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Six years of symposiums – From Best to Next Practice

By project leader, Malene Annikki Lundén
Category: Education

Back in 2008 the Energy Academy’s board of directors, the employees and members took a crucial decision, initiating a new internal strategy which we named Samsø 2.0. As part of this 2.0 strategy we are meant to host development meetings with our network and partners. They give us a reality check and help us make sure we are on the right track. We call this reality check “From Best to Next Practice”.

“Samsø is so far away and yet so close to the rest of the world” and

The Energy Academy receives a lot of interesting inquiries about visits and invitations for us to host courses and workshops. These inquiries come from a lot of different people such as universities, churches, politicians, companies, media, artists and ordinary citizens, all of whom want to visit and experience the Renewable Energy Island project. Because of this activity and interest the Energy Academy designs workshops, symposiums and conferences in a smaller format. the Academy can only house around 50 people for 2-3 days. One-day Samsø tours and ‘Energy Safaris’ are among the products we have developed over the past seven years since the Energy Academy was established. The Energy Academy’s mission is to provide capacity-building processes and experiences with a focus on growth. Watch the movie.

The demand is big, and many people from all over the world want to learn and experience for themselves if it can really be true that a whole island has managed the change from oil to sun, wind and other sustainable technologies. It comes as a big surprise to visitors that over the past fifteen years the island’s locals have invested 440 million Danish Kroner (64.908 million US dollars) in the local developments of alternative, renewable technologies. We believe that the story we tell is good and experience that being contact with the people around us brings trust, hope and faith. How did an island with a population of 3700 have the courage and the trust in each other to dive into such an ambitious energy project? How do you get an entire community to change their behaviour, and which tools or methods do you need to start this change?

Today, we know the importance of being open to the public, and thus, every second year we host symposiums at the Energy Academy. During these symposiums colleagues, locals, and network partners from all over the world gather to work together. The participants give us a reality check and help us control if we are on the right track. We call this reality check “From Best to Next Practice”. Each symposium has its own theme. In 2011 the focus was on sustainable development in action and interaction with the world. In 2013 it was rediscovering the commons. And in 2015 it was nature – fossil free island – education.

Back in 2008 the board of directors together with the employees of Samsø Energy Academy made a crucial decision to initiate a new strategy which we named ‘Samsø 2.0’. As part of this new strategy we are meant to host development meetings with our network and partners. Samsø 2.0 has three legs, two of which are partnerships and education. How can we continue to learn and better ourselves? One way of doing this is by meeting in person, for example in our “From Best to Next Practice” symposiums. About two months prior to this year’s symposium we warmed up with a Facebook ‘community salon’, an online salon for meeting up and discussing the subjects nature, fossil free island and education prior to the meeting. 160 people joined the group and asked questions to the blog posts created by the symposium presenters. Thank you to all who participated!

The Energy Academy put the first symposium together back in 2011. We wanted to see if we in a matter of two days together with our network could develop and think together about how we make things happen on Samsø. Our ambition was to have a symposium every second year for six years, and we have succeeded in doing so. The next step is to reach out and invite all of our partners to sign up to host the next symposium. Who wants the role as host? 

At the symposiums we have invited our network partners inside to take part and co-develop our projects. We create processes which discuss, develop and adjust projects – both new and current. The goal of the symposiums is to listen to the inputs and to invite the network partners to discuss if the Energy Academy is heading in the right direction, and if the project work we do makes sense and creates value for the society.

You can read reports and watch films from the symposia here:

2011 Sustainable development in action and interaction with the world

Lundén, M

(2011)

Documentation: Next Practice.

In: Next Practice, 18 – 20 Aug 2011, Samso, Denmark.

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      Documentation paper from the first Next Practice event helled at the Energy Academy in 2011

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      Lundén, M

      (2011)

      Next Practice testimonies: Voxpop 2.

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          Testimonies from the Next Practice conference at the Energy Academy, September 2011. Speakers: Malene Lundén, Enoch Yeboah Agyepong, Peter Wissing, Lene Skafte Bestman and Kristoffer Carr-Saunders.

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          2013 Rediscovering the Commons

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          Lundén, M and Bo, F

          (2013)

          Best to next Practice Symposium.

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              The “Best to next Practice Symposium” was hosted at the Energy Academy on Samso in the days from September 18 to 20, 2013. This is the video output from the conference.

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              Nature – Fossil Free Island – Education

              Lundén, M

              (2015)

              From best to next III documentations from the symposium.

              From best to next practis III.

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                  The Energy Academy looks forward to meeting with our Commonities, our solid networks and strong partners.
                  The purpose of this symposium is to harmonize and tell the good stories. You can take part in discovering whether the Energy Academy, Samsø, Denmark, the world and yourself are on the right track.
                  The Energy Academy wishes to create an informal room, a gathering of about 40 individuals, in which we will consciously put away our phones, our project portfolios and deadlines for a while.
                  This is why we will be meeting on Samsø! We are in for some great days, which will be moderated by someone special. The conference will be held in English and there is a great demand for the spaces – first come; first served. Have we not met yet, but you are eager to join? Get in touch with us!

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                  Creators:Lundén, M
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                  Date Deposited:28 Jul 2015 12:32
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                  1 comment

                  1. Awesomeness re-loaded!!!
                    & the passion is ALWAYS strong…
                    Keep on setting the agenda; NextPractice on & on!

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