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Online IPC 100 Years Internal Celebration

Are you not able to make to IPC for the internal celebration on May 6th-8th? Don’t worry! We will be hosting an online reunion space on Gather Town.

What exactly is Gather Town? It is an online platform where you can build your own space to hold events, create an office workspace, and many more. What we did was we created a mini version of IPC for you to explore with your friends, meet new people, and play games in. You don’t need to sign up to join the space, just create an avatar and explore away!

The space will be available from 7pm/19:00 May 6th to 7pm/19:00 May 7th, IPC time (UTC + 2). There will be online board games, a couple streams of events at the school, and other interactive objects. Paige Skrypnek will be the main caretaker of this area. If you have any issues during the use of this space (issues such as a game isn’t working, a video isn’t playing, people are using the space in a disrespectful manner), please email her at alumni_paige@ipc.dk. You can also send her a message on Facebook.

Here is the link!

https://app.gather.town/events/pjOPKpaxE3n1mUd0P7vy

Now for those who have not used Gather Town before, below is a PDF with the basics of how to use it. You can join on your phone or laptop, up to you!

Below we have some more tips and tricks on using the space.

There are specific places on the map (usually around tables or groups of couches) that when you enter them, that space lights up and the rest of the map around you gets darker. You just entered a private space. A private space is where only people in that space can hear or see you if your mic and camera are turned on. If you leave the space, you can’t talk to anyone in the space until you enter it once more.

There are games on the tables that you can play with friends! Games like Colonist.io (free game modelled after Settlers of Catan), Code Names, and other games. Just press x to interact and start a game.

There are also black or white boards you can draw on, a piano you can play, or various signs around the area with info on them.

In a couple of the rooms there is a broadcast tile on the floor. They are behind podiums and are orange. When you step on the tile, it broadcasts your video and voice to everyone in the room regardless of where they are. It is used for important announcements so please keep that in mind.

  • Some areas are blocked off or you can’t walk through them. That is there for a reason. Just like how you can’t enter the dining hall before dinner starts, you can’t do it here either. But you can look longingly at the food!
  • You can build and add to this IPC by clicking the hammer in the bottom right corner of the page. Please be respectful and don’t make things difficult to navigate or fill the space with nonsense, other people want to use this space too.

General Assembly Charter Change Proposals

Hello Everyone!

This year we are hoping to make a few major changes to the charter if you are all in agreement. Here are the following changes we propose and why we have proposed them.

  1. Changing the official name from IPC Student Union to IPC Alumni. – This came up because we all already call ourselves IPC Alumni, it is simply just an official name change in the charter.

2. §2           Any course participant, IPC Visitor or resident for at least 1 week can become an IPC Alumni Member. Permanent membership is gained by payment of 200dkk, whereof 100dkk will go directly to funding Alumni scholarships, and 100dkk will go to The Alumni itself.

Option A: §2 Any former course participant, or non-staff resident can become a member of IPC Alumni. Permanent membership is gained by a one-time payment and a one-time contribution to the scholarship fund decided upon by the general assembly every year.

Option B: §2 Any former or current participant or non-staff resident during a course can become a member of IPC Alumni. Permanent membership is gained by a one-time payment and a one-time contribution to the scholarship fund decided upon by the general assembly every year.

– These options differ by whether or not we will allow current students to become Alumni before they finish their term at IPC, giving them the right to vote at the General Assembly. We believe this would be a great way to bridge the gap we Alumni have with the current students of every term, and get them involved in our community sooner.

3.  §3             The general assembly of the Alumni is the highest authority. The Ordinary general assembly is held every year at The International People’s College coinciding with the Reunion Weekend. Should the Reunion Weekend not take place, it is held before the end of December at the International People’s College or online. The call for the ordinary general assembly will be communicated to the union members electronically at least four weeks prior to the meeting day. The following agenda is mandatory at the ordinary general assembly. – This change has come from the pandemic, as this will make it more bureaucratically acceptable to have online General Assemblies in the future.

4. §3.1  All members registered as voters with IPC Alumni at least one week prior to the general assembly may take part in the decision making process. Decisions are adopted by a simple majority of votes cast. Changes to the charter of IPC Alumni can be agreed upon only by a ¾ majority of votes cast. The Principal of IPC is allowed to participate as an observer. Current students are allowed to participate as observers. – This is is part of a massive overhaul in how would will run future general Assembly decision making, and we have set it so you must be registered as an Alumni for a week.

5. Decision making and elections are conducted using a secure, anonymous, online voting system. Candidates for the election announce their candidacy through publicly declaring it on one of IPC Alumni’s online for a specified by the IPC Alumni board at the time of the announcement of the General Assembly. The voting procedure starts at the end of the General Assembly and is open for 24 hours. [Anyone currently attending their first IPC term during the GA cannot run for the board]**** – This is the huge change we wish to make. Currently only people who attend IPC at Reunion weekend is allowed to vote, which is not fair to other Alumni who cannot attend Reunion Weekend. This will will allow us to hold a blended in person and online General assembly that will allow all Alumni the chance to vote on important topics. The last point surrounded by the square brackets will be a rule put in place if we decide to include current students as possible Alumni before their term ends to ensure that they still stay focused on their term.

6. •§ 3.5 Nine Alumni members are elected as board members for a two year term. Elections are held every year. Election of board members alternates; one year four are elected and the next year five. – This is how we currently doing it, we just want to clarify in the charter.

