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Since 2014 we have collected more than 1,500 ideas from 42 European countries, connected 49,745 people on our online platform and invested in 25 winning initiatives that pilot new answers for a common European future.

All 475 democracy ideas

We’re still amazed by the variety of applications that have reached us for our challenge. Our idea space collects them all. You can filter the ideas along your interests and comment on them to share your feedback and expertise.

What happens next

Each of the seven winning ideas from all over Europe receives funding of up to € 50,000 to implement the project until September 2019. We’ll mentor the teams along their way, e.g. on our network meeting this autumn.


Review  |  Challenge  |  Lessons

Looking into our idea challenge

Have a look at the path taken by our call for democracy ideas from the beginning last autumn until today’s winners’ announcement. Here’s the lookbook of our visuals by designer Michael Meissner.
on July 19, 2018
Challenge  |  Democracy

“I’m hearing louder than ever before: possibility!”

This story takes you to Oberhausen in Germany’s Ruhr area where our jury met to select the 2018 winners of the idea challenge. Get to know the five jurors who combine diverse perspectives on democracy in Europe.
on July 13, 2018

Liquid Democracy

Why democratic structures and digitisation should go hand in hand: Liquid Democracy won our idea challenge back in 2012 and has become a main partner in implementing Advocate Europe. Here, they share the vision built so strongly into their name.
on June 8, 2018

Advocate Europe is an idea challenge realised by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator.