Democracy and participation

Talk Real shortlist


Who is behind this?

Talk Real



Who is joining forces?




United Kingdom

European Alternatives

United Kingdom

European Alternatives has legal registrations in France, Italy and Germany in addition to its UK legal registration. LeftEast in Romania, and Krytyka Polityczna in Poland and Ukraine and ROAR magazine in Greece are also partners.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

TalkReal is an internet TV show discussing the most urgent political, social and cultural issues for Europe. It brings together leading intellectuals, activists, artists, journalists and others for in-depth discussions which do not shy away from proposals for political change.

Pilot shows in English and Italian, featuring Yanis Varoufakis, Marisa Matias, Toni Negri and others can be seen on the youtube channel:

We want to establish the network for the coming years.

Why does Europe need your idea?

TalkReal aims to speak to a generation of Europeans who are disenchanted and possibly angry or indignant with the EU project. It seeks to show that if the right actors come together, then change is possible in the EU. It discusses how this change should happen, and who should be involved. Filmed in different cities of Europe, with guests mixing East and West, North and South, young and old, intellectuals and activists, artists and policy-thinkers, it aims to gather a broad community.

What is your impact?

An informed, enthused and more connected public sphere throughout Europe, which has the confidence to act politically, socially and culturally for democratic change. This will contribute to fighting the democratic disengagement of young Europeans in particular, and will link East and West, North and South, migrant and non-migrant.

How do you get there?

The construction of the TalkReal media network will ensure that the show can sustainably be filmed in different EU countries with international guests, and can be diffused as widely as possible on the internet by building partnerships with newspaper websites. With the funding we plan:
1. to establish an association to run the show which will have the partners as members
2. to film and produce 12 shows over the coming year in English, with at least 4 filmed in Eastern/central Europe, and to add subtitles to these in Italian, French, German and Spanish.
3. to use each new show as a means of new partners for the network.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We are doing it for a positive future for the EU. We believe that this positive future will be created by citizens themselves, and so we need to connect, inform and enthuse them, particularly younger audiences.

What makes your idea stand apart?

We are unaware of any similar online show discussing EU affairs from a grass-roots or activist perspective with international guests. Our pilot episodes have shown a strong demand for this content (with some shows being viewed more than 15k times). The mix of different kinds of guests (from artists, to activists, to intellectuals, to politicians) and the different geographical origin of guests is highly distinctive and of strong interest to public.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Travel costs for guests to 12 shows: 8000 euros Travel costs for film crew to 12 shows: 6000 euros Fees for filmcrew: 12000 euros Post-production costs for 12 shows: 12000 euros Diffusion costs, network-building and communication: 20000 euros Translations, brand identity, office costs: 5000 euros Expendables costs (batteries, video cards, etc): 2000 euros one additional camera: 5000 euros

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Do you think we explain well enough the idea? If you watch the shows and like them (, do you think what we have written captures why you like them?



Idea created on Feb. 29, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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