Recap: Futures of Europe – The Copenhagen Perspective

The second installment of our Futures of Europe workshop is a wrap – with a wonderful, open minded, and fun session in Copenhagen, Denmark.

We spent the day with at the Litteraturhuset ved Vandkunsten, a beautiful, cozy place in the heart of the city where we were joined by locals, friends, and students to once again discuss the question “What Europe would we want to live in?”. After a short welcome and introduction, we kicked things off with sharing what Europe means to us. The results were big headlines such as:

  • Media, populism, and information
  • Cultural Diversity, from solidarity to Us vs. Them
  • Political Institutions, transparency, and trust
  • Economic integration and business opportunities
  • Free travel and movement
  • Forgetting and remembering a shared history
  • Security, conflicts, and terror
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Collaborative projects and European undertakings, from Eurovision to the European Space Agency

How might we…?

We then picked some of them to explore further and – after more discussions – decided to frame three central questions to follow up with throughout the day:

  1. How can Europe play a role in preserving the environment?
  2. How could we use economic integration to increase solidarity in Europe?
  3. How might we remember and learn from the terrible capacities of humankind?

And as challenging as they were, we eventually dared to propose hopeful, utopian, fantastic, and desirable projects and solutions that we imagine may be answers to those questions. Just like in our first workshop, we finished our workshop with crafting „Good news from the Future“ – with three fictional newspapers from different scenarios, that report on the then-implemented projects, and initiatives. We will share a more detailed look on these narratives soon and describe how they explored the questions of diversity, sustainability, and collective remembrance.

Copenhagen marked another great step on our path to explore desirables futures for Europe and beyond. We are still collecting, editing all the other ideas and perspectives that we get sent in written form by people from all over the world (more on that soon), before we head to Brussels once again in September, to present the results and potential follow-ups of this initiative to the good folks at FutureLab Europe, who made this project possible.

Stay tuned for more updates and stories!