Democracy and participation

Democracy Repair Cafés - Reach Out To The Streets shortlist


Who is behind this?

Florian Sturm

IG Demokratie


Who is joining forces?

The Workers and Punks’ University (WPU), Ljubljana


Damjan Mandelc


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Democracy Repair Cafés are interactive workshops where participants experience how politics and participation work, reflect their own potentials, learn from each other and find ways to get active. This project takes the concept to a European level to discuss the future of Europe.
The result are interactive activities in the streets of Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb for by-passers, facilitated by experienced hosts & political scientists, results gathered online for everybody to read and contribute.

Where will your idea take place?

Vienna, Ljubljana, Zagreb

Why does Europe need your idea?

1. Crisis of democracy - as is broadly stated in the media, democracy is in a crisis. Political systems seem in a deadlock, there's no visionary answers for the current problems and many people are frustrated and feel powerless about this.
2. No broad discourse about the future of Europe - current events that happen in Europe show that no nation alone can handle the situation on its own. However, there is no broad discourse in the public about where Europe is heading.

What is your impact?

1. Empower people to participate - we want to reflect the current situation with people and help them overcome their frustration and feelings of powerlessness by connecting them with like-minded people and raising awareness of existing alternatives and hopeful developments.
2. Initiate and nourish public discourse - we want to create spaces of exchange and discourse, motivate people to contribute and get public attention for a public discourse about possible futures for Europe.

How do you get there?

3 weeks with public activities ("street sessions") in Vienna, Ljubljana and Zagreb, providing different ways and possibilities to contribute to a public discourse about politics, political participation, the EU, alternative ways to act politically, ...
Furthermore creating an internet platform where results of these public activities are collected and organised, enabling everybody else who wants to read and contribute to do so.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our direct target group for the workshops is everybody, people on the streets, "average citizens". We want to empower everybody to take more control of the way things function right now - by helping them find ways to change things and act.
Another target group is "the public", addressed by our internet platform and by media attention in the target countries that we will try to stir up.

What makes your idea stand apart?

1. actions in public space

2. target groups - regular people, not only interested ones

3. open spaces, providing experiences of appreciation -> empowerment in everyday life

4. provide a starting point and a community to keep in touch with (internet platform)

€ 40000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 40000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Personnel costs (moderators & political scientists for the workshops) 20.000 EUR Internet platform 10.000 EUR Public relations 4.000 EUR Organisational overhead 4.000 EUR Travel and accomodation 2.000 EUR

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

What do you think about the idea? Can you suggest organisations in Austria, Slovenia and Croatia to partner with? What kind of setting for public activities would be attractive to you? In which way would you like to participate in the discussion online?



Idea created on Feb. 2, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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