Vision for the Academic Team | 44th NSC (ΕΛ)

Δημοσιεύτηκε στις 20/08/2022 στην κατηγορία Νέα

Dear EYPer,


Thank you for taking the time and interest into reading the Vision for Chairpersons for the 44th National Selection Conference of EYP Greece - Thessaloniki 2022!

I am Enrico Zonta, and I will have the opportunity of presiding over this NSC: together with the HOs, the NC, and the Board, we are looking for 17 individuals (14 co-chairing, 3 solo-chairs) willing to join me in December in Greece to make this event the session of everyone’s dreams! Will you be there with us?


My general vision for the entire Academic team is not set in stone, as it will be up to the Board and to the Chairs to influence it depending on your personal qualities and characteristics; however there are some common ideas and principles that I have for our shared experience, hoping that you will resonate with them.


Development goals


I am generally looking to have a Chairs’ team composed of people with diverse experience, but always ready to challenge themselves. Therefore, if you are up for a challenge, do not be afraid to apply, regardless of how many sessions you participated in! 

I would like for the whole team to experience the process of chairing in a calm way, and to enjoy it: I would prioritise the actual enjoyment of the Chairpersons and that they are happy with what they are doing, rather than them being the perfect Chairs ever. In that sense, I would like to build a team that does things properly and thoroughly, but without the added pressure that sometimes can be experienced.

At the end of the session, I would like Chairs’ to actually be confident in their abilities to chair, to find their own way of being a team leader, and to understand how to use the skills they acquired in EYP also outside of the organisation. The way to do that, and break the bubble to use such skills also outside, is focussing on why we do certain things, and not only on what we are doing. 


Team experience


Given that there will be seventeen of you, this will probably be one of the biggest Academic teams both you and I ever participated in. That is why, we will place a larger focus than usual on Buddy Groups to lead the different processes, and as a peer-to-peer support experience. Generally, I would like to stimulate an environment where the Board is not the only place to find answers, but where Chairs’ also help one another: given the high number of Chairs, it will be impossible for the Board to provide the same kind of support to everyone, and it will be more beneficial to enhance the mutual support of Chairs’ to one another. That does not mean that the Board will not support you, but that we will ensure that you have an opportunity to get help from your peers, that would also have an opportunity to gain in helping you.


Academics vision


Under the session theme “Wind of Change – Youth Initiatives in environmental consciousness: Working towards sustainable development of societies”, that will be developed throughout the topics, I would aim at the session academics to be accessible by everyone, yet still upkeeping a high level. I would generally like to prioritise delegates and Chairpersons themselves to understand the topic, its interrelations and complexities, and to be able to recognise its application even outside of EYP, rather than finding the best ideas or writing the best resolution possible. The purpose of the academics should be outward-looking and ensuring that the knowledge and skills acquired can be used outside of EYP. For example, what is the point in understanding how the EU works for an EYP resolution, but then not being able to use it to read a newspaper article? Or, how is  it helpful for us to understand the method to solve an issue in a committee discussion, but then not knowing how to apply it in a concrete problem-solving outside? Therefore, we will try to render difficult concepts accessible, yet still ensuring that their complexity is understood and can be used not only within an event.


These are the general ideas on the basis of which I would like to work with the Academic Team. We will try to make sure that everyone’s dreams of the session are realised, and that your personal dreams are realised as well! If this vision resonates with you, make sure to apply to the Session by the 31.08.2022, 23.59 CEST! Please reach out to me at if you have any questions.


Hope to see you in Thessaloniki,


Enrico Zonta

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