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ECF is partnering with the New York Times Athens Democracy Forum which takes place from 13-17 September 2017.

Join leading policy makers, cultural thinkers and business leaders to define and tackle the critical questions about the world at this moment. We are at a remarkable crossroads in history, where recent events are challenging the arc of progress and prosperity and upending fundamental beliefs about globalization and the enduring nature of democracy.

Find out more in our Events section.

ECF, the Connected Action for the Commons network and the City of Madrid gathered fifty changemakers from wider Europe in Madrid in March.

During three days they met one another, they met with peers and they worked on their idea. After the Idea Camp we invited them to develop project proposals on their idea. ECF could grant twenty-five of them with a research and development grant.

Meet our R&D grantees

ECF, MitOst and Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018 (LF2018) present Tandem Fryslân – a cultural collaboration programme that aims at strengthening regional communities in Fryslân (NL) and elsewhere in Europe. In 2018, Leeuwarden-Fryslân will be the European Capital of Culture. With LF2018, ideas from the communities of the Frisian region will travel all over Europe and new European ideas will come to Fryslân.

Tandem Fryslân is open for applications from 1 September 2017.

Read the announcement on the Tandem website.