The Jagiellonian Club is a Polish non-partisan association with republican roots. It combines features of an educational institution, media, think tank and citizens movement. Scientists, experts, publicists and social activists of the young generation, willing to work for the common good, collaborate in the association in the pursuit of an effective state and citizens’ agency.
The Jagiellonian Club aims to maintain and propagate the republican way of thinking about Poland and the world. In its activity, the Club refers to the heritage of the First Polish Republic, Second Polish Republic, Solidarity movement and Christian philosophy.
According to the Preamble of the Statute of the Association, the mission of the Jagiellonian Club is acting for the benefit and good of the Republic and augmenting the spiritual, intellectual and political heritage of Poland through care of common good, justice, responsibility, entrepreneurship and respect for tradition and religion. Republican, conservative and ordoliberal thought are the Club’s contributors’ main inspirations.
In recent years, our most important fields of interest have included:
- Effective state and public institutions
- Innovative methods of participatory decision-making in politics and economy
- Regional and international cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe in the face of the EU crisis
- Influence of new technologies on social, economic and political life
- Territorially solidary country development
- Consumers’ awareness and economic patriotism
- The responsible approach towards environment protection, including the air-quality problem
- Intergenerational and community relations in the face of a crisis of family
2. Main forms of activity
We practise interdisciplinary opinion journalism, more in-depth analysis and long-form on our portal, www.klubjagiellonski.pl and in the “Pressje” quarterly. Among the topics we are investigating on our online portal are: politics, international relations, new technologies, economy, public issues and history. “Pressje” printed magazine is formed of in-depth analyses, long-form essays, and debates related to political philosophy, civilisational changes and theology.
Apart from publishing on the website and in the magazine, the Club’s members, authors and pundits take part in TV and radio programmes on a regular basis, comment events both in newspapers of record and scientific journals, as well as in community media.
The Association also runs English-language website visegradplus.org, dedicated to the issues of the Visegrad Four countries (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland).
Since 2015 we have been running a Centre for Analysis of the Jagiellonian Club think tank, gathering tens of experts specialising in over a dozen areas. Centre for Analysis priority is to approach complex problems in an interdisciplinary manner, fostered by meetings of experts from different backgrounds (e.g. scholars, civil servants, and experienced entrepreneurs) and specialisations (e.g. social scientists, economists and IT specialists).
Every year the Centre for Analysis publishes several dozen brief comments and a few in-depth reports presented on the Association’s website and in print.
One of the most important hitherto think-tank endeavours was carrying out ex-ante evaluation of the “Strategy for Responsible Development”, the most important strategic document of the Polish state. Out of 152 recommendations and corrections put forward in our report, 136 have been implemented in the final version of the strategy.
The Association runs the Academy of Modern Patriotism (Akademia Nowoczesnego Patriotyzmu, ANP), one of the most prominent civic education projects in Poland addressed to high school students. The project includes case studies, mock parliamentary game and participants’ execution of their community project, encouraging teenagers to make a change on a local level. More than 4000 students take part in each edition of the Academy, which is carried out in partnership with PKO Bank Polski.
Besides, the Jagiellonian Club offers internships and volunteer work to university students.
Participation in lawmaking and legislative procedure
The Jagiellonian Club participates in various consultative and legislative processes on independent terms through giving an opinion on legal acts, participation in public consultations, open parliamentary sittings, and addressing petitions to civil authorities. These activities are performed for realisation of the Association’s aims, are not for profit and do not constitute a paid form of lobbying.
Delivering innovative tools for citizens
One of the Club’s principal fields of interest is the use of new technologies for increasing citizens’ awareness and engagement.
The mobile application Pola encourages conscious buying practices by providing information about the producer, place of production and producer’s social responsibility. The app was launched by an interdisciplinary team formed of the Jagiellonian Club, the Code for Poland community, and volunteers. It is used now by over 450,000 users, over 1% of all Poland’s population. It has been appreciated and was praised publicly by the president of Poland, the Prime Minister, as well as politicians from various political groups. It was also recognised by Google, becoming a subject of one of their promotional videos, and was nominated to Polish-American Freedom Foundation prestigious Sektor 3.0 award for the best application of new technologies in the NGO sector.
First actions of the Jagiellonian Club were initiated by a group of Jagiellonian University students in March 1988, without official name and registration at that time. In years of political transformation, the Club acted as an informal student community. On 12 May 1994, the Club gained a legal personality, and Arkady Rzegocki became its first chairman. At the turn of 1996 and 1997, the members of the Association organised series of debates concerned with the adoption of a new constitution of Poland. The first edition of “Pressje”, the Club’s quarterly, was published in 2002.
Until 2006 the Club’s activity was focused on quarterly magazine publication and organisation of debates, discussion meetings and theme-related seminars. In 2006 the activity scope was widened to include educational projects and expertise works. Since 2009, the Club runs the Academy of Modern Patriotism (initially as Academy of Mature Citizens) which covers all Poland’s 16 voivodships since 2015. In 2013 a journalistic portal was launched, followed by the Centre for Analysis of the Jagiellonian Club think tank in 2015. Pola app, promoting economic patriotism, was made public on 11 Nov 2015. In June 2018 we started our new website, www.klubjagiellonski.pl, unifying the Club’s activities and projects.
Annual, country-wide gatherings of the Club’s members and sympathisers, named Jagiellonian Congress, have been organised each autumn since 2015.
On 2 May 2015, Polish National Flag Day, president Bronisław Komorowski presented a flag to the Jagiellonian Club in recognition of activity carried out for the good of the Republic. A year later, the same prize was awarded to the Association by president Andrzej Duda for the creation of mobile application Pola. Receiving praise from both major sides of Polish political scene is a clear sign of Jagiellonian Club’s approach to building a stronger society and country across divisions.
Nowadays, the Association has over 100 members from across Poland, including social activists, publicists, entrepreneurs, experts, politicians and civil servants. Most of them contribute on a voluntary basis.
There are many experienced civil servants, publicists, scientists and politicians among Association’s regular, past, and honorary members. The most well-known of them include: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin; Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz; Chief of the Cabinet of the President of Poland Krzysztof Szczerski; Deputy Editor-in-Chief of “Rzeczpospolita” daily Michał Szułdrzyński; Member of the European Parliament and Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group Ryszard Legutko.
According to the organisation’s principles, persons fulfilling political functions cannot perform statutory positions in the Association at the same time.