Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

European Freelancers Week


Who is behind this?

Joel Dullroy

European Forum of Independent Professionals


Who is joining forces?

European Coworking Assembly


Croation Association of Independent Professionals


Verband der Gründer und Selbstständigen Deutschland


ACTA - Associazione Consulenti Terziario Avanzato (Italy);

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

European Freelancers Week (EFW) is a coordinated series of events bringing together independent workers to empower each other and inspire solutions for common problems. A calendar of meetups, talks and workshops will be held in coworking spaces across Europe. Additionally, through an open web platform, anyone can launch their own event in their city. EFW provides a forum to both celebrate the benefits of freelancing, and to advance ideas for improved working conditions and policies in the EU.

Where will your idea take place?

Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom

Why does Europe need your idea?

Freelancers are a large and growing demographic, as more people choose to work independently, and more businesses utilize flexible work models. This brings both upsides, include flexibility and self-realization. It also has downsides, such as isolation, irregular income and uncertain social security conditions. The benefits can be enhanced through personal development and peer recognition. The negatives can be overcome through networking and coordinated actions such as the EFW.

What is your impact?

At least 40 events will be hosted in at least 10 EU countries in one week in Nov. 2016. These include workshops, talks and networking sessions held in coworking spaces, cafes and startup offices. Events will be both practical (skill sharing) as well as social (searching for solutions to common problems). Anyone can propose an event and topic. Results will be shared via blogs, videos and podcasts. Unexpected outcomes are expected! EFW will become an annual self-sustaining event.

How do you get there?

EFW will be coordinated by a coalition of organizations representing freelancers across Europe, working in collaboration with coworking space networks. A call to participate and co-create the EFW will be communicated through a centralized website and social media channels. Support for local event organizers will include a downloadable EFW manual and event toolkit, and distribution of “The Freelancer”, a specially-created newspaper about the events and its core themes. The goal is to hold at least 40 events. EFW will be promoted by the various participating freelancers' organizations and coworking spaces, which have existing communication channels, ensuring its success. It will be coordinated by two project managers. In-kind support will be provided by coworking spaces and associations.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

EFW is an event for and by freelancers. This includes independent professionals (or Ipros), the self-employed, contract workers, and anyone who works for themselves, outside of the traditional employment structure. There are 11 million independent professionals, and are the fastest-growing part of the employment market. Yet they are not properly recognized in the social and political discourse. EFW aims to change this.

What makes your idea stand apart?

Freelancers are a largely overlooked demographic, despite their growing number. There are few opportunities for them to join together and raise a common voice. They are unrecognized in political and social discourse. EFW will be the first major public pan-European event for and by a community of independent workers that aims to address this. It is non-commercial, not-for-profit, and independent.

€ 39300,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 44300,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Website setup & hosting: €2750. Event host toolkit design & development: €4500 Promotional material: €3800. Event support (room & equipment rental) - €250 for up to 25 events. €6250. Coordinators (2x, 5 months part time, 1 month full time): €20000. Assistant (1 month full time): €2500. Coordination meetings (2x, travel expenses): €2000. 5x freelancer exchanges between cities: €2500. Provided in-kind: coworking space & equipment, 25 event locations, communication channels, speakers, hosts.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Ideas on how to successfully coordinate an open and distributed event series across multiple countries.



Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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