Kindness Can Not Be Cancelled

The 2020 International Forum will be unlike any Forum before… Just as the year 2020 has ben unlike any other year! The Forum is not cancelled, and we have a truly global forum planned for you! The theme for 2020 has been “Kindness starts with me!” and that has been something which we have taken to heart in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. So we have adjusted our plans to make the 2020 Forum fit into the reality many of us find ourselves in.

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Choose your 2020 Forum experience

Join online, in your region, or a global site:

To cover basic costs we are recommending a €5 donation.
  • Global main sessions
  • Workshops
  • Hangout & Connection time
  • In-person meetings
  • Volunteering
  • Meals, outings and more
  • Local language
  • Locations
  • Global In-Person
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    • Online and In-Person
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    • Kraków (35€)
      Perth
      South Jersey



  • Regional In-Person
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    • Online and In-Person
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    • Berlin (German)
      Bremen (German)
      Paris (English)
      Riga (Latvian)
      Rome (Italian & English)

  • Regional Online
    • Included
    • Included
    • Online



    • Online meetings
    • Detroit (English)
      Hanover (German)
      Brussels (English)
      Ireland (English)
      Leuven (Dutch)
      Paris (English)
  • Global Online
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Program & Site Details

Global Program

Main sessions, hangout and connection times, and workshops open to all participants will take place on Thursday the 23rd, and Saturday the 24th. See schedules below in your local time based on your desired experience.

FORUM Global Online Experience

The Forum Global Online Experience is your gateway to the 2020 Serve the City FORUM! With the Global Online Experience you will have ONLINE access to:

  • All global online programming (Forum opening, closing, and plenary sessions )
  • All global online workshops
  • Family & Prayer online meetings
  • Online connection times online before and after the global online programming

All of this and more are included in the other experiences

Schedule for Global Online Experience:

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FORUM Global In-Person Experience

For travel information, local schedule, and more select your desired Global Forum Site.

Kraków

Welcome!

We are excited to host you in the beautiful cultural capital of Poland, the Royal City of Kraków! Serve the City Kraków warmly welcomes you to enjoy our city, its history, its people, and its life. Our meeting location is in the former Jewish Quarter “Kazimierz” which is a short tram ride or 25 min walk from the medieval center, or “Old City/Stary Miasto”. Today this area of the city is full of restaurants, pubs, cafes, markets, and more. Much of the old Jewish culture is still found just under the surface, including functional synagogues and more.

Note: Poland does not use the Euro, the Polish currency is the “Złoty” pronounced “zwote-eh” or often in English as “zloty”. Nearly all businesses, museums, and other services will take contactless payments (cards, Google, Apple, or Samsung), or regular chip-cards. If asked to pay in your card’s currency, decline and pay in Złoty, you will always get a better exchange rate from your bank rather than the terminal. It is not necessary to have cash except perhaps for shopping at local outdoor markets.

Our meeting location is:

Dajwór 14
33-332 Kraków
See on Google Maps

Recommended tours and places to see:

Plac Nowy – old Jewish market. Schindler’s Factory Museum – Museum telling the story of Kraków in WWII, pre-invasion to “liberation” by the Red Army. The main market square “Rynek Głowny” – the largest medieval square in Europe. Wawel Castle – royal castle and cathedral. The Wieliczka salt mines – a truly remarkable underground tour of incredibly carved caverns, including a cathedral, restaurant, and more. Those are just the top ones, check out In You Pocket’s city guide on Kraków for many more ideas, including restaurants, museums, cafes, and entertainment. Additionally, the former Nazi German concentration camp, Auschwitz, is located about 1 hour by train or bus, tours are roughly €19 and must be booked in advance on this website.

Travel

COVID-19 Information

In general all travel restrictions, including quarantine requirements, have been removed for all people entering Poland from other EU nations. For the latest information and details please see the Polish government’s COVID-19 information page in English. At this time it is required to wear face masks indoors at all times, masks are not required outside except in crowded areas (i.e. markets) where it is not possible to keep two meters distance from others.

Airport

The nearest and easiest airport to use is Kraków International Airport (KRK) it is directly connected to the city center by train (every 30 min) which is a 20 min journey, or regular taxi service 30-40 mins.

Other possibilities include Katowice Airport (KTW)  a 90 min bus transfer to Kraków or Warsaw’s Chopin (WAW) or Modlin (WMI) airports (2.5 hr train transfer to Kraków).

Public Transportation

Kraków is very well connected with an extensive Tram and Bus network, a one-way single journey ticket valid for 50 mins is about €1 and for 20 mins is about €0.75, most rides for the Forum should be under 20 mins. Tickets can be bought with card at ticket machines at Tram or Bus platforms, or on board most vehicles, some trams take coins only.

Accommodations

Any accommodation in the Jewish quarter, Medieval Old City (within the “Planty” ring-park), or “Podgórze” will be easily accessible to the meeting location. The Kraków team has only a few options for home-stays, if you need this option please contact Travis (travis [@] servethecity.net).

Schedule

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Perth

Schedule

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To Be Determined

South Jersey

Schedule

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To Be Determined

FORUM Regional Online Experience

Links for joining the online sessions will be emailed to attendees who selected the add-on “Regional Online” experience.

