Mission Statement

A Soul for Europe: Culture, Citizenship, Democracy

A Soul for Europe connects and mobilises citizens and democratic institutions across Europe, fostering a sense of responsibility for the future of Europe and democracy through culture. We connect communities in order to build a common European public space and a culture of proactive citizenship.

In our work, we link all levels of governance with change-makers from the cultural field and civil society, developing projects that ensure Europe makes dynamic use of its cultural assets and creative potential. To realize these projects we work in three core areas: Culture and Citizenship, Cities for Europe, and Culture in a Global World. In our experience, these areas, and the projects we have developed within them, have demonstrated beyond any doubt that culture is a central strategic factor in sustaining and deepening democratic development across the local, regional, national and European levels.

Strategy Group

The heart of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative is the Strategy Group: more than 40 civil-society representatives from over 20 countries from the cultural, political, business, research and media sectors. The Strategy Group is responsible for the conceptual development and dissemination of the idea of “A Soul for Europe” through projects and initiatives.

The link between civil society and the European Parliament

The initiative is supported by an influential Advisory Board chaired by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. Other members include Joachim Rogall (Chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Management), Erhard Busek (Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe) and a number of former and current Members of the European Parliament from different countries and political parties. With the Berlin Conference Steering Committee within the Advisory Board, we continually develop the Berlin Conference. Members are current and former parliamentarians Maria Badia i Cutchet, Tanja Fajon, Monica Frassoni, Jo Leinen, Morten Lokkegaard, Doris Pack, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Hannes Sowboda and Secretary-General of the EP, Klaus Welle.

Gemeinsam mit unseren Initiativen @asoulforeurope und @wseuropa bereiten wir derzeit die diesjährige Ausgabe der Berlin Conference am 8. und 9. November vor. Merken Sie sich den Termin schon jetzt vor! #EuropeBottomUp https://bit.ly/3KpOutz https://twitter.com/europebottomup/status/1563154715306647554

Die #SZB vergibt ab sofort ein #Volontariat für die Bereiche #BerlinBrandenburg und #Europa. Haben Sie Lust auf vielseitige Aufgaben im gemeinnützigen Bereich & Einblicke in gesellschaftspolitische Zusammhänge? Dann bewerben Sie sich jetzt: https://www.stiftungzukunftberlin.eu/jobs/

What is the idea of #EuropeBottomUp? Europe cannot be thought of without its cities and citizens. They embody the continent's cultural energy. What Europe urgently needs now is lively participation and active responsibility from the bottom-up, by the Europeans themselves.

This Thursday in Berlin: Presentation of our member Yves Mettler‘s work on Europe Squares. @looseserendipty #asoulforeurope #europebottomup

On this #EuropeDay, meet #EuropeBottomUp! A brief history 🧵: At the 2020 edition of @SZukunftBerlin's / @asoulforeurope's annual Berlin Conference the idea for an online platform was born, a platform where all those dedicated to Europe could connect.

Wir suchen ab Mitte Mai wieder Praktikant:innen, die Lust haben, die Zukunft von Berlin-Brandenburg und Europa mitzugestalten. Hier geht's zu den Ausschreibungen: https://www.stiftungzukunftberlin.eu/jobs/ #SpreadTheWord

Praktikant:in für #Europa-Projekt gesucht! Ab Anfang Feb für 3 Monate. Wir wollen das Potential der kulturellen Vielfalt Europas besser nutzen. Arbeite mit uns gemeinsam an diesem Vorhaben. Mehr Infos hier: https://www.stiftungzukunftberlin.eu/jobs/ Spread the Word! @asoulforeurope #jobs

Mourning David Sassoli, chairman of the #asoulforeurope advisory board, we remember the last words of his 2020 #StateofEurope speech. He was committed to rediscovering the soul of the European project.

Full text of speech: https://bit.ly/3HRB2fw Video: https://youtu.be/GbvQtXQNXAo

Participamos en la Conferencia "Europe Bottom-Up" organizada para conmemorar la caída del Muro de Berlin.

Objetivo: promover la participación de los ciudadanos en el proceso de integración europea a través de la #cultura.

▶️https://bit.ly/3obqiAs

That’s it for the 2021 Berlin Conference. Thank you for being a part of #europebottomup! Traditionally, the evening of 9 November is dedicated to the #StateofEurope Speech, given this year by @eucopresident Charles Michel. Follow it live from 7 p.m. via https://www.stiftungzukunftberlin.eu/initiativen/livestream-berlin-conference/livestream-berlin-conference-english/ https://twitter.com/KASonline/status/1456894385883332609

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Mission Statement

A Soul for Europe: Culture, Citizenship, Democracy

A Soul for Europe connects and mobilizes citizens and democratic institutions across Europe, fostering a sense of responsibility for the future of Europe and democracy through culture. We connect communities in order to build a common European public space and a culture of proactive citizenship.

In our work, we link all levels of governance with change-makers from the cultural field and civil society, developing projects that ensure Europe makes dynamic use of its cultural assets and creative potential. To realize these projects we work in three core areas: Culture and Citizenship, Cities for Europe, and Culture in a Global World. In our experience, these areas, and the projects we have developed within them, have demonstrated beyond any doubt that culture is a central strategic factor in sustaining and deepening democratic development across the local, regional, national and European levels.

Strategy Group

The heart of the “A Soul for Europe” initiative is the Strategy Group: more than 40 civil-society representatives from over 20 countries from the cultural, political, business, research and media sectors. The Strategy Group is responsible for the conceptual development and dissemination of the idea of “A Soul for Europe” through projects and initiatives.

The link between civil society and the European Parliament

The initiative is supported by an influential Advisory Board chaired by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament. Other members include Joachim Rogall (Chairman of the Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Board of Management), Erhard Busek (Chairman of the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe) and a number of former and current Members of the European Parliament from different countries and political parties. With the Berlin Conference Steering Committee within the Advisory Board, we continually develop the Berlin Conference. Members are current and former parliamentarians Maria Badia i Cutchet, Tanja Fajon, Monica Frassoni, Jo Leinen, Morten Lokkegaard, Doris Pack, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Hannes Sowboda and Secretary-General of the EP, Klaus Welle.