"No one falls in love with the single market, the financial market, labour reforms or budget perspective. [People] are motivated because of a grand narrative." Emmanuel Macron
The EU is notoriously bad at communicating to its citizens. When was the last time you saw viral content on the internet from an official EU account? This lack of a grand narrative is a boon to populists and nationalists. Euronerds is a web series (potential for TV development) aiming to put a human face on EU bodies.
I'd travel to Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, etc with a camera. Content would be online.
Humans of the EU would let people from across Europe take the stage and showcase EU projects they're working on. From farmers to ESA astronauts, from Eurocrats to students and beyond. People who speak passionately in informal settings. It would create a slice of that missing grand narrative.
-making EU citizens more aware of the role we all play in the proper functioning of EU institutions.
-immunization against fake news targetting the EU
-inspiring young people to participate in EU projects like the European Voluntary Service
15 minute episodes shot inside a EU institution/partner org (like ESA) and hosted by a Euronerd passionate about her or his work. Put a human face, some sense of humor and a STORY on the EU. Once the web series gains traction online, a questions from the audience section would be added.
I'm a writer and a passionate reader. Above all, I'm a European and it's infuriating to see how quickly so many people fall for fake news and intoxication campaigns against the EU. I don't want to sit quietly and watch the venom spread. Storytelling is the antidote.
Young Europeans in particular, but any EU citizen with access to YouTube and no time to peruse dozens of EU websites every day.
I am looking for a partner/partners for the project. If you've heard about Humans of New York, think of a EU version except in video rather than book form. (I am still however contemplating launching a Humans of EU blog...) Any contribution is welcomed. Thank you.