Juuso at the European Youth Event in 2018
Here’s me at the European Youth Event in 2018, doing my favourite pose: Holding the EU flag in front of the European Parliament

On this page, I’ve listed some events I’ve spoken at before. This listing is from autumn 2017 onwards, last updated in December 2018. On a separate page, you can find out more about what I’ve been up to!

In autumn 2018, I mainly did the normal thing of hosting Skype calls among different collectives within JEF. One thing that happened was the anti-Brexit demonstrations on 11 and 12 December 2018 that I attended with media from the USA, Japan, Russia and more asking me for comments outside the UK Parliament. It was an interesting couple of days in Westminster, and I wrote about it on The New Federalist.

On 29 June 2018, I spoke alongside Joanna Cherry MP and others as YEM Edinburgh left a Brexit time capsule at the Scottish Parliament. You can watch a recording of it on YouTube.

On 18 June 2018, I participated in the Future Europe Future You conference in London’s Europe House. At the event which was an EU Structured Dialogue initiative, I hosted a workshop on security. I also was a youth panellist in a discussion on European identity.

At European Youth Event 2018 held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg from 1 to 2 June, I hosted two workshops.

  • With The New Federalist, I hosted a workshop on citizen journalism. We discussed the blurred boundary between citizen journalism and activism, and issues of objectivity in citizen journalism.
  • With Young European Movement UK, I led a debate workshop entitled “This house believes that the UK is welcome to stay in the EU if it wants to”.

On 28 April 2018, I hosted a workshop on Twitter journalism at the JEF European Media Seminar in Berlin, a seminar co-organised by The New Federalist. At the workshop, we ran through Twitter’s functionalities from a journalistic viewpoint, as well as doing live tweeting exercises.

On 17 April 2018, I spoke at the YEM Edinburgh event entitled “Was the Brexit vote won by cheating?”. We discussed the Cambridge Analytica revelations, as well as misspending scandals around the Vote Leave campaign in the British June 2016 EU referendum.

On 8 April 2018, I spoke at European Youth North Denmark’s panel talk “The Danger of Fake News: How to Fight Back” in Aalborg. The panel discussion preceded the launch of an Anti-Troll Unit which helps the EU’s East StratCom Task Force. Together with Věra Dvořáková, I wrote about this for The New Federalist afterwards.

From 24 to 25 February 2018, I toured with the “Is it worth it?” Brexit bus and spoke at events in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Middlesbrough. Each event took the form of a short rally, with well-known politicians featuring as other speakers. These included Patrick Harvie MSP, Jo Swinson MP and Natalie Bennett.

On 2 December 2017, I spoke at AEGEE’s “Brexit: What’s Next?” seminar in Manchester. I was a panellist in a panel discussion, as well as hosting a workshop about how to engage in anti-Brexit activism.

On 29 November 2017, I spoke at the YEM Edinburgh “Anything but Brexit” panel discussion, where we discussed EU-themed news that had nothing to do with Brexit. I wrote about the event on The New Federalist afterwards.

Juuso with a camera in front of the Scottish Parliament
This was me talking to a camera as YEM Edinburgh left a Brexit time capsule at the Scottish Parliament in June 2018.

Some events I went to

Here’s just a little selection of other events I’ve attended over the years. Good fun across Europe!

I’ve been to JEF-Europe Federal Committee meetings every six months since November 2016. They’ve taken place in Cologne, Rome, Malta, Skopje and most recently Stockholm and Turku!

In 2017, I went to the Ventotene Seminar by the Altiero Spinelli Institute of Federalist Studies in Italy. It’s a week full of stimulating discussions at a symbolic location, can recommend! Before the seminar, I wrote an essay for the seminar essay competition, too.

In 2016, I of course was at the European Youth Event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. I went there as a part of the Charlemagne Youth Prize winners’ delegation, invited by the Parliament!

In October 2015, I was at the Nantes Creative Generations event with my Undivided Europe website that I was still running at the time. It was an event where youth projects could come meet each other, present themselves to locals, and share their ideas.

In 2015, I represented Finland at the Charlemagne Youth Prize award ceremony in Aachen, Germany, as my Undivided Europe project had won the Finnish national competition. The contest is organised by the European Parliament, and one project from each EU Member State was invited. That same week, Martin Schulz was awarded the Charlemagne Prize, and he joined us for the youth ceremony.

For my week-long high school internship, I did my bit to help organise the Nordic Youth Council meeting at the Swedish parliament house in Stockholm in October 2014. Inspired by the Nordic Council, Nordic Youth Council meetings serve as conferences between party youth wings from Nordic countries.

Earlier in high school, I attended the International Student Leadership Institute conferences in Germany in 2013 and in 2014 – first as an attendee, then as a lecturer. At the conference where half the attendees are American and half are European, students learn leadership skills like negotiating, coalition-building and advocacy.

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