Democracy and participation, Social inclusion

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Who is behind this?

Francois Schneider

Research & Degrowth France


Who is joining forces?

World-café Europe


Summer-school degrowth


Degrowth Budapest Conference


Research & Degrowth Spain ICTA, Autonomous University of Barcelona

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The post-growth future lacks inspiring stories. Research & Degrowth France wishes to build post-growth narratives. The processes will involve constructive dialogue to find an alternative path beyond the competition/closure dichotomy; at scales that make true democracy possible, based on empathy between cultures and a degrowth of resource use. These new stories will be disseminated to fill the gap of post-growth narratives in people’s minds, lifestyles and programs of political parties.

Where will your idea take place?


Why does Europe need your idea?

Two opposing narratives dominate current discourses, one stating that "globalization and economic growth is the single path", and another that "we should close our doors and borders to defend our present lifestyles". The challenge is to find an alternative path that integrates different perspectives based on dialogue. We want to create a participative space where people collaborativelly construct new narratives.

What is your impact?

Our long-term aims include no less than access to basic needs, meaning in peoples' lives, availability of resources for future generations, prevention of conflicts over resources, inspiring involvements in societal decisions, convivial exchanges, justice in the world, intercultural dialogue & prevention of involuntary migration. The outcome will be that we have post-growth narratives and a process that can compete with existing dominant narratives and be disseminated in publications and events.

How do you get there?

1- Development of the methodology. Training team of facilitators
2- Identification of perspectives: culture, areas of concern, limits, scales of actions, actors, strategies, sectors, needs etc.
3- Identification of dimensions and links between them. For example strategies may include the strategies of opposition, alternatives, reformism etc.
4- Building of narratives
5- Small scale application in summer school – feedbacks are used for improvements
6- Full-scale application involving 200 participants of the Budapest conference
7- Processing results
8- Dissemination of results through multiple media and in diverse formats, and public relations
9- The process can continue...

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

This will be beneficial for everybody but especially for those that want to participate in the creation of a more democratic, ecological, and just society.

What makes your idea stand apart?

What makes our plan unique is that it involves imagining and creating new realities that can benefit society at large. These new stories will challenge not just the growth myth but also the myth of segmentation of problems. Creating narratives to compete with the current paradigm addresses global problems at their roots rather than treating symptoms.

€ 18000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 19000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Design of methodology 3000 EUR Office costs 1500 EUR Facilitators 3000 EUR Transport 3000 EUR Publications 2000 EUR Website and online dissemination 2000 EUR Public relations 1500 EUR Support to degrowth Budapest Conference 2000 EUR Support to degrowth summer school 1000 EUR

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

What would entice you to participate in a group process to imagine new societal narratives?


R_D France

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

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