Serve the City International Forum
Amsterdam The Netherlands, Oct 2016
STCi hosts an annual International Forum, which gathers people from across our global movement. This means we get to connect personally while learning and encouraging each other. As an informal network, we also get a better understanding of this global “serving revolution”, that we are all a part of.
Some of the 70 or so attendees at the IF AMS16. With a mix of large sessions and small group workshops, each focuses on topics and issues designed to inform and inspire!
At the close of the Forum the Amsterdam Resolution was crafted together to define our goals and priorities as a movement in the coming year:
“On 21-22 October 2016, we, the gathered representatives of Serve the City teams worldwide, resolve to continue growing in the priorities outlined in the 2015 Lisbon Resolution. In this journey together, we further resolve to develop in the following areas:
- We commit to share with each other.
We will share new ideas, contacts, what’s working, or not, in our cities and why. We will visit and encourage each other, especially in tough times.
- We will care equally about those we send and those we serve.
We will invest the best of our resources in all volunteers, and see everyone we serve as a potential volunteer. We will see those we send and those we serve both as contributors and people who need care.
- We will be active storytellers.
We will tell each other what is going on in our cities. We will share stories internally and externally as an extended family, proud of the efforts we are making to change the world.
- Our goal is for every city to be connected and resourced.
We will work together with the Global Working Team to identify, develop and share resources throughout our movement such as a common website, shared online resources, fund-raising models and tools, a global day of serving, and training for teams and leaders.
- We resolve to be effective and work with excellence.
We will maintain the essential spirit of relationship, passion, support and enthusiasm which enables the STC volunteering and caring ethos to blossom. At the same time, we will work to professionalize our movement with the belief that the combination of informal and formal will enable us to better meet the needs of our society.
We will continue to learn from each other and grow together as a global movement, as people united by one cause – to serve, with love.