Democracy and participation, Communities

EU Jumping Dinner - Democracy starts at home!


Who is behind this?

Jan Roessel

Deutsche Gesellschaft e. V.


Who is joining forces?

agitPolska e. V. - Polnisch-Deutsche Initiative für Kulturkooperation


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

The project follows the design of the well-known dating format "Jumping Dinner". We organise several events around EU subjects of current interest. We tender the project in student communities in Frankfurt/Oder and Slubice. Shared flats can apply for participation. An event consists of three workshops per evening in students' kitchens. In between the three events, the participants cross the Oder bridge. At each event, one subject will be discussed. At the end, all participants meet in Berlin.

Where will your idea take place?

The project will take place in Frankfurt/Oder and Slubice.

Why does Europe need your idea?

The EU is currently under attack - by populist movements as well as by government policies. We address the challenges by establishing or strengthening student networks between Germany and Poland. The cooperation of societies must be further intensified, since cooperation of governments is difficult.

What is your impact?

A successful outcome of the project would consist of new links between the German and the Polish student communities in Frankfurt/Oder and Slubice. The meetings will go on after the project. The project can also be transferred to other regions in the whole EU, especially to other border regions.

How do you get there?

The project will start in cooperation with the student communities on both sides of the Oder river. In discussions, several subjects will be identified that will be treated in the course of the project, as migration, the future of EU integration and environment policies. After several Jumping-Dinner-style events in both cities, a meeting with all participants will take place in Berlin. Jumping Dinners are not just a discussion format, but a low-threshold approach to culture, music and food.

What is your story?

We believe in the European idea and we are strongly convinced that when the governments of neighbouring countries have different perceptions of the EU, then society must take over - and take the stage. New ideas can start in students' kitchens. We have been engaged in this field for a long time.

Who are you doing it for?

The target group consists of student communities in both Germany and Poland - first, in Frankfurt/Oder and Slubice, later on in other cities. The project will also reach a broader public by social media and press coverage. We will use the existing networks of all partners.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

All kind of ideas are welcome that can help to make the project even better!



Idea created on Jan. 10, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 15, 2018

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