“Europe Talks & Europe Listens“
Das Progressive Zentrum | ZEIT ONLINE | Helmut Scholz (MEP)
There is much talk about Europe today – at events organised by political organisations in metropoles or in an academic context. In these for-mats, one usually meets similar people and hears the same people speak. However, Europe doesn’t only matter to citizens in big cities – it matters to citizens all over Europe. This workshop explores possibilities to boost direct dialogue between EU citizens on Europe. It will discuss these potentials on the basis of two projects: “Europe listens” and “Europe talks”. In addition, the workshop will exchange best-practices with participants to find new ways to foster dialogue and bring the results to decision-makers.
Relying on the power to digitally connect people, the project “Europe talks“ by ZEIT ONLINE and 15 other European media partners engages thousands of Europeans in political one-on-one conversations. Via an online algorithm, European citizens are matched with a European neighbour who holds differ-ent political opinions. On May 11th, thousands of people will meet either in person or online to exchange their views.
Opting for an analogous way, the project “Europe listens – a journey for dialogue” (Europa hört – eine Dialogreise) toured through ten German villages far off the political centres. Via innovative formats, it motivated participants to exchange their views, hopes, and fears on Europe. Afterwards, the project team of think tank Das Progressive Zentrum analysed the results and presented them to decision-makers.