Inter Alia Council of Members: Because we are
In times of constantly increasing uncertainty, isolation, and disconnectedness from each other we all want to feel that we belong. We all need, more than ever, the experience of togetherness, and the presence of strong, empowering communities in our lives. So, here we are: launching Inter Alia Council of Members to be a revitalizing and enabling community we build together, and to which we can all belong.
Throughout the 8,5 years of our existence as Inter Alia we have witnessed the sprouting, growth, and development of our very own community into an ever more diverse and resourceful group that has constantly supported our work and development. During these years, we have strived to be close to this community, listen to it, and address its needs and aspirations, but also its fears and grievances. We have been doing this through opportunities to learn and act, by creating temporary spaces of knowledge, exchange and empowerment, offering support and consultation, and conducting research and analysis. Yet, we feel that there is more that we can do as our participants’ desire for a place they can call their own has been amplifying.
As a result, we decided to take a leap and be more deliberate and focused in our community building efforts. By setting up the Council of Members we intend to create a framework that will strengthen our ties with you. At the same time it will be a space for personal growth, co-development, organisation and collective action.
We would be delighted to have you become an official member of our community. Come, join us!
Role of the Council of Members
The overarching role of the Council of Members is to enrich the work of Inter Alia through offering fresh perspectives and new ideas, and bringing together individuals into a strong community. Also, through the work of the Council, we wish to understand better the needs of our audience and the impact of our activities.
The Council of Members is an advisory body that will come together twice a year to discuss Inter Alia’s yearly activity plan, the progress made in its implementation, and to give feedback on the actions taken. Inter Alia’s Board of Partners will propose the agenda of the biannual meetings and will share it with the Council in advance. Members can suggest modifications or additions to the agenda.
You, as members of the Council, will all have the same say, basic benefits, and responsibilities. Meanwhile, your type of involvement can differ based on your interests, aims, ability, and availability in terms of time, effort or other resources. Specific commitments, roles and responsibilities will be recorded in the form of a Membership Agreement, written when you join the Council.
As a member, you are welcome to create topic- or task-specific sub-groups with other members, such as research teams, discussion groups, and task-forces to develop ideas and build the community of members.
If you have any ideas, questions, doubts or tensions you can always contact the programme coordinator of the Council of Members responsible for facilitating communication among members, members and Inter Alia, and for overseeing the activities undertaken by members or groups of members.
For further information, contact Boróka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a member you will be able to enjoy the following benefits:
- Being part of a community formed and built by forward-thinking individuals
- Access to custom-made workshops in line with your needs and interests
- Space to practice and develop new skills in the framework of Inter Alia’s projects/work (e.g. activity design, project management and implementation, facilitation and delivery of training, participation in conferences)
- Support in developing your own individual or collective projects, events, educational activities, or research
- Participation in members’ events and networking activities
- Planning and implementing with the other members an activity financed by Inter Alia each year
- Priority in accessing mobilities, volunteering opportunities, internships, and conferences both locally and internationally
- Occasional access to IA’s office space for organising activities, meetings or small events
- Members’ welcome pack (a selection of Inter Alia’s publications & merchandise upon joining) and discounts on publications & merchandise
Joining the Council of Members means that you commit to contribute to Inter Alia’s work and development based on your availability, skills and capacity. Nevertheless, there are a few basic responsibilities all members should assume.
As a member you will be required to:
- State and plan how you want to contribute to Inter Alia’s work in 2021-2022
- Participate, together with all Council members, in the biannual meetings and take active part in assessing Inter Alia’s yearly activity plan and work
- Take part in a number of workshops/debates specifically offered to Council members
- Take part in the planning of next year’s workshop plan offered specifically to new and old members of the Council
- Remember that you are part of a self-creating community, so build relationships and aim for mutual learning and collective organising!
By taking part in the Council of Members you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops designed specifically for our members. In 2021-2022, the proposed series of workshops is planned according to the principles of Inter Alia’s activities. We believe that offering these educational opportunities to our members is important for further networking, community building and the process of cooperative learning.
We have divided the workshops into 4 categories. The first category includes two introductory workshops that are mandatory for all members. “Inter Alia Basics” is about introducing the main aspects of our work and learning more about you and the culture we want to create together. In the “Community Organising” part we focus on building relationships and developing skills for effective community organising. The second category, “Critical Thinking”, includes thematic workshops aiming to inspire you and help you organise your knowledge on contemporary issues which we normally work on at Inter Alia. The third category, “The European Political Terrain” invites you to a collective envisioning of the future of the European political community. The fourth, “Tools for NGOs”, aims to provide basic skills you might need for participating in an NGO. Each online workshop consists of interactive activities, presentations and group work to the extent that digital tools allow.
You will need to choose at least two workshops from the three thematic categories. Of course, you can participate in all workshops, if you’d like!
If you have more ideas on what else could be included in this curriculum, feel free to state it on the video or the text which you will send us when applying for membership in the Council.
The Onboarding workshops, firstly, introduce the vision, mission and activities of Inter Alia. Secondly, they set the framework for you to interact as a community through providing tools for building cooperation and self-organising. The sessions involve a series of interactive activities in an attempt to promote social inclusion and break stereotypes.
Inter Alia Basics (3 hours)
This session offers a space for you to get together for the very first time as a group, interact with each other, get an in-depth overview of Inter Alia and the Council of Members, and clarify the practical details of our cooperation. Besides presenting to you our vision, mission, opportunities for learning, structures that facilitate your involvement, or communication channels you can use, we foresee learning more about you and your reasons for joining.
