äStiftung Zukunft Berlin is fostering the involvement of citizens in Berlin as well as in other European cities. We consider civil engagement as a core factor for social innovation, urban development and European integration. We would like to demonstrate our strategies and methods on the basis of 3 initiatives that are associated with the foundation: A Soul for Europe, Cities for Europe, and Berlin-Forum.
12:00 – 12:45 Uhr: A Soul for Europe
“A Soul for Europe” is a civil society initiative that employs a novel, future-oriented model for cooperation between civil society and policy-makers. At the very heart of the "A Soul for Europe" Initiative is the Strategy Group: more than 40 civil-society representatives from more than 20 countries. They developed a new form of cooperation between civil society and policymakers: “Forum X” is a one day conference adressing citizens and local authorities and responsible persons regarding their involvement for Europe. In cooperation with local civil society partners “A Soul for Europe” supports the local organisers in content- and personnel-related preparations as well as in the organisation of the forum.
Social innovation: To turn citizens from spectators into active influencers of the European project.
Format: Presentation of Forum X and discussion of results with Andreas Bock, Member of the“A Soul for Europe” strategy group.
13:30 – 14:15 Uhr: Cities for Europe
The working group “Cities for Europe” was formed in Berlin and addresses the shared responsibilities that cities and regions have for Europe. It also deals with questions on how the cultural assets of cities and their citizens can be utilized in the European unification process and on how cities and regions can be brought on board as allies of a Europe of citizens. As a result, the initiative convinced several German and European cities to sign a declaration in which they commit to their European responsibility and published the manual Cities and Regions. Their Cultural Responsibility for Europe and How They Can Fulfil It
Social Innovation: To turn cities into responsible actors for Europe.
Format: Presentation of best-practice examples from different European cities and table talk with Brigitte Russ-Scherer, spokesperson of “Cities for Europe”.
15:00 – 15:45 Uhr: Berlin-Forum
Citizens can take responsibility for their community in more ways than by voting or protesting. We believe that we need a new culture of cooperation between citizens and policy makers for political processes. Out of this conviction we developed five principles for such cooperation. Almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall the city needs a deliberation on strategic aims for the coming years. What should the priorities for development be? What do we want to achieve? What challenges might arise? We are cooperating with the political parties represented in Berlins parliament to create a space for this conversation to take place. Building on the five principles mentioned and our preparation, we want to open a strategic debate between the public and policy-makers: the “Berlin-Forum”.
Social Innovation: a new culture of debate between citizens and policy-makers.
Format: Presentation of the “Berlin-Forum” and its guiding principles and talk with Anett Szabó, senior project manager with Stiftung Zukunft Berlin.