4th Forum Meeting

12 - 15 April 2018
in Terni, Italy

The CitizensLab is continuing its exploration of new civil society and societal change in Europe. Until 11th of February, MitOst members have the opportunity to join the CitizensLab by attending the next Forum Meeting and engaging in local and translocal intervention. If you want to engage on a European level in systemic change, apply to the Forum Meeting and become part of the CitizensLab.

What is CitizensLab?

The CitizensLab is a ‘laboratory’ started by MitOst e.V. in 2016 and funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung. It brings together a diverse group of currently 56 European citizens, civil society actors and local authority workers to explore the emerging new civil society in Europe and its neighbouring regions. Currently, the CitizensLab members exchange, reflect and experiment in five thematic areas: Culture and Arts, Inclusion, Urban Transformation, Democracy, Education. By collaborating on the European level, the CitizensLab members increase the impact of their local initiatives and strengthen the European dimension of their activities.

The CitizensLab is open once a year for new applications in order to gradually broaden its community of practitioners by giving the opportunity to like-minded people and change-makers to become members.

We recommend reading the report of the 3rd CitizensLab meeting that took place in Frankfurt (Oder)/Słubice during the International MitOst Festival 2017.

How does the CitizensLab work?

The CitizensLab is using a Lab approach to co-create more participatory, diverse, transparent, inclusive, democratic and accountable societies in Europe. The CitizensLab includes: 

(1) Forum Meetings when members come together in person to exchange, discuss and co-create,

(2) Mobility Exchanges where members can visit each other and create translocal initiatives,

(3) Prototypes where members can experiment ideas and approaches for the new system to emerge,

(4) an Online Platform that is used for information exchange, dialogue and decision-making. The online connections also includes webinars and conference calls and

(5) a Website that shares information and stories about the CitizensLab. 

How to apply to become a member of the CitizensLab?

If you are interested to become a member of the CitizensLab community of practice, please apply here until 11 February, 2018 to:

….attend the next Forum Meeting

 The 4th Forum Meeting will take place from 12–15 April, 2018 in Italy, Slovenia or Romania. It is a reflective and experimental space where active citizens from all sectors come together and share their experiences, practices and knowledge. Participants bring their individual and local expertise to the collective question of ‘How can our diverse practices create a more meaningful quality of life in Europe’. Accommodation and meals will be fully covered; travel costs will be partially reimbursed up to 75 percent.

 Another Forum Meeting will be co-designed and co-hosted by members of the CitizensLab in mid-November 2018.

…engage in subsequent Prototypes

 During the Forum Meeting participants co-create ideas for a new system in real time. Small teams engage in local and translocal interventions and experiments to prototype alternative approaches and new solutions on how we can better live, work and learn together. Those Prototypes scale and connect both existing and new local initiatives and practice change by developing a culture of sharing, collaboration and mutual learning. Get inspired by the first four Prototypes of the CitizensLab. Prototypes can be supported by small kick-off grants.

Who can apply?

All MitOst members are invited to apply for the CitizensLab. We recommend an application if…

  • you live in Europe or its neighbouring regions
  • you are engaged in societal transformation in your local community
  • the thematic areas of the CitizensLab (Democracy, Inclusion, Education, Urban Transformation, Culture and Arts) resonate with your activities
  • you want to co-shape the Forum Meetings in mid-April and mid-November 2018 (~8 days) through peer-to-peer learning and self-organising
  • you are committed to be actively involved in a prototype after the Forum Meeting (~10 days)
  • you are able to participate in online sessions through the year (~3 to 6 hours in total)

From the applications, a jury consisting of CitizensLab members and MitOst staff members will select up to 15 participants.

If you have any questions please contact Alice Priori alice.priori(at)mitost.org.



Contact and Info

Application Form

Deadline for application:
11 February, 2018

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