21. September 2017
On Thursday 21 September 2017, in the Auditorium of the European Policy Centre (EPC), 14-16 Rue du Trône, 1000 Brussels, the members of FutureLab Europe engaged in a discussion with Alessandro Giordani, Deputy Head of Unit, Citizens’ Dialogues, DG Communication, European Commission, Andrew Bradley, Director, International IDEA – EU office and Pieyre-Alexandre Anglade, Member of the French Parliament, La République En Marche on occasion of the public conference Europe@debate: Promoting European identity through active citizenship: How and what for?.
FutureLab Europe members Simon Höher (Futures of Europe), Héloise Le Masne (Bridges – Puentes – Brücken), Liliana Caraça ( YourThought.eu – All different and all together), Albert Meijer (Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories), Violetta Tsitsiliani (Skill Up!) presented the results of the projects they have implemented together with their respective teams in 11 countries, from the Southern shores of Spain, travelling to Germany, all the way to Ukraine.
Each project aimed 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 combined local civic engagement with heartfelt European citizenship.
Find out more about our projects!
Letters 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.
Futures 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 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.
By empowering the voice of young people and feeding into the discourse about European identity, YourThought.eu – All different and all together will contrast the academic discourse on what being European means with the views of young European citizens. The website www.YourThought.eu 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.
Skill 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.