Democracy and participation, Education, EU literacy

The EU Activist School


Who is behind this?

Alberto Alemanno

The Good Lobby


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The idea is a pan-European and traveling advocacy school empowering citizens to bring systemic change at local and EU level, acting alone or in tandem with civil society organisations. By building on the methodology designed by The Good Lobby, the School offers 2-day workshops aimed at training & connecting the participants with NGOs. The aim is foster new, unconventional forms of collaboration aimed at protecting & fostering the civic space both locally and transnationally.

Where will your idea take place?

Bucharest, Budapest, Sofia & Warsaw to then scale it up to more cities and countries

Why does Europe need your idea?

The School relies on a previously-tested methodology of 2-day workshops that train and connect individuals with local NGOs to give them a voice in the public space. Participants learn about all the different venues to participate in the policy process and how to building coalitions locally and in EU

What is your impact?

Initially targeting countries with a rapidly shrinking public space, this project aims at spreading a culture of civic empowerment towards participatory democracy. Within year 1, we expect citizens to be more aware of the concrete avenues of both public participation, & collaborate with local NGOs

How do you get there?

1. Partnership with local NGOs, educational institutions, & other local actors
2. Publish call & select participants with local partners to maximize diversity & bring together (often for the first time!) diverse local actors
3. Skill-based workshop on advocacy skills combined with experiential learning: participants will launch local/cross-EU campaigns possibly supported by unconventional coalitions
4. Evaluation of civic actions & impact on participants’ perceptions of the policy process

What is your story?

I am an academic committed to equalizing political power and influence in Europe and beyond by mobilizing citizen experts and connecting to civil society. I run The Good Lobby, the first organisation devoted to popularizing & democratizing the various channels of participatory democracy in Europe

Who are you doing it for?

Main beneficiaries are citizens - be they professionals, academics, students, job-seekers or concerned citizens - willing to gain a greater voice by working alone or in tandem with local NGOs. Also NGOs that engage in advocacy & other participatory mechanisms at local and EU level

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like to hear what the community thinks about the prospect of taking and offer EU activism workshops across Europe and learn what causes they would like to pursue afterwards.



The Good Lobby


Idea created on Jan. 9, 2018
Last edit on May 23, 2018