Green Lab Armenia 2019

The American University of Armenia Acopian Center for the Environment and Heinrich Boell Foundation Yerevan South Caucasus Yerevan Office announce a call for participation in Green Lab – 2019.

The two-day workshop will take place on November 16-17 in American University of Armenia (venues: Akian Gallery, rooms 413W and 414W, Paramaz Avedisian Building, American University of Armenia, 40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave., Yerevan, Armenia).

The purpose of the lab is to create an interactive and interdisciplinary platform where constructive discussions will lead to the identification of ‘green’ topics of concern to young people (environment, renewable energy, waste recycling, democratic governance, gender topics, technology and environment, food and environment, etc.), mechanisms and tools for publicizing them. In addition, the Green Lab aims at bringing together the active youth from the regions to build close collaboration between individuals who are concerned with local/community social-economic problems and are ready to develop sustainable and long-term solutions to these problems.

The Green Lab is a 2-day event, which consists of 2 facilitated discussions and trainings, workshop and brainstorming. In order to participate in the lab, a short CV and a motivation letter should be sent, in which the applicant must present one environmental issue in his/her community.

Travel, food, and accommodation costs are covered by the program.

Required Criteria are:

Young people living in the Republic of Armenia (18-25 year-old), who wish to develop sustainable development projects for their communities (the participation of young people from the regions of RA is encouraged).  The participation of the students, young activists, journalists and researchers, who are interested in green politics, renewable energy, environment and civic activism are also encouraged.

The application should be sent to the following e-mail addresses: [email protected] և [email protected] (please mention Green Lab-2019 in the subject line). The deadline for submission of applications is November 8, 2019 until 23:00.

Agenda (download here)

Day 1 – November 16, 2019

9:30 – 10:00 Registration
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome remarks

Alen Amirkhanian, Director, AUA Acopian Center for the Environment

Stefan Meister, Head of the Heinrich Böll Foundation Tbilisi Office – South Caucasus Region

Eviya Hovhannisyan, Armenia Project Coordinator, Heinrich Böll Foundation South Caucasus

Participants introduction (name, community and one thing they love about their community)

10:15 – 10:50 Role of youth in leading a change agenda (with 10 min Q&A)

Lena Nazaryan, Vice President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia

10:50 – 11:30 Community change: asset-based development and inclusiveness (with 10 min Q&A)

Robert Ghukasyan, Advisor to the RA Prime Minister on Community Development

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshment break
12:00 – 13:15 Ice-breaking session: participants introduce themselves in more detail, including the idea(s) they have for community change, their thoughts on what is part of a green agenda.
13:15 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 14:45 Round table 1: Psychology and the environment

Facilitator: Alen Amirkhanian   (download here)

14:45 – 15:30 Round table 2: Food and the environment

Facilitators: Vahram Elagöz, Ani Harutyunyan

15:30 – 16:15 Round table 3: Waste and the environment

Facilitators: Harutyun Alpetyan (download here), Hripsime Mkrtchyan

16:15 – 16:30 Refreshment break
16:30 – 17:15 Round table 4: Energy and the environment

Facilitators: Norayr Benohanian (download here), Njdeh Andriazian

17:15 – 18:00 Round table 5: How do communities change? How does human behavior change? How would you make your idea(s) a reality?

Facilitators: Harutyun Alpetyan, Njdeh Andriazian

18:00 – 18:10 Concluding remarks for day 1
18:20 – 20:45 Group dinner and team building
20:45 Transport to hotels/home

Day 2 – November 17, 2019

9:00 – 11:00 Assignment 1. Your change ideas for a green agenda: peer review and refinement of ideas, discussing how to make it a reality (from concept development, to team building, to change action, to critical reflection and review of effort) (download here)

Finalizing topics and project team members (or individual)

Peer reviewers and domain experts advising

(refreshments available throughout)

11:00 – 12:00 Round table 6: Setting a public agenda with public participation, advantages and drawbacks

Facilitator(s): Artur Grigoryan

12:00 – 15:00 Assignment 2. How your change ideas can lead to a bigger green agenda: aggregating a green agenda or diverging green agendas

Activity: Crafting green agenda(s)

Critical overview: Identifying agreements, contested territories

(working lunch)

15:00 – 15:30 Participants evaluate the event
15:30 – 16:30 Closing summary of initiatives and agenda(s)

Event closing

16:30 Return home