Ačiū visiems, dalyvavusiems London lietuvių susitikime su "Minčių sodo"
dalyviais, ir ypatingas ačiū Andriui Kasparavičiui. Šiandien Franz
Nahrada atsiuntė informaciją apie tautinį renginį "mano Estija", kuris
vyks gegužės 1mą, ketina įtraukti 100,000 žmonių aptarti, kaip pagerinti
Estijos gyvenimą. Šaunu. Andrius Kulikauskas
Let's do it! My Estonia -- Teeme ära! Minu Eesti
What is Let's do it! My Estonia?
Let's do it! My Estonia is a civil initiative with the objective of
gathering 100 000 active people to a brainstorming event on 1 May 2009,
in order to together make Estonia better.
The aim of the brainstorming event is to find good and creative
solutions to Estonia's everyday problems and to find the people to
execute these ideas from among ourselves.
The first project of the Let's do it! civil initiative, called Let's do
it! 2008, brought together 50 000 volunteers and helped clean Estonia of
waste. Having received a great dose of enthusiasm from the Estonian
people's ability to make big things happen, the Let's do it! team
launched a new project -- the My Estonia brainstorming event.
For this purpose, we are gathering 400 brainstorming chambers in
cultural centres, schools and other popular establishments all over
Estonia on the 1st of May, where everyone is welcome to express their
ideas, to discuss and to find solutions to pressing problems. At the
same time, it is possible to hold discussions on the themes in virtual
brainstorming chambers on the My Estonia website and in the
brainstorming chambers organised by Estonian communities throughout the
world. In addition, we are expecting people to organise themselves in
innumerable brainstorming chambers created by people themselves -- in
the self-initiated or free brainstorming chambers where there will be no
brainstorming action leaders prepared by the Let's do it! team.
Brainstorming chambers, chamber leaders and brainstorming action leaders
On the 1st of May, 400 brainstorming chambers will open their doors all
over Estonia: at schools, cultural centres and other public spaces where
people are used to come together. A brainstorming chamber is a place
where discussions are held, using the Open Space principle, and where a
supportive environment is created for generation of good ideas.
A chamber leader is a local person who cares about the wellbeing of his
or her community and who sincerely wishes to contribute towards a better
future for Estonia. The chamber leader selects 3 themes of nation-wide
significance from among the themes proposed to him or her and these
themes will be discussed in that particular brainstorming chamber. You
can find the call for chamber leaders on http://www.minueesti.ee/?leht=5,43
A brainstorming action leader is a person who has received training on
the open space method and whose responsibility it will be to carry out
the brainstorming session both in terms of content and methodology. It
will be his or her task to create an open and inspiring environment for
the generation of ideas, to lead and coordinate discussions, where
necessary for the sake of clearer results, and to compile a written
e-summary of the discussions after the session is over. The call for
brainstorming action leaders is available at:
Active people are welcome to become chamber leaders and brainstorming
What will the brainstorming day look like?
The brainstorming day will last from 10AM to 4PM and will comprise
several parts, during which, using the open space method, discussions
are held on one issue of local/regional importance as well as on three
topics of nation-wide relevance. In open space, participants themselves
will pose specific questions under the pre-proposed large themes and
will invite other chamber members to find solutions to these questions
in discussion circles held simultaneously. People will have an
opportunity to participate in several discussion circles and to share
their ideas and views. The main results of each discussion circle will
be presented in a joint final gathering and an electronic summary will
be made based on these main discussion results. Some summaries will also
be transformed into video summaries.
10.00 Brainstorming chambers are opened
10.00-10.30 Participants arrive
10.30 Brainstorming event begins and chamber leader and brainstorming
action leader give
11.00- 14.00 Discussion circles begin
Discussion circle I from 11 to 12.30, discussion circle II from 12.30 to
14.00-15.00 Time for summarising
The leader of each discussion circle will make a short summary of the
main results achieved by the circle
15.00-15.30 Videotaping and transmission of summaries
The themes to be discussed have been prepared by the most recognised
Estonian social scientists and specialists of various spheres of life.
Altogether, there are 18 nation-wide themes.
In formulation of the themes, the underlieing idea has been that they
should reflect people's main needs and in addition to the expression of
one's opinions related to a certain issue, it should be possible to
actually do something about it. For the sake of facilitation of finding
solutions, all questions to be discussed at the brainstorming sessions
will start with the question word „how”.
It is vital that people would be discussing issues that matter to them!
On the My Estonia website at www.minueesti.ee, all questions asked under
each theme are only examples of how it would be possible to discuss the
particular theme. The aim of these questions is to illustrate and
inspire the action leaders of brainstorming sessions as well as
participants, in order to search for ideas, cooperation opportunities
and solutions to the problems of the society in the course of the
The discussion forum located on the Let's do it! My Estonia website
offers a possibility to discuss all themes prior to the brainstorming day!
The nation-wide themes of the brainstorming sessions are the following:
Next generations, children and family
Fit and healthy old age
Security and caring
Coping with stress
Health, sport, and meaningful recreation
Enterprise and jobs
Cooperation and teamwork
Self-confidence, trust and positivism
Values and culture
Education and lifelong learning
Creativity, openness and spirit of innovation
Mobility and transportation
Using the natural resources
An example of an explanatory note to a theme: „Country life“
Country life as lifestyle. Many yesterday's city inhabitants have moved
to the country in the last years. Enterpreneurship also has a different
angle in the country: agriculture, farm tourism. We've also got many
city people who own land in the country: a little forest, field or
cottage. People living in the country have also got somewhat different
needs and problems than those who live in towns, for example those
concerning transportation issues, jobs being in short supply and located
too far from home, schools and hobby groups are scarce and too far.
Examples of possible questions that brainstorming participants could
raise at brainstorming sessions:
1.How to make life in the country more lively?
2.How could village societies and other local community unions solve
local developmental needs?
3.How to use rural support schemes wisely and effectively?
More information on all themes is available at:
What will happen after the 1st of May?
Not a single idea will disappear. All results of brainstorming chambers
will be archived at the My Estonia website and will be available for
everyone to pick up and make them happen.
In short, we believe that in all brainstorming chambers, two kinds of
ideas will be generated on the 1st of May:
1. Many feasible ideas are generated so that the people that came up
with them can instantly start executing them with a small initiative
group. These will be called the „small Let's do it! ideas“.
2. More comprehensive ideas are created and these will need more social
contemplation, debates and planning. The carry-through of these ideas
will require the colloaboration, agreement and cooperativeness of
different social groups. Debates on this kind of ideas will begin once
the experts of the My Estonia analysis team have, during the summer
months, regrouped the broader ideas into thematic groups and given an
expert evaluation to the feasibility of the ideas.
The My Estonia team will help find people to carry through all broad
ideas but we are certain that many leaders to initiate the execution of
ideas will also emerge on the 1st of May.
At the end of 2009, everyone in Estonia will have an opportunity to give
their support to broad projects that we will altogether make happen the
Who will execute the ideas?
After the 1st of May, there will hopefully be a large crowd of active
people -- leaders who are willing to carry through the received ideas in
cooperation with other people. The My Estonia team will support these
people with advice and support, asking experts for recommendations and
acting as mediators between active people with similar experiences.
When will registration to brainstorming sessions begin?
Registration to the My Estonia brainstorming session will begin on 1st
of April. Registration is open on the My Estonia website on
www.minueesti.ee as well as in all libraries in Estonia with the help of
To register, you will need to form a team of at least 3 people, in order
to facilitate cooperation and motivate people to come to participate in
the brainstorming event with their families, colleagues and friends.
Thinkers with no teams will be able to find brainstorming mates with the
help of the www.minueesti.ee forum.
Who form the initiative group and the My Estonia team?
The project team comprises many professionals and specialists from very
different spheres of life and from the public, private and third sector,
the majority of whom are volunteers.
