The Transnational Europe Lab


Who is behind this?

Rike & Zenoby Kaspar & Orsten-Butler

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We dream of a Europe we can proudly call home, that is a living example of what can be, & embodies global & transnational citizenship & socio-ecological interconnection & stewardship. We don't have all the answers but we do know ways for us to experiment & create thriving futures together.

Where will your idea take place?

Europe, United Kingdom, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

Our transnationalism struggles in our current social systems & is partly met with apprehension. People feel their identities & their ability to meet their needs risk compromise. Our social models & worldviews need to evolve to strengthen our social fabric to live as global citizens, with empathy towards the whole of humanity & other forms of life. We will leverage Europe’s diversity & its transnational, intergenerational & transdisciplinary wisdom; incorporate a long-term, whole systems approach & sensitivity about preferences on how to satisfy needs; go beyond Eurocentrism by bringing in outside voices; demonstrate identity can flourish with both transnational & local dimensions. The lab & the community it will form can be focused adaptively across borders, sectors & scales.

What is your impact?

The participants will: Become a dedicated transnational community that provides a support network & a safe space to explore, experiment, prototype & act to actively & practically contribute to realizing a shared bold vision for a thriving, interconnected & diverse Europe. Hone capacities to embed systemic & strategic approaches with long-term, interconnected & root-cause perspectives in their work, & to see, think & do in new & different ways. Tap & amplify their strengths, & apply their insight & learning to develop & begin testing prototypes of interventions, programs, initiatives, etc. Create a shared economy of tangible & intangible resources, ideas & learning. Feel energized, connected & empowered. Inspire, energize, embolden & engage their networks & others.

How do you get there?

Pre-work: process design, strategic direction, recruitment, partnerships, resources. Groundwork: Participants review reference material, complete applied & fieldwork-based assignments, begin interacting virtually. Residence: 5 days. Community & capacity building, co-creation & prototyping activities. Methods: Iterative approach with layered parallel processes & design adjustments adapting to the flow, drawing primarily from appreciative inquiry, design thinking, theory U, storytelling, dragon dreaming, systems thinking, & participatory leadership processes. Follow-up: feedback, reflection, sharing learning, requests for help, further prototyping. Extra: Documentary to capture process, enthusiasm & commitments, & spread the message. Subject to budget. When: Residence around November 2015.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Feedback to further develop & strengthen idea. Help us connect to potential participants & partners, link to existing initiatives, secure additional sponsorship. We would also be happy to hear from complementary initiatives who would like to explore potential for collaboration.


The Transnational Europe Lab

Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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