4 Ways to Keep CISV Relevant in Today’s World
Since CISV started 67 years ago, a lot has changed in the world we live in. Today, CISV’s mission is to educate and inspire action for a more just and peaceful world. But, how do we do that, specifically? In the Global Conference session “CISV and Today’s World” the two experienced CISV’ers Jess Wanless (CISV Great Britain) and Grace Vottero (CISV USA) helped us understand, how CISV is relevant in today’s world and how we can make sure that CISV stays relevant. If you want to know what you can actively do to keep CISV relevant in your local community, here are four ideas:
1. Plan a Mosaic
Mosaic is not like any other CISV camp. By doing a Mosaic project in your local Chapter, NA or PA, you can help create awareness about things that are of importance in your community. Remember, that a Mosaic project does not have to be a big project! There is no set time frame for how long a Mosaic project should last, and there is no specific way of doing it. If you want to learn more about Mosaic, check out this link: https://cisv.org/programmes/mosaic/
2. Find a Like Minded Organization (LMO) to work with
CISV is not the only organization working with topics such as human rights and sustainability. If you want to help create awareness about a specific topic that is of interest in your local community, try finding an LMO that works within the same topic, or maybe even an LMO that works with something completely different!
3. Keep spreading the word
CISV can only grow if people know we exist! Therefore, tell everyone you know, what CISV is, and what it is that makes our organization special. By getting new people into the organization, new perspectives will be brought into the work we do and thereby making sure that we keep evolving within the organization. Are you not sure exactly what the mission and values of CISV are, have a look here: https://cisv.org/about-us/what-we-do/
4. Work with other youth groups
A great way to get new members and help keep CISV relevant is by thinking a bit outside the box. We already mentioned how working with LMO’s can be beneficial for creating awareness, but do not be afraid to get in touch with other youth groups. For example, you can talk to your local sports teams and ask if your Chapter can in some way help volunteer an event.