The Hungarian Secular Association
By strengthening Hungary’s democracy together, we will strengthen Europe’s democracy.
Combining restorative and transformative practices, community organizing, and meeting facilitation, the Hungarian Secular Association is empowering individuals and communities with tools to organize for participatory democracy. We are preparing Hungarians to organize collectively for self-determination at home and connecting to wider European social movements for participatory democracy.
In an environment where the government is cracking down on civil society, propagating xenophobia, and working to divide Europe, we are building democracy at the community level, from the ground up! The challenge is getting the tools shared throughout Hungary that would help everyone overcome barriers to participation--historic pessimism for some, and seeing the need for change but not knowing how to take those first steps for others.
With a year, we will have five or more skilled groups organizing community-based, participatory democracy regular meetings in Hungary. Meeting participants will engage in collective restorative circle processes, discussions, and problem-solving actions. These group will be committed to helping others develop similar structures in their local communities. They will also work locally and network with other democratic movements throughout Europe, building strong solidarity and unity.
We are giving people the tools to create their own world. Our program has two parts: two-day training intensives and guided support for community-based group development.
We are collaborating with experts in the fields of community organizing for participatory democracy and restorative circles to help build program and process that will help Hungarians overcome historical trauma, productively and positively communicate, and collectively create solutions to the issues that are impacting them.
We are focusing on Hungarians as essential, strategic partners in a democratic and unified Europe, however, by partnering with experts from Poland, we are fostering reciprocal relationships with other Europeans who are engaged in similar movements.
We will work with Hungarian activists and community organizers with a range of experiences and some members of the community who are not activists or organizers yet, but who are passionate about strengthening democracy and international solidarity.
Our programs combine restorative circles with participatory democracy, and activism. While this may be unconventional; it shouldn’t be. Democracy, building community, and social justice are hard work. Our partner Circle Space Group employs a restorative method called the Peacemaking Circle that is rooted in North American Native traditions. It can be used for healing, relationship and community building, as well as for the resolution of conflicts, collaborative planning, and decision making.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Airfare, accommodations, per diems, and honorariums for international trainers for training intensives (30000 EUR); space rentals, catering, and supplies for trainings (10000 EUR); Personnel--facilitators, translators, etc. for trainings (10000 EUR); personnel for follow up consultations and support (5000 EUR); (organizing and PR for events (2000 EUR); material and resource development including handbook (2000 EUR)
We would love to hear what tools others are using to foster participatory democracy, the more the better! We also would love to hear ways people are connecting to larger social movements throughout Europe. Finally, connections to wonderful organizations doing similar work would be fantastic