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JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide 2018

We’ve updated the JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide for 2018. You can find it at JOTA-JOTI Participant’s Guide on this website. Or click on the cover image nearby.

We’ve also updated the JOTA-JOTI Purpose Statement and the JOTA-JOTI Description. This was one of the first steps outlined in our action plan to increase participation to 3 million by 2021. That action plan was developed in our workshop in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year. You can read about the workshop at JOTA-JOTI on to the next level.

Here’s our updated Purpose Statement and Description:

JOTA-JOTI Purpose

Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet (JOTA-JOTI) is a fun and exciting annual experience for all young people in Scouting using the widest range of technology communication channels to educate, promote cultural awareness, develop tolerance, as well as enhance sharing, collaboration and teamwork, along with building a sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement. It is a “travel-free” Jamboree that takes place wherever you are in the world.

JOTA-JOTI Description

Jamboree on the Air – Jamboree on the Internet promotes a Scout’s sense of belonging to the worldwide Scout Movement and builds cultural awareness, develops tolerance, advocates sharing and collaboration as well as demonstrates teamwork.

It provides exciting opportunities for young people to explore technology and to develop technical skills including fostering innovation and creativity through communicating with other Scouts. A wide range of activities using communication technology are the chief methods of attaining these goals.

JOTA-JOTI strives for a meaningful engagement of as many young people from as many parts of the world as possible annually on the third weekend in October. This weekend is also an occasion to celebrate Scouting and to generate positive energy to support the development of the Scout Movement.

The event seeks to promote quality Scouting in a manner faithful to the purpose, principles and method of Scouting and consistent with the needs and aspirations of young people in today’s world.

The JOTA-JOTI programme shall be a reflection of the Promise, Law, Principles and Method of Scouting, as defined by the WOSM Constitution, and shall also reflect the most up-to-date policies and initiatives of WOSM relating to youth programme for all ages.

JOTA-JOTI on to the next level

The World JOTA-JOTI Team met at the World Scout Bureau in Kuala Lumpur early February for our annual meeting. The team is led by Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, from the Netherlands. Team members include: Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG, from Finland; Ali Al-Mamari, A41RV, from Oman; Philip Bird from the United Kingdom; and Jim Wilson, K5ND, from the USA. Also attending this year’s meeting were Peter Blatch, World Scout Committee liaison for JOTA-JOTI and  Stephen Peck, World Scout Bureau Director of World Events.

The team spent one day evaluation the event, finishing the annual report of 2017 and arranging some practical details for 2018. As part of the implementation of the WOSM Triennial Plan 2017-2020, the following two days, a workshop was held to explore future directions of the JOTA-JOTI event and activities. Members of the current JOTA-JOTI team met with an invited group of eight representatives of National Scout Organisations, who joined with staff from the World Scout Bureau and the liaison person from the World Scout Committee to suggest future directions for the annual JOTA-JOTI activity.

An inspiring two-day session followed with an in-depth look at the event, its relevance for World Scouting and ways to raise it to the next level in the near future. Building onto our strategy paper produced last year with the main themes “promote and encourage”,” changing the profile,  and “innovative educational methods”.

The workshop suggested avenues to support greater involvement of young people in the JOTA-JOTI weekend, to achieve a target of 3 million registered attendees involved by 2021 and available to as many young people as possible throughout the world.

A suggested Action Plan was developed. Specific areas proposed include a realignment of the JOTA-JOTI brand;  enhance the educational framework of the activity including using theme driven, relevant educational activities each year linked to external specialist partners; having one centralised platform for JOTA-JOTI activities inside the scout.org ecosystem;  encouraging group and individual registrations using a simplified process;  building more effective ‘safe from harm’ mechanisms throughout the entire process; greater feedback processes; collecting data to validate the event; creating increased partnerships with external NGOs and corporate supporters; having ambassadors in regions and NSOs to promote and support implementation to achieve targets; and linking the event to other major global events where possible such as World Jamborees.

For the short term, the first results will become visible soon: the 2018 sign-up system will be simplified, possibly including a smartphone App,  the role of National JOTA-JOTI Coordinator will be transformed into a JOTA-JOTI Ambassador position and several event promotion actions will follow.  The World JOTA-JOTI Team will skip the annual logo competition this year to free resources for the other activities. (not to worry, the 2018 JOTA-JOTI will have a theme and logo, which will be announced soon).

Stay tuned to our blog and web site for more news soon.

World JOTA-JOTI Team annual meeting

The World JOTA-JOTI Team convened in Kuala Lumpur end of January 2017 for their annual meeting.

The team is led by Richard Middelkoop, PA3BAR, from the Netherlands. Team members include: Hannu “Banda” Rättö, OH7GIG, from Finland; Ali Al-Mamari, A41RV, from Oman; Philip Bird from the United Kingdom; and Jim Wilson, K5ND, from the USA. Also attending this year’s meeting were Stephen Peck, Director of World Events, and (in part) Mihajlo Atanackovic, Digital Engagement manager, both from the WSB Global Support Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

2016 Evaluation

While the detailed world report for 2016 had been drafted during December and January as the reports from NJCs (National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators) were received and incorporated, the team met for a final review before it was formally published. You can find the report at Annual Reports.

We were pleased to see that our promotion efforts paid off and the activity levels increased considerably over 2015, bringing the total youth participation to well over 1 million. JOTA-JOTI remains the largest Scouting event in the world. The world report has more details for you.

