18 new participants in FutureLab Europe

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 or debates.  

Futurelab Europe 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/

Norwegian Journal of Photography-seminar under DOK18
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Fritt Ord invites applications for grants of NOK 60 000 each for communications activities and discussions based on contemporary factual prose and fiction. For example, funding can be used for debates, seminars, talks with writers or discussion fora.

Deadline for applications: 29 June 2018.

Oslo, 14 May 2018

The Freedom of Expression Foundation Tribute is to be awarded to Simon Malkenes for his critical focus on the lack of freedom of expression culture in the Oslo school system.