beside sidewalks


Who is behind this?

Maria Bliklen

Grenzensprung e.V.


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Beside sidewalks is about making the unknown tangible. In an interplay of offline- and online-encounters, young people from different cultural, social and individual backgrounds can meet. This shall encourage the development of mutual understanding, respect and acceptance of diversity.

Where will your idea take place?

Deutschland, Europa, Asien

Why does Europe need your idea?

In the face of crisis everyone looks after him/herself and the ideal of an united Europe that stands together in solidarity is threatened to become easily forgotten. It is important that young people care about what happens in places far from their homes and that they have access to authentic information, which make the unfamiliar tangible and awake curiosity and respect. Ultimately, we don´t want to restrict this thought only to Europe. We imagine a globally connected youth that creates tomorrow´s difference! While making use of the potential of the new media, we discover new possibilities of networking, making contact, learning and sharing.

What is your impact?

It is the aim of the project to create a virtual, transcultural meeting place for young people with different cultural, religious, social and individual backgrounds. We hope that by crossing real borders, we can help tearing down walls, that exist only in people´s heads. In that way, a journey of only two - documented, spreaded and shared on the internet - will impact hundreds of other young people and give them an opportunity to get to know an authentic image of peers who live under different conditions.

How do you get there?

- In the course of the journey we will conduct interviews with young people and publish them weekly on our internet platform
- The short films will be accompanied by travel diaries and blog articles, that are also going to be published weekly.
- People from both Germany and the countries we travel can use our internetsite as a platform for encounter and communication. They will be able to leave comments, share their own videos and enter into an open dialogue.
- Young people are encouraged to think about their own perception of life, their hopes, visions, and fears. They can learn about the ideas of others, exchange experiences and develop their own thoughts.

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€ 20270,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 20270,-

Total budget

Major expenses




Idea created on March 25, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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