The International Conference on Solidarity between Generations

In May 2012 over 250 people took part in the International Conference on Solidarity between Generations held by the Centre for Senior Citizens Initiatives in Poznan. This event was organized within the RECO project financed by the European Regional Development Fund from the INTERREG IVC project (read more in “RECO” section). The conference was organised to create a meeting and discussion space in the field of aging society, not only for specialists and practitioners who deal with the problems of aging societies but also for seniors and students, interested in the topic.

In two days of the conference, the participants listened to introductory papers delivered by the Director of the Analysis and Forecasting Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Head of the Regional Delegation of the European Commission in Wroclaw and profesor from the Institute of Sociology of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.  In addition, the participants took part in three discussion panels on the subject of intergenerational solidarity in the context of care for the elderly, economic development, situation on the labour market and activities undertaken by seniors. Fifteen panellists from which six from abroad, representing different organizations from Finland, Sweden, France, Italy and Belgium, took part in the conference.

On the second day of the conference we organized three workshops devoted to stereotypes about youth, old age and consumer behaviour. At the invitation of the Centre, the conference was accompanied by an exhibition titled „You will be a senior one-day” prepared by Park Volunteering Academy from Chorzow. The exhibition featured the faces of Polish celebrities, who agreed to make them look 30 years older by modifying their photos by a computer.

The Conference was registered in the National Action Plan for the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012 and held under the patronage of the President of Poznan and the Marshal of Wielkopolska Region.  

The Conference was finished by an intergenerational debate, which was opened by a premiere of a 10-minute film entitled “Dear 20-year-old me”. The idea for this video was born among the Centre’s team and was executed in cooperation with a friendly film-maker, who filmed the video for free during the “Active 50+” third edition fairs. The inspiration for this short film was the project titled “Dear 16-year-old-me” by David Cornfield Melanoma Fund.

Our video was created as a message for the young generation. The film characters are random people over 50, who had to imagine that they are given a chance to meet 20-year-old themselves and that they have only a couple of minutes to say something to them. By addressing the camera, they are actually addressing themselves and saying what will happen in their later lives and what is really important and what is not.

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The day after the premiere, the movie appeared in the Internet, where in less than four weeks it was viewed by almost 150 000 people (the number still increases). Our project was also noticed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy and the European Commission, that showed the video on its web page devoted to the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.

As a result of such a big success of the film, we intend to use it for educational purposes. Later this year, a lesson scenario with the video as a stimulator for a discussion about ageing and intergenerational solidarity with the youth will be created. A proposal to conduct such a lesson will be send to Poznan high schools in September. 

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The conference was entered into the National Action Plan for the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations in Poland in 2012.


Project RECO - Regions in collaboration to improve health and quality of life for elderly, is a part of the CREATOR mini-programme which has been made possible by the INTERREG IVC and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.