European IDEA members discuss how to develop network

The IDEA network has looked inward this year, rethinking and reshaping cooperation between IDEA and its members and between members. This was an opportunity given by the project idebateEU that aims to improve cooperation and sharing debate methodologies and organisational knowledge in the framework of common activities on European topics. IDEA and its members share a common enthusiasm for debating and its use as an educative tool in all sorts of settings. In the idebateEU project, IDEA Amsterdam, IDEA London and ten IDEA members are cooperating together to seek new ways to share experience and knowledge.

The goals of the project are to improve cooperation within our transnational network, improved governance and operational methods of IDEA and individual members, updating Karl Popper resources and the debate format and a stronger quality of our programs in terms of debate education and dissemination. For this purpose, seven working groups were formed at a partner meeting in Amsterdam in early May:

  • Transnational cooperation, which looked into the organisational development of the organisations and how they could learn from each other;
  • Governance and operations, which wrote proposals for a mission statement and redefinitions of the purpose of IDEA membership and its rights and duties;
  • Internal communication, which discussed what information should be shared between members and in what way;
  • Website, in which the members discussed the potential uses for the website and its improvements;
  • Evaluations, which developed an evaluation tool for the effect and impact of debate;
  • Karl Popper format, which clarified the rules and judging guidelines;
  • Topics and Debatabase, which suggested motions for common European topic and wrote new Debatabase articles

At the same time, the participating members in this project, ACCD (Serbia), ADK (Czech Republic), ARDOR (Romania), CCD (Bosnia and Herzegovina), DC (Latvia), EDC (Lithuania), EDS (Estonia), OK (Serbia), SDA (Slovakia), YEF (Macedonia) held events in their own countries that looked at different aspects of Europe and the European Union. Click on the countries to read more about some of these events. The project is now in its final stage: the working groups are wrapping up and developing plans on how to continue in next years. We will report more on the progress of the project through our member network and at the next General Assembly.

This cooperation project between IDEA Amsterdam, IDEA London and ten IDEA members from all across Europe was made possible with support of the Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Commission.