LINKS will launch “Borjomi Innovators Network” next month

LINKS has announced that it will launch a new initiative, The Borjomi Innovators Network (BIN) in December. The initiative creates a network of young scholars and professionals interested in promoting peace, security and prosperity in their countries and regions through innovative ideas and a commitment to dialogue as a tool for resolving conflict and discord.

BIN will provide a forum that cuts across conflict divides, cultural and religious identities, and social and political differences, enabling the development of new ideas and the cross-fertilisation of thinking on contemporary issues between participants from Europe, Eurasia and the MENA region.

35 young people will form the first cohort of BIN members for the year 2018. They are supported by a “veterans panel” and a core-team led by a number of co-chairpersons. Lord Purvis of Tweed, a member of the International Affairs Committee of the House of Lords in the UK, and Dr Dennis Sammut, Executive Director of LINKS (DAR) will co-chair the network in 2018.

The idea to form BIN emerged at a workshop that LINKS organised in Borjomi in July 2017 and is a response to the need for new thinking on how to address new challenges in communities, countries, regions and globally.

You can read more on the Borjomi workshop here

MODALITIES OF THE NETWORK

  1. Concept and general provisions
  • The Borjomi Innovators Network (BIN) is a network of young scholars and professionals interested in promoting peace, security and prosperity in their countries and regions through innovative ideas and a commitment to dialogue as a tool for resolving conflict and discord. BIN will provide a forum that cuts across conflict divides, cultural and religious identities, and social and political differences, enabling the development of new ideas and the cross-fertilisation of thinking on contemporary issues between participants from Europe, Eurasia and the MENA region.
  • BIN is an initiative of LINKS (Dialogue, Analysis and Research).
  • Members of BIN will be selected each year in September to serve for the subsequent calendar year for one year.
  • The network is open to scholars and professionals aged 20-35 from EU, OIC and OSCE Member states.
  • The network values diversity in all its manifestations and will endeavour to reflect this in its membership.
  • LINKS (DAR) will appoint several persons of standing as co-Chairpersons of the network on an annual basis.
  • BIN alumni may be invited to join BIN veterans on the successful completion of their membership year. BIN and BIN Veterans shall constitute the BIN network.
  • The network is voluntary and there will be no remuneration for participants, nor on the other hand will participants be asked to pay any fees.
  • The first members of BIN, for the calendar year 2018, will be selected by invitation, primarily from among participants of the Borjomi workshop, organised by LINKS (DAR) 7-9 July 2017.  Thereafter new members of BIN shall be selected by LINKS (DAR) for a period of one calendar year from those nominated by the outgoing cohort, and other eligible persons.

 

  1. Opportunities and obligations of membership
  • Members of BIN will be invited to attend an annual networking event.
  • The network will provide members with information on activities in their area of interest and may sponsor their participation at Conferences and events, as well as assist members with placing op-eds and short articles on-line and in the printed media.
  • Each member of BIN will be assigned a mentor for the duration of his annual term. The mentor will be somebody with expertise on the area of interest of the member.
  • For administrative purposes each group of five members shall include one persons designated as Liaison Officer.
  • The network will provide plenty of opportunities for online interaction, including through small discussion groups with other members with similar interests.
  • Each member will be required to produce by the end of the year that he serves on the network a short-paper of about two thousand words, or an op-ed of around one thousand five hundred words on an agreed topic, and agree with the network on how it is to be disseminated. Written work may be substituted by a video rapportage or other form of communications expression, as may be agreed.
  • At the end of the year members of BIN, so long as they have fulfilled their membership obligations, will be invited to propose a new member for the network – based on BIN’s membership criteria.
  • At the end of their membership year, members of BIN will be invited to join BIN Veterans. Whilst the relationship between BIN and the veterans will be less demanding than for members, it is hoped that they will remain engaged with the network as much as they can. Veteran’s reunions will be organised from time to time. BIN veterans may be asked to act as mentors for new BIN
  • The first cohort of veterans will be selected by LINKS (DAR), from among participants of the Borjomi workshop with the necessary experience and others who may contribute to the welfare of the network.
  • A member or a veteran may be expelled from the network at the discretion of LINKS (DAR) if he/she is deemed not to share the ethos of the network, or if it is deemed that he/she through her views or actions is bringing the network into disrepute.

 

  • Administrative Issues
  • The number of members of BIN at any one time shall not exceed 35. The number of veteran members shall not exceed 20 until 31 December 2018, and thereafter shall increase each year as members move to the Veteran’s List.
  • LINKS (DAR) may assign members of BIN as co-ordinators for groups of members or veteran members
  • LINKS (DAR) shall provide secretarial and management support for BIN and BIN Veterans
  • LINKS (DAR) shall remain ultimately responsible for the activity of BIN It retains the right to exclude any member if this is deemed to be in the best interest of the group.
  • Membership of BIN is voluntary. A member may terminate his/her membership at any time by sending a written note or email to the BIN
  • The BIN logo is inspired by the town of Borjomi where the idea of the Borjomi Innovators Network (BIN) was conceived in July 2017. At the centre of the logo is a water spring, water being the source of life, and the Borjomi spring water a source of health. Fir trees surround the water fountain representing new ideas – ideas rooted in reality, and sensitive to the environment.

25 September 2017.