Community Organising (3 hours)
In this course we will introduce the most fundamental concepts and practical tools for community organising, aiming to support you in setting a solid ground for working together and taking action on issues in a truly cooperative and democratic context. Together we are going to cover topics such as power and self-interest, the need for strong relationships, and leadership. We are looking forward to having a fruitful discussion with you on how we can mutually, but also as a collective, evolve within the Council.
The proper and truly democratic functioning of a community depends on the ability of its members to make informed decisions concerning their own lives and the life of their community. Informed decisions, however, are contingent on applying a critical perspective concerning the political and economic structures that are the basis of our societies. Through developing an in-depth understanding about power relations, and structural mechanisms of oppression, and cultivating a system-focused way of thinking we can more efficiently evaluate social and political relations affecting our communities, better comprehend how local realities are linked to global issues, and, most importantly, increase our ability as a collective to stand up against injustices more effectively. This workshop series provides opportunities to question the socio-economic structures and power relations of our societies.
Intersectional approaches to oppressive structures (3 hours)
Gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, religion, able-bodiedness: all are determinants of our present and future, life prospects and obstacles. This workshop focuses on the intersections between them and invites participants to explore together their stories and experiences of oppression resulting from the identities they carry. It introduces the concept of intersectionality as a tool for understanding why some people are treated better than others, or why some experience inclusion/exclusion from the beginning. Intersectionality helps us analyze and deconstruct power relations. As a result of this analysis, we may feel more ready to face oppression and emancipate ourselves.
Socio-ecological transformation (3 hours)
What does it mean to be sustainable? Is green growth the solution to the climate crisis? Starting from our ecological footprint and the socio-ecological problems of the linear economic system, this workshop deals with critical questions in an attempt to identify alternatives that are ecologically and socially just. It calls for an interdisciplinary and systemic approach of analysis beyond the growth paradigm and its hierarchical dimensions, touching upon concepts of social ecology and eco-feminism.
The European Political Terrain
In several ways, Europe is our common home. Most European states (claim to) register in and draw from the intellectual tradition of Europe while decisions regulating socioeconomic and political organisation are often made at the EU level. For many EU residents, however, Brussels is a distant and exotic place where complexity and punditry prevails. To a certain extent, this is the result of the EU’s strategy to accommodate conflicting ideas and value systems under the umbrella-narrative of functionality. In spite of short-term benefits, depoliticisation is disruptive for communities as it increases individualism and mistrust and discourages in-depth information or the engagement of citizens in the making and implementation of decisions that affect their lives. This workshop series attempts to demystify the EU by introducing channels of citizen engagement and expression of dissent and enabling the collective elaboration of visions on the future of the European political community.
An Introduction to Political Europe (3 hours)
This workshop discusses the EU as a political community. It looks into political institutions, processes and milestones leading up to the current day. Further to that, the session emphasises the available channels of citizens’ engagement and analyses actions, campaigns and struggles by civil society that succeeded in creating significant policy impact. What made these campaigns effective? How did they utilise the existing legal and institutional framework and what limitations did they face? What was their effect in the culture of participation in EU affairs?
Future Lab: Imagining the European Demos in the Year 2050 (3 hours)
This workshop uses the “Future Lab” tool for non-formal learning and creative thinking in order to envision the EU political community, its structure and processes (e.g. decision-making, civil society mobilisation) in the year 2050. Through a structured 4-step process (Reveal-Reframe-Rethink-Follow Up), it aims to explore the expectations and energy of participants at present and to envision collectively what currently seems impossible. The process will enable the group to reach higher, previously unexpected levels of perceptiveness and clarity, thanks to collective intelligence developed on the spot.
Tools for NGOs
This workshop series offers practical skills to those who are interested in getting involved in the NGO sector. From project development and communication strategies to advocacy techniques, these workshops give a picture of what it is to be part of an NGO, everyday working activities, challenges and the advocacy practices aiming for change.
Project Development (3 hours)
What is project management? Which are the main important aspects that a project developer should consider? This workshop includes tips for effective project development and introduces Inter Alia’s ongoing projects and activities in which you could get involved as a member of a working group. With this workshop, you will have the opportunity to draft your own activity which could be developed further within Inter Alia.
Communication Strategy (3 hours)
What is a communication strategy? Which are the main aspects that a communication manager should consider? This workshop includes tips and tools for effective communication and introduces Inter Alia’s ongoing projects and activities in which you could get involved as part of a working group. With this workshop, you will have the opportunity to propose your own communication strategies which could be implemented through selected projects at Inter Alia.
Advocacy (3 hours)
What is advocacy? Which are the main aspects to be considered for an advocacy campaign? This workshop includes tips and tools for effective advocacy and introduces you to the ways in which you could be involved in advocacy campaigns and advocacy activities that Inter Alia leads. With this workshop, you will have the opportunity to propose your own advocacy campaigns which could be further explored and developed with the support of Inter Alia.
How to register
Open the registration form:
Present the contribution you wish to make to Inter Alia in a short text or video (in Greek or English) and upload it to the form.
Fill in the form and click “Send”!
Do these steps before the 1st of September, 2021.
You will receive an email from us within 10 days after your submission.
If you don’t wish to become a member, but you like our work, feel free to support us by offering a monthly financial contribution or one-time donation.