7. § 8 If a member does not live up to the core values of the International People’s College, and a unanimous board finds it necessary, they can have their membership permanently or temporarily revoked. The specified member has the right to have their case heard with the board prior to a decision being made. – This is something we noticed another Danish Folk High School Alumni group had in their charter. We would hope we would never have to enact this part of the charter, but the reason we are putting it in here is in light of situations around the world such as the death of George Floyd. We believe we as Alumni would never want a member of our community who violates the core values of IPC, and though we doubt anything like that would happen, we should be prepared in case it does.

That is all our proposals. These will be voted on at the General Assembly and will have huge impacts on the Alumni in the future. Thank you for taking the time to read them and we can’t wait to see you at Reunion Weekend!

General Assembly Money Proposal

Hello Everyone!

We as a board have been discussing what we as Alumni should do with the large sum of money that the Alumni has. This has been a many year discussion and we are finally ready to take the next step and decide the best way to use it, rather than letting it sit in an account and be devalued due to interest and inflation.

This money has been available to the Alumni through different means, such as the burning down of the hut and from memberships for almost 100 years. This money holds a giant legacy in our community, and the way we use it will not only hold great meaning for us, but also define who we want to be as Alumni. We have looked through the ideas you have all come up with and we are so happy to see so many creative initiatives. We of course cannot do them all, and we have taken a lot of time to go over these ideas to ensure they are sustainable, they fit under the fact that we are a not for profit, and that the money is used in a way that follows all of our core values. We as a board believe the best way to handle the money is to donate it to friends of IPC, another not for profit that will invest the money for us, and the dividends and capital gain will generate scholarships for future students to attend IPC so that we may grow our community even further. The details have not been completely worked out, and for the moment this is a proposal up for discussion at the GA. We will call an extra ordinary general assembly in one to two months time to have a proper vote on this proposal so people have time to think it over and make their best decision, as well as for the board and Friends of IPC to create the final details of the proposal. Here is the current general proposal:

The IPC Alumni board proposes that the General Assembly approves that IPC Alumni can issue a donation of 150.000 DKK to Friends of IPC under the condition that Friends of IPC accepts the following conditions: 

1. The principal amount of 150.000 DKK shall be used only for investments made in accordance with the promotion of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the core values of IPC. 

2. Interest and dividends earned on the investment of the principal amount shall be made available for scholarships issued by Friends of IPC.

3. Other use of the principal amount as described in point 1 is to be submitted and approved by the IPC Alumni General Assembly.

The General Assembly authorizes the IPC Alumni board to approve the exact portfolio of investments as long as it respects the above principles. A prerequisite for this decision that the donation is not taxable by Danish law.

This means the Alumni will still have a say in the money and we have means of watching 0ver it and ensuring it is used in our best interests. This amount will leave the Alumni with about 90.000 DKK left for future projects and initiatives that are not scholarship based.

We hope you will take this time to think over the idea and what it will mean for future Alumni and IPC. Once again, we will have a discussion at the GA with the opportunity to present other proposals, and the final decision will be made in about one to two month’s time at an extraordinary assembly. Thank you all so much for taking the time to read this and for putting forth your ideas. We can’t wait to hear you thoughts at the General Assembly, so see you there!

IPC Alumni General Assembly on May 8th 2021 – register now!

Dear member of IPC Alumni,

This is the official announcement of this year’s General Assembly which will take place online during the Online Reunion Weekend!

The General Assembly 2021 will take place on the 8th of May from 15:00 to 17:00 Danish time (CEST).

Are you a member, and do you want to participate? Then register as a voter! You can do it by clicking here and filling in the form. You can only participate if you register – you can read more about the reason why in the link!

You will receive information about how to join the meeting and how to vote once you have signed up!

The agenda for this year’s GA is as follows:

  1. Approval of the agenda. Election of chairperson and minutes taker
  2. Situation report from the board
  3. Approval of the revised yearly accounts
  4. Election of board members, substitutes, accountant and substitute accountant
  5. Stipulation of the yearly membership payment
  6. Upcoming activities
  7. New proposals & discussions
  8. Any other business

In addition, at this year’s GA there are 5 of the 9 board membership seats up for election, 4 seats for a two-year term and 1 seat for a one-year term. If you would like to run to be a board member, we encourage you to make an announcement in the IPC Alumni Facebook group with a few sentences explaining why you would like to run for the position. The elections will then be held during the online General Assembly. If you have any questions regarding this, or the above agenda, feel free to contact us at alumni@ipc.dk, or via private message on the facebook page IPC Alumni.

We hope to see many of you there! Stay safe.

Volunteering at IPC with European Solidarity Corps

Joining IPC Alumni and giving all your best to the community? Promoting human rights, intercultural learning, understanding and tolerance? Developing yourself on a new level, taking up new challenges and projects?
NOW YOU CAN! We have prepared this special offer with EU program (ESC-European Solidarity Corps), for those who are looking for a space to DO GOOD.
Already next Autumn Term (18th July- 18th December 2020) you can become an European Volunteer and change the world!
Your tasks:
– developing personal projects based on your interest (with help and support from project facilitator)
– language support
– game nights
– coffee evenings
– opening place for students: coffee, tea, cookies
– facilitating activities promoting core values of IPC Student Union
– taking care of the Human Rights Café space and surroundings
– assisting in school events
– technical assistance during school events (after training)
– video, audio and photo documentation
– assisting in ongoing IPC Alumni projects
– promoting IPC Alumni
– writing articles for a webpage

Basic requirements
– 18-30 years old
– Residence in one of European countries,
– Have not taken part in another ESC or EVS programme before.
– Can arrive to Denmark 17-18th July .

Project costs (Inc. transportation) are covered by the ESC program.

To apply, visit https://europa.eu/youth/solidarity/placement/11878_en
Or send you CV and motivational letter to alumni_bogna@ipc.dk

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