You can now apply for ECF’s third Idea Camp that will take place in March 2017. Deadline to apply is 20 September 2016.
We are living and working in an increasingly complex
environment. Across Europe and its neighbouring
countries, more and more people are confronted
with discrimination and exclusion on a daily basis –
whether economically, politically or culturally. As a
result, societies are becoming increasingly fragmented,
extremism is on the rise, and the divisions between
people – and between individuals and institutions – are
growing ever wider.
Focus of the Idea Camp 2017
Through this Call for Ideas, ECF acknowledges the urgency to support
creative and critical ideas that draw on cultural practices to help create
a society with greater solidarity and equality – and a stronger sense of
social justice. We believe that empowering people is the best route to
counterbalancing narratives of fear, cynicism and disaster. An idea is of
course ‘just’ an idea – the very first spark of imagination, the very first
step towards future action. Taking diverse and sometimes unexpected
paths, the ideas, however, incorporate genuine and realistic visions.
We invite you to apply for Idea Camp 2017 with an idea that:
• brings forward voices that are excluded from public debate and
• has an open approach to the way people can learn, share and live
• applies a critical perspective to what could be a more accessible and
• strengthens the vision and practice of shared communities and
• builds bridges across differing perspectives to help counter harmful
• contributes to discussions about genuine integration opportunities
and people’s rights and accountability.
• fosters political imagination and promotes social justice, solidarity
and equity among various social groups.
Your idea might reflect one or several of the issues aforementioned.
Opportunities and application
Following the Call for Ideas, 50 participants will be selected according
to the guidelines outlined below. ECF will cover travel costs and all
expenses related to the stay in Spain during the Idea Camp for a
maximum of one representative for each idea.
After the Idea Camp, participants will be invited to submit a concrete
plan for further research or investigation of their ideas. A total of 25
proposals will be selected and consequently awarded an R&D Grant,
up to a maximum of €10,000 each.
The R&D Grant will enable the research and development of, for
example, business plans, concrete project proposals, prototypes,
research papers, media reports etc.
To get an idea of the R&D grantees from last year, visit:
If you want to connect online with other change makers and talk about
what is going on in Europe, join ECF Labs (http://ecflabs.org/app/). Each
Lab is an open space where people meet around a specific topic. Don’t
miss to check these Labs: B/ORDERS (about migration), Hacking the
Veil (about how migrants are represented in mainstream media) and
Occupolitics (about new democratic movements).
About ECF’s Idea Camp
ECF believes in bold alternatives provided by citizens through their
local cultural initiatives. At this time of transition, ECF invests in these
local initiatives to help them to become enduring solutions to the
challenges facing our continent. Europe as a shifting ‘home’ of changing
communities – where people can live together in solidarity, accepting
their differences – is an urgent priority in ECF’s focus over the coming
Entitled Moving Communities, Idea Camp 2017 will focus on the current
positive, radical resistance movements that are daring to counteract
political and public extremist and anti-democratic practices.
Based on the values of sharing, inclusion and openness, ECF’s Idea Camp
brings together 50 participants whose emerging, groundbreaking ideas
– working through culture – demonstrate a firm desire to contribute
to building a society characterised by greater solidarity, equality and
sustainability. It offers participants a unique opportunity to meet peers
from diverse backgrounds and with different visions from across Europe
and its neighbouring countries.
During a three-day programme of talks, workshops, collective
discussions and one-to-one working sessions, the Idea Camp provides
an inspirational environment for refining ideas and catalysing
collaborations and partnerships that transcend borders and combine
expertise. The Idea Camp also brings together a wider audience
including local citizens and organisations, policy-makers, journalists,
foundation representatives, striving to involve them in a genuine debate
on change and democratic renewal.
The call is open to individuals and representatives of collectives/
organisations who are:
• from the private, public or civil sector and bring a fresh, cultural
and critical perspective to their practice
• based or active in EU/EFTA member states and in the wider
European neighbourhood (Please take a look at the full list of
eligible countries in the text box)
Applicants (whether individuals or representatives) can submit only
ONE idea and therefore only one representative from each collective/
organisation can attend the Idea Camp.
Ideas must be submitted in English and attendees must have a
comfortable proficiency in English in order to participate in the Idea
Your idea relates to the overall focus Moving Communities. Involving
culture and the commons, it contributes to a more inclusive society
where people with various backgrounds and origins can live together
and learn from each other.
Your idea is creative and daring. It takes a fresh approach to
counterbalancing divided societies and helps to build bridges. Your idea
should be expressed in a clear and energetic manner.
Cross-sectoral outreach and collaboration
Your idea involves different sectors of society using innovative and open
cultural methods and/or partnerships.
Local urgency and European relevance
Your idea actively addresses an urgent issue in relation to Moving
Communities, engaging people on a offline and/or online level. It is
important that the theme of your proposal is relevant to wider European
Significant and sustainable impact
Through collaborations with the people involved, your idea has the
potential to make a sustainable and significant impact.
Your idea has the potential to be implemented, and you and your
proposed partners (if any) should be able to clearly demonstrate that
you have the capacity to implement it.