>>> Invitation by WWF

Der ganze WWF mit all seinen Mitarbeitenden, vielen Freiwilligen, Stiftungsrat und Gästen trifft sich am 2. September in der Nähe von Bern zum ersten Mal zu einem gemeinsamen Tag. Da soll euforia nicht fehlen!

Gesucht sind Freiwillige, die euforia beim grossen Spiel des Morgens an einem Posten in 10 Minuten für die 400 Teilnehmenden erlebbar machen. Diese kommen in gemischten Gruppen à ca. 10 Personen vorbei.

Für den Nachmittag werden noch einige erfahrene Facilitators gesucht, die Lust haben, am Open Space eine Session zu leiten. Die Themen und Fragen werden ab jetzt eingegeben. Mehr Infos unter: https://www.wwf-tag.com/
Bei Interesse melde dich bei severin@euforia.org

>>> Flyer

Building Walls - Breaking Walls - Youth Exchange between Switzerland, Israel, Palestine, Ireland, Northern Ireland


>>> Invitation from Verein Naturkultur

Last Minute Places for young adults from Switzerland
20-28 August 2017 - Swiss Mountains

Up in the Jura Mountains, right on the "Röstigraben" the border of the French and German part of Switzerland, young adults from 4 countries meet, to build a dry stone wall, and to bring down walls between the cultures.

People from the French and German part of Switzerland
Western and Eastern Jews from Israel
Muslims and Christians from Palestine
Protestants and Catholics from Ireland and Northern Ireland

Spend a week in a mountain hut. Cook traditions dishes from the four countries
Explore the mountain life through hiking, rope-climbing, cave-expeditions
Share culture traditions and conflict issues from their cultures
Explore and reflect their personal future.... and leave a strong landmark as symbold of their intercultural cooperation: A traditional stonewall on the edge of the cliffs

Be part of "Building Walls - Breaking Walls"

Contact: Oliver Schneitter - info@nakultur.ch

PEGNet Conference 2017: National Inequalities and how to address them


>>> Invitation by PEGNet and NADEL

PEGNet Conference 2017: National Inequalities and how to address them

ETH Zürich, 11th and 12th of September 2017.

Rising national inequalities hamper economic growth and  poverty reduction and may lead to polarization and social unrest. Recognizing this, the international community has pledged to reduce inequality within and among countries. A profound analysis of the concept, drivers, and consequences of inequality and protection policies is essential to effectively reduce inequalities. The PEGNet Conference 2017 places within-country inequality at center stage, bringing together leading development scholars and policy-makers to reflect on national inequalities as well as policies that can be implemented to address them.

The conference will provide a platform for high-level dialogue and exchange of ideas between development researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. The two conference days will feature parallel sessions based on invited and contributed papers. The parallel sessions will be complemented by two panels and two keynote speeches by renowned speakers from academia and development practice. In addition, the PEGNet Best Practice Award (sponsored by KfW) and the Impact Award (sponsored by SDC) will be awarded.

More information and the link for registration can be found here.

We look forward to meeting you in Zürich! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.

Kind Regards,

Isabel Günther

Ceremony Social Impact Award


>>> Invitation by Social Impact Award Switzerland

Join us to discover the 13 Finalists of the Social Impact Award and celebrate the 4 winners of this first edition!Be inspired by young social entrepreneurs, get your creativity flowing with our outstanding speakers and take part in an evening full of emotions.

The 2017 ceremony will feature 3 minute pitches by SIA Finalists, key note speakers (TBC), interactive game and introduction to the SIA winners and their accomplishments.

If you are unfamiliar with the Social Impact Award, check out our website: http://socialimpactaward.ch

A big THANK YOU to our partners: euforia, Impact Hub Geneva, UBS, WWF, Stiftung Mercator, Université de Vienne and ERSTE Stiftung as well as everyone who's supporting with us these young social entrepreneurs.

facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/166641787218166

Praktikum Outreach


>>> Internship by Be You Network

Interessierst du dich für die Themen Geschlecht und LGBT und möchtest Jugendorganisationen dafür sensibilisieren?

