Youth Movement & Campaign Accelerator
Equipping Young Leaders with the Skills Needed for Transformative Change Across Borders
The crises of our time are transnational in nature: climate change does not care about borders, inequality and precariousness affect all societies. The effects these crises have on us are profound – they evoke feelings of anxiety, powerlessness, and also despair - feelings that may in the worst case even lead to violence and prevent us from participating in politics in the first place.
To try and tackle these massive issues, one thing that the European Union has, is a set of institutions that we can and we should influence, steer in the right direction, through organized collective action in grassroots movements and campaigns.
The Youth Movement & Campaign Accelerator is part of European Alternatives’ School of Transnational Organizing and offers European youth and community leaders a way to engage in, and build, European democracy, by establishing a transnational network able to connect national and local issues to EU-level policymaking.
Our newest youth education program aims to increase the engagement of young people and their communities in constructing European democracy by the creation of a network of over 60 young people aged 18-30 from 8 European countries (Poland, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Romania), who will have been trained in activating their local communities, articulating their issues and demands, and moving them to take collective action.
In synergy with other ongoing projects like the Assemblies of Solidarity and the Academy of Migrant Organizing, and drawing from the experience and resources of the Citizens Take Over Europe coalition, the Youth Movement & Campaign Accelerator connects young activists and organizers with a broader network of individuals and organizations throughout Europe - as a trove of resources and connections that will empower them to lead increasingly impactful campaigns on the ground.
This tight-knit network of engaged young European citizens and organizations will serve as a link between European institutions (and especially the Parliament) and their citizens and especially frontline communities, thus promoting the active participation of young European citizens ahead of the 2024 European Parliament elections.
Through a call for nominations, to be issued in the autumn of 2022, 25 young people active and engaged in issues relevant to their communities will be selected to learn about community organizing practices, impactful storytelling, movement leadership, facilitation methods, and to put it in practice in local assemblies that they will organize. They will also be responsible for expanding their network, selecting an additional 35 participants to join them in a first common cross-border campaign.
The Youth Movement & Campaign Accelerator alternates between training & practice phases, and takes place both online and offline. It is precisely this back-and-forth, and the capacity to recruit, onboard and expand the initial activist circle to new organizers that will anchor the network in communities, creating a basis for building grassroots power for future political organising.
European Alternatives and the School of Transnational Organizing will offer a learning environment and an opportunity to practice community organizing to 25 young selfless leaders from the EU, found through a call for nominations.
At a second stage (early 2023), the circle will grow to 35 additional individuals, recruited by the initial group to help grow campaigns in their respective countries.
The Process & Outcomes of the Youth Movement & Campaign Accelerator
This project is structured around one key idea: learning by doing. We will therefore alternate between education phases (online and offline, synchronous and asynchronous) and moments where participants will be organizing their own campaigns, popular assemblies, within their country and communities.
Call for Nominations
Bootcamp I in Paris (2 days)
End November 2022
Local Assemblies of Solidarity
Bootcamp II in Berlin (5 days)
Launch of First Online Campaign
The Team Behind the Project
Georg leads the School of Political Hope (SPH), develops ideas, thoughts and concepts for a democratic and solidary future - and most of all likes to bring people together to make them a reality ... He was born near Gdansk in 1987 shortly before the peak of the Solidarnosc movement. He is at home in Berlin, studied psychology at the University of Cologne and discovered theatre and activism as an autodidact.
After his school days, he took his first steps with political youth theatre projects. In 2012, the political show "Hope Dies First" and in 2014 the generational performance "Life in Progress" were invited to the political youth theatre festival Festiwalla at the House of World Cultures in Berlin. His interest in working with "real" people also arose from his work as coordinator for "100 Prozent Köln" (2011) by Rimini Protokoll at Schauspiel Köln. Since then he has developed, produced and realised numerous documentary long-term theatre projects with young people, refugees and professional performers.
From 2014 to 2016 he was artistic-paedagogical director of the Junge Akademie der Künste der Welt/Cologne. In 2015, he staged the war phone transcripts of the Ukrainian artist Alevtina Kakhidze and her mother in "Phone Calls from the Cemetery". In 2017, he initiated the SPH – a school supporting progressive citizens, communities, movements, labour unions, and civil society organisations with storytelling, community organising and artivism. Georg works for SPH as a facilitator, organiser, educator, artivist, and consultant.
Georg works as Grassroots Organizing & Training Manager for European Alternatives and is responsible for the projects "Trust Beyond Borders", "Workers Without Borders" and the "School of Transnational Activism".
Daniel is a movement researcher and organizing trainer focused on the problem of workers’ organization, power, and strategy. He has participated in workplace, migrant, and housing struggles in the United States and Germany. Through the Werkstatt für Bewegungsbildung, he facilitates spaces where ordinary people can experiment with toolboxes that help them build rewarding, resilient, and politically effective organizations. As a co-host at Spadework podcast, he helps circulate organizing insight more broadly. He lives in Berlin.
Myriam Zekagh is coordinating EA’s Youth Movement & Campaign Accelerator. As such, she works with young activists and partner organisations throughout Europe to create a space of learning and practice around organising, community building and political activism. Outside of European Alternatives, Myriam works on developing and evaluating projects with high social impact, engaging with local activists, civil society organisations and local authorities outside of Europe, most notably in North Africa, on behalf of European, American and international organisations. Through this work and her training in sociology, she has shown a real interest for social change, and gained solid experience and expertise in conflict resolution, community development projects and participatory processes.
Niccolò is a philosopher and poet. He is a director of European Alternatives, and co-author of "Citizens of Nowhere: How to save Europe from itself" telling the story of 10 years of activism throughout Europe. He is trustee of ECIT Foundation for European Citizenship in Brussels. Between 2018-20 he was a Marie Curie visiting fellow at PUC-Rio De Janeiro and UNAM Mexico. He is part of the advisory board of the NECE network of civic educators, and has been involved in establishing civil society, cultural and political organisations on each side of the Mediterranean in the aftermath of the 2011 uprisings.