Futures of Europe – the International Perspective

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!