Education, Democracy and participation

ProjectTogether - For a proactive society


Who is behind this?

Michael Heider

ProjectTogether gUG


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

ProjectTogether provides free telephone coaching for starting a social project. Most people do not dare to pick up their ideas for a better society and to put them into practice, because they lack confidence and the momentum to actually get started. By personal guidance we want to make it easy for everyone to get started with their project. By exploring their own motives and executing their ideas, project founders gain senses of achievement with regard to shaping society and becoming proactive.

Where will your idea take place?

Multiple European cities with local groups

Why does Europe need your idea?

In our European society today active involvement of citizens plays a key role in order to tackle social challenges like the refugee crisis. As an example, in Germany 64% of young people are not actively involved in society, yet. But 37% of them already have ideas of what to change in their direct social environment. With ProjectTogether we activate these 37% to take on their ideas and actually put them into practice and to become active changemakers for Europe.

What is your impact?

In a year from now, we want to have developed a more proactive civil society in Europe. ProjectTogether has already proven its impact in Germany and within the next year we have sustainable ProjectTogether groups in 10 European countries and will be coaching 100 projects in each of them. We will have institutionalized active exchange of perspectives and experience among the project founders and coaches to collaboratively work on solving social problems in European countries.

How do you get there?

Because we offer telephone coaching, we have the opportunity to coach all over Europe, even if we are not in the same physical place. In our team, we have coaches who fluently speak more than one language. For ensuring sustainability and growth, many ProjectFounder become ProjectCoaches themselves to share their experience. Because of strong partners in Germany and Belgium, we have a valuable network of people and institutions to get started in the different locations with. The training for new coaches will take place in English and resources for coaching need to be translated into the mother languages.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Our target group are people who want to change something about their environment, people who discover a problem, but are not confident of their ideas and therefore didn’t start working on them, yet. At this point we are focusing on young people, because they will shape the future of our societies. We want to enable them to experience taking on responsibility for their own society. As ProjectCoaches, we work with people who want to share their experience with starting a social project.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Because we do the coaching by telephone (or skype), we make the treshold to receive guidance for every project very low, yet very motivating. Even in the outbounds of Europe people can get help with setting up their project. It makes coaching flexible for both founders and coaches (we can call any time of the day, no matter where you are). Plus, because you hear the voice of the coach, this person seems very close at the same time. A low treshold is a core asset.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Kick-Off Event (travel, accomodation etc.): 5000€, Personal Cost of one person to coodinate groups (40000€), starting budget for groups 5000€


Michael Heider

Idea created on March 1, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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