Democracy in Europe Movement 25
Our lab for audiences between 30-70 participants seeks to perform new concepts of democratic plenum. It includes the selection of randomly chosen participants, the discussion of policy-related topics and permanent symbols of citizens empowerment. Basis is a fishbowl-discussion. Initial focus is on migrated, non-local EU citizens already benefiting from European freedom of movement, nevertheless lacking EU-citizens rights compared to locals. Its a pedagogical approach.
For most European citizens the EU and its policy seem like an abstract concept, far from their problems. We want to show that there are ways of self-organizing and taking collective decisions that go from local to CONCRETE, and that power resides in people's imagination and capacity to mobilize.
Within one year we hope our network can become a go-to-place for EU citizens to exchange and discuss their rights, realizing that those need to be advocated from both local to EU level. We want to connect these two worlds and make EU-citizenship a concrete experience, worth fighting for.
First of all through monthly, analogue discussions and meetings. Any set has a specific EU-citizens related topic. E.g. labour mobility, political represantation, EU participatory democracy toolbox. Every set will be evaluated and uploaded on a website. Focus lies on practical issues, EU-citizens face in their everyday life. It leads to a deeper understanding what citizenship means, and where EU-policy in Germany and Belgium could be improved.
Originally the EU is a project where nation states contributed to European integration. This process currently faces a zenith. We believe in a new, re-democratized, connected Europe. We want to be part of the generation that saves Europe from itself and sets the path for our common European future.
Initially to bring non-local EU-migrant-citizens and local politicians together.
But we are also doing it for everyone that believes in the EU, but understands the need for a new Europe and a new Democracy, adapted and responsive to the challenges of the XXI century.
Critical feedback is vital. How would you organize? How would you make your conversations matter? How would you empower collective decisions? is the voting booth a good place to experiment? Or do you have other ideas?