Bridge It in cooperation with the Heinrich-Boell Foundation, the Centre for German and European Studies and cultural institutes of the EU countries in St. Petersburg are inviting you to

Autumn Meetings in St. Petersburg dedicated to the topic “How is Volunteering Changing in Europe?”  

December 4-5, 2021

The Autumn Meetings-2021 is the fifth annual public event on European topics in St. Petersburg, dedicated to the problems of modern Europe which are reflected in the format of discussions and workshops with European experts.

The Autumn Meetings is a place for everyone interested in the European agenda, who would like to understand European approaches to solving current problems in different European countries, and to comprehend their relevance in the Russian context.

The Autumn Meetings’ format focuses on live public discussions with experts and practitioners from the EU countries for one or two days, as well as separate public lectures, workshops and master classes on the days before or after the main discussions. We seek to organize “Autumn Meetings” in a live face-to-face format, but in case of pandemic restrictions, we can do them in a hybrid format in St. Petersburg with online participation of some EU experts. 

Previous Autumn Meetings 2016-2020 made it possible for a variety of people to discuss both general and practical problems and changes in European society, the impact of information technologies, new approaches to education, trends in the development of urban communities and many other subtopics. More information on the previous Autumn Meetings can be found here.

2021 topic: “How Is Volunteering Changing in Europe?”

In recent years, the practice of volunteering has become more widespread and diverse. People have more free time they can spend on interesting and meaningful activities. The level of trust in society is growing, and this helps to unite people around the solution of certain public and social problems. Volunteering is becoming an activity through which people can implement their growing resources. Besides, volunteering is one of the best ways to build a dialogue not only between individuals, but also between entire sectors (government, NGOs, business).

Although more and more young people in Russia are becoming volunteers and new volunteering practices such as volunteer fundraising or free volunteering are emerging, all these things still require reflection. We hope to discover new meanings of volunteer work and understand how to convey these meanings to people who have not been involved in volunteering yet in dialogue with European experts. We want to discuss how relationships between volunteers are built, how non-governmental organizations and universities work with volunteering, and what else can contribute to its development in different fields and contexts.

We are sure that the European experience will help Russian communities to understand the existing problems and find new ideas and tools to solve them, as well as gain inspiration to move along the path of volunteering in Russia.

We invite experts in the field of volunteering, coordinators of this area in NGOs, universities, other organizations and communities, the volunteers themselves, as well as everyone interested in this topic to participate. If you have an idea who we can invite or from whom you want to learn or exchange experiences, write to us at nro@obmen.org ー we will be happy to discuss it with you.

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

  1. Volunteering in Europe: which main trends and new practices are emerging now and for the future?

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  1. How are the practices of engaging and motivating new volunteers changing in European NGOs?

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  1. How is student volunteering changing inside and outside universities?

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  1. How is the understanding of volunteering and activism changing in different countries?

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Working languages: Russian and English, with simultaneous interpretation.

We are inviting partners and experts for cooperation, so if you are interested, or have a proposal for a good expert from the EU countries, please contact us: nro@obmen.org. More information is here: www.obmen.org