EXPEDITION TO CHICAGO AND HOUSTON
You may find insights and and update on the second Atlantic Expedition to Chicago and Houston via the followig link.
The second of the fellowship’s three trips will see 30 fellows — 10 Germans living in Germany, 10 Germans living in the US, and 10 Americans living in the US — travel to Chicago, IL and Houston, TX, for six days in October 2017. From arrival in Chicago until the end of the trip in Houston, accommodation, meals and travel costs will be covered by the fellowship. The trip will offer fellows the opportunity to present and receive feedback on their collaboratively authored strategy & communication memos during meetings and networking sessions with a variety of transatlantic stakeholders involved in politics, media, business, academics and wider civil society.
Preparation (June 19 - October 1, 2017)
The aim of Atlantic Expedition is to encourage a new generation of leaders to bring fresh ideas to the transatlantic debate. Preparation for the trip begins some time before arrival in Chicago.
Those who applied for the fellowship will first engage in a three-week online debate, to begin on June 20, 2017. Applicants will have their articles progressively published on our website, and will have the opportunity to comment on others’, offering feedback and allowing authors to elaborate on their opinions. This process of open debate will allow a consensus to emerge among participants, as to themes of particular interest, and common points of view on key issues.
In July 2017, 30 fellows will be selected to take part in the trip. From July 19 until October 1, with the backing and guidance of the Expedition’s organizers, fellows will co-author numerous memos to portray their strategy & communication recommendations, while also having the possibility to develop their own projects aimed at modernising and realigning transatlantic relations. Participants will build upon the ideas and opinion consensus achieved during the debate as a springboard. Compromise and teamwork will be essential if fellows' diverse range of opinions and interests are to be translated into concrete policy proposals.
The second phase is a relatively long one, not due to a particularly heavy time commitment requirement, but so as to accomodate participants' work and vacation schedules. Fellows aren't expected to work continuously throughout this period; other than a few Skype calls, participants will have a high degree of flexibity as to when they work on the collaborative memo.
The Expedition (October 9-14, 2017)
Monday: Fellows will arrive in Chicago, and will be free to discover the city during the day. The second Expedition kicks off with a joint meeting and dinner in the early evening.
Tuesday: In the morning, fellows will meet each other and prepare, as a group, for a later presentation of the memo before experts and stakeholders. The afternoon and evening will provide further time for exploring Chicago together, and for participating in cultural events.
Wednesday: A series of encounters and discussions with media, political, business and civil society stakeholders are scheduled. They will offer their feedback on strategy and communication recommendations developed by the fellows, giving constructive advice as well as careful criticism. In the evening, the trip will move on to the second leg, in Houston.
Thursday: Further meetings with stakeholders are scheduled for the day. The late afternoon will see a yound Atlanticists networking event at a local neighborhood joint.
Friday: Fellows will present and discuss their strategy and communication recommendations in a public panel discussion. In the afternoon, a trip to the NASA Space Center is scheduled, followed by a closing dinner with a special diner speaker.
Saturday: The trip will conclude with a joint learning breakfast.
Reflection (October 16-November 24, 2017)
At the expedition's end, participants will be able to write further articles to express thoughts and ideas inspired by their interactions with other fellows and with stakeholders. A second version of the memo, ammended to reflect changed opinions and feedback received during the trip, will then be published.