2018 General Assembly
The fourth Ecolise General Assembly took place at the Château de Hollenfels in Luxembourg from March 26th to 29th 2018, hosted by member organisation CELL. Based around a collaborative design process, it generated new, expanded or reinvigorated working groups in the three established pillars of Ecolise's work and a proposal for adoption of a further three new pillars within a revised strategy.
The programme ran from 2pm on Monday March 26th until 2pm on Wednesday March 28th.
Building on the successful use of remote participation at the 2017 General Assembly, the event had a blended format combining onsite participation and full and meaningful involvement of remote participants via Zoom. Just like those attending in person, online participants were expected to attend for the duration and able to contribute fully to discussion and decision-making in both plenary and breakout sessions.
Reporting used a shared live document, which along with verbatim notes taken by Nana Petrovic formed the basis for the minutes of the meeting. The GA also experimented with use of Conferize as a tool for harvesting and amplification.
Process and outcomes
The core of the event was a Design for Wiser Action process, in which parallel working groups each developed explored visions and plans in a core area of Ecolise work. The topics included the three core pillars identified in the original Ecolise strategy - communications, policy and knowledge & learning - along with three others that had emerged as core concerns since the previous revision of the strategy following the 2016 General Assembly: membership, resource mobilisation and Ecolise as a platform.
In the three established pillars, where Ecolise already employed salaried coordinators, the process identified how these coordinators can work more effectively with members, both enabling members' input and responding to members' needs. The three other parallel groups confirmed the importance and potential of their areas of focus, leading to a proposal that they be adopted as further strategic pillars. Each group undertook to continue its work as an ongoing process, implementing the plans created as working groups coordinated by Ecolise staff and/or Council members.