Overview
Austerity measures across the EU have eroded economic and social rights. Citizens and groups have responded to this by re-connecting with their communities and resisting collectively the closing of public facilities, while providing support to community members cut-off from social protection.

The success of community actions around issues such as healthcare, public libraries, and food distribution have created opportunities for developing broader campaigns with the support of a wide range of community actors, as well as providing learning opportunities in building grassroot activist bases and in developing community driven citizen rights campaigns.

This session focuses on how to use community building and participation techniques to respond to the retrenchment of rights and create networks of solidarity, while also looking forward to how to take community initiatives to national and transnational actions.

Core Topics

Economic and social rights

Community Networking

Urban Participation

Community campaigning

Competences developed
Network building, collective decision making and planning with communities, understanding of economic and social rights protection in the EU

Target audience
Persons and civil society organisations looking to connect with their communities and build and support community-based campaigning

Speakers

João Labrincha, Academia Cidada

 

Joana Dias, Academia Cidada

 

TAMERA

PROJECTO270

O BAIRRO I O MUNDO / THE WORLD AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

K’CIDADE

Guests

Agenda and documents

Activists

  • Rita Galambos
    Rita Galambos
    Hungarian Europe Society
  • Dimo Gospodinov
    Dimo Gospodinov
    Move BG
  • Monika Chaloupkova
    Monika Chaloupkova
    Human Rights League
  • Mariuca Oana Constantin
    Mariuca Oana Constantin
  • Saad Malik
    Saad Malik
    People of Colour
  • Jaakko Blomberg
    Jaakko Blomberg
    Yhteismaa
  • Elvira Buijink
    Elvira Buijink
    European Women's Lobby
  • Bledar Feta
    Bledar Feta
    Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
  • Barbara Joannon
    Barbara Joannon
  • Pierre Ozoux
    Pierre Ozoux
    IndieHosters
  • Hunor Király
    Hunor Király
    Demnet
Rita Galambos
Hungarian Europe Society

The Hungarian Europe Society as a non-governmental and non-partisan organisation, intends to be involved in the ongoing international dialogue on the future of liberal democracies. The core of its interest and activities – although not exclusively – is the European Union and the Hungarian membership inside the Union. Its objective is to represent and promote the idea of a united Europe, and European common values, in Hungary and abroad.

www.europesociety.hu/en

Dimo Gospodinov
Move BG

MoveBG is a community of people who share common moral values and principles, strive for the democratic development of Bulgaria, actively participate in the European process and create sustainable development policies. MoveBG is where experts and progressive citizens come together to participate in the search and discovery of adequate, balanced, long-term solutions for the state and society. MoveBG combines expertise and civic energy to build a better, modern, democratic European Bulgaria.

movebg.com

Monika Chaloupkova
Human Rights League

Slovak Human Rights League is a non-profit and non-governmental organization established in 2005 by lawyers and advocates involved in the legal counselling provided to refugees, asylum seekers and foreigners from non-EU countries in Slovakia. Our aspiration is to support building of transparent and responsible immigration, asylum and integration policies respecting human rights and dignity. Our initiatives aim to support self-empowerment of foreigners and refugees.

www.hrl.sk

Mariuca Oana Constantin
Saad Malik
People of Colour

Saad completed his B.A. in Social- and Cultural Anthropology and his M.A. in Urban Geography, both with the self-chosen focus on power in space/spatial relations. Although his internships, volunteer work and part of his studies were concerned with cross-cultural work in the field of Public Health, he has decided to investigate and work on group focused enmity in a German context. Saad is currently designing a cross-media project to give Germans of Color a stage to voice their daily and repetitive experience with racism.

