A Soul for Europe
A Soul for Europe organises two events in the Forum X series. In 2015, Forum Tbilisi and Forum Chisinau will provide a platform for dialogue between civil society and local as well as European political decision-makers, being the starting point for concrete and ongoing cooperation.
Southeastern Europe, Georgia, Moldova, Tbilisi, Chisinau
Firstly, “A Soul for Europe” has a very broad and active Europe-wide network, so let us put it to good use! Forum X brings together diverse actors and thus channels the potential inherent in a dialogue between civil society and political decision-makers. Secondly, this network allows us to draw from a great range of competences and knowledge, which is particularly important in order to keep a balanced view on specific local situations and the ‘bigger picture’ on transnational or even global level. Finally, Forum X draws attention to places which are usually referred to as ‘periphery of Europe’, in our case Moldova and Georgia, and we want to accompany these relatively young nations building their future in and with Europe.
The outcome of our Forum X project works on three levels. Firstly, we contribute on transnational, i.e. European, level by involving MEPs and providing them with recommendations based on discussions and input from our Forum. Secondly, we promote cultural and political dialogue on local level. As a result of Forum X, citizens and decision-makers see each other as equal parties in a continually developing partnership with the aim to create a better future. Thirdly, intercultural encounters at Forum X encourage individuals to acknowledge diversity and difference as one of Europe’s great strengths. Also, they form critical and informed opinions on relevant issues, identify local needs and act upon them to become active European citizens.
Local knowledge is key! We do not want to impose a ready-made concept onto somebody. Therefore, preparations focus on involving locals. There will be a preparatory workshop with local civil society actors, where we will discuss possible contents for the Forum. We also address people in our Europe-wide partner network in order to exchange ideas and learn from other people’s experiences in terms of organisational questions or innovative discussion formats. Finally, we organise working group meetings with members of the European Parliament (EP) who are both experts on relevant topics and on the country in which the Forum takes place in order to prepare appropriately.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe