European Leadership Workshop 2021

Entering the “Engine Room”: Policy Briefs as a Means of Forging a Pluralistic Europe 

3-6 June 2021, The Abbey Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, UK

European policies seldom reflect the pluralism that characterise Europe’s everyday life in its heterogeneous societies. More often than not, decision makers in the European Parliament and other EU bodies enact policies reflecting narrow national and worldview interests. Thus, European policies on issues such as religious pluralism, remembrance culture, or LGBTQI* rights lack the perspectives of those change agents who make up Europe’s future – which is why we want to bring you and more than twenty of our other most engaged and active alumni*ae and current participants together to address this hiatus.

In outcome-oriented workshops flanked by two input presentations, we will acquire the know-how and the crucial skills necessary in order to issue a joint Policy Brief aimed at e.g. European decision makers, NGO advocates and journalists. The Policy Brief serves as a means to get the audience in focus interested in our analysis and proposals, initiating further discussion, exchange, and ultimately implementation of our goals. We are taking the next step towards concrete policy advocacy in order to further sustain our work and bring about change.

˝Die Dialogperspektiven haben mir einen intensiven Austausch mit Menschen verschiedenster religiöser Hintergründe, sowie inspirierende Einblicke in deren religiöse Praktiken ermöglicht. Aus den persönlichen Begegnungen mit den anderen Teilnehmer*innen ist ein Verbundenheitsgefühl entstanden, welches weit über den Projektzeitraum hinaus trägt. Die positiven Erfahrungen in den Dialogperspektiven haben mein Interesse befördert, mich als Künstler mit spirituellen Fragen auseinanderzusetzen, Kunstwerke auch in religiösen Kontexten auszustellen und damit im interreligiösen Austausch aktiv zu sein.

Julian, Teilnehmer der Dialogperspektiven