Dann bewirb dich bei Be You Network als Praktikant_in Outreach!

Die komplette Stellenausschreibung findest du hier: http://bit.ly/2tPst3s

Website: www.beyounetwork.org/de

Join a 1-day youth hackathon on August 25!


>>> Invitation by Impact Hub Geneva

Would you like to join young entrepreneurs, innovators and techies for a 1-day of hacking?
Participate at the Summer Academy Hackathon on August 25th, 9:00-18:00 @ Impact Hub Geneva!

#Be A Hacker
Join one of the 4 teams and spend the day hacking the challenges selected.
(Check this PDF for more information about the agenda and challenges)

Are you up for the challenge?

Please confirm your participation before Monday, August 14.
Looking forward to seeing on the BIG DAY!

euforia offers an experiential learning class at HWZ

Last May euforia was invited to give a class at the University of Applied Science in Business Administration Zurich (or HWZ for the locals) on “Rethinking and experiencing leadership for social change”. Over 4 days, a dozen young professionals experienced the euforia approach to discovering and developing their own personal leadership plan, with the guidance and support of 2 euforians, Malika and Yoko.

What did the program look like?

As they arrived Wednesday evening the students dove straight deep into leadership with a Fishbowl around the question “What does Leadership in the 21st century mean to you?”.

Over the next couple days they experienced a program quite similar to imp!act, discovering the difficulties of collaboration through a card game, figuring out their very own changemaker/leadership model, brainstorming on concrete projects ideas for addressing topics of their choice (equality, climate change and political shifts), and, finally, developing their own personal 3 month leadership development plan. We added a unique twist to the training, as the students were given a flash-training in facilitation so that they actually were the trainers for their colleagues. The results were impressive and fun, as the students made the sessions their own, adapting them to their own contexts and developing their own fun energizers and signals. During one session clapping became the official cheerleading action to signal agreement or support for something that was said, resulting in some serious noise and laughs. For many students it was their first experience with facilitation and they found the tools and methods offered relevant and useful for their professional life.

On Friday afternoon the students were kicked out of class to go out and test their own personal leadership prototypes in the world and get a reality check. They loved the experience of stepping out of their stretch zone to share with the world what they wanted to do, and came back inspired by the experience.

On Saturday we offered an open space to do whatever the students chose, and we ended up sending them on a gratitude walk and then discussing the concrete application of holacratic principles at euforia. Many were enthused by this session, eager to figure out how these elements could be applied in their own hierarchical context, interested in the understanding that holacracy does not mean no hierarchy but distributed hierarchy.



What were the highlights?

As with all euforia trainings, we asked for extensive feedback, both orally and in written form. The students enjoyed the high quality of the training, the experiential learning approach and the graphic facilitation of the 4 days. They valued having time and space for introspection and prototyping their own leadership. One feedback that particularly surprised and pleased us was their discovery and appreciation of our positive mindset. And of course, they loved the informal euphoric setting, fun atmosphere and the openness and connexion created in the group.

“It was an interesting workshop, with a lot of inspiring topics and methodologies, which I will try to use in my business.”

Obviously, there was also constructive feedback and we’re already using it to improve next year’s class. The students sometimes had trouble connecting the concepts to their everyday work and we addressed some concepts they already knew, while missed out on addressing or deepening other elements. So for next year we’ll offer more open space to address the emerging needs of the class and check more in depth what their needs are beforehand. On top of this, we’re changing the format of the course to hold it in 2 parts: 2 days of training, followed by 4-6 weeks in their workplace during which the students will implement their leadership development and test the techniques we shared with them, and finally 1 day of training to debrief and solidify their learnings and commitment to their own leadership development.

“You both did a great job! Thank you for this experience.”

Giving this class was a superb experience, from the first contact with HWZ’s Sylvie Vlk and Prof. Sybille Sachs, right through the entire class and up to the debriefing with Sylvie and Sybille a couple weeks after. We’re truly grateful to have such a wonderful opportunity with great partners and we’re already looking forward to sharing with you the results of next year’s edition!

Yoko Malbos,
euforian, Chief Empowerment Officer and Co Founder