Impressions from our Peer2Peer Sessions

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What is an ESAE peer2peer session?

peer2peer sessions are fora for association leaders to share their experiences and challenges openly. We invite senior association leaders and experts to kick-start this exchange by providing their insights and expertise. To ensure an honest and informal dialogue, we ask everyone to adhere to the Chatham House Rule, and to share challenges, failures and  questions in addition to success stories and best practice. Whenever possible, the results will be channeled into a white paper and launch a broader debate beyond the participants onsite.

The Peer2Peer Format

ESAE peer2peer sessions usually start with a welcome by the moderator and an overview of who’s attending. Two more more ‘expert discussants’ then give short informal ‘case stories’ of 8-15 minutes. These are followed by a panel discussion and a debate with the participants. All peer2peer sessions also include a reception and the chance to network.

What’s a ‘Case Story’?

We use the word ‘case story’ to denote that these informal presentations should be an honest account of your actual experiences, challenges, solutions and lessons learned. At the same time, we’d like them to be informal, narrative and told from your own, personal perspective. Presenters can use visual aids to illustrate their points, but we discourage a text-heavy powerpoint presentation in favour of images.

What’s the output of a peer2peer session?

Most peer2peer sessions will lead to an ESAE white paper that highlights the current status of knowledge, outlines challenges and proposes solutions and resources. We will summarise the main points of the day to feed into a draft white paper. Both participants and discussants will then be asked to comment on the points and add additional content.

All photos (c) Xavier Azorne
ESAE Events Committee Chair
Benita Lipps

Benita Lipps

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Non-profit manager with a passion for co-creation, engagement and collaboration across sectors and fields