Who is behind this?

Shana Thompson

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Chatterplot takes the concept of "language community" offline and puts back into the real world. How? Our interactive map let's you see, connect and learn the languages and cultures of internationals and natives right in your neighborhood.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany, Vilnius, Lithuania, New York, United States

Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe is a multicultural environment with an increasing number of immigrants. For the sake of national security and building healthy intercultural relationships, more attention must be paid to the opportunities for people to connect. Immersion is never the end of the story, it's the beginning of the problems that Chatterplot seeks to solve.

Improvement to Erasmus: Students go abroad and then spend time with people from their own country. I've asked why and there's been a trend; people don't know how to meet natives.

The same rings true for many of the people within our language exchange groups (old, young, international, etc.).

Our site is scalable to all countries, sectors and organizations interested in improving their understanding of language and culture.

What is your impact?

My colleagues and I are pouring all our passion and personal funds into this project because we believe in it so deeply. Right now, we're spending 30% of our time working freelance jobs to support it. Not ideal, of course. If our project was chosen, we'd be able to reach most of Europe in a shorter period of time and would be willing to heavily market within the Ruhrgebiet. We've got the connections and skill-sets to succeed, it's just that our resources are lacking.

One year from today our beneficiary will say: Chatterplot was able to bring individuals from all ethnic backgrounds together to improve language acquisition and cultural understanding within Europe. They've drastically improved the amount of contact between immigrants, locals, elderly, youth and regular citizens.

How do you get there?

First and foremost, working with the right people is top priority. I want to:

1. Connect with all UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, my previous DAAD contacts, Ministries of Education, teachers associations and language societies to inform of our project (data already collected).
2. Become an affiliate of International Schools, starting in Berlin and Vilnius, so as to utilize classrooms and materials.
3. Be recognized by the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge as a means for refugees and immigrants to assimilate and provide an alternative for those without the money to take traditional language classes.
4. Work with polyglots to carry our word across the world.
5. Move 650 Meetup members to our site (end of April).
6. Get Erasmus to advocate our cause.
7. Good publicity.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 55000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Potsdam Language Exchange: I bring open-minded Germans and internationals together every week to practice languages and share their cultures. German practice is mandatory for all and recently asylum seekers were informed about my group. Berlin Language Exchange: Few weeks online and 230 members!



Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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