You are welcome to meet the project team at
The leaders of the main teams are:
Eva Truuverk, project coordinator, eva@...
, 59 091 031
Anneli Ohvril, communication manager, anneli@...
, 59 091 111
Ain Aaviksoo, analysis team leader, ain@...
59 091 074
Geroli Peedu, theme team leader, geroli@...
, 59 022 928
Kaia Roots, communities team leader, kaia@...
, 59 091138
Kaia-Kaire Hunt, training and brainstorming action leaders team leader,
, 59 091 112
Kairi Rebane, IT-team leader, kairi@...
, 59 091 060
Kersti Käbin, logistics and registration team leader,
, 59 091 110
Liane Raave, legal team leader, liane@...
, 59 091 141
The My Estonia project advisory board comprises almost 20 open thinkers
and reknown actors of different spheres of life:
Ahti Heinla, co-founder of Skype, author of the Let's do it! 2008 map
Ain Järv, director of Look at the World Foundation (Vaata Maailma SA)
Andrus Aaslaid, development platform evangelist of Microsoft Eesti
Arti Ots, marketing director of AS Elion
Enn Saar, chairman of the board of Microlink Eesti AS
Hannes Astok, MP
Marek-Andres Kauts, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications,
assistant to the Minister
Maarja Mändmaa, chairman of the board of AS Hoolekandeteenused
Margus Püüa, head of department of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and
Peeter Jalakas, director of the Theatre Von Krahl, play director,
Piret Mürk-Dubout, marketing director of AS EMT
Rainer Nõlvak, initiator of Let's do it! 2008 and Let's do it! My Estonia
Tõnu Grünberg, development and technology director of AS EMT
Toomas Trapido, MP
Urmo Kübar, managing director of the Network of Estonian Nonprofit
Valdo Kalm, director general and chairman of the board of AS EMT
Ville Jehe, chairman of the board of AS Delfi
Who are the project partners and supporters?
To date, the following actors have joined the My Estonia project as
Members of the team -- EMT, Elion, MicroLink, Skype, VITA Grupp, Delfi,
Praxis, TTÜ Centre of Economic Education, Carat, Theatre von Krahl,
Glimstedt Straus & Partnerid, EMSL, Look at the World Foundation (Vaata
State institutions -- State Chancellery, State Audit Office, Estonian
Informatics Centre, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Economic
Affairs and Communications, bureau of the Minister Urve Palo, Ministry
of Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Various organisations and enterprises -- National Foundation of Civil
Society, Estonian Cooperation Assembly, the Year of Innovation team,
EAS, Estonian Development Fund, E-Academy, Swedbank, the US embassy in
Estonia, Eesti Energia, Sampo Bank, SEB, Uniprint, Papyrus, Jugaste
Liiva Seimann, Estonian National Library.
Media partners -- Estonian National Broadcasting (ERR), Eesti Päevaleht,
Äripäev, Kanal 2, MTV, Postimees, Delfi, Eesti Ekspress, TV3, Trio LSL.
The project is financed by the National Foundation of Civil Society,
Eesti Telekom, the European Commission through the State Chancellery.
The objective of the project Let's do it! My Estonia is to create
conditions for carrying through a great nation-wide brainstorming
session and for the execution of the ideas generated. In implementing
this sizeable task, everyone's moral and material support is of great
help. We are eager to cooperate with different offices and
organisations, companies and non-profit organisations.
The contact person for partners:
tel: 59 091 031
The contact persons of the My Estonia project:
tel: 59 091 031
tel: 59 091 111
In addition to My Estonia, the last year's Let's do it! 2008 has grown
three other sister projects:
The „Bank of Happiness” („Õnnepank“) project. Coordinator: Birgit
; 51 088 51. www.onnepank.ee
The ”All on Bicycles!” (”Rattarikkaks”) project. Coordinator: Mari
, 56 482 733.
The „Come Along” („Ole kaasas“) project. Coordinators: Ain Järv and
Kristi Kivilo, Vaata Maailma SA (Look at the World Foundation),
Let's make Estonia better together!