Frequently Asked Questions on the Open Dialogues on Climate Change
What are the Open Dialogues on Climate Change?
The idea of the Open Dialogues on Climate Change (ODCC) is organizing inclusive dialogues between stakeholders concerning the climate crisis. We bring together the voices of different social groups, allowing them to meet, engage in a conversation, and create proposals of specific solutions and system changes which we aim to implement in real life.
What is the Open Dialogues International Foundation?
Founded in January 2022, the Open Dialogues International Foundation is an NGO dedicated to the values of dialogue, cooperation, sustainable development, democracy, and equality for all. Besides coordinating the Open Dialogues on Climate Change, the Foundation organizes various educational activities and awareness-raising campaigns, supports grassroots initiatives, as well as engages in local, national, and global advocacy to represent the voices of marginalized groups.
Who are the members of your team?
The Open Dialogues on Climate Change project was created by a group of motivated young individuals from all kinds of backgrounds. We are an international team with representatives from over 50 countries and 5 continents. What brings us together is the urge to create an inclusive dialogue as a form of climate action. From the side of the Open Dialogues International Foundation, the project is currently coordinated by Mr. Paul Lodry Dongmo and Ms. Ayien A. Tevivona.
In which countries are you working?
Our volunteers and national teams can represent any country in the world. The Open Dialogues International Foundation is registered in Poland but we have representatives in various countries of Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.
How can I get involved?
You can get involved by organizing an Open Dialogue in your country or region, by joining our international team, or by becoming a volunteer, partner, or supporter of ODCC.
How can I sign up to receive the latest updates from you?
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How can I contact you?
QUESTIONS ABOUT NATIONAL DIALOGUES
For general information on national dialogues, check out THIS site.
How can I organize an Open Dialogue on Climate Change in my country?
You have to find a team, plan your Open Dialogue together, and then submit an application form to tell the ODCC international team about your idea. When your application is accepted, your team will officially become an ODCC national team and you will be set to start organizing your event!
How can my team apply to host an Open Dialogue?
The 2023 application form can be found HERE ->
Who can become an ODCC organizer?
Anyone and everyone who cares about the Earth and equality! In the spirit of inclusivity, we welcome people from all age groups, all nationalities, and all backgrounds.
How many people do I need to form a team?
As you need to be a team, the minimum is two people. While it is advised that the team is a bit bigger to make sure that you can successfully organize your event, there are no official restrictions from our side. There is also no upper limit to the number of people in your team.
Do I have to belong to an organization (NGO) to organize an Open Dialogue?
No, you don’t have to. While belonging to a formal organization may be helpful in organizing your Open Dialogue events, it is not a requirement and informal groups of motivated and enthusiastic people are also very welcome!
What kind of support do you provide for national teams?
The support provided for each team will depend on its needs and specific plans, as well as national circumstances. Examples include social media promotion, access to premium Zoom license, substantive support in designing the content of your events, designing personalized graphics, or support in finding sponsors and partners. All teams will have the opportunity to participate in regular meetings with other national organizers and the international team to exchange experiences. They will also be provided with various educational and informative materials, such as a guide on finding sponsors, promotional support, as well as personal support and advice. Finally, all teams that successfully conduct and report on at least one dialogue event will be invited to our international summary events (details to be provided in due course). Selected teams representatives will have a chance to participate in the COP28 UN climate summit.
Do you provide funding for the national events?
At the moment, we DO NOT provide funding for the national teams. This may change in the course of the project and all updates will be communicated in due course. The international team supports national teams in searching for funding by providing letters of approval, recommendations, and educational resources, such as a guide on how to find sponsors.
What will be my responsibilities as a national organizer?
As a national organizer, you will be expected to organize at least one Open Dialogue event with your national team as specified in your application, as well as report to the international team on the process of organizing the event, its outcomes and further plans for implementing them. The national coordinators (contact persons) will also be expected to participate in regular coordination meetings with other national coordinators and the international team.
What happens to the outcomes of the national Open Dialogues?
The outcomes should be included in the final reports prepared by the national teams. These reports will be the basis of the ODCC international summary event, as well as any international advocacy activities that we carry out. Besides that, it is desirable that the national organizers also take all possible efforts to implement the outcomes at home, in their respective countries and communities.