By fostering European community spirit and democratic participation, the Futures of Europe project will bring local citizens together 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 out to a wider audience, share the workshop results and enable participation on a European level through an open call for articles.


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From left to right: Moritz, Louise and Simon

Project description

In the current political climate, populist, simplistic, divisive and often negative narratives are taking over and are dominating the public discussion, leaving little room for a positive outlook on the future of the European continent. The inability of political forces and institutions to provide a vision for our shared future is creating frustration and making it easier for many to find refuge in the often dangerous populist narrative of a mythical golden past.

To counter this, the Futures of Europe project encourages citizens to collaborate and inspire each other in creating a new, shared vision for our common future, through two workshops and a call for papers.

In the workshops, citizens from a wide variety of backgrounds will meet to engage in a pluralistic, constructive and positive discussion on the following questions: “What kind of future would you like to live in?” and “How do you want your local community to look like 30 years from now?” Using outcome-oriented methodologies, participants will experience the empowering effects of democratic engagement, and gain an enhanced understanding of the communities they live in. At the same time, they will explore the European part of their identity, focusing on a mutual vision of a shared future in Europe.

The offline dimension of the project will be complemented by an online open call for articles on the same topic as that of the workshops, enabling a larger community to express their thoughts. The platform (in which project member Moritz Borchardt is involved), will edit and publish the articles. In fuelling a discussion about European citizens’ future, the project will also feed into the current social and political discourse about Europe.

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