The WJJT also noted a couple of improvement points. Notably some details on the new sign-up system, clarification points in communications and further support to NSO’s. Whilst the logo competition, JamPuz and our social media channels are definitely items to keep alive.

Strategic Outlook

By far the most time spent at the meeting was focused at developing a strategic roadmap for the event. The team felt that the annual organization is becoming mature, so it is time to look ahead further into the future. Our starting point is the vision that the World Scout Committee has laid out into 4 segments: we looked at “Innovating Scouting”, “Reaching Out To All”, Strengthening Scouting’s Profile” and “Governance & NSO support”. In each section, the team identified the items that the JOTA-JOTI event currently contributes in one way or another. Next, we identified those points that we felt were the important ones and that we would like to build on.

The team reviewed the first ideas with our World Scout Committee liaison Peter Blatch, using an on-line connection. Peter added a number of suggestions that we could incorporate on the spot.

After ample discussion and further reflection, the WJJT will focus for the next triennium on:

  • NSO support: “promote and encourage“, resulting in doubling the participation numbers
  • changing the profile of the event: forward looking, exploring new possibilities, safe communication.
  • adding innovative educational methods and resources
  • NSO’s to share their best practices

The World JOTA-JOTI Team will elaborate on these points, together with a number of NSO’s and Youth Advisors in a few on-line sessions, to make a high-level roadmap for the JOTA-JOTI event. Annual activities will then result from this roadmap.

2017 Planning

The team adopted the 2017 theme, which will be published soon, together with the launch of the logo competition.

The communication plans were updated for 2017. The team blog posts (like this one) will continue to appear monthly on our web site. An increased use of social media channels is foreseen as well.

The world-wide game will be upgraded; in 2016 some 46 groups managed to solve the John Bont puzzle. We will put out more similar challenges in 2017.

Finally, the work division amongst the team members was slightly adapted to better balance the workload and allow for further personal development.

Teleconference Calls

A highlight of the planing meeting were several teleconference calls with our trusted partner  organizations that are involved with JOTA-JOTI. This included calls with Juha Mäenalusta, Chairman of Scoutlink and Bart Jenniskens, the driving force behind JOTI.tv. These individuals brought fresh insight to JOTA-JOTI from their perspective in providing support to the event.

 

Get prepared for JOTA-JOTI this year from 21 to 22 October. Stay tuned for more updates on our plans for 2017. Next up: the logo competition.

 

The Insider and the Outsider

This month’s team blog presents a glimpse of what is at the table of the World JOTA-JOTI Team.  What can you expect to see this year, leading up to the 2016 JOTA-JOTI event?  Here’s the inside view:

Inside-out

The team will put more emphasis on promoting the JOTA-JOTI event. A detailed communication plan is in place. This team blog, written by a different team member each month, is just one part of the plan.

box out One focal point is on the support and commitment of the National JOTA-JOTI Coordinators (NJCs).  After all, the NJCs make the JOTA-JOTI work in their country, adapt and translate the international info and promote the event.

To assist NJCs in an exchange of ideas, the World JOTA-JOTI Team has put a brand new mailing list in place, together with an interactive NJC Forum on the event web site. NJCs can log in to the JOTA-JOTI web site and have access to the Forum.  A couple of NJCs across the globe kindly tested the system for us.

There’s more to come; the same log-in facility can be used for NJC webinars which the team plans to organize. A webinar facilitates a lively interaction with NJCs and the World JOTA-JOTI Team. If successful, we may repeat it in a general form with Scouts and Leaders involved in JOTA-JOTI.

The JOTA-JOTI Sign-up system for the event clearly needs a refresher. A professional team is currently working on it; the intermediate result will be test run by the World JOTA-JOTI Team in a few months’ time. We anticipate that NJCs can use part of the new sign-up system as well to communicate with the participating groups in their country.

The world-wide game offered this year during JOTA-JOTI involves a guy called John Bont. His adventure will start in some corner of the globe and with the help of the participating Scout groups, he will be able to accomplish his mission. How can you help John? Stay tuned to this channel.

Outside-In

The World JOTA-JOTI Team involved a number of external organizations in our team meeting last months. This lead us to the idea of awarding the status of “trusted partner” to organizations working closely with WOSM to support, build and expand the JOTA-JOTI event. The team is finalizing the details of how this scheme will exactly work.

box inWe will also solicit ideas and suggestions on the event’s educational content. An idea box will be in place soon where we invite participating groups to present suggestions for short, day-long or weekend-long programme recipes. The World JOTA-JOTI Team will publish a selection of the favourite top 5 on the web.

Of course you are aware of our challenging JOTA-JOTI logo competition, which is running on our web this month. Behind the scenes we are recruiting the jury members who have the difficult task to select the winner. At least 3 out of 5 jury members will be young Scouts from around the globe.

Guides belonging to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) have been involved in JOTA-JOTI over the past years. With the introduction of an on-line sign-up system, it became more difficult to officially sign up, as this had to be done together with a WOSM member group. The World Scout Committee supported the JOTA-JOTI team in her efforts to solve this and got the approval of the WAGGGS leadership to allow direct sign-up to JOTA-JOTI by Guides from our sister organization. You will see it in the new sign-up system.

Get prepared for JOTA-JOTI this year from 14 to 16 October and discover our world.

 

 

 

 

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