A Soul for Europe Conference 2017 Topic 1 Workshop 3 2017-11-09T12:17:35+00:00

A Soul for Europe Conference 2017
Preparatory Material

Find links to relevant contributions from our online debate for each workshop and read Volker Hassemer’s introduction here.

Have a look at Elmar Brok’s article  It is time for European citizens to take ownership of the European Union’ that serves as preparatory material for all workshops or find Collected Key Statements from the Online Debate, that provides a summary of the whole online-debate.

A Soul for Europe Conference 2017: Preparatory Material

Find links to relevant contributions from our online debate for each workshop and read Volker Hassemer’s introduction here.

Have a look at Elmar Brok’s article  It is time for European citizens to take ownership of the European Union’ that serves as preparatory material for all workshops or find Collected Key Statements from the Online Debate, that provides a summary of the whole online-debate.

Topic 1: Cities for Europe

4:00
– 5:30

Hall 1

European Cities From the Bottom-Up – New Responses From Civil Society and Local Administration

Organisation: Advocate Europe & Actors of Urban Change
Format: World Café
Active participants: Tamar Gurdikyan, 70 TK (Istanbul), Refugees for Co-Creative Cities (Oberhausen), Martina Michels, MEP; Hella Dunger-Löper, former State Secretary; Brigitte Russ-Scherer, former Mayor; Joachim Zeller, MEP

Hosts: Julia Hoffmann, Program Manager Advocate Europe; Christina Nuhr, Program Manager Advocate Europe; Sebastian Schlüter, Program Manager Actors of Urban Change

Civil society actors and local administration share the goal of wanting to improve the lives of the community. Yet, collaboration between these two groups often is disconnected. Today’s turbulent world requires that we act together, in new forms of alliances and more committed than before in order to drive future change. This session explores exemplary cases of collaboration and looks on the pain points of cross-sector collaborations as well as the places of potential. Four activists from across Europe share their insights and experiences from working in partnerships across sectorial boundaries.

Preparatory material:

 

Topic 1: Cities for Europe

16:00 – 17:30 | Hall 1

European Cities From the Bottom-Up – New Responses From Civil Society and Local Administration

Organisation: Advocate Europe & Actors of Urban Change
Format: World Café
Active participants: Tamar Gurdikyan, 70 TK (Istanbul), Refugees for Co-Creative Cities (Oberhausen), Martina Michels, MEP; Hella Dunger-Löper, former State Secretary; Brigitte Russ-Scherer, former Mayor; Joachim Zeller, MEP

Hosts: Julia Hoffmann, Program Manager Advocate Europe; Christina Nuhr, Program Manager Advocate Europe; Sebastian Schlüter, Program Manager Actors of Urban Change

Civil society actors and local administration share the goal of wanting to improve the lives of the community. Yet, collaboration between these two groups often is disconnected. Today’s turbulent world requires that we act together, in new forms of alliances and more committed than before in order to drive future change. This session explores exemplary cases of collaboration and looks on the pain points of cross-sector collaborations as well as the places of potential. Four activists from across Europe share their insights and experiences from working in partnerships across sectorial boundaries.

Preparatory material:

 

Julia Hoffmann: What does it take to respond 

  • “Responsibility” can be read as a connection between “response” and “ability”— the capacity to answer to something.
  • Civil society is essential for bringing about positive social change in Europe. People in European initiatives are doing their work out of dedication — because they care.

Ulrike Guérot: The place of citizens in the European project

  • It is time to discover the place of citizens in the European project and to remember that citizens — not states — are sovereign.
  • The European citizens urgently need a learning experience to internalize their role as part of a political body.

 

Verena Ringler: Time of the Citizens: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for

  • And, if we talk the talk of “people power” and “civil society”, we also need to walk the walk. That means behavioral changes in daily life. Body care and democracy care would be part of the same daily routine

 

Emil Boc, Rarita Zbranca: Five Ways to Build Europe from Within

  • There is no single way of being European. We think the time has come to tell Europe our story, so that, together, we might find new solutions for the challenges we face. Our story it is about building Europe from within.

 

Julia Hoffmann: What does it take to respond 

  • “Responsibility” can be read as a connection between “response” and “ability”— the capacity to answer to something.
  • Civil society is essential for bringing about positive social change in Europe. People in European initiatives are doing their work out of dedication — because they care.

Ulrike Guérot: The place of citizens in the European project

  • It is time to discover the place of citizens in the European project and to remember that citizens — not states — are sovereign.
  • The European citizens urgently need a learning experience to internalize their role as part of a political body.

 

Verena Ringler: Time of the Citizens: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for

  • And, if we talk the talk of “people power” and “civil society”, we also need to walk the walk. That means behavioral changes in daily life. Body care and democracy care would be part of the same daily routine

 

Emil Boc, Rarita Zbranca: Five Ways to Build Europe from Within

  • There is no single way of being European. We think the time has come to tell Europe our story, so that, together, we might find new solutions for the challenges we face. Our story it is about building Europe from within.