Tandem Europe

For organisations based in all Council of Europe member countries, Belarus and Kosovo

Tandem Europe is tailor-made for people who work on creative solutions that make social innovation possible throughout the EU. The programme stimulates strategic thinking in organisational renewal processes, helps to create and sustain culturally innovative effects across sectors, disciplines and borders, and explores creative and collaborative solutions for contemporary challenges in our societies.

Why Tandem Europe?

Faced by the various crises (social, economic, political) during the past years and a rapidly growing discourse of closing borders rather than maintaining a culture of openness, unorthodox innovation initiatives have started to emerge all over Europe. Creative initiatives have started to experiment with new social designs and alternative economic strategies for addressing burning issues in their local working fields. They show the imaginative cultural power we need for finding new answers and fresh approaches to the current challenges in our societies and across Europe as a whole. Exceptional initiatives of cultural innovation often provide substantial meaning to people’s lives. They often put forward the pioneering ideas, new social alliances, alternative financing and collaborative working models that we need in order to influence change in the prevailing system.

Tandem Europe started first in 2015 and is now going into its third round. It is tailor-made and co-created for and with its previous and upcoming participants, all of them working on creative solutions that make meaningful social innovation possible throughout Europe.

The programme builds on a strategic partnership between the Tandem founding partners (ECF and MitOst), foundations from Italy (Fondazione Cariplo), Greece (Stavros Niarchos Foundation) and Germany (Robert Bosch Stiftung), and NGOs from Portugal (4iS), Greece (COMM’ON) and Bulgaria (Ideas Factory).

Tandem Europe is a one-year long learning by doing programme that allows innovative creative initiatives to kick-start long-term collaboration on a European level. It offers participants a working placement with a partner abroad and engages their organisations in a joint social innovation or strategic development project of their own choice. Up to 24 participants accumulate international innovation know-how while realising one of up to 12 Tandem pilot projects that serve as prototypes for future tactical collaborations. Obtaining new insights from all over Europe strengthens participants’ impact locally and increases their operational and financial resilience.

Tandem Europe stimulates strategic thinking in organisational renewal processes, helps to create and sustain culturally and socially innovative effects across sectors, disciplines and borders and explores creative and collaborative solutions for contemporary challenges in our societies.

 

More about TANDEM Europe at tandemforculture.org.

Tandem Europe is an initiative developed by the European Cultural Foundation and MitOst e.V. together with Fondazione Cariplo with additional financial support from Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie. 

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Julian Bootz
bootz(at)mitost.org
+49 (0)30 31 51 74 88

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