  • Ireland (English)
    • Additional all-Ireland Online meetings on Thursday and Saturday
  • Hanover (German)
  • Utrecht (Dutch)
  • Leuven (Dutch)
  • Bremen (German)
  • Detroit (English)

At this time all sites will follow the Forum general schedule, check back here for updates, including workshop and volunteer opportunities.

FORUM Regional In-Person Experience

  • Berlin (German)
  • Bremen (German)
  • Brussels (English)
  • Paris (English)
  • Riga (Lativan)

Schedule for Regional In-Person Experience:

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At this time most sites will follow the Forum Global Online schedule, check back here for updates, including workshop and volunteer opportunities.

Global Program

Main sessions, hangout and connection times, and workshops open to all participants will take place on Thursday the 23rd, and Saturday the 24th. See schedules below in your local time based on your desired experience.

Workshops

This year’s workshops are in four blocks based on basic themes of who, why, what, and how to put our values into action. Each workshop will be repeated at least twice so you should have plenty of opportunity to attend the workshops you want. Schedule is still to be determined, come back for updates.

Workshops

This year’s workshops are in four blocks based on basic themes of who, why, what, and how to put our values into action. Each workshop will be repeated at least twice so you should have plenty of opportunity to attend the workshops you want. You can register for workshops after you register for the Forum.

WHY

WHY

Come and hear the amazing stories from our STC cities, and learn how to capture stories in your own city. There are so many inspiring stories, let’s share them!

WHO

WHO

Learn and engage on Shared Social Concerns around the globe. In a divided world we will put our values into action.

WHAT

WHAT

Need ideas for projects and activities? Perhaps share some of your successes? This block of workshops is for you!

HOW

HOW

Get your practical tips and tricks in this block of workshops. Technology, funding, and much more from our global operations team!

There are 4 themes, and 16 workshops to choose from, assigned to two or more time blocks on the schedule.

WHY

City leaders have real stories to tell about transformational volunteering in their cities. There is something unique to learn from each city story. Sometimes we are successful, sometimes we fail. But we don’t give up because everyone has a divine vocation to serve, and every person we serve has inestimable worth.

  1. Lisbon City Story
    Alfredo [Blocks A, E, I]
  2. Accra City Story
    Lynn [Blocks B, J, M]
  3. Port au Prince City Story
    Marc [Blocks C, K]
  4. Chesapeake City Story
    Jay [Blocks D, G, L]
WHO

People who are homeless, people who are refugees or asylum seekers, people who are elderly, disabled, or alone, children in need, and people who are victims of abuse: we know them by their needs. What if we knew them by name? The better we understand the issues confronting people in need, the more effectively we will serve them.

  1. The Refugee Crisis
    Many of our cities are hosting refugees that fled from war and several kinds of suppression. This workshop explains asylum laws and inspires you to mean something in the life of those hundreds of thousands of refugees both on the local and global scale. Fianne [Blocks A, E, I, M]
  2. Europe’s Roma community
    The Roma community is a social group in Europe that has complex needs and who are difficult to approach. Experts will inspire you and help you to cross the line! Carlton [Blocks B, J]
  3. Care for our Environment
    This workshop inspires you on incorporating the environment and sustainability into your volunteer projects, as experts will take you into the threads for our environment and will shine new light on easy and fun ways to make a difference. Fernando [Blocks C, K]
  4. Victims of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
    Experts that have been working for decades in helping victims out of trafficking and modern slavery will share their experience and help you to take that step into action! Hazel [Blocks D, G, L]
WHAT

What is it that we do? What is unique about Serve the City? We are not just volunteering, we are building city-wide volunteer communities. We love volunteering events, and we also love neighbourhood transformation. We build partnerships because we are bridge-builders in our cities. And, Covid or not, this movement of kindness will not be cancelled.

  1. Developing a Thriving, Sustainable, and Self-Replicating Volunteer Community
    Shannon/Corlea [Blocks A, F, I]
  2. Neighbourhood Transformation
    Neighbourhood Transformation is a strategy for sustainable community-driven development in urban areas. During this workshop, we will be looking at essential principles of Neighbourhood Transformation as well as highlighting successful case studies. Richard [Blocks B, J, N]
  3. Social Entrepreneurship
    What is required to be a social entrepreneur and what does it take to lead volunteers? How do you start your own non-profit NGO, or social impact project? Tom Wilscam & STC Paris [Blocks C, H, K]
  4. Creative Kindness during Covid
    Paul [Blocks D, L]
HOW

It’s no good knowing why, who, and what without also knowing how to build a sustainable serving movement in your city. How can you activate and balance the STC tensions in your city? How do you build an effective Core Team? How can the latest and greatest Information Technology help you put your great ideas into practice? How do you find funding for everything you want to do?

  1. Activating and balancing the tensions of Serve the City
    How three tensions and six values drive the vision and mission of this global serving movement.
    Simone/Leontine/Paul [Blocks A, F, I]
  2. Building a Effective Core Team
    Christine [Blocks B, J, N]
  3. This is IT
    Jeremie/Dave [Blocks C, H, K]
  4. Finding the Funding
    David/Charles [Blocks D, L]

Workshop Schedule: Shown in your current timezone.

Registration

Registration is open now. Details will continue to be added, so please check back on this page. Your registration is refundable and can also be updated/changed at anytime through Eventbrite (don’t lose your login information)!

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