Challenges that are blind to borders continue to be tackled with the tools and ideas of the nation-state past. We want a Europe in which diverse voices are the decision-makers of our joint future. Collaboration between NGOs, artists, gamers and citizens is how we can make this a reality.
Belgrade, Berlin, Lisbon
Europe is in a moment of time where many believe it can either implode by giving in to nationalist closed-minded thought or continue on a renewed path that does not fear the European cliff presented to us through our integration efforts. Citizens have to be able to recognize the importance of this moment and secondly, be empowered to modify the political system themselves.
At the heart of our project is a desire to unite citizens from all across Europe within a decentralized network and to make the self-conception of a ‘European citizen’ not only understandable but also come alive. We want to act now and we want to motivate others to act as well. Our vision is to establish a civil rights movement against the depletion of democracy and for the expansion of fundamental rights in Europe.
Success to us is building a European civic voice that is amplified by the diverse experiences and perspectives of people from across the region. To gather these experiences and ideas into a game allows us to collect and share ideas in a format that replaces the staid white-papers of elite political discourse.
Online and offline gaming offers a new platform for us to engage (incl. often sidelined) communities in European political affairs. Policy makers, political parties and even civil society can too often end up talking to a limited group of people or to themselves. Bringing political discussions to life in a format more commonly associated with free-time activities gives us the possibility to involve a much wider group of citizens, who too have a stake in the future of Europe.
We are currently working with activists and Civil Society Organizations in 10 European countries to develop a training program to act as a 'civic advocacy incubator'. With an Advocate Europe grant we can create “the state of beyond” game and connect the participants in an activity that goes beyond the trainings and immediately applies their learnings. We aim to launch an open call in June and invite partners (artist collectives and gaming experts) to work with trainings participants to develop the game that will be launched at our Transeuropa Festival in October 2015 in Belgrade and decentralised across Europe. If funding allows the trainings would continue afterwards and end in an Action Campus in 2016 where the final moment has come to bring the developed ‘state of beyond’ to life.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe