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  1. Mensa Worldwide Experience TomášKubeš www.TomasKubes.nettomas.kubes@mensa.cz This presentation was prepared as a part of Leadership Exchange Program sponsored by MI.

  2. Content • Mensa experience • Mensa International • Organization • LEP, MERF • SIGHT • Gatherings worldwide • AMAG, EMAG • Internet resources Mensa Worldwide Experience

  3. The Mensa Experience • What the word Mensa means to me? • Mensa is people. • Mensa is openness and tolerance. • Mensa is not being afraid to be myself. • Mensa is respect to others. • Mensa is diversity. Mensa Worldwide Experience

  4. Mensa Crosses Borders • The same reasons which led you to join and stay in your national Mensa apply also abroad. • Stepping out of the national context dramatically increases the number of fellow mensans. • Other Mensas might have already solved problems you face and will be willing to help. Mensa Worldwide Experience

  5. Mensa International The Framework

  6. Mensa Organization Mensa Worldwide Experience

  7. What Mensa Int. Does? • Helps to establish national Mensas. • Guarantees that national constitutions follow the international one, guarantees tests. • Protects and licenses Mensa logo. • Publishes international journal, runs website. • Provides framework for international activities and meetings. • Governs itself, organizes IBDs, etc. Mensa Worldwide Experience

  8. Leadership Exchange Program • 2010 – 2011 pilot • Send 7 volunteers across continents to attend gatherings and workshops to share knowledge. • Establish more personal relationships between national Mensas, build conduits for ideas. Mensa Worldwide Experience

  9. Mensa Education & Research Foundation • Supports mensans in studies – scholarships • U.S. scholarship program • International scholarship program, apply! • Recognizes Achievement • Copper Black Award, Distinguished Teacher Award, Awards for Excellence in Research, Intellectual Benefits Award, Lifetime Achievement Award, Mensa Press Award • Mensa Research Journal Mensa Worldwide Experience

  10. SIGHT – The Treasure in Shell • Service of Information, Guidance and Hospitality to Travelers • SIGHT Is NOT couch surfing! • Benefit of finding a cheap place to stay is tangible and easy to promote, but it is not the main point. • SIGHT is primarily about the possibility to meet new interesting and friendly people. • Share their view of the world • Get local view of your destination Mensa Worldwide Experience

  11. Making SIGHT Work • Local group might not be aware that their SIGHT coordinator is malfunctioning. • Ask politely, but do not hesitate to contact other people if no official reply arrives within a week. • Start early, be patient, but do not give up. • Try to ask for quantifiable help in simple way • Can you send me the list of events? Forward my message? Give me a contact? Mensa Worldwide Experience

  12. Meeting Mensans Gatherings

  13. US Annual Gathering • Portland, Oregon, June 30th – July 4th, 2011 • Around 2 000 participants • There is lot to do, but most activities are just an excuse to meet similarly minded mensans. • Large part of the program is indoor, in hotel. • There is 24/7 all you can eat buffet provided by organizers as part of registration fee ~$100. Mensa Worldwide Experience

  14. European Annual Gathering • Paris, France, 3rd – 7th of August, 2011 • Around 500 participants • Only truly international gathering • Unlike at AMAG, people tend to spread around the city Mensa Worldwide Experience

  15. Resources What is ready to be grabbed?

  16. Mensa International Website • http://www.mensa.org/ • What can you do? • Chat, share pictures • Join international SIGs • Download books and national publications • Eventually find helpful tools and materials • How to join? • Go to the site, ask for the login Mensa Worldwide Experience

  17. Intranets • Did you know that you can get access to the US intranet? Or Czech, or Swiss … ? • Most Mensas open their pages to other members • Contact target national Mensa office directly. Mensa Worldwide Experience

  18. Readymade Packages • US Intranet offers a plethora of well prepared materials to develop and improve your group. • Lecture: Getting People Involved • Ready made presentation with narrative • 14 Handbooks • Detailed instructions of different “jobs” • 52 Workshop proposals • Descriptions of topics and activities Mensa Worldwide Experience

  19. Websites • MI www.mensa.org • MERF www.mensafoundation.org • US Mensa www.us.mensa.org • National Mensas .cz, .ch, .de, .frwww.mensa .org.uk, .pl, .se Mensa Worldwide Experience

  20. Mensa won’t give youwhat you do not take! It is up to you. Mensa Worldwide Experience

  21. Thank you for your attention. Questions? www.TomasKubes.nettomas.kubes@mensa.cz