Jaakko Blomberg
Yhteismaa

Jaakko Blomberg is a social activist, co-creator, facilitator, cultural producer and researcher from Helsinki, Finland. He is co-founder and chairman of Yhteismaa (Common Ground) NGO. Yhteismaa is a non-profit organization specialized in new participatory city culture, co-creation, social movements and placemaking. All the projects of Yhteismaa aim for a more fun, free, sustainable, responsible and social urban life. These include an international flea market day, setting up a table for a thousand people to eat in the middle of a street, art exhibitions and theatre in homes, international conferences for social innovators and many others.

 

www.yhteismaa.fi/en/

Elvira Buijink
European Women's Lobby

Elvira Buijink, Communications & Media Officer at the European Women’s Lobby (EWL), the largest network of women’s non-governmental associations in Europe. We work together at European and national level to achieve equality between women and men in all areas of public and private life. We raise and tackle issues of economic and social justice and independence for women. We campaign for the equal representation of women and men in decision-making and struggle together for women’s human rights including the eradication of male violence against women.

My work covers the coordination of the collective feminist voice in all EWL internal and external communications, including contacts with the press, the EWL website, social media and the graphic design of publications and informational materials. I am a volunteer at the Belgian film festival Elles Tournent, which supports movies made by women directors.  To me, culture, books, cinema, music, theater play a key role in making change in society and I try to follow-up what is happening in Brussels and around. I hold degrees in Communications and International Politics and previously worked as a project coordinator at a civil society organisation that encourages a better connection between the European Union and its citizens.

Twitter @elvirabui

Bledar Feta
Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

A native of Albania who has been living in Greece since 1998, Bledar Feta studied European and International Relations at University of Piraeus and obtained his master degree from the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Bledar is a Research Associate and Policy Analyst for the South East Europe Programme at the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy where he analyzes the political, economic and social developments in Albania, Kosovo and the Albanian inhabited areas of the Western Balkans. He previously worked as a Project Evaluator for the UK’s Department for International Development in Kosovo, as a Political Analyst for Oxford Analytica, as a Junior Researcher at the Joint Policy Program between the Hellenic Centre for European Studies (EKEM) in Athens and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and as a Liaison Officer for the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bledar has published several reports for the South East Europe Programme of ELIAMEP and a number of insightful short analyses for top Western European and Balkan media such as EurActive, BalkanInsight, TransConflict and Tirana Times.

Expertise in International Relations and European Studies with a special regional focus on the South Eastern Europe. Experience in government, private and non-profit work, in policy analysis, research and international affairs. Specialties: Foreign Policy Analysis, European Integration of Western Balkan Countries, Politics in Albania and Kosovo.

Barbara Joannon

Barbara is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow from the 2013 French Programme and the 2014 Pat Cox Fellowship where she has been assistant of a MEP. She is currently working as European Project and Advocacy Officer in a French NGO supporting asylum seekers and refugees. Promoting migrants’ and asylum seekers’ rights as well as welcoming societies is her main target, both as a young professional and as an activist. She graduated with a Master degree in International relations and development from the Institute of Political Sciences in Lyon in October 2014. She loves travelling, initiating new projects and meeting people from around the world.

Pierre Ozoux
IndieHosters

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Hunor Király
Demnet

DemNet’s vision is a world based on the responsible and sustainable relationship of self-organised citizens and their communities respecting human dignity. DemNet’s mission is to facilitate and strengthen cooperation and self-organisation processes of community actors. DemNet designs its operation and activities on base of its core values and approaches: transparency, innovation, creativity, locality, and the participatory approach.

DemNet has worked for achieving its mission through:

  • design and implement sustainable grant programmes
  • build capacities of civil society organisations and other community actors
  • promote sustainable financial and operational models
  • empower civil society organisations
  • support grassroots initiatives
  • raise awareness and run information campaigns
  • conduct public advocacy for the realisation of community value of human dignity, responsibility and sustainability.

DemNet has been providing “democracy support “since 1996 with a special focus on civil society development in Hungary and in countries of Western Balkans and Eastern Europe, also expanding its work to Arab Spring countries.

www.demnet.hu