As part of FutureLab Europe commitment to the promotion of civic engagement, the programmes provides intellectual guidance and financial support to FutureLab Europe participants for the implementation of group projects. Group projects address issues related to FutureLab Europe’s three focal topics – democratic values, equal opportunities and European identity – and are planned and implemented by FutureLabbers on the ground.
Fostering European community spirit and democratic participation, the project Futures of Europe will gather 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 out to a wider audience, share the workshops’ results and enable participation on a European level through an open call for articles. …read more.
Promoting active participation and co-decision making, the project Bridges – Puntes – Brücken aims to build bridges amongst citizens in neighbourhoods in Berlin and Málaga to foster their engagement and capacity in solving local issues. In two workshops in each city, citizens will gather and identify local problems to be overcome by joint participation and co-decision-making, empowering them to take action in their lives. …read more.
Empowering the voice of young people and feeding into the discourse about European identity, the project YourThought.eu – All different and all together will contrast the academic discourse on what being European means with views from 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.
Empowering refugee women to tell their stories, the project Letters to Europe – Female Refugees Telling Their Stories touches upon the topics of equal opportunities, European identity, and combatting stereotypes. The tri-national team will reach out to 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. The book presentation, held in Berlin and Brussels, will feature a short theatre piece inspired by the book. …read more.
Aiming to foster equal opportunities for young people in Europe, the project Skill Up! will use a series of social entrepreneurship workshops to empower young, vulnerable and marginalised groups in Greece and Norway. Bringing together young asylum seekers and Roma with young professionals that have a strong link to social entrepreneurship, the workshops will aim to increase 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.