Towards Sustainability and Solidarity in Europe


Who is behind this?

Otto Lüdemann (UBIE)

Unconditional Basic Income Europe


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Try to imagine this: economy goes hand in hand with nature, people work for money only if they feel like doing so and – incredibly! - everybody is just fine.

Where will your idea take place?

Cologne, Cities Europe-wide

Why does Europe need your idea?

Current European politics do not value views and participation of the citizens. Our exhibition will involve European citizens in preparing their future in a participatory way. Earlier attempts at resolving the European crisis have used questionable financial and labour market policies. The exhibition will offer alternative ideas, like basic income, direct democracy and economic alternatives, which altogether enable European citizens to assume responsibility for their own lives and the common good. Our exhibition targets issues of solidarity and sustainability at a European level from the beginning. It will help open up grassroots opportunities for cooperation within Europe, for example through basic income pilot projects, campaigning for a Eurodividend or initiatives for the common good.

What is your impact?

– Until autumn 2016 we want to elaborate and launch the exhibition and participatory tools.
– Through the exhibition a significant part of the population become aware of the different
concepts and can link them together as a matter of course.
– Through the participatory tools European citizens improve the concepts by adjusting them to the requirements of daily life.
– In the long term the project may improve the chances of a possible new European Citizens Initiative (ECI), provided that this instrument will be substantially improved as a tool of direct democracy. That way the ECI could strengthen the public debate about the presented concepts of sustainability and solidarity in Europe.

How do you get there?

The concept for the exhibition will be developed bottom-up by activists from UBIE and its partner organizations.
The project network will consist of:
- a coordination team of 3 activists;
- a professional curator (depending on funds);
- a programme team of 4-7 additional activists;
- a support community open to all activists to include specific skills.
The following phases and milestones are planned:
-Until October 2015: planning phase ending with an initial concept workshop open to all interested activists in the EU
- Until March 2016: concept development phase ending with a conceptional conclusion and schematic design workshop with the programme team and selected contributors
Until September 2016: design development and production phase ending with a public kick-off event.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 77000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Any critical and helpful comments are welcome to improve our project. We also invite further interested initiatives to contribute their ideas to the exhibition.



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

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