Democracy and participation, Communities

Take back nationalism! United in nationalism


Who is behind this?

Mathias Svold

European Forum Alpbach (EFA)


Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We want to give nuances to the term nationalism, as it is often portrayed en a very one-dimensional way in mainstream media. Furthermore, the project aims to promote cultural understanding across border and cherish a multifaceted Europe.
We want to create a online platform with articles, videos and photo stories where we let the citizens define what nationalism means. A platform for the citizens, by the citizens - artist, students, and workers. This platform will be able to cover all of Europe.

Why does Europe need your idea?

'Nationalism' has been the biggest challenge to unity in Europe in the last few years. Nationalism is portrayed negative, which only have lead to further division around Europe. We want to turn the picture and let the citizens take back nationalism from populist politicians.

What is your impact?

We will have established the website started posting stories and finding local partners around Europe, who can help the stories come alive from the citizens. We have contact to local journalists in 12 countries, who can help get the project started, but we want to spread out the platform further.

How do you get there?

We create the platform to best show the new sides of nationalism. Then we find local drivers, who can help create the stories around Europe. In cooperation with local citizens, journalists and us, we implement the stories onto the website and promote them. Third, we contact local medias who could be interested in publishing these stories themselves in an effort to spread these stories and new angles to nationalism in the given country as much as possible.

What is your story?

As two danes, we both have felt a negative buzz around being nationalistic and loving your own country. Nationalism is one of the most debated themes in Europe these years, and therefor we find it meaningful to use our backgrund as journalist and videojournalist to deal with the subject.

Who are you doing it for?

We are doing it for citizens in Europe overall. We hope to reach out to those, who love their country, but do not feel a part of the right-wing. People who love their country, but are ashamed of those, who have claimed the term. We want to give them a chance to take back nationalism.




Idea created on Jan. 13, 2018

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