We finished the first week of seminar. Thursday Phantok and I did a SWOT analysis of Longsho. That's identifying the movement's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. At the top of the strengths list were the commitment and ideas of the youth leaders, the enthusiasm of the kids the movement's reaching and the likely expansion into Darjeeling and Deckyiling. Included as weaknesses were the uncertainty surrounding funding, the authority of the schools who are able to decide whether kids go on Longsho camps or not and the inexperience of the leadership.
Friday we reassessed our plans for this seminar. Organisation of camp is getting tight - the leaders are meeting every day to finish writing their programmes on this summer's theme, 'Leadership', and Namsay and Phantok still need to confirm a campsite and find out which kids are coming. So the new plan is this: the three of us work together to write a complete & final 'Running a Movement Seminar' to run with all the new workers & regional reps in June, after camp is finished. Effectively, the seminar serves as Namsay's and Phantok's handover. It shares the load, allowing them to get on with camp logistics and me to take a breather and avoid burnout.
As soon as we decided all this, we set about planning the basics for the new seminar. We've designed a programme of 20 sessions, running mainly in the mornings, from Monday 14 June to Monday 25 June. I'll post the programme up some time over the next week or two. We've already defined the aims of each of the sessions, and 5 of the 20 are written in full.
Also spent the morning drawing up a vital 'to do' list - the urgent tasks and deadlines coming up for the Longsho office. It was a good opportunity to review the long term plan that was made in October last year. I was able to email the new document to TJYE UK members.
Best thing now is to let Namsay and Phantok get on with what they need to do. I'll be going treking for a few days before a meditation retreat at the end of this week / beginning of next.
Meanwhile, thanks to Anna Langleben, Dan Jackson and RSY-Netzer, who responded to my email and sent me the 'one-one-seven', a list of 117 youth movement programming ideas. It's going straight to Namsay, Phantok and the Longsho leaders, to incorporate into camp to their hearts' content.