One Landmark – Half Way Through: 14.3 Invites for its Mid-Term Review Conference
14.3 is not a long project. Different from those that continue for over two years, 14.3 has to achieve its ambitious goals in a short period of 18 months. Yes, we are in a hurry. Nevertheless, if anything, 14.3 is exactly an undertaking that would not go without self-reflection. Why? Because in this project many of activities are initiated for the first time, and thus we are still testing the ground how does it work. For this reason we are organizing 14.3 Mid-Term Review Conference in Warsaw, 30 January – 1 February 2013. This event will have nothing to do with quantitative listing of how many questionnaires there have been filled in or surveys made during the first 9 months of 14.3. This conference will be an occasion to sit down and face the facts: what challenges and what great discoveries has the project met so far?
14.3 Mid – Term Review conference is set up as a working and participatory event. Its success will largely depend on the involvement of its participants.
The conference is arranged as both a tool and a platform for joint review of the state of play of 14.3 project. 14.3 itself became an occasion to bring together a cross-national and cross-thematic group of experts for working together. Organizers of the conference invite participants to take advantage of the added value that this setting can bring.
Keep yourself updated! We will transmit live from the conference on our twitter #14point3 and Facebook 14point3! Of course, other reports will follow shortly after the event.
As great thinkers have said – the real truth is that which is born out of an event of a dialogue. Best wishes for a successful discussion in Warsaw!
Consolidation of Power: Looking for an Expert Consultant for 14.3
As we know autumn is a time for assessing and collecting earnings – what has been harvested throughout the summer. Whilst project 14.3 doesn’t necessarily define its lifespan and achievements in terms of seasons, this autumn we, nevertheless, look into our work from an outside perspective. We wish to assess what has been achieved so far and what challenges have we faced until now. After all, 14.3 is a first-of-such-kind macro-regional collaboration of civil protection authorities throughout the Baltic Sea Region.
For this reason the managing team of the project has planned to prepare a mid-term evaluation of the project. The Swedish Institute, one of our project partners and a vital partner when assisting in the general management of the project, will lead this task. In order to achieve the highest professional quality, SI is looking for an Expert Consultant to support this undertaking.
The report will also provide a conceptual basis for the project’s Mid-Term Review Conference which will take place in Visby, Sweden in early 2013.
1st Progress Report: Rather Technical, but Giving a Good Feeling of Moving Forward
14.3 submitted its first progress report on the last days of August. It wa very much an administrative task: to collec timesheets, documents, receipts, invoices, copies of travel tickets from all 11 partners! Needless to say, spending hours on Excel sheets does not sound like a real summer vacation. But it was all done with care and precision and submitted on time. A big thanks goes to administration teams of all partners!
This project report reflected the first 6 months of 14.3 – the period during which each project task was still getting on the track implementing their activities. For this reason there were almost none substantial (or we should rather say ‘thematic’) results to be shared. However, by that time we have already had collected some good lessons and understanding of what does it mean to work together in such a diverse big group on such a multi-task topic. This experience was one of the main things that we reflected upon in our technical activities report.
Of course, we also listed all the workshops and events we organized and attended, as well as the level of political and public visibility that we have raised. Looking back at the finished report it gave us a good incentive to use all good energy in continuing the work further!
The European Commission’s 3rd Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region
June 17-19, 2012. An important day for our project, as it marks the first public appearance of the 14.3. On the other hand, we attend the event for we are curious about the development of the EUSBSR as well as of other Flagship Projects. We want to meet stakeholders in the region and share our ideas. Hope to see you on Networking Village stand 13! Otherwise follow our twitter and check our website updates for some reports from the Forum!