For the second time we facilitated a leadership training for young professionals from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the framework of the Klaus-Töpfer-fellowship program of the German Natur Consevration agency. The training was a great success. That apart, the location is stunning – the small island Vilm in the Baltic Sea is a nature reserve with a centuries-old beech forest. We look forward to coming back in February 2015 for a negotiation training with the same participants.
Unfortunately, our two long-standing colleagues Alexander Kuschel and Klaus Schneider are no longer part of the permanent team. However, they will continue to facilitate events for us on a freelance basis. We would like say a big thank-you to both of them for their formidable work for planpolitik, for running countless events all over Germany and abroad as well as developing many brilliant new simulation games for us!
In September Seosamh Ó Cathail und Daniel Campagne have joined the team. Seosamh (pronounced “Joseph”) is supporting the extensive programming operation currently underway while Daniel is working on the development of the designs for our online range. Both have hit the ground running after immediately being placed right in the middle of a maelstrom of work – despite the fact that they are our first colleagues who do not speak German. But these days, that is hardly unusual here in Berlin-Neukölln. Meanwhile, our first ever programmer, Lars Harzem, is now based in Turku, Finland and continues to work for us from there.
At the invitation of the Polish-German Youth Council we travelled to Gdansk at the beginning of September. Here, we facilitated the event ’Democracy under Construction‘. This makes Poland our most frequently visited country – we have run events in five different Polish towns. This time, 25 participants from Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany gathered at the newly founded European Centre of Solidarność to discuss the difficulties of building stable, peaceful and free democratic societies. After a simulation game on a round table in a fictional state that is undergoing a radical transformation, the participants used a future workshop to develop ideas for the future of democracy in Europe.