Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

Di I Belong


Who is behind this?

Gertraud Borea d'Olmo

Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue


Who is joining forces?

Castrum Peregrini


Center for Liberal Strategies


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The notion of ‘belonging’ – which is both a fundamental human emotion and a political project, and all about ways of being different and managing difference – is a valuable prism through which we can consider the other key problems that threaten fatally to undermine much of what the EU has achieved since the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. However, as most writing on belonging in recent years emphasizes, feelings of belonging or not belonging are very complex.

Where will your idea take place?

Hohenems, Paris, Sofia

Why does Europe need your idea?

The Bruno-Kreisky Forum seeks to identify opportunities to reinvent democracy. This is a quest for the future of hope. The idea is not so much to revive an old concept but much rather to re-invigorate it: democracy reloaded!

What is your impact?

A sensitive and informed understanding of the problems Europe faces, narrating personal experience, analytical expertise or empirical research, listening and sharing diversity and belonging

How do you get there?

Workshops and roundtables. Cooperation with national and international institutions and civil society groups, like European Fundamental Rights Agency

What is your story?

As Secretary General of the Bruno Kreisky Forum I am working since many years in this field trying to tell another Story of Europe as a counterpoint to populism and extremism.

Who are you doing it for?

human beings from all strands of society



Idea created on Jan. 9, 2018

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