About @MediaBarCamp

Who can apply?

If you are an ACTIVIST from Belarus, Ukraine, Russia or any other EU Eastern Partnership country you are welcome to join the MediaBarCamp community.

Who is an activist?

An activist is a member of an NGO, civil society organisation, political movement/party who is driven by democratic values and a will for change of his or her community and/or country.

We invite activists from different spheres – culture and arts, politics and human rights, economics and development, media and communication and all other active citizens willing to make change in their local communities, society or counties to fill in the application for INSPIRED BY non-conference MediaBarCamp in Lithuania.

I have not implemented any project yet – am I an activist? Can I apply for INSPIRED BY @MediaBarCamp?

If you are willing to do something but do not know where to start, NO WORRIES. Every activist once was in the same situation as you are right now. The important question is whether you have the will and the ambition to act for change in your local community and/or country. Please fill in the application and state your thoughts and ideas of what could be done, which areas could be tackled by YOUR activism and how YOU could contribute to that, in the “motivation” section of the application form.

What is MediaBarCamp?

MediaBarCamp has been gathering activists together since 2008. MediaBarCamp is a space where activists from different spheres gather to share their experiences of implementing projects or initiatives. It’s an opportunity for networking and working together. Activists INSPIRE and energize one another to return to their local communities with new ideas and new project partners to make an impact. MediaBarCamp is four-day event consisting of several parallel venues of discussions, workshops, presentations, masterclasses and cultural event.  It’s all about sharing experiences and learning from one another despite of nationality, membership or relation to the organizations/projects/initiatives.

What does INSPIRED BY mean?

INSPIRED BELARUS/INSPIRED BY you.  We believe that all activists – active citizens, members of democratic organizations, are INSPIRING people and that they inspire one another. It is interesting to get to know how and where activists look for INSPIRATION for their activism – whether it is another activist, a specific cause, meeting, event, book, music, idea, goal or any other thing. All the projects implemented or to be implemented by activists are INSPIRING their local communities, broader society and their country. By acting locally, activists are making a huge impact on whole country and even the region or the world.

What is the format of the event?

It is the participants of MediaBarCamp that fills the agenda for the event, by sharing his/her experience in a chosen format. Participants take own initiatives for getting discussions going, sharing of experience through engaging in practical workshops, organising simulations, screening, performances and use any other format for presenting their experience or just to inspire other activists in their future engagements.

How should I share my activism experience at INSPIRED BY @MediaBarCamp?

Tips for your experience sharing session: while preparing your activity/project/initiative at MediaBarCamp try to focus more on answering the question what could be really interesting for other participants to hear, experience and learn about? Try to think how to engage the participants into your session. Try to avoid statistical information and better focus on the impact you are doing, goals you are struggling to achieve. Think about strategies or tactics you are using to tackle your goals. Think about your mistakes/challenges someone could learn from. Last but not least, think about whether you yourself would be INSPIRED by this experience sharing session? By simply being open and honest we, the MediaBarCamp community, could help and support one another in building strong communities at home. We strongly encourage thinking of the format that could be most engaging and inspiring for the other participants.

Cooperation before, during and after the event

Being a platform for networking, the MediaBarCamp community, consisting both alumni and newcomers, are invited to promotes cooperation before, during and after the event. After having been confirmed as a participant in the upcoming event, you may get an invitation to join a group of similar interest as you,  for planning and preparing your contribution at MediaBarCamp. . We hope that active cooperation and sharing is what is important also for you and for your activism.

Format descriptions used by participants to share their experience

Discussion – This session isn’t meant to give you concrete answers. It raises awareness and invites you to think.  The main thing is not to overcome the opponent, but to understand different perspectives and opinions. Showing tolerance and respect towards those that think different from you is a core pillar of MediaBarCamp. Different opinions makes the discucssions so much more interesting.

Workshop – It is a way to engage in a practical way and to experience something from the angle of for example hand crafting, bodily activity or writing, speaking, streaming or thinking.

