The seventh group of FutureLab participants met last week in Brussels for a tightly-packed programme featuring workshops, debates and meetings with key EU politicians. The topics discussed included political participation, populism, and young people's opportunities to influence decision-makers in Brussels. Following this session, the group will continue working with their own projects related to civil society and local democracy in their respective countries. The projects may involve e.g. photo exhibitions
, media projects, school visits, training
is an initiative aimed at young people between the ages of 20 and 30, who would like to debate the future path of Europe and the EU. The programme serves as a debate arena and a think tank, bringing together participants from all over Europe. FutureLab was established i 2011 as a joint project among 10 European foundations, including Fritt Ord. The European Policy Centre in Brussels handles the practical implementation.
The programme has its own Advisory Board consisting of former FutureLab participants. This year's advisory body members include Stine Solvoll Navarsete from Norway. Along with two other participants from the 2017 group, Dimitrie Mihail (Romania) and Violetta Tsitsiliani (Greece), she has worked with the project "Skill Up!
", consisting of workshops in social entrepreneurship for young immigrants and asylum-seekers in Bergen and Athens. She has previously also received a Fritt Ord Foundation student research grant
for her master's thesis on young asylum-seekers.
Read more about the initiative here: https://futurelabeurope.eu/