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Working Principles

Our working principles
  • Put Community first Building a strong community is the most important thing. We build spaces where people meet, socialise and connect in a meaningful way.
  • Promote Self-organisation Empowered teams organise sessions, workshops and events. Our community takes the lead, shares ideas and creates change together.
  • Believe in Collective intelligence Individuals don’t have all the knowledge, the collective does. We encourage open group discussions. We challenge our community to seek support and share ideas with the group, not with individuals.
  • Create Proactivity Community members are not told what to do. We encourage our community not to rely on process and rules: trainees own their learning journey; volunteers take the lead and experiment.
  • Choose Simplicity We avoid complex language and processes. We encourage our community to focus on the essentials in the way we communicate and act. We avoid complicated jargon and elaborate processes.
  • Act with Transparency There’s nothing to be kept away from the community*. We talk to people in open channels and in group meetings. We avoid direct messaging and private conversations as much as possible.
  • Show vulnerability No one knows everything. No one is expected to have all the answers. We teach each other to be honest about our weaknesses and to ask for help, every day.
What is expected from a CYF programme?
  • Empowered volunteers through defined roles & responsibilities
  • Events and classes with agendas and with assigned leaders running different sections
  • Interactive events and physically active activities that encourages the participation of all trainees and attendees
  • Interaction with trainees and attendees is organised in smaller groups that promotes collaboration and discussion
  • Feedback is encouraged from all trainees and attendees by the end of the event
  • Social spaces are created and fostered where people can meet, discussions are essential in any class or event
What we want to avoid having:
  • Transactional classes or events without interactions, discussions, fun or community aspects
  • Classes and events where attendees are sitting all day
  • Masterclass/boardroom/lecture atmosphere and dynamics
  • One person controlling all the agenda and leading all day
  • Volunteers being told what to do on the day