Mountaintop Workshop: “Communication is Key!”

The second course in the Georgia Parliamentary Programme was held in the ski resort Gudauri. It ran from 30 November till 2 December 2010.  MPs, staffers, and government officials engaged in lively training to improve their practical skills. MPs rely on staffers as gatekeepers and an extra pair of eyes and ears. For their part, staffers need direction from MPs. 

Presentations were made by CESS instructors Bauke Snoep, Peter Vanhoutte, Markus Broich and Erik Sportel. Besides, there were several exercises, which helped the participants to understand various stakeholders, their interests,  and how best to take these into account.   

The training course ended with a full-day simulation exercise. It showed participants the roles of various political stakeholders and their complexity. Everyone enjoyed the game, and some participants really got absorbed by their roles. 

The highlight of the game was an MP playing an independent uniform expert. He demonstrated the poor quality of the military kit by tearing apart some socks, to the amusement of the group. This was typical of atmosphere during the course. In 2011, we will organize two more courses on this subject, the first is expected in May.



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