NGO Access Lab
Future of Europe depends on its ability to persuade citizens and neighbours that peace and openness are values worth cherishing. This project will bring together in the Baltic States young writers from Russia and Ukraine and inspire them with the sense of common responsibility for the future.
Riga, Latvia, Narva Estonia
We believe that new Cold War is not forever and that the need to re-connect young creative Russians and Ukrainians and to keep alive their sense of belonging to Europe is important in this time when the official course of Russian government is isolation from the West. Europe needs peace and Europe needs future-oriented young people. It is important to help young creative people in Russia and Ukraine and also Russian-speaking Europeans to think together about Europe’s future, about the challenges we need to overcome together (environmental, economic and social). The project will actively facilitate futures thinking through a series of activities aimed at creative young people.
A year from now, about 30 young online writers from Russia and Ukraine will have connected with young people from Europe (Estonia, Latvia, Germany) and formed an online creative writing network. They will have explored through discussions with civic activists the future challenges of Europe and will have shared their concerns and hopes through the medium of creative writing. A series of short and long texts by participants, selected by published writers, will be published on project website and promoted through social media (Facebook, Twitter). The writing competition on the topic of the future will be noticed in social media and will become an example of dialogue and creative approach to future challenges.
• Online campaign on websites where young people writing online fiction in Russian (from Baltic States, Russia and Ukraine) present their creative writing + story competition to select participants.
• Recruitment of volunteers in Bochum and Narva for first offline event
• First offline event in Narva, Estonia:
1) master classes with recognised online writers and with published writers and dramatists,
2) discussions about future challenges with 3 high-profile activists from Baltic States and Russia.
• Online competition (closed) for participants – short stories with utopian and dystopian visions of the future of Europe and the world;
• Second offline event in Riga, Latvia: awards for best stories, public debate and creation of online writers’ network „Utopians”.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe