ACT! for Liberty

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What does freedom mean? What does it mean to you personally? And can we feel the impact of challenges like climate change, migration streams and terrorist attacks on freedom within Europe?

Europe for Citizens makes it possible that MasterPeace will “Act for Liberty” in four different countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany and the Netherlands. During the Act for Liberty sessions, we will investigate what threatens our freedom today. We will challenge young Europeans to come up with solutions for an open, free and inclusive society that brings freedom to us all. The broad topics that we will zoom into are the anti-democratic tendencies in Europe, limited freedom of speech, Euro-scepticism and disinformation.

Are we the boiling frogs that are cooked alive or can we keep our head cool and act in time?

With intriguing questions on topics that threaten our freedom, we will find out what is the boiling point and makes us ACT. What is, in your eyes, the border that can not be crossed if it comes to our freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of action? In search for solutions and new ideas to keep our freedom, we start a dialogue to investigate together what to do when the boiling point is crossed. Everyone can contribute, every idea is valuable to come to common solutions.  

For youngsters in the Netherlands, freedom may feel obvious – something that they take for granted since the II World War. For the youth in Bosnia & Herzegovina however, this might be completely different. Together with MasterPeace Clubs in Bosnia & Herzegovina (Youth Power), Croatia (LUMEN – Ludbreska Udruga Mladih Entuzijasta), Germany (JUBUK – Jugend, Bildung und Kultur EV) and our partner in the Netherlands, Autres Directions, we are looking forward to the insights, debates and commitments to ACT! 

Below, you’ll find updates about ACT! for Liberty events in the Netherlands and more information about the Boiling Frog Game. For full and detailed content of the project, see the website www.actforliberty.eu

Kicking off ACT! for Liberty

Utrecht, the Netherlands | November, 2018

ACT! for Liberty during the MasterPeace Great Minds Meeting

We are living during interesting, but challenging times. The Dutch “Sociaal Cultureel Planbureau” showed in their quarterly report that the two most important issues for the Dutch people are how we “interact and behave” in our society, and how we cope with migration and immigration. Europe is facing populism and polarization, and these views are enlarged and hyped by social media. It is clear that freedom is not just the absence of war, but concerns a wide variety of dimensions. During the Great Minds Meeting, the participants explored 7 of these: democracy, equality, migration & integration, identity & respect, freedom of speech, fake news and cyber security & privacy. 

These 7 “themes” were explored during interactive workshops, where the Boiling Frog Game served as the conversation starter to for the question ‘What limits my freedom?’. The goal of the workshops was to spark meaningful discussions about possible ways to keep or take back our freedom, as well as to make joint creations that express these solutions. One of the groups made the ‘call to action posters’! Have a look at all the results here: actforliberty.eu/calltoaction, and see a few snapshots of the workshops below. If you want to read more, here is a full recap of the event: masterpeace.org/greatmindsmeeting2019.

Kameryk | September, 2019

Join the next event in the Netherlands

On the 10th of November 2019, we will be playing the Boiling Frog Game at the Balie in Amsterdam during the mini-festival of THE FALL OF THE WALL. Join us!

See more information here: debalie.nl/artikelen/the-fall-of-the-wall-30-years-later

Ready to play along, online or offline?

You can play the Boiling Frog Game online, alone or together with a group. Go to www.actforliberty.eu/game!

We have made a special programme manual + materials for teachers or moderators to play the game during a session with a group, which inclusdes instructions on how to create a “make your call-to-action poster”. You can find more information here: actforliberty.eu/moderators.

With the “call-to-action poster” workshop, we challenge you to think about possible solutions to keep our freedom, and to visualize your ideas in one of the poster templates that are related to the topic. Check out the posters that already are made here: actforliberty.eu/calltoaction.

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