16. January 2017
For its 2017 edition, FutureLab Europe selected 18 bright and committed young Europeans who want to play a role in the future of Europe by implementing a project with a civic impact. Selected participants convened in Brussels from 10 to 13 January 2017 for a 4 days seminar on occasion of the FutureLab Europe Annual Forum, whereby they became official members of FutureLab Europe’s sixth generation.
Artists, social entrepreneurs, students and young professionals, these 18 bright young individuals come from a mix of 12 EU and non-EU European countries: Louise Abildgaard (Denmark), Guia Bianchi (Italy), Moritz Borchardt (Germany), Konstantin Buchholz (Germany), Liliana Caraça (Portugal), Oleksandr Guzenko (Ukraine), Simon Höher (Germany), Héloise Le Masne (France), Alba Marín Guerrero (Spain), Albert Meijer (Netherlands), Dimitrie Mihes (Romania), Milja Rämö (Finland), Lea Sauer (Germany), Tom Schmidt (Germany), Martin Schneider (Germany), Stine Solvoll Navarsete (Norway), Yolanda Trujillo Adriá (Spain) and Violetta Tsitsiliani (Greece).
During our intensive 4 days-long programme, FutureLab Europe participants took part in lively discussions related to FutureLab Europe’s focal topics – democratic values, equal opportunities and European identity – with top level EU decision makers and NGO representatives. Key highlights of the programme included a debate with the President Emeritus of the European Council and current President of the European Policy Centre, Herman van Rompuy on the state of democratic values in Europe and in the European Union and the role of the young generation in shaping the future of our continent. Philosopher Philippe Van Parijs and Anthony Zacharzewski, Director of The Democratic Society, discussed the importance of democracy, including technological means, to bridge the gap between the local and the European level. Eva Paunova, Member of the European Parliament, shared her first-hand experience of the EU’s multilevel governance structure and challenges to engage with her constituency in Bulgaria.
Finally, Monica Frassoni, Co-Chair of the European Green Party and member of the Spinelli Group, gave an inspiring speech and answered many questions on how to combat the rise of nationalism and xenophobia in European societies.
After this introduction into the programme, each member of the sixth generation turned ideas into concrete activities to be implemented at the national/local level with the (small-scale financial) support of FutureLab Europe. Combining their different talents, skills and perspectives, FutureLab Europe participants worked in clusters to develop projects with a lasting civic impact that they will implement on the ground, becoming direct drivers of change in shaping the Europe they want.
Following this implementation period, FutureLabbers will have the opportunity to present their group activities in Brussels in September 2017 and to debate their results with high-level decision-makers.
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