Vision, Mission & Values

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European Alternatives  is a non-profit, non-state organisation working with the conviction that a transnational renovation of our political imaginations, institutions and actions needs to take place to adequately understand and address the crises Europe is facing. We need to act as individuals, as organisations and movements, and through political institutions. The inadequacy of our current political institutions to take account of the transnational dimension is a crucial element of the crisis pushing towards authoritarianism.

We believe that going beyond the nation-state is a condition for promoting a more democratic, equal and culturally open society, and Europe as an idea and political space offers a possibility for doing this.

Vision

Our vision of an alternative Europe would include and emerge from:

  • creative cultures which question and go beyond boundaries
  • critical awareness of Europe’s connections with the rest of the world, its global role and its colonial history
  • informed and critical transnational publics that are engaged with systemic change
  • practices of political, social and cultural activism which take account of the ways key-issues cross geographical borders and combat social injustice
  • alternative economic models which are socially inclusive, decolonial and anti-oppressive, foster equality, and promote solidarity, mutual care and responsibility
  • transnational political institutions, political parties and forms of governance which are citizen-led, focused on the common good, and enable participation and expression of all parts of society
  • a political European citizenship, respect of human rights, fundamental rights and civic space, genuine free movement, and a critical engagement with legal principles and norms and their suspension or infringement

Mission

European Alternatives works to promote democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state and imagine, demand and enact alternatives for a viable future for Europe.

We are doing this through:

  • Inspiring our members, partners and public to co-create an alternative European imaginary
  • Building the capacity of our members for new forms of transnational activism, and creating the spaces, like this one, to support transnational collaborations
  • Promoting the critical engagement and influence of civil society in transnational political institutions
  • Helping shape new forms of governance that directly connect the local to the transnational
  • Innovating with forms of media promoting connections between publics and a common progressive agenda
  • Expanding, sharing knowledge of and reacting on crucial transnational trends

Values

Our values guide how we work to pursue our mission:

  • Transnational and local: we believe local and regional initiatives benefit from going beyond national boundaries and interests
  • Transdisciplinary: we believe alternatives are generated at the intersection of disciplines and are enriched by diverse expertise and perspectives
  • Creative and experimental: we believe in the power of the arts and culture to unlock imaginaries and in the necessity of acting and learning through experimentation
  • Open, inclusive and feminist: we believe in a culturally open society and in diversity as a precondition for sustainable alternatives to emerge
  • Empowering and participatory: we provide the space for citizens to network and ensure our activities and events give space for co-creation and participation
  • Anti-eurocentric: we believe involving other parts of the world in our reflections and activities is necessary to make new alternatives emerge

Would you like to help us build another Europe?