Solidarity reinvented


Who is behind this?

Anna Dobrowolska

Centrum Edukacji Obywatelskiej (Centre for Citizenship Education)


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Solidarity was not only a movement, but also an idea that was a cornerstone of the European Union. An international youth event that will take place in the Gdańsk Shipyard combined with activities involving local community and history eyewitnesses will be a tool to bring Solidarity back to life.

Where will your idea take place?

Gdansk, Poland

Why does Europe need your idea?

The project recalls the idea of Solidarity that united Europe and caused the fall of the iron curtain. We want to reintroduce the value of solidarity into the public debate and local community actions as a solution to the current economic and social problems. Gdańsk Shipyard is a place-symbol, but it is not only the place where great history took place – it is foremostly an important part of the urban landscape for the people of Gdańsk. Unfortunately, after 1989 it has been gradually forgotten. The dialogue between young people and social actions aiming at inclusion of different local groups (e.g. former shipyard workers who will guide young people and participate in outdoor activities) will stimulate young people to participate in social and political life and create better Europe.

What is your impact?

The outcome of our initiative will be visible, reusable products i.e. movies, guides, location-based game, on-line exhibition, street art and booksprint. Moreover the participants will learn how to use the public space to integrate and spur the local community into action. After the conference the participants will create their own projects in the public space of their cities. They’ll show the effects of the work on social media. The success of these projects will be ensured by a constant contact with the project coordinator and on-going evaluation. Our aim is also to revive the Shipyard, make it a centre for the people of Gdańsk as it used to be years ago - both for the former Shipyard’s workers and the youth.

How do you get there?

During the three-day conference in the European Solidarity Centre (planned for spring 2016) participants will work in small groups: debating, participating in historical, artistic and journalistic workshops, making performances, interviews, films etc.The opening and closing of the conference will have a form of public event with the participation of experts, activists and young people and locals.
Rough plan of the conference:
1st day: intergration, opening ceremony, visit to the ECS
2nd day: debates, workshops, meeting with history eyewitnesses
3rd day: preparation of the final projects, performances, closing ceremony
After the conference we’ll keep in touch, using webinarium to spread the ideas and ensure conntact between the participants.

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€ 39000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 40710,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We are open for cooperation with organisations that have links to young people and experience in using the public space to engage and integrate local community. We’d be grateful to hear what other ways to bring the Shipyard back to life you see and what do you think about our methods.



Idea created on April 2, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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