Presentationn – it is a 5-minute speech to present a topic in a concise and clear manner. It is always good to think through in before hand how best to deliver your presentation with the specific needs of the audience in mind.

Screening – Is showing a movie with a following discussion for reflections and debate.

What if there are two of us representing the same project/initiative?

We kindly ask every applicant filling in the application form to think and create a separate form of his/her activism. If you have a big project and you are ready to send two persons, please think of different ways of engagement and presentation. MediaBarCamp aims to create a space for activism shared through personal insights. We are asking activist to share their experience based on a personal perspective. Notice: each application is being assessed individually.

Place and duration

Four full days of participation (2 days MediaBarCamp and 2 days for arrival/departure) is required. The exact place of MediaBarCamp is always a surprise for the participants and is being revealed only on the 1st day of the event. The event is taking place outside Vilnius. Previously the event has been taking place in Nida, Dubingiai, Šventoji, Giruliai, Trakai and Druskininkai.

What about expenses and logistics?

Travel (visa expenses and environmentally friendly transportation), accommodation and meals during the event are covered by the organizers.

Visa: Please state in the application form if you will need a visa for attending the event.

Travel: All participants buy travel tickets themselves and are asked to present original receipts during the event for reimbursement. Participants arriving from other countries than Belarus have to agree with the organizer regarding the cost of the ticket before any purchases are made.

Accommodation and meals are covered only for the period of the event. If you arrive earlier or leave later, please make sure to arrange this on your own.

Meeting point in Vilnius. Transfer from/to meeting point in Vilnius to/from the event venue is being arranged by organizers for all participants who go/come back together at the same time. The organizer can normally not arrange with separate/individual transfers, outside of the bigger group’s transfer, unless this has been agreed in advance.

What is the focus of INSPIRED BY @MediaBarCamp?

We encourage applications from activists from the following areas:

  • Political activist – working with democratic political issues trying to affect the political agenda in in their home country, both on a local and national level.
  • Gender equality and disadvantaged groups
  • Activists working and implementing projects/initiatives on a regional or local level.

How and when will I know whether I am selected to participate at INSPIRED BY @MediaBarCamp?

All the applicants receive a letter of confirmation after the selection procedure has finished. You will be informed with YES, NO or that you are on the WAITING LIST.  Every year we receive more applications than what there are places, so unfortunately not all will be accepted.  If your name will be placed on the Waiting List, you will be contacted as soon as the Waiting List has moved up.

What is MediaBarCamp Alumni?

All previous participants of MediaBarCamp since 2008 are part of our community of active, innovating and INSPIRING people working hard for making an impact in our society. MediaBarCamp Alumni are the change makers.

The language at INSPIRED BY@MediaBarCamp

MediaBarCamp is an international event and we would like all our participants to feel welcome. Therefore, the official languages are English and Russian. Despite the official languages, Belarusian language is one of the most spoken during the informal talks and discussions. MediaBarCamp always welcomes to use the language, which is understood by all participants of any MediaBarCamp session (workshops or discussions could be in any language if all the participants agree). Anyone speaking English is encouraged to on a voluntary basis help international participants with communication and interpretation in order to overcome the language barriers between the activists.

IMPORTANT. MediaBarCamp uses and regards language as a main communication tool avoiding any connections to political, economic or other contexts.

Values at MediaBarCamp

Active participation and attendance.

Respectful listening and expression of one’s own ideas.

Open and tolerant community, helping each other to create safe, creative and inspiring working space.

The use of alcohol and drugs are incompatible with MediaBarCamp. The organizers has the right to dismiss participants from the event due to improper behavior.

Who are the organizers of INSPIRED BY@MediaBarCamp?

MediaBarCamp Alumni, Swedish International Liberal Centre, Olof Palme International Center, Green Forum, Centre Party International Foundation.

Project partner: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.