The Campus of European Alternatives brought together hundreds activists from throughout Europe in a three-day campus environment for reflection, learning and strategising, uniting ideas, practices, and proposals to build on common struggles for democracy and equality in Europe and beyond. The Campus was the first step towards building new entryways for policy change and re-shaping the dominant European narrative.
2014 edition: Fix Europe
From October 21-24th, 2014, 70 activists from throughout Europe joined in a three-day campus environment for reflection, learning and strategising, uniting ideas, practices, and proposals to build on common struggles for democracy and equality in Europe and beyond. The Campus was the first step towards building new entryways for policy change and re-shaping the dominant European narrative.
2016 edition: Shifting Baselines
At the 2016 Campus edition we proposed to work on four main areas: media, networks, institutions and artivism. These are areas we have worked on from several months to several years and in which we have gathered new and existing networks and expertise to strengthen our outputs.
Shifting baselines leaves open in what direction the shift happens. For us it means we need to work to shift Europe in a direction that we can define as forward, radically democratic, commons-based and catering the needs of all. We have the tools to solve today’s challenges if we frame them right. Otherwise we are fighting today’s problems, issues and wars with yesterday’s frameworks. We believe collaboration across our borders and disciplines, building and strengthening of our networks and tools is a way to both react to and propose shifting baselines. We created a working environment during 3,5 intense days, outside of the city, allowing us to reach concrete results. This meant putting together a mix of people that can tackle the challenges we gave ourselves and are rooted in practices and places to take on and continue the fruits of our work.
General objectives of the Campus
- To establish and reinforce networks with partners
- To find best paths to combat to rise of extreme right in Europe
- To share and exchange best practices to create transnational movements
When we tackle politics, art, technology and the media we strive for diversity in terms of gender, tech literacy and professional background as well as expertise. We bring a wild mix of people together to stimulate collaborative creativity. There are people coming from grassroots experiences, political art practices, experts working in municipal processes, media makers, border-crossers and men and women of diverse skill sets, political orientations, passions and talents.