Cork 2.0 conference and declaration
Large stakeholder conference as follow up to Cork conference in 1996, bringing together 340 rural stakeholders from across the EU to explore their vision of the potential, challenges, opportunities and aspirations of rural and agricultural communities, and to enable the stakeholders to co-create a declaration incorporating this vision and recommendations to policy makers. Many of the sessions were organised in a participatory manner to maximise exchanges between those present.
When and Where
The policy recommendations fed into the process of development of the post-2020 CAP proposals.
- Large and skilled facilitation team, and relevant experts, with much preparation (video conferences and team days etc) beforehand.
- Tight design focused on objectives, and constant coordination between those involved.
- We built in space (evening entertainment for participants, meal breaks and plenary presentations) which gave time for the facilitation team to draw together the outcomes of the different parallel workshops and prepare for following sessions, and for drafters to formulate the declaration. Very complicated choreography!!
- It needs to be very carefully designed, keeping the objectives and desired outcomes in mind. This takes time!
- Such a process needs to be undertaken in good faith, with genuine intention to listen to the stakeholders and give them scope to formulate their ideas.
- Design participatory approach in from the start and ensure all involved in planning and organisation are on board.
- Allow sufficient time for the event.