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European GLOBE - CC Meeting
image002Country Coordinators Conference

7 - 10 October, 2004, Hotel Zebrak, Czech Republic

 

 

 

The Board of European Globe Country Coordinators

The following four Board members were elected:

     Karl T. Hetland (Norway) Ten adres e-mail jest ukrywany przed spamerami, włącz obsługę JavaScript w przeglądarce, by go zobaczyć  

Magda Machinko-Nagrabecka (Poland) Ten adres e-mail jest ukrywany przed spamerami, włącz obsługę JavaScript w przeglądarce, by go zobaczyć

Andy Tasker (UK) Ten adres e-mail jest ukrywany przed spamerami, włącz obsługę JavaScript w przeglądarce, by go zobaczyć

Dana Votápková (Czech Republic) Ten adres e-mail jest ukrywany przed spamerami, włącz obsługę JavaScript w przeglądarce, by go zobaczyć

The Globe Europe Organizational Plan

Record from Discussions

1. Presentation of the Globe Headquarters Visions and Plans (Gary Randolph)

  • GLOBE Europe has a big power of numbers (of CCs, schools, measurements etc.)
  • There is a small pool of resources to support the regional development of GLOBE
  • The GLOBE headquarters (GH) have a big task to became self sustainable in 5 years
  • Country Coordinators Committee in Europe CCC should come to the GH with recommendations

Discussion:

  • Europe can and should add some extra support for the GLOBE sustainability (fundraise support from regional resources, develop the GLOBE European scientists, educators, protocols etc.)
  • The possible structure of the future GLOBE could be lead by a multi regional headquarters
  • We should clarify for potential regional donors if GLOBE is the US or international program 
  • International agreements should be revised and probably re-signed
  • In some countries, esp. where the GLOBE program is realized by the NGO, the resigning process could be risky and it should be done in a very sensitive way (some governments may change their relationship to the GLOBE program after the transition from the US government into the non-profit organization).
  • Regional structure, as an intermediary, will be very important for dealing with regional potential donors. They should have some partner for agreements. For the support of especially multi-national European projects they will hardly deal with single country coordinators, or with the US headquarters

2. European GLOBE Mission – discussion

Four initial questions were raised to support the discussions. Meeting participants were working in small groups to discuss the questions (Friday afternoon) and then clarify outcomes in a plenary session (Saturday morning). The Draft Constitution of the Group of Country Coordinators of the GLOBE Programme in Europe was formulated as an outcome from the discussion (it is attached as a separate document.

1. WHY? Why we need the GLOBE – Europe? What problems are in the center of our attention?

Small groups outcomes:

  • To develop a European feeling of the GLOBE program
  • We have similar educational systems
  • It will be easier to find funds in Europe if we are a European organization
  • Closer cooperation on regional projects
  • Similar systems of nature protection
  • Make GLOBE sustainable
  • More international collaboration
  • Communication
  • Synchronizing the efforts
  • Advocacy and fund-raising for GLOBE
  • Support the strength of members
  • Multinational fundraising
  • Move GLOBE to the regions
  • Lots of commonalities
  • Similar attitudes
  • Bigger unit for cooperation

Plenary discussion:

The question was not discussed again. The consensus was already achieved in the small groups.

2. HOW? How do we respond to this need?  What are the goals of our activities?

Small groups outcomes:

  • The mission is the same as GLOBE program worldwide
  • Involve more students
  • Specific European projects
  • Common Environmental challenges
  • School exchange programs
  • Develop joint applications for EU funds
  • Find the common language
  • Promote the experiential learning process
  • Develop a network
  • Sustainability of the GLOBE program in Europe

Plenary discussion:

  • Major goals were agreed:
  • To have more and better teachers
  • To have more master trainers in Europe
  • To organize a deeper needs assessment to get ideas from all CCs in Europe, not only the conference participants

3. WHO? What could be the legal form of   Globe – Europe?  A group of individuals, a group of organizations…? WHO will do it?

Small groups outcomes:

  • Informal network with a point of contact
  • Association of the CCs
  • European GLOBE headquarters
  • Independent organization (countries as members)
  • Part of an existing organization
  • Rotation principle for the board, post-timed to keep the continuity
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  • Association – only as a paper, or pay a bit for fund-raising/advocacy person, or become a company?
  • Office in Brussels? – advocacy EU, EPA …

Plenary discussion:

  • Should be driven by the needs of the network. We will decide the final form after finishing the needs assessment.
  • The board has been elected to represent the CC committee. A professional, part time person will be hired to start with needs assessment, planning, advocacy and fundraising.

4. RESOURCES. WHO will pay for that? What could be the potential resources for now? What should be the system of long term financing?

Small groups outcomes:

  • EU
  • Recent GLOBE supporters
  • Globe headquarters (at least for the transition period)
  • European companies
  • Private foundations
  • Membership fees - Fee from existing countries
  • Individual donors
  • Environmental Agency
  • US Embassies

Plenary discussion:

Agreed with the list made by the small groups and added:

  • Self generated income
  • Idea of membership support from schools (symbolic – e.g. 1 EUR per school)

For the fund-raising strategies following areas were raised:

  • Involve donors in the GLOBE development
  • Keep the principles of diversification of resources
  • Identify how much we need and do fund-raising planning before starting the fund-raising campaign
  • The board and director will prepare the fund-raising plan based on the needs assessment

A question was raised how to cover the first year

  • From existing resources (transitional support from the GLOBE headquarters) to get time to start to approach new donor. Even when they wrote to say no we will try to encourage them again.
  • Tereza has offered free space, equipment, Internet connection in kind for the first year of the network
  • GLOBE-UK will continue to provide the GLOBE Europe web page as his in kind contribution
  • Voluntary membership fee from GLOBE European countries
  • Individual gifts from the long term GLOBE leaders and personalities
 
Program GLOBE finansowany jest ze środków logo_nfosig Narodowego Funduszu Ochrony Środowiska i Gospodarki Wodnej  oraz  Ministerstwa Edukacji Narodowej