'That is Europe that we dream of! The project aims to understand how Europeans think of the future of Europe, amidst hope & fear
MasterPeace proudly kicked-off the first team meeting of ‘My Future is Now’ with the partners, Youth Power-Bosnia and Herzegovina, Youth Power- Germany, MasterPeace Romania, Peace Action Community Estonia PACE -Estonia, Act for Society Centre - Albania, Autres Directiones, -the Netherlands and OBI4WAN- The Netherlands.
The project aims to ‘foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level’
A goal that these partner organizations have been working on in the past few years, however ‘My Future is Now’ focus on ‘encourage democratic and civic participation of youngsters with lower education, who till now did not join any voting and community work and could be regarded as ‘Eurosceptics’
The Program provide a chance to debating the future of Europe and challenging Euroscepticism
through the motto: Engage, Connect and Empower,
The project work to engage 915 direct (ages 30-65) and 600 indirectly involved youngsters.
Through Three thematic dimensions (common tread in all 3 streams):
1- Jobs and livelihood: what’s in it for me, brain drain or stay and build a future, digital transition
2- Migration & Integration: mobility, respect, inclusivity and human rights
3- Democratic processes: voting as right, freedom of speech, digitalization, fake news, social media, and privacy
STREAM 1 – My Voice Matters
1- Training tools development of the toolkit toolkit training:
- All partners will engage the target group + initiate an extra 5 local events with at
least 20 participants.
3 thematic dimensions introduced in an immersive short movie, where participants will be encouraged to form an opinion on the themes (i.e. ‘does this exceed your limits’. All themes feature a reality check: how is the situation now in the EU?)
Participants will choose one topic to create a poster that visualizes their idea for
- Participants will answer the interactive poll on EU achievements and challenges
STREAM 2 – My and Your Voice Matter
- Each country will organize a Great Minds Meeting (GMM)
- My Future- Relay (2b) - one program with 6 online exchanges.
The youngsters reached in stream 1 will connect, debate and exchange with their peers to understand their viewpoints on the 3 dimensions to be(come) an active citizen.
STREAM 3 - My, Your Voice and Beyond
To empower youngsters bring their voices to a new network to take actionable steps.
- “Week of Connection” Each day youngsters of a country are the hosting party and
youngsters from the other 5 countries participate.
Each day 1 of the 3 dimensions is the key theme to discuss.The fourth day is a wrap up and a manifesto movie with advices will be created to share in our networks. We bring their top 3 ideas per dimension into actions via platforms and integrate them in our portfolio.
- With the support of https://www.obi4wan.com/en we will use big data for so-called
“social listening”. With their tooling we will -during the 18 months- aggregate online sharings by youngsters in the top 10 relevant online fora per country.
By Aart Bos, Global MasterPeace Leadership
ACT and the Doughnut are methodologies and formats that we use to find innovative approaches to fight the multiple challenges of our decade like the growing gaps between have and have nots; lack of democratic values and freedoms of speech; Corona puts the spotlights on all weaknesses in our systems.
Our ambition is to engage, connect and empower youngsters to realize social inclusion within the boundaries of our planet.
We are proud to be the partner of the Doughnut Economy Action Lab; https://doughnuteconomics.org
The Doughnut refers to the theory launched by Kate Raworth as the author of the book: the Doughnut Economy. The Doughnut offers a vision of what it means for humanity to thrive in the 21st century - and Doughnut Economics explores the mindset and ways of thinking needed to get us there.
First published in 2012 in an Oxfam report by Kate Raworth, the concept rapidly gained traction internationally, from the UN General Assembly to the Occupy movement.
Kate's 2017 book, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist, further explored the economic thinking needed to bring humanity into the Doughnut, drawing together insights from diverse economic perspectives in a way that everyone can understand. The book soon became an international bestseller and has now been translated into over 20 languages.
Here's a summary of the book's core messages in a 2018 TED talk.
"ACT" stands for the “doing” part as now is the time to ACT: The urgency to fight the lack of social cohesion and the lack of how to "manage" the environmental challenges has never been so high.
