The energy transition needs to happen faster and be more inclusive. The scale of change required and the potential benefits of more citizen participation call for different forms of engagement at individual and group level. The Academy explores these different forms, highlighting the new role of the “prosumer”, energy community groups, renewable energy cooperatives and others, but does so from practical point of view. For their stake in the future, energy and creativity, there is great potential in engaging young people in these issues, regardless of their background or professional path. Particular effort is placed on getting female applicants to address the lack of women involvement in energy issues.
To inspire real change, we believe we need to change how and where we interact. SEYN minimizes the use of conventional presentations, maximizing practical sessions, such as role-plays, group exercises, world-cafe type workshops and informal interaction with trainers and mentors, in a casual and very relaxed environment.
Participants will learn how community groups and RESCOOPs are created, financed and operated, how to engage the community, as well as financing alternatives, project management and much more. While doing so they will also be challenged and guided on develop their ideas to implementation.
Academies happen anywhere proposed by members and partners. We favour beautiful locations, where free time can be as inspiring as the work that we do. We challenge the standard classroom setting and often deliver sessions outdoors or in the evenings. And it doesn’t feel like work at all.
Energy Academies so far:
Solta, Croatia - July 2015
Crete, Greece - October 2015
Canarias, Spain - April 2016
Pathum Thani, Thailand - October 2019
WHAT PEOPLE SAY...
"Could sound a cliché, but participating in SEYN's first Academy was a life-changing experience. The Project "Give a Shit" that I am founder of gained structure and wings there, with support of an incredibly experienced team of specialists in energy sector and sustainability, experienced doers and "hands-on" projects, which inspired my way of being and working afterwards. Partnering with such an outstanding network, where equity, inclusion, interdisciplinarity and sustainability are the main pillars, are surely enough reasons to join the network and contribute towards a sustainable future."