Addictlab develops marcom strategy and guides cocreation process for the International Conference on Cross Border Child protection (Geneva, October 21 – 23)

About the conference.

Given the increasing migration flows around the world, the promotion and effective implementation of international instruments such as the Hague Conventions remain essential to provide the best support to families and children.

The Hague Convention of 1996 on parental responsibility matters and child protection measures (the ‘HC-1996’) covers a wide range of issues related to the cross-border protection of children and concerns particularly children at heart of international family conflicts, who have been subject of international abduction or cross-border placement, refugee children and unaccompanied minors and others. The ‘HC-1996’ contains many aspects that are intended to enable a global protection of children.

The General Secretariat of the International Social Service (ISS), with more than 90 years of expertise in the treatment of transnational child protection and family conflict cases throughout its network, decided to organize an international conference in order to promote the strengthening and effective implementation of the ‘HC-1996’ by reuniting all concerned actors (from government, the legal sector, academia and social practice) and facilitating dialogue and exchange on the socio-legal dimensions of child-protection between them.

The conference took place in Geneva, between October 21 – 23. Partners include the Hague conference, the Unversity of Geneva and the city of Geneva.

  1. Communication, strategy, infographics, social media

Addictlab provided strategic advice and developed all necessary communication tools, from the main poster design, badges, folders, participant documentation sets to the powerpoint templates, and a dedicated conference website with registration form functionalities. Addictlab also realized an infographic design explaining a much-appreciated overview of ISS, active since 1924 in 110 countries and having reached 7.000.000 people.

  1. Collective intelligence and cocreation

Parallel to the conference, ISS organised a meeting where mediators and professionals active in cross-border family conflicts gathered from across regions to exchange ideas, expertise, multi-cultural perspectives, experiences, lessons learned in issues of training, deontology and general practice.

Through a collaborative process, this Meeting aimed at the elaboration of a Charter on International Family Mediation processes listing the fundamental key principles. For ISS, this work is the initial step towards the creation, on the long-term, of a global network of professional mediators specialised in cross-border conflicts.

YourOwnlab, Addictlab’s business unit focusing on collective intelligence and cultural transformation, designed the process and offered the tools and knowhow on how to guide over 50 people from all different countries through a three day brainstorming process.

YourOwnLab used its own developed tools, idea walls, idea files, inspiration showers, evaluation processes, mixing of individual reflective moments and small and bigger group work, as well as regular plenary sessions for restitution, evaluation, adaption and endorsing of the discussed ideas.

Due to the complexity of the matter, the diversity of the audience, the timing constraints and the presence of French, English and Spanish speaking people, ISS and YourOwnLab set in place a system that included simultaneous language sessions, translations, whispering interpreting*, note takers and a core group of 7 facilitators with clear assignments on each segment of the participatory workshops.

(*Whispering Interpreting Sometimes called by its French name, “chuchotage,” whispering interpretation is used in small meetings and informal settings.)

The drafting of the charter, the selection of a number of best practices, and the discussions on the qualifications of a family mediator thus became not the result of a hierarchical pyramidal decision process, but a circular group process that is now seen as at the core of the collaborative economy.

The result

The results of the parallel workshops were finally presented in the plenary session and included conclusions and recommendations for the States.

The ISS Collaborative Process on International Family Mediation (hereinafter “the Collaborative Process”) was considered for the purpose of developing cooperation to strengthen international family mediation services and to coordinate the drafting of a recommended charter of standards for cross-border family mediation in situations to which the 1980, 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions apply, or to other situations such as international relocation and sharing parental responsibility.

An international group of family mediation practitioners met in Geneva, on 21-23 October 2015, and discussed the Charter for International Family Mediation Processes. They adopted the core principles and developed a set of Promising Practices.

Moreover, this international group of experts agreed that:

  • The Collaborative Process acknowledges, and encourages, strengthened cooperation between States and Specialised Mediation Structures and Practitioners;
  • In their name, ISS will apply to States and propose them to consider a number of recommendations.
  1. Documenting

Together with the Webster University and helped by students of the University of Geneva, both the plenary sessions and the workshops were documented on photo and film.

About ISS

The International Social Service (ISS) is an international NGO founded in 1924; it is organized in a network of national entities that assist children and families confronted with complex social problems as a result of migration.
Thanks to its presence in more than 120 countries, ISS is a global actor promoting child protection and welfare. In addition to its work on the ground, ISS undertakes training projects, awareness raising and advocacy work in an effort to better respect children’s rights. ISS support and helps approximately 75,000 families in the world each year.

About Addictlab & YourOwnLab

Addictlab is a creative think tank since 1997 bringing together creative thinkers from different countries and disciplines on dedicated themes. YourOwnlab is Addictlab’s business unit commercializing Addictlab’s knowledge, tools and experiences in cocreation and collective intelligence. Current YourOwnLab activities include Change and cultural transformation in businesses and organizations, and the development of tools such as an alternative Profiling methodology for group brainstorm sessions.

Pictures: Anna Martynova – Addictlab, Anna Arutsiunian – Webster University

More pictures available – info@addictlab.com

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Jean Ayoub (International Social Service) closing the conference.

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