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Program characteristics

Our Modern Leadership in the Making workshop program will be limited to no more than 30 participants (15 from Croatia, 15 from Serbia), in order to facilitate discussion and networking. Organizers will cover a part of the travel costs and the food and accommodation costs of the participants. The participants will have to submit an essay on a given topic and demonstrate that their extracurricular work merits invitation to the leadership program.
The program will be highly participatory, combining expert lectures, discussions, group work, and case studies. The program will have three parts: training sessions, leadership lectures and informal discussions.
The training session will cover the following topics:
  • communication skills (individual and institutional public relation, verbal and nonverbal communication, presentations, mass communication, …);
  • media as communication channels (how different types of media work, how to communicate with journalists, how to combine social and traditional media,…);
  • lobbying (what is modern business/legislative/political lobbying, how it works on local/national/international scale, where and how to use lobbying, …);
  • evidence-based policy (how to increase the effectiveness of policy measures through the use of rigorous evidence about the policy implementations)
  • fundraising (types of fundraising in public/private sectors, how to organize fundraising activities, investment/donation pitch, …)
  • entrepreneurship (from idea to business, rules of startups, investment phases, technology transfer, link between science/academia and entrepreneurship, …)
The leadership lectures will be given by eminent individuals with various backgrounds: politics, business, academia, media, education, etc. The lectures will be 20-30 minutes in length and they should give insights into important contemporary issues on regional or global scale. For example, trends in regional entrepreneurship, impact of science and new technologies on socioeconomic changes in the Western Balkan region, political leadership in the region, the impact of energy production, trade and consumption on the future of the region, youth unemployment and the role of higher education, protection of environment and local culture as a resource for socioeconomic growth, etc.
Informal discussions will be encouraged during breaks, lunch, and evenings, abetted by a relaxed atmosphere. This will help participants to build stronger networking between each other and with the lecturers, in addition to working in groups during training sessions. In the period between the two training camps participants will work on small collaboration projects within smaller groups. This work will help them implement some ideas they put forward during the meeting and foster networking and project skills.