Communities, Democracy and participation

Voices and choices: what is Europe all about?


Who is behind this?

Matteo Scotto


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

By gathering European scholars with different accademic backgrounds in a meeting at the Villa Vigoni, the project aims at reflecting on how bringing together the plurality of ideas on Europe („voices“) with the necessity to reach future-oriented decisions („choices“). We see a great variety of models, images and leitmotifs of what Europe is and should be. We want to discuss and even try to define these values.

Where will your idea take place?

Como, Italy

Why does Europe need your idea?

Our challenge is the never ending, never definitively answered question who the Europeans are. People in Europe for centuries have tried to clear who they really want to be and what they want to represent vis-a-vis non-Europeans? But does Europe need an exclusive identity that can distinguish Europeans from “the others”?The challenge of the project is to use the contemporary European crisis as a chance to reopen the debate on what it means to say „We as Europeans“.

What is your impact?

We aim at a definition of cultural values avoiding at the same time conflicting relations with “the others”. How can we remain united not only in our diversity but also vis-a-vis others’ diversity? By shining light on these apparently inextricable issues, the aim of our project is to produce a simple booklet on Europe. The publication will be readable and accessable by everbody and will consist of ten short chapters each explaining one shared value.

How do you get there?

The project consists of four-days workshop at Villa Vigoni in January 2017, during which the participants will discuss the relevant issues and then will decide an efficient schedule to complete the final publication foreseen for March 2017. The meeting will also see the participation of experts in the field that can bring the necessary knowledge and competence to deal with the topics in question. The booklet will be afterwards disseminated within our network, together with a specific packet of questionnaires for the monitoring and evaluation of the results.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

For Europeans old and new: Europe has become destination of new migration movements and the continent is confronting with an increasing intra-European mobility. For this reason, it is urgent today to define the common space we are sharing, both for old and new Europe’s inhabitants. In particular, our booklet aims at a non-academic public, as we strongly believe that every European should be provided with accessible cause of reflection on European debate.

What makes your idea stand apart?

A simple and yet theoretically grounded booklet on Europe, comprehensable by everyone, is something unique given the present status of European debate, which normally tends to be confined in universities and institutions. Moreover, few scholars have taken the responsability of clearly say which are the European values.

€ 20000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 20000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Organisational costs for the meeting at Villa Vigoni.



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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