ACT is also the abbreviation of "Artist Create Together" in the sense that teachers and students are the architects of their own future. We developed many formats to engage and inspire youngsters, https://masterpeace.org/act/
Together with the MP clubs we hope to develop and implement on our 4 continents the “ACT as a Doughnut” approach on all continents and co create with local governments and business to fuel social cohesion and find answers to environmental challenges.
MasterPeace and Stichting art.1, along with their Albanian partners Open Mind Spectrum Albania (OMSA) and ACT for SOCIETY Center, conjointly announce the open call for the establishment of a CREATIVE HUB in Tirana, as part of the Artvist Stafetë project, funded by the European Union IPA/2020/421-822.
The project is a creative and innovative alliance that empowers Albanian civil society organisations and young people in their path to change and create social awareness on human rights, diversity and gender equality through the arts. Artivist Stafëte aims to make a significant contribution to the understanding of youth of human rights and democratic EU principles, within Albania’s EU membership accession.
The application package including the “Guidelines for Applicants” and related information on the requirements and the application procedure is available in the following links: www.masterpeace.org : www.actforsociety.org , www.stichtingart1.nl and http://omsalbania.org/
The call will remain open until May 7th, 2021. Through the sub-grant scheme, the project will finance small-medium-sized projects, according to relevant thematic fields.
MasterPeace aims to award one project, which must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
Minimum: 14 500 EUR
Maximum: 17 500 EUR
The deadline for submission of project proposals is May 7th 2021
Applications must be submitted in English.
All activities within the action are therefore geared towards strengthening the CSO sector by:
1) granting it theoretical/practical skills in cross-cultural project management, thus facilitating collaboration and best practice exchange with prospective partners in the EU.
2) Granting practical skills in soft skill methodologies (podcast, film, storytelling, artivism ), related to creative expression and communication, thus facilitating actors in the field to bypass censorship and infiltrate the mainstream narrative, in turn increasing democratic representation.
3) The cycle will host a series of activities during the duration 3 months which includes:
- Hosting training: on four methodologies (podcast, filmmaking, activism and Walls of Connection)
- Creating a safe open space as a temporary (one month) creative hub as a physical space for participants to create their artistic productions.
- Creating different cultural presentations that showcase the artistic work of participants which includes (Film Festival, Femme Salons (TEDx-styled talks), studio-recording of podcast, Walls of Connection, and hackathons).
- Visibility actions, which include campaigning and (social) media presence.
This Call for Application will be submitted later on also in other Regions: Durres, Elbasan, Diber, Vlora, Korce, Pogradec and Berat in the upcoming period.
Who can apply?
All civil society organizations, organizations in the creative scene, and grassroots initiatives in Albania are welcome to apply.
Organizations with experience in activism and minority advocacy, organizations with experience in running cultural spaces and hosting cultural events are strongly encouraged to apply.
All applicants must comply with the project’s code of conduct
Open Mind Spectrum Albania (OMSA) is an Albanian non-governmental organization established in 2013 with the main focus of its work being community work and advocacy for the LGBTIQ+ communities of Albania. It aspires to co-create an inclusive society for all Albanians, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, age, social status and health status.
ACT for SOCIETY Center is an Albanian non-governmental organization established in 2012. The mission is to enhance healthy lifestyles and stimulate the sustainable development of society. It's work consists of promoting culture, advocating for democracy and human rights issues, connecting youth, stimulating active participation in social life as well as in decision-making processes.
With an established presence in over 40 countries around the world, Dutch organization MasterPeace works with three core activities, all of which aim towards a sustainable future with less conflict: 1) Mobilize, inspire and connect young local talents via music, art and play; 2) Organize dialogue and bring all local stakeholders together; 3) Create perspective through leadership trainings, capacity-building programs and starting up social enterprises..
Based in Amsterdam, Stichting art. 1 is dedicated to the visibilization and inclusion of minorities through the arts. By providing trainings in non-formal methodologies, the organisation seeks to provide tools and channels for sidelined voices to join mainstream narratives and democratic participation.
How and when to apply?
To apply, you can fill in the application form which can be found here and send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 22nd of Apr 2021, the project partners (Master Peace,Stitching Ar, Act for Society, and OMSA) will organize a 1-day info session in Tirana for potential grant applicants to inform them about the Call and to provide guidance on developing successful grant proposals.
A prior announcement will be made in the following days for the venue, agenda etc.
- My Music Competition