Democracy and participation, Migration



Who is behind this?

Witold Klaus

Legal Intervention Association


Who is joining forces?

Ashoka Poland


Ashoka Austria (CEE)


The TROP Foundation


The Educational Society of Małopolska (MTO) is an educational organization which for many years has been running the Academy of Social Entrepreneurship in Moldova, Bosnia, Kosovo and Azerbaijan and supporting local leaders in many other Eastern European countries. The organization is led by Alicja Derkowska, Phd, Ashoka Fellow

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

When an architect comes to live in a new country what happens? She opens a restaurant. And a nurse? Obviously, she will launch a singing competition. We want to use Ashoka European network to support the leaders of migrant groups in CEE countries, in order for them to effectively encourage newcomers to release their energy and constructive activity in their new homes.

Where will your idea take place?

Warsaw, Poland

Why does Europe need your idea?

The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees on European shores is one of the most pressing social and humanitarian challenges facing the continent. Much of the media debate and political response positions the refugees either as a group in need of urgent support from government and charities or as a potential threat to the economic, cultural and security interests of European nations.

What is your impact?

Among the people we call migrants there are hundreds of able, decent persons whose activity can be mobilised by wise leaders. The natural leaders can release the migrants’ energy and constructive activity. The leaders must work independently, but not alone. We will support the leaders of migrant groups in order for them to effectively encourage newcomers to release their energy and constructive activity in their new, European home.

How do you get there?

1) Search among migrant cohorts for exceptional leaders and changemakers. People who are focused on "doing good" and already have experience – they were already doing something in their country but were stopped by poverty, persecution, war or terror; 2) Ask the leaders how they can make an impact on their comrades’ misery? How can they help panicked, desperate people go back to being resourceful and cooperative?; 3)Support them with our knowledge, familiarity of Polish and other local realities, networks and financially in implementation of their ideas.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The migrant community in Europe especially its changemaking leaders but also members of the societies of the un-prepared European post communist countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, especially Key Opinion Leaders.

What makes your idea stand apart?

In our project we don’t say, we know how to help newcomers feel in Europe at home. What we are saying is we know how to find leaders that come from migrant groups who can empower their people, who can help them unleash their creativity for the benefit of their new neighbours and their own and help them become active citizens of many local, European communities. This is so much about „creating the future” as it can be.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 70000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Recruitment of candidates (interviews, travel)=1500EUR;Three-day workshops (lecturers, catering, accommodation, travel, training materials)=9000EUR; Ongoing mentoring support=3500EUR; Work experience (cost of accommodation for 2 weeks for 10 participants) =11000EUR; Financial support of projects=10000EUR; Evaluation=1000EUR; Administrative costs= 4000EUR; Cost of the coordinator’s salary=10000EUR

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

If any of the applicants feel they would like to participate, we are more than happy to create this kind of accelerators (or BLASTs as we call them) in any European country where Ashoka office is. Please let us know and we will get in touch with our Ashoka colleagues to see what can be done. Let's create a changemaker Europe.



Idea created on March 4, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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