MUNPlanet: Very short, for out impatient readers, why should delegates pick OstseeMUN over some other MUNs nearby? Josh, why don't you open the interview?
Josh: We are still the only cross border MUN so we really are the only MUN that really gets the core UN principals, or the only ‘real’ MUN if you will.
Ana: We are a good mix of the committees: we have the UN, the EU, exciting historical committees and other fascinating stuff. Moreover, we are a cozy MUN where the delegates can show their potential fully. Finally, we are cross-border!
Junior: OsteeMUN is a unique experience, a cross-boarder MUN. This makes it special and a top priority when it comes to picking an MUN nearby.
Geert: We offer a very classy gala, a unique selection of Committees (for example our International Olympic Committee and the historical Committee which is recreating the events after WW2), in Flensburg AND Sonderborg! We’re taking great care in making sure all of our participants have an amazing experience!
MUNPlanet: This is the third edition of the conference. Can you tell us how the things have changed in terms of organization? What can we expect this year?
Ana: As every growing organism, we are evolving, developing, attracting more and more international and diverse delegates, as well as developing our content base. We're getting bigger and better by the day. You should definitely come over and see for yourself!
Josh: More committees for one. But, apart from that, you can expect the same wonderful service with a smile : )
Junior: This my first year at OsteeMUN so I wouldn't be able to comment on the evolution of the conference. However, I am confident that this year will be different and better than the last year. Some committees are new for example. We have experienced chairs and topics that provide our participants with unique and unforgettable experience.
MUNPlanet: OstseeMUN is partnering with
some of the famous European MUNs. Can you tell us how these cooperation projects work and
what are the most notable benefits that you get out of it?
Josh: Good question! I am glad you asked it! It's two-fold. For one, this year will be featuring a Partner Fair. We hope this will be a better and more interactive way of advertising and should bring us and our partners closer together. We would also like to write a beginners guide for organisation with other MUNs. Stay tuned.
Ana: A great network of wonderful, amazing, professional people. We see partnerships as a great possibility to share expertise, knowledge, and of course, make new amazing friends from all around Europe and, hopefully, in the future, the globe!
Junior: All MUNs cooperate which each other in terms of marketing. For us, they're spreading the word about OstseeMUN existence, recruitment of chairs, participants, as well as staff.
Geert: Our Partnerships have proven to be very powerful! They make sure that we can reach out to each other’s networks. Partnership means cooperation and the MUN world gains a lot by helping each other out when the necessity occurs!
MUNPlanet: OstseeMUN is now probably a
number one choice of sport fans among MUNers. Who came up with the idea of IOC?
What do you, as an organizer, expect from
Josh: I’ll be honest with you here. I wasn’t sure about the idea, but now I feel great about it. We are getting a really positive response from the delegates. As for the Idea, it was pretty much the idea of one of our Chairs. It is certainly a unique one. As for what to expect: if it is anything like the real sporting world, this is going to be a drama.
Ana: Actually, it was an off-the-top-of-the-head idea. We were discussing possible new committees and a colleague of ours suggested it. Kai, the Committee director, is a big sports fan, and he has the unique knowledge about the IOC, athletes, etc. You can ask him anything! When he came on board, we knew that we can absolutely pull off the first accurate IOC simulation!
Junior: Kai Kröger, a German MUN veteran and huge fan of the Olympics, was the one who suggested the IOC and also proposed to chair the committee himself. I have know him for years. He is a very experienced chair. Considering his passion for the Olympics, I am more than confident that it's going to be great.
Geert: Kai indeed! I’m really glad he is returning from his MUN retirement to create this unique MUN Committee! We’ll see what will happen. This will be a spectacular inauguration of the IOC into the MUN World!
MUNPlanet: Recently, Dylan Kissane wrote
an article titled Welcome to the World War Three. Your CENIF committee is
trying to reconstruct the events which happened during and just after WWII
(1942-1946). What are the chances of delegates deciding not to create the UN in
this fictional historical simulation?
Ana: Oh, everything is possible! Historical committee is our tradition, and we are trying to make it more and more intense every year: we previously had Cuban Missile Crisis, London Conference of 1864, where 7 kingdoms and Empires were struggling to make peace between Germany and Denmark, which is also very special for the region. Now, we are excited about CENIF. Delegates can take part in all events of 1942-45, and we are hoping for an outcome, fair to all countries present. However, it is the crisis committee, so everything is possible!
Josh: No clue, I am not going to make any predictions and I will stay out of it. When we simulated the Cuban Missile Crisis I tried to get the delegates to make NPT illegal. No more meddling for me.
Junior: Well, you never know what to expect from participants, especially when you have such a complex topic. Nevertheless, my experience tells me that participants tend to refer to already existing frameworks. Who knows? Maybe they will end up with something a la UN.Geert: Historical committees lead some delegates to think they need to reenact the past. On the contrary, Delegates should use their understanding of the consequences of past decisions to improve things for the better! I’m hoping to see some surprising improvements. It’s clear by now that some of the post-WWII decisions weren’t perfect!
MUNPlanet: What are some good anecdotes about some of the previous OstseeMUN editions?
Josh: Come to the conference and I’ll tell you in person.
Ana: Oh, there are so many! I really don't know where to start! Joshua has a good point. Come and we'll tell! Or better: come and we'll make some more :)
MUNPlanet: We heard that MUNPlanet might do a workshop at OstseeMUN 2015. Did you prepare gifts, thank you notes, and tissues. We know there will be tears of joy once MUNPlanet takes the stage?
Josh: I don't know, not really thought about a gift ... is beer a gift?
Ana: Gifts are always there, only you guys are missing!
Junior: Ha Ha ha… there be definitely be gifts and thank you note. As for tears, we will notify our logistic department to have some tissues ready.
Geert: No worries, we’re well-prepared! Junior can have my shoulder if necessary!
MUNPlanet: Ana, you were among the first members to join MUNPlanet when it launched. In your opinion, how has MUNPlanet changed over the course of one year?
Ana: It became a real community. I am amazed with how much the content side has developed because it became much more than just a forum for talking about MUNs. It became a place for like minded people to share their thoughts, experiences, everything which is important for them! I think it's fascinating and you guys did a marvelous job!
MUNPlanet: You are organizing an MUN
conference in two countries. One country was not good enough for you or what?