted waters of a global tide of change.

As a step toward more efficient and smarter ways of working, SIETAR Europa will engage an Executive Officer in January 2014. This step is designed to ensure that we:

  • Strengthen SIETAR Europa’s public image and develop a professional brand that people across Europe will recognize and be keen to associate with.
  • Create and commit to a vision and implement strategic plans that will grow the organization and establish it internationally as the leader in intercultural education, training and research.
  • Increase membership involvment and grow local and national SIETAR organisations that are at the heart of the vitality and sustainability of the entire SIETAR movement.

Taking advantage of the winds of change also means strengthening our capacity to work virtually. We will launch a SIETAR Europa virtual meeting platform in January to support the activities of the working committees and the Board of Directors. These working committees have targets to meet and results to deliver in the areas of communication and social media, publication and research, grants and projects, membership events, finance and development, as well as planning our next congress in 2015.

Desire for greater global collaboration is gathering momentum in conversations between SIETARs in Europe, USA, Japan, Brazil, British Columbia Argentina, Australia, Arabia and Young SIETAR. This surging tide of global networking will lift all the national and local boats in the SIETAR fleet!

SIETAR Europa’s immediate critical challenge is to clearly define itself and its vision towards 2020. The first in a series of strategic meetings to explore our future directions will be held in February, facilitated by our Finance and Development Committee. Follow-up steps will be taken at the Board meeting in Madrid, March 6-9.

We eagerly view the New Year as an occasion for change, for fresh vision and for new accomplishments. To make the most of these opportunities, we need creative, innovative and energetic minds and willing hands. We need your input. We need you. Please make it your resolve for 2014 to communicate your ideas and needs, to volunteer your available time and energy to your local SIETAR organization, to the work of SIETAR Europa and its Committees. (Committees are listed at http://archives.sietareu.org/what-is-sietar/committees ). We encourage you to participate actively in the discussions in our various SIETAR online networks.

Join us for an exciting and productive year!

Yours,

Livingstone Thompson, PhD
President, SIETAR Europa

 


 

General Assembly Meeting 2013

(originally published April 2013)

 

SIETAR Europa General Assembly

Thursday, April 25, 2013
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM CEST

During this SIETAR Europa webinar you will receive the report of the SE Board from the President, Deborah Swallow and Treasurer, Irina Budrina

AGENDA:

  1. Election of auditors for the minutes of the General Assembly
  2. President’s report about the work of the Board of Directors in 2011-2012 and introduction of the new Directors.
  3. Approval of the auditors for the accounts of 2011 and 2012
  4. Report of the auditors for the accounts of 2011 and 2012
  5. Election of auditors for the accounts 2013
  6. Approval of the financial reports and the budget
    • approval of 2011 and 2012 account
    • approval of 2013 budget
  7. Report on the progress of Congress preparation in Tallinn
  8. Future visions and strategies of SIETAR EUROPA
  9. Miscellaneous

President’s Letter 2013

(first published April 2013)

A while ago, I sat in the audience and watched as my business partner took to the stage in Dublin for the first time after his double-by-pass heart operation. As keynote speaker for an entrepreneur’s conference, he strode on with pride and passion and immediately fell to the floor – then stayed there…

With heart in my mouth and berating myself for letting him take on this assignment, I rose to help him up. Suddenly, he began speaking, grinned at his audience and then at me.

“Did I stay down too long?” he asked.

His speech highlighted that many of us, when we fall down, stay down too long licking our wounds. With the European economy continuing to flat-line, many of us have probably taken knock-backs. The important thing is to get up and go again. Speak to any successful entrepreneur and the message is ‘keep on keeping on’ – persistence.

It’s a tough call being successful. But, as interculturalists, you have all the tools and techniques needed to help other people and organisations be successful; and so ensuring yours. The mission of the intercultural field is to foster mutual understanding, promote learning, facilitate effective communication, which ultimately helps create peace and rapport in the face of ignorance, fear, and hatred. Our skills are needed everywhere and in every walk of life.

Our job, as an organisation is to help you stay at the top of your game and be ever more relevant to the world in which you work. To this end we are widening the scope and breadth of the Tallinn Congress to ensure your relevance, as a leader in our field, in today’s world. As I write, the SIETAR Europa Board and a whole host of volunteers are pulling out all the stops to make this an exceptional congress that you will want to attend.

We look forward to seeing you in September in Tallinn. In the meantime, take some time today to think about what it is that you can best offer those in the world around you. Your success comes through helping others achieve their aims. And remember, success is not a race… you just have to stick at it.

Best wishes for 2013

Debby
Deborah Swalllow, DBA