As part of FutureLab Europe’s commitment to promoting civic engagement, the programme provides advice and financial support to FutureLab Europe participants to set up their own 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.
In a Europe threatened by the rise of nationalism, Hometelling – Testimonials from Europe aims to explore the question of belonging and identity in Europe. The team will interview people with a migration background residing across Europe, including in France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Croatia, Russia, Latvia, Belgium, UK, Sweden, Spain, and Iceland, (covering Southern, Northern, Central and Eastern Europe). By asking Europeans where and what is home for them, the team aims to draw attention to the diversity of living experiences and what makes them ‘feel home’ in Europe. …read more
Crossed Paths of Europe is a project aimed at exploring the concept of European identity by inviting refugees and long-term members of the local community to take photos focusing on two main themes: how they see Europe and the things that are important to them. What does Europe mean for locals? What does it mean for refugees? How far apart are these two visions? …read more
Concerned about the pervasiveness of negative stereotypes of Central and Eastern Europe, the team behind EU2YOU aims to address such negative preconceptions by producing informative, yet entertaining, videos, which will be published on YouTube. The project aims to raise cultural awareness about the countries that have joined the EU during the last two decades – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Romania – producing one video per country. The videos will analyse each country’s cultural peculiarities and examine political issues. The project will culminate with a video shot in Brussels, advancing the visibility of the work of young Eastern European decision-makers and activists. …read more
Concerned about young people’s decreasing levels of political participation, European Heroes aims to inspire young people to take action at a local, national and European level by providing them with role models and hands-on advice on how to make their voices heard. The team will interview young European activists who carried out various successful initiatives and produce videos and ‘how-to’ articles on the different ways to become civically engaged, such as how to start a petition or a movement. …read more
Concerned by young Europeans’ disengagement from politics, Civic Act will be organising workshops on civic activism in high schools in Greece and Portugal. Using a learning-by-doing methodology, Civic Act aims to educate and empower young people to solve local problems through active participation, promoting the importance of youth engagement in political and social life. …read more