Thursday, June 21, 2012

Youth Fiesta: Collaborating beyond Rio+20, creating the future we want

Yesterday, we had a great "Youth Fiesta" event in the RioCentro courtyard.  Nearly 60 youth attended, and everyone had a blast.  We spent the first hour "speed dating," where we met new people and got to know them over the span of three minutes.  During the second hour, we divided into groups based on our specific interest areas, where we formulated plans on how we will collaborate and support one another beyond Rio+20.  And we even had a special guest appear at the end: Captain Planet!  Check out the pictures below for a taste of the event:


Originally, we were not planning to host another collaboration fiesta event.  But given the popularity with event attendees and the interest from yesterday's MGCY Meeting, we decided to host another round of  a collaboration event.  Details are the same as yesterday: simply come to the RioCentro Courtyard at 2 in order to join.  The full text of the original event announcement is also below.

Thanks, and let us know if you have any questions.  Hope to see you today at 2!

-SustainUS, MyCity+20, and Peace Child International

Collaborating Beyond Rio+20: 
Creating the Future We Want

When: Thursday, June 21st, 2:00-4:00PM

Where: RioCentro Courtyard, by the Statue

Who: Youth (and the Young at Heart) from Around the World

What: Come Meet and Collaborate about Working Beyond Rio+20

This event will feature an informal "speed-dating" session for the first hour of the gathering, where individuals will quickly meet members from other youth delegations. Using the "open space" methodology, participants will then have the opportunity to break-out into small groups. By providing a platform to identify shared interests, this event will enable participants to continuing collaborating beyond Rio+20 with a global group of like-minded individuals.

This is not meant to be another side-event, but simply a comfortable space to facilitate genuine conversations and foster collaboration.  We realize that a lot of other things will be happening today, but we want to intentionally create a space where youth can plan for beyond Rio+20 before the conference concludes.   

Please come prepared to share your thoughts on the following question: "What category of projects are you most excited about working on after Rio+20?"  We will be dividing up into working groups based on these categories, so try to pick something that could connect you to others.

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