Democracy and participation, Communities



Who is behind this?

María Requena López


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Democracy. Power. Politics. Big words. Yet, so small they can be found in every action of each day of our life. Through encounters in different European countries, members of communities come together to explore and deepen their understandings of democracy facilitated through theatre, dance and voice practices. A discovery of our own powers in our different relations and the responsibility we carry with them. A dialogue among people as diverse as Europe itself about the topics in their hearts.

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Taking the stage means the conscious step to reconnect with our own powers, responsibilities and people around us. We will open the floor to this exploration and lift the curtains of participants' experiences of power & democracy bringing their insights back to their contexts - activism of insights.

What is your impact?

A growing awareness of personal and communal powers will lead to deeper relationships in and beyond the communities we worked with. Insights on one’s role in democracy and how to use one’s powers will be brought back home and impact our closest relationships as well as the larger community.

How do you get there?

Workshops in 7 cities of 6 countries, gathering a diversity of people from different backgrounds. We will foster dialogue on the meaning of democracy and power in their communities. Theatre, dance and voice methods will allow a plural engagement, acknowledging disagreement and diversity as the seeds for communal sustainability. The insights of this plurality will spread in the communities and then unite for further engagement in an international event with all the different community groups.

What is your story?

We are peace workers from different backgrounds convinced of the idea that democracy begins within oneself & our relationships. We have shared spaces that foster authenticity & awareness of those relationships & that has been transformative for us. Now, we want to create those spaces for others.

Who are you doing it for?

A group as diverse as possible, people from different and even ‘opposing’ values, social positions and interests. The power of our project lies in the space, for empathic & honest encounter between people who would usually not meet & talk about their experiences & visions of how to foster democracy.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

What resonates with you? What doesn´t? What is missing? Who would you like to engage with in this setting? How to frame an invitation that speaks to people with very different experiences and perspectives on democracy? Which location could provide a ground for that diverse audience to meet?







Idea created on Jan. 18, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 18, 2018

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