Natalie, Yael & Christian
Placing interconnected webcams and digital screens on public squares, Yeuropolis will trigger spontaneous and planned interaction among ordinary European citizens in their everyday lives. Our windows to Europe will provide an opportunity to overcome national divides, giving “European(nes)s” a face.
Germany, Portugal, Poland
When have you last seen, spoken or visited your neighbor? Europe needs our idea because we want to foster European proximity. If individuals come closer together, share their experience and allow each other to relate we can trigger a thought process “closer to home”. We believe a citizen-to-citizen dialogue can nudge ourselves to join and reflect. More importantly, the dialogue should challenge Euroscepticism and nationalism through interactive forms of expression. Everyone is invited to express themselves whether through song, poetry, a flash mob or simple messages. Our European windows will remind everyone alike that we are all a lot closer than we think.
Yeuropolis aims at providing a first impulse for a European public sphere. It is conceptualised as a pilot project, a first attempt at connecting three to four European cities in real-time. If the project proves to be successful, it could subsequently be scaled to integrate more than "solely" three cities. Our objective is threefold: 1.) Creating a European public space that offers the possibility to speak up, discuss and interact with each other; 2.) Making people’s feelings, thoughts, worries and ideas concerning their individual lives and Europe’s future visible and perceivable; 3.) Creating a unique opportunity to connect and relate to other European citizens, show solidarity and empathy for them, feel that there is a European tie between people.
1.) Establish the time frame and create the extended team for the project; 2.) Expand partnerships with content and networking partners, technical partners and media partners; 3.) Evaluate three to four possible cities and locations as well as local support groups, clarify the local legal requirements. Cities shall be chosen on a topical basis, e.g. European capitals of culture, former industrial cities subjected to structural change or capitals of "crisis countries"; 4.) Define topics for ‘window discussions’ as well as art projects, include experts of various expertise and places; 5.) Launch a (social) media campaign for the project as well as including the local media in each city.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
We are very much looking forward to your ideas on how to improve Yeuropolis. Please don't hesitate to approach us via the Advocate Europe community or at firstname.lastname@example.org.