Posted by: thebluemusicblog | September 25, 2012

WORK PLAN 2

THIS IS NOT ME BEING SHOCKED BY MY TRAVEL SCHEDULE. THIS IS WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU WHEN YOU VISIT A MUSEUM OF MODERN ART!

Last week we had to visit the Norwegian Embassy in Bern to organize my passport number two, with all this travel two passports are needed. While this process took some time, we used the opportunity to visit the Kunst Museum in Bern. An excellent museum, well worth visiting, including a breathtaking exhibition of the Spanish artist Antonio Saura. Two hours in a gallery like that makes my soul dance. It is good. There is therefore an element of self irony in publishing the above photo, and I hope it goes down well. We could be seen as parts and elements of an installation, and in this way contributing to the general art experience of passing by visitors.

INGUNN AND I HAVE MOVED TO KUNSTHAUS ZURICH WHERE WE CONTINUE TO BE IMPRESSED BY THE FANTASTIC COLLECTION THERE

Next on my work list is to prepare the Global Staff Team meeting in Sao Paulo, Brazil, at the end of October. GST consists of the staff leaders of the Area Organizations and myself, and this is one of my most important partners in my work life, so the meetings are always prepared to the best of our possibilities. That means that we spend time writing and reading concept papers and sending them around for consultations and improvements until we meet face to face two to three times a year. At this meeting we will discuss the programme for the World Council in Estes Park, Colorado in 2014, we will discuss the ongoing recruitment of Change Agents and Mentors, the training curriculum for them and the fundraising campaign for Change Agents, called Waking the Giant Campaign. We are going to work hard on Movement Strengthening projects, Resource Mobilization initiatives, especially what we call the Investors Circle Initiative, which is a programme for improvement of fundraising capacity on all levels of the YMCA.

MAURICIO FROM BRAZIL/ CHILE AND LACA IS A HAPPY REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE GLOBAL STAFF TEAM

The next item on my work plan is another exciting meeting, and I mean exciting. This is a novelty, even if it has been done before. It is a meeting of all National General Secretaries/CEOs at Dumford House in England, the Conference Centre of the English National YMCA. We are meeting February 11-15, 2013, and most generously invited by Ian Green and his people in English YMCA to stay at their beautiful conference centre for free. We cannot make any sensible progress in the global YMCA movement without strong by-in of the National Secretaries, without their strong ownership and participation. That is why this meeting will be so overly important and also very exciting. I am really looking forward to this event. It needs thorough preparation with everything from visa applications to a solid programme agenda, shared in good time with all the secretaries for them to influence the agenda. The invitations has gone out and many have already promised their presence. We will discuss strategy for our movement for the years to come, including the World Council, New Way, Change Agents and Youth Empowerment, and we will make plans for our next NGS meeting, which will come immediately after the World Council in 2014.

LET MY GOOD FRIEND STEWART FROM TANZANIA BE THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NATIONAL GENERAL SECRETARIES

A third meeting is also coming up early in 2013 and also of the utmost importance and also very, very exciting. I am very sincere when I say this. The meetings of the Executive Committee of the World Alliance is a great coming together of friends and family,  and we have a lot of friendly sharing and fun. But it is also the most inspiring discussions and future oriented perspectives. It is already the third Executive Committee meeting in my time, the first was held in Geneva and the second one in Nairobi, Kenya. They were both ground breaking, inspiring meetings and I have the same expectations for this one being held in Jericho, hosted by East Jerusalem YMCA. I am planning for this meeting very closely together with my very good  friend and partner in the YMCA work, Ken Colloton. The Image and Impact Task Force under leadership of Patricia from Canada has done a terrific job and we are going to discuss communication strategy and image building and strategic positioning of the global YMCA movement. The Governance committee , led by Vezi from South Africa, is bringing us up to modern standards of good and ethical leadership and the finance committee under Helen from New Zealand is preparing a more solid financial future for the movement. We are going to share the results of the Youth Empowerment initiatives as well as planning for the World Council. We have volunteer leaders of the highest quality and with visions for our future. And they are fun to work with!

KEN COLLOTON, THE PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD ALLIANCE OF YMCAS – A GREAT LEADER!

We are pursuing a fundraising agenda, making numerous phone calls, writing applications, attending meetings, having meetings in our own headquarters, writing mails and producing leaflets and posters and other material. Money is needed, and we work hard to find them.   Answering mails, leading conference calls, building networks and teams. It is exciting work. It really is. And then the treasure hunt on internet to find the cheapest airfares around the world. None of us fly business, we are all behind the curtain, always. That is where we belong and we are OK there.

THE OFTEN ROUGH LIFE BEHIND THE CURTAIN. WE SEE CARLOS SANVE HERE IN AN EXCITING MOMENT JUST BEFORE TAKE OFF

On my work plan now is preparations for a few travels coming up. The first one starts 11th of October and takes me to Amsterdam, Oslo, Istanbul, Shanghai, Nanjing and then back again to Geneva. Meetings in Oslo, training of European Change Agents in Turkey and anniversaries and meetings with national YMCA leaders in China.  One day at home and then next flight takes me to Sao Paulo for nearly two weeks,  GST meeting,meetings with LACA,  anniversary  celebrations with Sao Paulo YMCA and then staff meeting. After that a few days in Geneva before we go to Amsterdam to celebrate 200 years anniversary of the President of YMCA Europe, I am not quite sure how the arithmetic is going, Ed, but we are coming. Straight from Amsterdam to Moscow and Yaroslavl to meet with Russian YMCA and link Y’s Men International to some YMCA projects in Russia in addition to meet close friends. From Moscow I fly directly to Denmark and Copenhagen to give a speech at the AGM of YMCA-YWCA of Denmark, and then three days in Geneva before we turn our noses to the south and fly to Australia where the AGM of Australia YMCA takes place in Tasmania, and after that Executive Committee meeting of Asia and Pacific Alliance of YMCA in Melbourne, and hopefully visits to friends in Victoria and Sidney before the travel goes on to New Zealand. And still it is only beginning of December….



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