CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

Joint Civic Education - Social Leader Forum

Social Leader Forum is the follow-up to Joint Civic Education's Cross-Border Program and was first piloted in 2010. CRISP joined the Program in 2011 as a cooperative partner of MitOst Association and Iris Group Managing diversity.  In the Forum, civil society activists and representative from the public sector from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia (North Caucasus) and Turkey learn innovative instruments and discuss strategies for meeting social challenges and improve the impact of their activities. Between the two meetings, the fellows have the chance to conduct cross-border and cross-sector work visits together with other fellows. The Social Leader Forum fosters the professional exchange of expertise and innovative concepts, and interdisciplinary dialogue among actors of social change from civil society initiatives and public sector institutions. Together with the BMW foundation, the Social Leader Forum additionally host the Social Impact Days in Georgia in 2014, where social entrepreneurs and executives from the buisness sector will meet and exchange. The Social Impact Days promotes the dialogue and combination of expertise between different sectors for the common good.Please visit www.cb.joint-civic-education.net for more information. 

Duration: since 2010 and ongoing Kick-Off Meeting: April 2014, Georgia Work Visits: 3-5 days between June-September 2014 Final Reflecting Meeting: September 2014, Turkey Fellows: 25-30 changemakers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia (Northern Caucasus) and Turkey

Target Group

Our fellows are changemakers from civil society initiatives and the public sector living in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia (North Caucasus) and Turkey. They are interested in sharing their knowledge and enhancing their skills through collaboration with likeminded colleagues, and who are willing to start long-term cross-border and cross-sector cooperation trying out innovative approaches in the field of social engagement. Peer education and knowledge transfers In the Social Leader Forum we build upon the experience of our fellows to develop and share best practices, enriched by inputs from regional and international experts

Project Goals

The Social Leader Forum fosters the professional exchange of expertise and interdisciplinary dialogue among representatives of civil society initiatives and the public sector. With the Social Impact Days, furthermore we bring together social entrepreneurs and representatives from the business sector in order to build trust and combine expertise for the common good. Our activities strengthen social changemakers in their missions and enhance their scope of action. Our aim is the establishment of cross-border and cross-sector cooperation in the Caucasus region on a sustainable basis.

Markus Hipp, Executive Director of the BMW foundation, on the Social Leader Forum:

Decription of the Joint Civic Education Program: