This event does not want to be a flash in the pan, it aims to break down divisions between public debate and collective action, establishing a model that could be replicated in other regions across Europe, offering a strategic and programmatic repertoire that sets it apart from countless other meetings organised in the name of a “European spirit”.
First of all, its object of scrutiny is the European Union itself as well as the idea of a European continent with moving borders and dividing lines. Secondly, it aims to go beyond a description of localised experiences. In order to build a common process we need to start thinking and imagining things together. This will involve a great deal of preparatory work by the participants before the event itself, using online collaboration and networking tools. That way whatever proposals are put forward can be developed so that the agenda of each one of the workshops can be determined in relation to the debates that will inform the roundtables. Ideally, all of this prior collaborative work will generate valuable resources extending beyond the event itself. To this effect, each of the working groups and the round-table debates will have coordinators in charge of organising this work. In addition, written and audiovisual materials from the event will be compiled and published with a view to stimulating the replication and growth of this type of gathering in other parts of Europe.