CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

Social Leader Forum Caucasus

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 (Eastern Anatolia) 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 hosts the Social Impact Days in Georgia in 2014, where social entrepreneurs and executives from the business sector will meet and exchange. The Social Impact Days promotes the dialogue and combination of expertise between different sectors for the common good.

Duration: Annual curriculum since 2010 and ongoing Participants: 25-30 change makers from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia (Northern Caucasus) and Turkey (Eastern Anatolia)

Target Group

Our fellows are change makers from civil society initiatives, social entrepreneurs and the public sector living in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia (North Caucasus) and Turkey (Eastern Anatolia). 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. 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 change makers 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.