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From Signals to Scenarios: Stories about how society & democracy could be

Join us to work with current media discourses and debates from across Europe to create stories about our future.

Wed, 21 July 2021
11:00 – 14:00 EEST

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About this event

What does the future look like for societies, communities and people across Europe? How can citizens and their voices be more active, included and represented within governance and decision-making arenas? Where are our cities and democracies heading?

If these questions and debates interest you, then join this participatory workshop where we will be exploring them more.

About the workshop

What is the workshop about?

Over the past few months, we've been looking into the key messages that traditional forms of media such as newspapers, TV and radio across Europe are sharing about the world we live in. Working with researchers and citizens in different countries, we've identified what these key messages tell us about our societies, democratic structures, civil society and much more.

In this workshop, we want to use these insights and signals to think about the future, and transform them into scenario stories. Together we will:

  • Explore and sense-check media signals and insights from across Europe

  • Discuss what these signals tell us about future opportunities and challenges to our democracies

  • Create scenario stories for how our cities can become spaces for active and inclusive citizen involvement in democracy, governance and decision-making

The workshop will be delivered in English.

Who is it for?

This workshop is open to anyone living or working in Europe (including the UK). We would like to create a conversations between people across different geographical locations and create a dialogue between people occupying different perspectives such as:

  • people living in different European countries - particularly people who have perspectives not usually represented by mainstream media

  • people who feel marginalised and ignored by the institutions and systems that govern us

  • strategic leaders in different sectors such as a health and social care, education, employment, enterprise/business, public services, voluntary services and transport.

  • academics

  • policymakers

  • politicians

  • public service and NGO workers - both management and front-line

  • civil society organisations

  • community and faith leaders

  • activists

  • media professionals

Why should I get involved?

If you've got an interest in how we can create future worlds that are more inclusive for you and the people around you, and want more people to be able to be involved in making the decisions that affect their lives, then this IS the workshop for you. You will be amongst like-minded people and have the opportunity to not only share your own ideas, but to listen, learn and discuss with other people from across Europe. You might make some new contacts!

Also, the learning from this workshop will feed into briefings and toolkits being produced as part of the EUARENAS project. They will address how we can think about the future of our democracies, and they will be sent to all workshop attendees when they are produced for you to use in your own contexts.

The event is also part of the Conference of the Future of Europe (#TheFutureIsYours). Find out more here:


Please note: The workshop will be held on Zoom and a link will be provided to attendees upon registration.

The information and views set out in this event are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Photo credit: People's Voice Media


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