A short introduction
by Stiftung Zukunft Berlin
Europe is shaped by its citizens, its initiatives and organizations. European cities and regions form the basis and are the potential of the European Union. They embody its cultural energy: its history, its values, its beliefs, its diversity. The unity of the Union is based on the cultural diversity of Europe and benefits from its people and regions.
In November 2020, different actors from civil society, the arts and culture and from cities all over Europe as well as former and current members of the European Parliament and the responsible Commissioner for Culture, Mariya Gabriel came together at the A Soul for Europe conference in Berlin to discuss how to enable and empower European initiatives to co-create Europe from the bottom-up. Two underlying needs especially were identified: how to render citizen participation more concrete and how to link those initiatives who see their work as a contribution to Europe in order for them to join forces.
The most important outcome was that these different stakeholders felt called upon to contribute to the development of a platform to live the concept of a “bottom-up” Europe.
Today, we are glad to invite you to join our collaboration and networking platform Europe Bottom-Up. Europe Bottom-Up is open to all initiatives, groups and local administrations in the cities and regions of Europe that place Europe at the core of their work.
Europe Bottom-Up creates an opportunity to connect, collaborate and work online. EBU provides a unique collaborative and safe working space to European initiatives that offers accessible, easy-to-use and common digital co-working tools within a not-for-profit framework.
Fill out the form and register your initiative by clicking on the yellow “join” button. Once confirmed, you will be able to set up and manage your profile page, invite team members, try out the collaboration tools and launch a new collaborative project with other movers on the platform. Please consider that if you are already part of an initiative/project group/city administration that is already on the platform, you will have to request an invitation from the admin of that group.
The platform is funded by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented by Stiftung Zukunft Berlin. The platform builds on the network of the strategy group of “A Soul for Europe” and the initiatives “Cities for Europe” and “Wir sind Europa” (“We are Europe”).
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