Democracy and participation, Arts and cultural activities



Who is behind this?

Christopher Guest

Culture Action Europe


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

A way out of the deadlock preventing institutional change that's on the horizon. Involve young people in a new process using technology and art as a tool for visualizing and shaping change. Building on social technologies such as Open space, Future Workshop and others, we combine these with communication tools and customized Apps, adding collaborative sculpture as a key element of debate. A process of intuition and surprise, hands-on and messy, participatory making. Address the EU and the world!

Where will your idea take place?

London, Athens, Berlin

Why does Europe need your idea?

Interconnectivity of local and global issues is a conundrum that we are all facing. Media inundation is bewildering people, young and old, and causing frustration or apathy. Accessibility to communication is offering new opportunities for interaction and collaboration, but lack of agency is threatening to undo that possibility: the challenge is to turn it around with new models that can engage the next generation. Can we establish shared human values in the global community, from the ground up?

What is your impact?

To develop new models of communication, collaboration, debate and problem-solving on local issues in a global context which will empower the next generation. To attract new participants from different backgrounds, and make links within and across communities of students, artists, university departments, citizens, families, NGO’s, grassroots organisations. Test it in three cities: if it works, it can be replicated across Europe, and beyond.

How do you get there?

Construct the process. Open call with expression of interest. Make links with organisations facilitating debate and community organisations. Organize one event in each city. Invite speakers representing a range of views. Localize. Run pilot sculpture workshops for participants who volunteer to help at the debate. Publicize. Hold the 3 debates at 3 month intervals. Playful and serious. Be open to evolution of the idea through collaborations, and yet retain an overall hold on the links. Go viral. Globalize.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Young people are the primary target for this project. Yet, representatives of the other generations need to included in order to convey a real sense of responsibility, trust and connectivity. Cross-generational connections will bring a benefit to society as a whole. Furthermore, any platforms developed will be open source and the process will be available on the web.

What makes your idea stand apart?

By combining participatory artwork with social technologies and digital platforms we are proposing a radical change to the norms of participation in 21st century societies. Sculpture is a suitable art form to combine with debate, as it crosses over into the public sphere in a particularly concrete way, and yet also enjoys the freedom of any art form. Young people are more open to new crossovers of technology/art/society and this project credits them with both openness and responsibility.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Organisation-Management 12000EUR. Three Venues (negotiable with institution) 12000EUR. Artists’ fees and materials 8000. App Designer: 3000EUR. Artist to design the website: 3000EUR. Maintenance of the site: 3000EUR. Travel: 4000EUR. Press promotion, marketing and expertise 2500EUR. Documentation and evaluation 2500 EUR.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We carry substantial experience from communities already; we’d also like to hear if you have tried something similar. If you are based in one of the three cities and are interested in participating, or forming a partnership, please let us know.


C Guest

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

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