Why am I seeking election to the World Scout Committee?

If Scouting has taught me anything, it’s what makes a good campfire. How to plan, stack, ignite and keep it going. How to spark participation, learning, and conversations that matter. And how moments of courage and togetherness fuel warmth and long-lasting fervor. In many ways, what makes a good campfire is what makes a strong organisation, movement, and society. 

I want to bring my experience from leading both campfires and complex transformation, to steer the ambitions of WOSM’s next Strategy into action. I believe our Scout Movement deserves a strategically intentional and curious World Scout Committee, to prepare our Movement to meet – and shape – the future.

Where does our Movement stand?

This is an important point in time for Scouting, at a challenging time for our world. When societal divisions deepen, scouts deepen trust. Thousands of communities across the world are more peaceful, prosperous and in tune with nature thanks to scouts. And millions of young people are prepared to lead, thanks to supportive - and well-supported - volunteers and organisations. Our Movement is growing in both scale and impact, and the world needs a growing Scout Movement. 

I am excited that WOSM is going through a number of important internal transitions - including reforming governance practices and embarking on our new Strategy for Scouting. All while having to consolidate gains made, and reflect on progress and shortfalls, over the past Strategy period.

What does this require of WOSM?

I am convinced that these changes require the very best of WOSM’s strategic focus. Of our capacity to build the foundation and momentum to translate the ambitions of our new Strategy into action. And of our ability and willingness to ’learn by doing’ along the way. Not least, significant changes require us to continue moving - as a Movement - together. In many ways, moving together is what we as scouts do best - through engaging leadership on the hiking trail, and through meaningful conversations around our campfires.

What does WOSM need?

In Scouting terms, here are a few ‘hiking essentials’ I think we will need on the path charted by our next Strategy: 

  • Our backpacks: how can we continue to appropriately equip and resource WOSM and NSOs, supported by fit-for-purpose structures, in an equitable way?
  • Our binoculars: how can we improve our foresight and retrospective learning, and become even better at understanding and connecting with a changing society around us?  
  • Our campfires: how can intentional and inclusive spaces for conversation and governance both deepen and widen our Movement’s sense of togetherness?

What do I bring?

I am offering my experience of people-centred leadership for large-scale change in highly complex and sensitive situations. I bring diplomatic experience from managing a diversity of stakeholders. And I bring my experience of designing, implementing and evaluating decision-making processes and strategies - rooted in reality - with significant implications for people and societies. I also bring understanding of, and curiosity about, what drives change and defines results, in organisations and in the peacebuilding field.

What kind of World Scout Committee does WOSM need?

I believe that our Movement deserves a strategically intentional and curious World Scout Committee. In other words, a Committee that’s able to prioritise, eager to explore our horizon, and to learn: from each other, from the past, from the diverse needs of Member Organizations - and from the changing world around us. In my view, nothing is more transformational than a good question. 

I believe that a more strategically intentional and curious World Scout Committee will bring tangible benefits to the unity, equity and good governance of our Movement. I also think it will open up for more meaningful partnerships with those sharing our cause - widening our campfire. Not least, I believe it will give us the insights and drive to further deepen the impact of our non-formal education, on individuals and communities. I'm curious to hear your thoughts!