Democracy and participation, Urban development

The Field Trip media project


Who is behind this?

Frédéric Dubois

Field Trip


Who is joining forces?

Stiftung Topographie des Terrors


Gesicht zeigen / 7x jung


Bochumer Bildungschancen e.V.


All three partners focus on cultural and historical education, but all have different focus areas and target publics: 30yrs+ citizens, historians/researchers, activists, engaged youth in Europe.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

We believe in the power of interactive storytelling for inspiring people to act. In the heart of a unique European open space - the former Tempelhof airfield - visionaries, refugees, activists and regular Berliners craft a new 'living-together' culture. Via a website & on-site phone booth, we get people to:
- watch stories of local changemakers past & present
- create & share their vision of urban and democratic development
- discover & connect with citizen-driven locations across Europe.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany.

Why does Europe need your idea?

Traditional methods of citizen participation, like assemblies, work only locally. Europe is in need of new narratives and scalable forms of exchange. Our interactive storytelling concept can be used to tell participatory stories about places, people and times which are meaningful to Europeans.

What is your impact?

We have gathered 743 different visions by international visitors on site and online of how people want to live together and see their immediate surroundings progress in the future. These curated stories, published on interactive video platform, were viewed by 250,000 people.

How do you get there?

We install an old yellow telephone booth on the Tempelhof Field, that we redesign. Our developer Joscha Jäger tests how to implement voice to an online platform. In parallel, we take the online prototype to a distribution-ready stage. Citizen stories/visions flow in from the phone booth and a 0800-number. We organise three live events in the immediate surroundings of the phone booth, distribute via Berliner Zeitung, The Guardian and other media.

What is your story?

The Tempelhof Field is an ideal-type mini-Europe: diverse, inclusive, participatory. We were only kids when the motto 'think global, act local' came around. Today as adults, we want this motto to ring true for all Europeans willing to use our interactive storytelling concept to tell their own story.

Who are you doing it for?

Our most sharply-defined target group is young national and international socially aware people and groups. They consist of world citizens, Berlin visitors, newcomers, refugees - political active people with keen interest in new social models and a strong say on urban development.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

- Can you name a place in your country/region/city which used to be industrial/commercial and is turning into a lively cultural and democratic hotspot? - Can you recommend initiatives where urban development & interactive storytelling go hand-in-hand? - What aspect our project do you like most?


Frederic Dubois


Joscha Jaeger

Katja Schmitz-Dräger

Eva Stotz

Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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