Petra Grüne

Heated discussions and inspiring encounters - This was the first day of NECE 2016 in Zagreb




The first day of the 12th NECE conference taking place at Zagreb’s Lisinski Hall was visibly impacted by the results of the US-elections escorting most participants on their way to Croatia and possibly reinforced the heat of both panel and several offsite discussions.

But let’s begin with the more easy and pleasant parts of the day which started with sunny weather and dozens of openminded and friendly people from all over Europe and beyond getting to know each other or meeting old friends at Lisinski hall, enjoying coffee, soft drinks a wide range of selected sweets and fruits along inspiring talks inbetween program parts.

Three wishes for NECE

When Petra Grüne from the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and Eddy Habben Jansen from ProDemos greeted everyone and asked the participants to reveal their whereabouts by standing up and stating their home country, a widespread virtual map of home destinations unfolded in Lisinsky hall – which usually is a space for concerts and cultural events and thus transporting a slight vibe of theatricality.    

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