JEF: Young European Federalists
Youth for Peace
We furthermore wish to cooperate with the German Foundation EVZ (Erinnerung, Verantwortung, Zukunft, http://www.stiftung-evz.de/start.html); as well as with FutureLab Europe (Belgium, http://www.futurelabeurope.eu); Interpeace (Switzerland, http://interpeace.se), Pohjola Norden (Nordic countries, http://www.pohjola-norden.fi/fi/etusivu/?id=2)
There is a forgotten Europe, the Europe of remote and marginalized communities. Our project will give youth in these spaces all over Europe a voice, listen to what Europe means to them, as well as capture and share their stories. This will be achieved by bringing back experiences and practices of international peace work to Europe. Our project initiates exchange and cooperation between these communities. Thereby it includes each and every citizen in the European dialogue and future.
Europe (remote rural areas and marginalized urban spaces)
Currently we face the problem of "Two-Track Europe": some countries are aiming for further integration within the EU, others are not. The same problem is to be seen when looking at the citizens of Europe. On the one hand, some citizens get engaged, participate and identify with Europe. On the other hand, some citizens feel like the EU is distant and challenging national identity. Regardless of their perceptions and their nationality, everyone living in Europe is a citizen of Europe.
Our aim is to find out how citizens of Europe perceive Europe. What does Europe mean to them and how does it impact on their daily lives? We want to give the remote and marginalized spaces of Europe a face and look at those places that feel forgotten by Europe. Our successful outcome will be to give these people a voice, make them feel listened to, and open channels and possibilities for participation and cooperation in the European project with our partner organisations.
Through our partner organisations we will get in touch with local organisations in forgotten places throughout Europe: remote mountain villages, abandoned countryside communities, and so-called banlieues. We will then visit them and map peoples' ideas, thoughts, and perceptions of Europe. We will capture this audio-visually by creating a film. We will also create a website where we collect personal stories of the people we encounter and engage, and write a blog about our journey. This includes presenting their perceptions, hopes and fears about Europe, as well as outcomes of the participatory design processes on Europe that we engage them in. As a final result, we want to connect these spaces through partner organisations and facilitate European exchange and institutional cooperation.
We want to create a dialogue between those who currently don't talk to one another in Europe. Especially, we want to give a voice to those people that don't feel heard and don't participate in the dialogue on Europe. Simultaneously, we want the audience - fellow European citizens, European policy makers, - to hear these opinions; acknowledge them and reflect on them.
Usually, there is a narrow perspective on Europe, focusing on its geographical centre and cities. We recognize that there is a forgotten Europe of remote as well as marginalized spaces, and want to prevent it from falling behind even more. Instead, we will include it into the European dialogue by applying peace practices on youth in a European context. We want to bring back experiences and practices of international humanitarian and peace work to Europe.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Film production: Technical equipment (rental) and personnel cost (7.000 EUR) Website programming: Citizens of Europe and blog (2.000 EUR), European exchange network website (1.000 EUR) Travel and accommodation costs: 10-12 stops with 1 week at each stop in addition to 1 week of content editing for every stop. (24.000 EUR) European Exchange Network establishment (10.000 EUR) Office costs (3.000 EUR) Film screenings and PR (3.000 EUR)
When you read about our project, did certain places come to your mind that you would recommend us to visit? Do you know of specific places' and peoples' stories that we should share? Are you yourself engaged with an organisation that you would like to involve in our project? We are open for interesting cooperations and ideas to make Europe a place where we jointly work for a better future.