We run these pilots to explore new ways of working and to investigate trends in society. The outcomes of these programmes feed back into our overall strategy and work. Currently we are exploring models of participatory grant-making, we research cultural practices contributing to solidarity within communities, and we investigate how we can make media and the public debate more inclusive to the perspectives of refugees.
A new participatory fund making grants for social transformation, organized around a community of activists based in Europe to support social movements working towards a transition to a just and equitable world.
Participatory grantmaking seeks to involve those directly affected by the issues – the people that the money intends to help – in decision-making about where that money goes.
FundAction is built in a democratic and participatory way. A group of donors and activists came together in 2016 to form the idea for FundAction. In a series of meetings, they outlined the intention and values. Since May 2017, a smaller Facilitation Group has been putting this idea into action.
This pilot runs from 2017 until 2019, is co-developed with Open Society Initiative for Europe, Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation and Guerrilla Foundation, and co-governed by more than 150 European activists.
Culture for Solidarity
Culture for Solidarity investigates the roots of fragmentation in Europe through an artistic lens. The programme explores, discusses, and creates cultural practices that bring unusual groups of people together. We challenge cultural institutions to rethink their relationship to their audiences, and we inspire people who don’t usually attend institutional cultural activities to become active in the shaping and making of these events. Together, we find new ways of bringing people of different backgrounds together and create something ‘with’ them instead of ‘for’ them. Starting with a research phase, we will continue to develop new strategies with and for the cultural sector, and host an incubator workshop for fifty participants to develop their fresh and daring ideas for solidarity in their communities.
Displaced in Media
Refugees have entered European countries, but they haven’t entered the public sphere. When they do, it is as characters in other people’s stories - desperate faces, surging hoards and floating bodies - something ‘other’. We rarely hear from young refugees as experts or legitimate voices. If refugees and migrants are to become citizens of Europe, we believe they need to be participants in - rather than subjects of - public debate.
The strategic partnership Displaced In Media contributes to an innovative and collaborative infrastructure in Europe that supports refugee participation through media.
This programme runs from 2016 until 2018 and is co-developed with ZEMOS98 (Seville), Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” (Warsaw), British Film Institute (London), MODE Istanbul, Les Têtes de l’Art (Marseille), Fanzingo (Botkyrka), Kurziv (Zagreb), Here to Support (Amsterdam).
In 2019 this pilot programme came to an end with the publication of Lost in Media: Migrant Perspectives and the Public Sphere, conceived from the Displaced in Media project and published in cooperation with Valiz publishers. You can order the book directly from their website.