We wrapped up the Fall portion of our liveblog tour and now we’re moving onto the peak of the Model UN season. We set up themes for our tour at the beginning of the school year and the winter/spring theme focuses on the competitive aspects of Model UN so a majority of the coverage will feature bigger conferences. We have our highlights, full schedule, and future plans below.
Ryan and I rarely liveblog together but we will be out in full force at the two largest high school conferences in the world: THIMUN in The Hague and NAIMUN in Washington DC. I will also be covering the largest European and American college conferences on back-to-back weekends: LIMUN in London and HNMUN in Boston.
Ryan will continue to explore the sustainable growth theme by visiting smaller conferences run by high school programs in California, and I hope to do the same with special trips to learn about high school Model UN programs in New Jersey and Florida. Also, Emily will visit several conferences this semester, and we may have several other MUN veterans join us at large conferences such as NAIMUN.
Lastly, we’re also making a two big changes for the future. First, we’re excited to announce that we will be co-hosting the College Leadership Summit at ChoMUN. It will allow college MUN participants to resolve circuit-wide issues, and we hope to eventually build upon this experience to host a summit for all MUN students, teachers, and conference organizers. Second, we explain below why this may be our last full tour and what our vision for conference publicity and blogging may look like starting next school year.
Here’s the 2012 liveblog tour schedule in chronological order and the Best Delegate team member who will be attending so you can identify us. Some of the conferences are also giving us the opportunity to speak at Opening Ceremonies, run a free workshop, or have a booth at their conference so you’ll get more chances to meet us beyond our visits to committees. Please note that we are still confirming attendance at some of these conferences and tour events:
- London International Model United Nations (LIMUN) — Kevin
- Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) — Kevin
- Five College Model United Nations (FCMUN) — Kevin
- Chicago Model United Nations (ChoMUN) & College Leadership Summit — Kevin
High School Conferences
- Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE) — Emily
- Mission Viejo High School Model United Nations (MVHSMUN) — Ryan
- Yale Model United Nations (YMUN) — Emily
- The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) — Ryan and Kevin
- Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN) — Ryan
- Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) — Kevin
- Tour of high school Model UN programs in New Jersey — Kevin
- Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC) — Kevin
- Huntington Beach Surf City Model United Nations — Ryan
- North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) — Ryan, Kevin, +1 more
- Boston Invitational Model United Nations (BosMUN) — Kevin
- Laguna Hills High School Model United Nations (LHHSMUN) — Ryan
- Tour of high school Model UN programs in Florida — Kevin
- UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms: Los Angeles (GC LA) — Ryan
- National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) — Kevin
- Berkeley Model United Nations (BMUN) — Ryan
- Washington Area Model United Nations Conference (WAMUNC) — Kevin
- El Toro High School Model United Nations (ETHSMUN) — Ryan
- Cornell Model United Nations Conference (CMUNC) — Kevin
- Change the World Model United Nations (CWMUN) — Kevin
Middle School Conferences
- Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) – Kevin
Our liveblog lineup for the 2011-2012 academic year is now at 9 college conferences, 31 high school conferences, and 1 middle school conference. That’s a total 41 conferences compared to the 33 that we did last year. We hope to be able to go abroad again in the summer (in addition to teaching Model UN), and we mentioned a few countries that we’re interested in visiting in our G20 of Best Delegate Fans analysis.
This may possibly be our last year doing a full liveblog tour in North America. One of our reasons for spending so much money and time on liveblogging was to create a culture of publicity that did not exist when we used to do Model UN. We think we’re close to achieving that goal and we want to move our focus onto bigger Model UN projects. We plan to turn over most of the blogging to conference organizers so they can sustainably feature themselves every year, and we’re hoping to eventually add functionality where fans can guest blog, too. If you want to meet us or learn how to get involved on our team in the future or with publicizing your own conference/team, feel free to approach us or email us in advance to set up a meeting during a conference.
Good luck with your preparation for the conferences, and we hope to meet you on the road!
Message for Secretaries-General: Emily manages all guest posts. Conferences that wish to publicize themselves may submit a conference recap immediately after the conference has concluded by emailing their article and photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org