VISION SEMINAR

(A series of 5 workshops)

 

Where do we come from?

Where do we go?

The Idea

The Vision Seminar, which had to take place in 2020 in the framework of the celebration of the 100 years of SCI, will finally take place in 2022 (2022 is 2020 too ?). It will consist of four zoom sessions and a final event, hopefully one face-to-face, around the ICM 2022. We intend to make a link between the 2020 process and the new SCI Strategic Plan, and, somehow, to be symbolically a bridge between the past and the future.

The process is meant to grow from the seed of SCI history and not to start from scratch. However, if the memory and the experience of the history is of a great value, the understanding of the new times, the new – feminist, gender, ecological, antimilitaristic, etc… – approaches and the youth potential, ideas, virtues, know-how are important and appreciated as well. The synergy between the old and the new and between the logical framework approach and the disruptive output will definitely pave the path to innovation, coherence and consistency, as expected. At the end of the day, we want to build the Strategic Plan for the SCI of the next 4 years.

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Background

The 2020 process was meant to be a journey “from the Memory of SCI Peace work to a new Vision of Peace in the new times” (2020.sci.ngo). Thus, the anniversary was a good opportunity to acknowledge the work of SCI as a movement for peace, both throughout SCI history and within the history of pacifism. The vision seminar was to be the final moment of the 2020 process where we would bring light on the present times and push for the construction of a new vision of peace to guide SCI action in the future. However, the pandemic arrived and the seminar couldn’t take place, while the question became even more acute – the Vision Seminar became more relevant than ever! -.

Do SCI projects still provide appropriate answers, as Cérésole’s proposal did in front of the harsh reality of the post-World War one? His first vision of the international voluntary service (IVS), with the collateral proposals of conscientious objection, volunteers’ exchanges, reconciliation work, was innovative and inspiring, by putting the people in the middle of the proposal. Now, the new technology – with robotics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and post-truth, accelerated by the pandemic – has “peripheralized” the paradigms of “human being”, human relations”, “humanity”, and “exchange” which are in the very essence of SCI definition of peace. Which implications can such a semantic turning point have for our work? 

Furthermore, new geopolitical developments have happened very quickly, with a new arms escalation and new geopolitical alliances, while the majority of humans are kept at the margins. A new era, the New-Now – or tell it as you want – have started. 

The Verdun first workcamp and SCI history have inspired us all the way until today! Now, in quickly changing and unpredictable  times, where new technological and geopolitical developments happen and new paradigms appear every day, we should definitely reflect together on the role of SCI, as well as on the values, methods, meaning and impact of the workcamps and IVS in general, with respect to nowadays new – and old – peace issues. It is time to be VISIONARIES again! And dare to come back to the root, to the very nuclear question: “What is the meaning of International Voluntary Service (IVS) as a tool for Peace? How is it relevant, effective and impacting in our globalised world?” As daringly stated in the “Introduction” of SCI 2020-2023 strategic plan, we should “ask whether we are working in the most relevant way to address the 21st century challenges to peace”. Our world is indeed so different now, after the pandemic! It is time for a new vision to inspire us towards tomorrow.

The Vision Seminar is meant to enable such a reflection, to challenge together our present and future.

The activities

The vision seminar will consist of four virtual – zoom – meetings about four main issues:

1/5 What does it mean to work for peace today, in the current context? 

11/06/2022

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11h00-13h00 CEST

Zoom

Launching the Vision Seminar and first workshop

Launching the Vision Seminar and first workshop

We are launching a series of 4 online workshops and a final seminar on a new vision for SCI, and you are invited to the first event: What does it mean to work for peace today, in the current context? 📅 Saturday, June 11 – 11h00-13h00 CEST, 📍 Online on zoom. ⏰ Register by 5th of June

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2/5 What is the way to achieve peace today? Are volunteering and International Voluntary Service still useful and relevant?

09/07/2022

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11h00-13h00 CEST

Zoom

Vision Seminar: second workshop

Vision Seminar: second workshop

You are invited to the second event of the Vision Seminar series: What is the way to achieve peace today? Are volunteering and the International Voluntary Service still useful and relevant? 📅 Saturday, July 9 – 11h00-13h00 CEST, 📍 Online on zoom. ⏰ Register by 4th of July

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3/5 Can we capture all areas of SCI work under peace (defined in 4 levels: with oneself, with others, within society, with nature)?

10/09/2022

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11h00-13h00 CEST

Zoom

4/5 SCI: one international peace movement or a network of individual organisations?

17/09/2022

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11h00-13h00 CEST

Zoom

5) VISION SEMINAR

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A final seminar to draw the due conclusions and start working out the New Strategic Plan for the next years

October

Who can participate?

The Vision Seminar process is open to everybody, to the oldest and youngest SCI activists, from East to West and from South to North, with some or a lot of experience, AND with a clear will to be part of the SCI new Vision of Peace and of SCI future! We are looking for enthusiastic participants who are interested in contributing to the discussion.