Many Europeans, especially the youth, are retreating from active democratic life into passiveness. FutureLab Europe wants to counter this trend and empower young people to become direct drivers of change in shaping the Europe they want.

At the FutureLab Europe Annual Forum 2017, 18 FutureLabbers sat together and turned ideas into concrete projects with a lasting civic impact to be implemented at the national and local level with the support of FutureLab Europe.

FutureLab Europe participants worked in clusters to combine their different talents, skills and perspectives and develop five projects: Futures of Europe, Bridges – Puentes – Brücken, – All different and all together, Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories, and Skill Up!.

Each project aims to tackle a problem that societies across Europe are facing with innovative solutions: empowering people to reclaim a positive vision for their future, bridging citizens with local decision makers, empowering the voice of female refugees through theatre and writing, giving a voice to young people, and facilitating the labour market inclusion of marginalised youth through skills development. With their trans-European outlook, the projects combine local civic engagement with heartfelt European citizenship.

The projects will be implemented throughout 2017 in 11 countries, from the Southern shores of Spain, travelling to Germany, all the way to Ukraine. The results will be presented on the occasion of our September Autumn Conference in Brussels.

Interested in joining some of the projects activities? Find out more about them through the description below and see how you can be part of them, too!

Futures of Europe

group 1Futures of Europe aims to foster a European community spirit and democratic participation, by bringing together local citizens in two urban workshops in Cologne and Copenhagen to develop new visions for the future of Europe. In preparation for the project, an online platform will be set up to reach a wider audience, share the workshops’ results and enable participation on a European level through an open call for articles. …read more.

Bridges – Puentes – Brücken

group 2Bridges – Puentes – Brücken aims to build bridges among citizens in neighbourhoods in Berlin and Ronda by promoting active participation and shared decision making.   Their engagement and capacity to solve local issues will be fostered in two workshops in each city.  Citizens will come together to identify local problems and solutions for overcoming them and thus empower themselves to take action in their own lives. …read more. – All different and all together

group 3By empowering the voice of young people and feeding into the discourse about European identity, – All different and all together will contrast the academic discourse on what being European means with the views of young European citizens. An interactive online platform will build the basis for a year-long dialogue with scholars, young citizens in five countries, a workshop in Ukraine and an essay competition on European identity. …read more.

Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories

group 4_2Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories empowers refugee women to tell their stories. As such, the project touches upon the topics of equal opportunities, European identity, and combatting stereotypes. The tri-national team will support female refugees in Spain, Germany and the Netherlands to share their stories in a book with texts in the original language and an English translation. Book presentations will be held in Berlin and Brussels and will feature a short theatre piece inspired by the book. …read more.

Skill Up!

group_5Skill Up! will organise a series of social entrepreneurship workshops to empower young, vulnerable and marginalised groups in Greece and Norway. By bringing together young asylum seekers with young professionals who have strong links to social entrepreneurship, the workshops aim to increase their chances of accessing the labour market and foster their integration into society. A video documentary of the workshops in each country will allow for transnational comparison and inform policy recommendations on how social entrepreneurship can be a vehicle for labour market integration for vulnerable groups. …read more.