Physics teach us that friction creates energy. We at d|part believe this is also true for society and democracy: we want critics and advocates of Europe to meet and discuss, to turn energies from frictions into tangible, joint actions. Political debates these days often go sideways, the sideways discussion series seeks to reconnect people, organisations, and ideas. The events are a common space to re-connect meaningfully across cities, countries- and political camps.
This event series brings critics and advocates of Europe on stage to meet and discuss, to turn energies from frictions into tangible, joint actions. The events are a common space to re-connect meaningfully across cities, countries, and political camps.
In not alienating supposed “others”, closeness is automatically created. In interacting with each other, togetherness is experienced. This vision of an alternative to the current discourse and for Europe’s future will be exemplified.
Moderated, public debating sessions
- host representatives of EU-critical + pro-European group
- last 2hrs
- identical questions (When and why did you start to engage? What society do you want to live in? What is your biggest success so far? What role does media play in your engagement?), are structured along 4 topics (personal insights, belonging, migration, hopes)
- report per session and an overall summary will be published online (includes videos) and in print (includes photographs)
This is a daring idea, born from the realisation of our everyday confrontations.
Passionately advocating pro-European ideas, triggers aggression and creates societal stress in times of fundamental insecurity and re-orientation. We need to burst at least some of the reality bubbles we all live in.
For those (young) citizens looking to understand (political and social) trends of our time. For those supporting populist ideas, for this supporting progressive ideas, for all those who wonder who those “others” are and what drives their actions. Ultimately, for Europe and the people living in it.
Any suggestions on which spokespeople to invite as speaker, for any European country, would be wonderful. We also wonder how far/provocative we can go with this idea, so any thoughts on this are also very welcome!