[This text is part of a series of essays that were sent to us by young writers from across the globe on how they see Europe and its future. More essays will be published over time.]
I want to say I am very happy to write about an important subject like this, especially as an outsider.
We hear and see a lot these days about terrorism and increasing [numbers of] terrorists, also about the explosions that shake the security and stability in a lot of countries whether Arabic or foreign.
I’m not from Europe and I do not live in it but I want Europe to become within the next 30 years a unified country that includes every nationality and does not divide [anyone from anyone among] the people – a unified country against any radicalism and terrorism and [want it to] be a great example for other counties, defend the oppressed and take their rights from the unjust.
The racism rising in Europe shapes and the Arab, Muslim, Sinti/Roma and black [communities] in Europe by causing assault, violations, and hatred towards them.
I want Europe in the next 30 years [to be] empty from the racism and work on a clear strategy and cooperation strategy with Sinti/Roma and Muslims, come together with them and not intimidate people from the Islamic religion.
We also need to improve the awareness in media and [school] curricula. Racism leads to nothing except the violence and hatred. Most important of all is to build up and educate the new generation so that all the people are equal and all of them are brothers with no difference between them.
I want Europe in the next 30 years [to be a] country of justice and equality, a country that seeks to spread peace in the world, a prosperous country in every field – a country that makes everyone who hears about it say how much they wish they were from Europe that great country.
Sarah AL Jabri El Jahmi from Sana’a Yemen
[edits: Moritz Borchardt]
On Saturday, July 15th, we had a Futures of Europe ‘first’, as one of our initiators, Moritz Borchardt, was able to integrate our established one-day format into the program of an international youth exchange.
The project “Show me a Future – Pop-Culture, European Values and the Future we want to Create” was originally submitted as part of his application for FutureLab Europe, so it was only fitting that the Futures of Europe format could now be used to kick-start the youth exchange.
Co-funded by the European Commission and the Thuringian Ministry of Youth, Education and Sports, and implemented for Culture Goes Europe, the exchange brought together 25 young adults from France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Spain for one week in Mühlhausen, Germany.
Taking place on the second day of the project, the participants first discussed the most pressing issues in Europe today, only then to be split up into three equally sized groups. In those sub-groups, they were then led by facilitators in developing their ideas for the best possible futures they had always wanted to live in.
Invigorated by coffee and snacks, the groups then tackled the task of creating headlines from those idealized futures and – using a variety of methods – a total of five different narratives was created, focussing on topics such as peace and security, public health, social equality, planetary exploration and the quality of life at large.
We are very happy that we could include Futures of Europe into this event and showcase its use both as stand-alone activity as shown in Cologne and Copenhagen and in concert with similarly-aimed longer-form formats.
Stay tuned for more!
In the early 21st century, European societies and the idea of Europe as such are besieged by multitudes of challenges from within and without, not least of which is the rise of populism across the continent.
It is the core idea of this project to counter the over-simplified “Not this!” put forward by said movements and encourage the inhabitants of Europe to think – and dream – about the city, country and Europe of the future they want to live in. In doing so, we aim to change their perception of both the present and the future into a more positive one.
We will conduct two Citizen Futures Days in Cologne and Copenhagen in which we will debut our version of a human-centric approach to encourage participants to think positively about the future. We will use this blog to share and highlight our project, events and positive visions of the future of Europe.
Futures of Europe is part of and funded by FutureLab Europe – and now we are started.
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