ECHO Community meet-up March 2019 edition

ECHO-community edition

Are you looking for new ideas and inspiration to actively contribute to more inclusion in the Netherlands? Are you interested in the stories and experiences of other ECHO community members in that regard? Are you available for two weekends – so the 15th-17th of march as well as the 22nd – 24th of march? Sign up for the ECHO community meet-up! In this 6-day course, guided by ECHO, you will work towards creating a personal actionplan to bring about more inclusion in society.

Because this program is part of an European project, all costs are funded by the project (travel costs, accommodation, food, drinks and your participation in the program. In February 25 young professionals and students participated int his program. Here is a short impression of that weekend.


The ECHO Community meet-up is an interactive program developed within the framework of the European MURAL (Mutual Understanding Respect And Learning) project initiated by the British Council. In other countries such as Germany, England, Portugal, Greece and Poland similar workshops are offered to strengthen inclusion in Europe. ECHO seized this opportunity to develop and implement a program specifically for ECHO Ambassadors, student project leaders in the Students-4-Students campaign and other students and young professionals with an affinity for issues related to diversity and inclusion, who

  • Wish to strengthen their relationship with other people from the ECHO-community;
  • Would like to learn from experiences and ideas of other people from the ECHO community and vice versa;
  • Wish to develop the ideas they have for inclusion in their own context (as a student or professional) into a specific actionplan for the short and long term.

Active Citizens
The program for the ECHO Community meet-up is based on the Active Citizens model as developed by the British Council. This model has been translated into a program with activities that meet the needs, talents and hopefully ambitions of the ECHO community. This model offers interactive working methods to work on themes such as identity, community and sustainable change at the local and global level. The unique thing about this approach is that participants themselves practice with different methods, while still maintaining the freedom to draw inspiration from their own experience, insight and expertise. The goal is to work towards ‘social action plans’ that are elaborated and implemented by participants within their own context.


What we aim to achieve

With the ECHO Community meet-up we want to create a setting for two weekends, in which:

  • Old friends meet and new friendships are formed;
  • Our existing knowledge and experience is connected and enriched with new insights;
  • New insights and ideas are gained with regard to diversity and inclusion;
  • Potential opportunities are converted into specific actionplans.


Meeting 1 – Friday March 15  2019 from 7 pm – 9.30 pm: My vision

  • Introduction to the program
  • Expectations and goals Verwachtingen en doelen
  • Introduction participants and initiatives

Meeting 2 – Saturday March 16  2019 from 9 am – 7 pm:  My identity

  • Reflection on your own identity
  • Awareness of the influence this identity has on D&I in practice
  • Understanding of frameworks and concepts to deal with this effectively

Meeting 3– Sunday March 17 2019 from 9 am – 4 pm:  My discomfort

  • Awareness of own blind spots
  • Insights and tools to be able to deal with this constructively
  • “Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable”

Meeting 4– Friday March 22 2019 from 7 pm – 9 pm: My expertise

  • Introduction to the program of the second weekend
  • Showcasing: facilitate your own workshop for other participants

Meeting 5– Saturday March 23 2019 from 9 am – 7 pm: My influence

  • Awareness of the own sphere of influence and how to act strategically
  • Understanding of links between individual actions and institutional changes

Meeting 6– Sunday March 24 2019 from 9 am – 4 pm: My plan

  • Reflection process: formulating ideas and plans for taking your role
  • Presentation of project plans

Sign up

The condition for signing up is that you are available during both weekends. The meet-up will take place in Schoorl, Noord-Holland and will be fully taken care of (including travel costs, overnight stays, food and drinks). Participation in the program is therefore free of charge. It is possible to use the accommodation option, but that is not mandatory. You can register via this link.

More information

For more information or questions on the program please contact Josefien via phone: 06-18257003 or e-mail:  Josefien@echo-net.nl.

MURAL project visibility template

Impression of the location in Schoorl, North-Holland.

Foto 1 MURAL

Foto 3 MURAL

Foto MURAL 7

Foto MURAL 8