Democracy and participation, Communities

Mission for Community Wellbeing


Who is behind this?

Paula Fischer

Network of Wellbeing

United Kingdom

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Mission for CW. is a journey from western to eastern Europe, on which at several locations participatory workshops are realised in which the local population identify local wellbeing issues and develop ideas to increase their local wellbeing. The outcomes are documented online. So the public and participants are able to exchange ideas, opinions and experiences on an online platform. The aim of the journey is to promote community wellbeing and to strengthen a wellbeing network across Europe

Where will your idea take place?

Possible Destinations: Germany, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia

Why does Europe need your idea?

Is it money alone that makes people happy? We do not really believe so and want to make a journey to promote a different idea: the concept of Wellbeing which reaches Beyond GDP like it is presented by the OECD or Bhutan. On a local scale there is not very much happening yet, which we want to change by giving an impulse with a participatory workshop to foster community wellbeing and to reinforce a european network that is strengthening this idea.

What is your impact?

Our vision is to foster fair&sustainable development within limits of nature with Europeans in Europe. Our participative workshops provide impulses for pursuing wellbeing locally. Participants develop community-tailored, practical ideas tackling wellbeing from bottom-up. They feel connected to likeminded locals&decision-makers&empowered to make a difference. Decision-makers face local wellbeing issues. These local networks fusion to an European "NetworkofWellbeing", sharing knowledge&experiences

How do you get there?

Starting point: workshop concept proved and tested by our master thesis and a pilot implementation; connections to like-minded people in Europe.
1.step: connect with local contacts (possible: AL, F, MK, NL, PT, RKS, Ruhrgebiet)
2.step: fix workshop dates
3.step: set up a travel blog and connect participating communities
4.step: organise workshop/ final pitch/ pot-luck venue with contact
5.step: promote workshop locally with contact 6.step: plan journey (organise transport, accommodation, etc.)
7.step: compile workshop material
8.step: get on the journey (travel blog!)
9.step: 2 days of workshop per location with final event (pitch and pot-luck)
10.step: 1 day of networking&reflecting 11.step: travel to the next community
12.step: share a final wrap-up (pictures, videos, results)

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The project is aiming at the actual local population, the spatial community, their awareness of their influence on the wellbeing of the community and their motivation to get actively involved. Who, if not them, could know what is good for the community?
Results and ideas of the workshop are presented to local decision-makers and interested citizens. Thus also deciders are linked with the citizens, obtain an impression of their wishes and needs, as well as incentives to increase local wellbeing.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The workshop concept combines the method of Design Thinking with regional development particularily focussing wellbeing, which is new on the community level in Europe. Also has Design Thinking not yet been used in the context of citizens participation Design Thinking is a method that inspires to do things instead of over-thinking them. The workshop participants bring this creative "doing"-spirit in the community which empowers them to take action on their wellbeing – "Don't wait, innovate!".

€ 30200,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 30200,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Our major expenses are: travel costs (5000€), costs for accommodation and subsistence (5600€), workshop costs (3300€), personnel costs (15400€)

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are happy about any feedback: inspirations, ideas, critique :)


Paula F.

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

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