The AER Committees are a lab for innovation in the public sector. They enable vivid interregional cooperation, sustainable partnerships and mutual learning between regions in Europe. In short: quality networking.
In order to make this true in the longer run, continuous and targeted exchanges need to be facilitated for AER members between plenary meetings.
We therefore created 3 online discussion forums, one for each of the AER thematic Committees, to provide you with
-follow-up exchanges on meetings
-opportunities for cooperation between meetings
-opportunities to represent AER at external events
-a space to exchange on project ideas and relay information on open calls & partnerships
-an online discussion forum on specific topics
-an alternative to face to face meetings (the tool allows to make calls too)
-support to stronger & more sustained networking
An easy online forum
All you need to register is an email address!
The exchange forums are for AER members only, both for politicians and civil servants. Each forum, also called a “team” has a channel which is restricted to the Committee Presidium to provide a special space for the Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Chairs of working groups and subcommittees to discuss strategic points.
Slack, the tool we use, makes your communication instantly searchable and it’s available on both mobile and desktop, wherever you go. Also, it’s fun to use!
The power of Slack comes from conversations everyone can see, this guarantees transparency and makes it straightforward to see what has been discussed for anyone who is joining. This means we will easily be able to grow our community because that’s where the magic happens!
So are we no longer using e-mails?
Important messages will always be sent by e-mail, Slack is there to improve the rhythm & quality of the conversation, while it does reduce email it doesn’t eliminate it altogether.
Important documents will never be stored in Slack, the tool aims at improving cooperation, it is not a library! All the working documents, reports, position papers, official announcements will still be published on the AER website.
But Slack is the icing on the cake, and cake with icing is great.
Interested in joining the AER Committee 1, Committee 2 or Committee 3 teams or maybe even the three of them? Please register here
Interested to know about other companies using Slack: check their customers stories
For any question you may have, don’t hesitate to contact AER Coordinator for Policy & Knowledge Transfer Johanna Pacevicius
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