Democracy and participation, Communities

School for Democracy


Who is behind this?

Cezara Grama

Expert Forum Association


Who is joining forces?



Legal Resources Center - Republic of Moldova


Citizens Network Watchdog Poland


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

A summer school dedicated to encouraging young European leaders to come up with creative and innovative solutions to rule of law issues concerning the European community at large, but focused on Central and Eastern Europe.

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Europe is being threatened by multiple conflicts and instability, thus threatening the development of future generations. In order to successfully surpass this situation, resources need to be invested in the young leaders of Europe. We believe the time has come to be creative and use unconventional tools, thus we are looking to identify and connect young leaders with diverse educational and professional backgrounds, interested in developing solutions to Europe’s rule of law current problems

What is your impact?

The main objective is to identify 25 young European leaders with various skills and help them understand what rule of law means and how to develop instruments meant to consolidate it. Secondly, a network of young leaders will be created, working on developing viable solutions to Europe’s current issues with the help of instruments they will learn during the seminar. A successful outcome would be a network of activists fighting for social and political change where derailments occur.

How do you get there?

- Hold Skype meetings with our partners on identifying speakers and drafting the agenda (June 2016). - Launch an open call for applications. Applicants will send a resume, together with an essay (topic: what tools would you use to fight derailments from democratic principles). We expect to have a list of participants by the middle of July (June-July 2016). - Make logistic arrangements to hold an 7 day seminar in Romania (location, travel arrangements) (July-August 2016). - Hold the seminar in September 2016 which will focus on: rule of law principles, watchdog activities, fundraising, project management, creative entrepreneurship, social economy. - Hold a bar camp for pitching project ideas addressing the issues discussed during the seminar. We have allocated funds to finance 3 initiatives

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Young European leaders throughout Europe, with different backgrounds interested in becoming activists. We will open the call for participants coming from all over Europe, but mostly from the Balkans and Central and Eastern Europe. We are looking from NGO activists, politicians, creatives, journalists, business persons, representatives of public institutions and others. The participants must prove the will to get involved for a longer term.

What makes your idea stand apart?

We will use nonformal tools such as labyrinth theatre and bring different specialists such as judges, film directors or journalists. The participants will meet local stakeholders (mayors, prefects), entrepreneurs and NGOs that have developed successful projects. It will bring together participants with different backgrounds in order to create unusual teams to develop ingenious solutions for civic challenges in their communities. We will help them learn how to fundraise and work with stakeholders

€ 49770,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 53770,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office expenses – 1000 €; travel costs for 25 participants and the project team - 4750 €; accommodation and meals for the participants, experts and project team in Romania for 7 nights– 15720 €; personnel costs (project manager, project assistant and financial manager) – 15000 €; fees and honoraria for partner organizations and trainers – 7000 €; event costs (printing, Facebook ads) – 1300 €; Funding for follow-up projects (3) – 4500 €, unforseen - 500 €

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We would like to know what are the most important issues for young activists throughout the European community at large that we could include in the agenda of such a project.



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

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