27 – 30 July 2017, Gdańsk, Poland

“Europe Lab” 2017 took place on 27–30 July 2017 in Gdańsk in cooperation with the European Solidarity Centre as the hosting organisation.

The programme of “Europe Lab” 2017 included four 3-day intensive options – two workshops and two innovative formats – each of those coordinated by an organisation and additional experts/speakers. Apart from working sessions, an additional programme took place including discussions, cultural and networking events as well as a tour of the exhibition of the European Solidarity Centre, displaying the birth and development of the “Solidarność” movement.


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    Urban Space: Get Ready for Climate Change

    Judith Kiss, DRA / German-Russian Exchange, Germany,
    Angelina Davydova, Russian-German Office for Environmental Information (Russia).
    Svetlana Romanko,
    Inna Indutnaya,
    Valentin Nizkovolosov,
    Elena Angelova, 350.org (Ukraine).

    Cities are considered to be key spots for climate change adaptation and mitigation. It is predicted that urban spaces worldwide will be hit by climate change drastically. Extreme weather conditions will certainly affect the quality and security of life, mobility and supplies, health, social conditions and economic prosperity. Considering that by 2050 over 70 percent of the world population will be living in urban spaces, cities are facing hard pressure and need for urgent restructuring and transformation. At the same time, a multitude of citizens, authorities, scientists and companies all over the world have already made an effort in developing solutions for adaption and mitigation strategies in order to face negative consequences of climate change. Numerous examples of alternative, unusual as well as innovative ideas and projects exist, both on the governmental and non-governmental level.

    During the workshop the participants compiled the best practices & examples of failing, focused on the inter-sectoral, participatory approaches to climate-friendly urban development, collected questions and uncertainties, and attempted to develop solutions for existing problems. An interdisciplinary approach was adopted to cases that considered the topic of low-emission solutions (especially transport, green spaces, housing).

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    Gdańsk in the Spotlight – City Development Hackathon

    Inese Vaivare, Director, Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation (LAPAS, Latvia),
    Jonas Büchel, Co-founder, Urban Institute in Riga (Latvia).
    Daria Fedotova, Project Delai Sam (Russia)

    Although we live in a globalized world and are used to transnational cooperation, urban areas nowadays also gain strength in developing and establishing active neighbourhood communities. These may take various forms, for example gatherings of activists in local spots, establishment of family friendly areas, urban gardening spaces, citizen involvement in re-planning and building of city districts, or social media groups. Still all of them have common features – they all connect people to the geographical place, build personal trust and generate added value to being a community.

    In this workshop the participants dove into the city of Gdańsk , explored it through the eyes of local community members and looked for ways to strengthen the sense of community in different areas marked by industrialization, culture, history and people – limited to the geographical area but unlimited to creative minds.

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    Freedom and Captivity – Solidarity in the Present and in the Past

    Kacper Dziekan,
    Monika Chabior, European Solidarity Centre (Poland).

    Europe has been dealing with conflicts and totalitarianisms for many years. Late 80s and early 90s have given many nations hope for change. On the other hand, a lot of conflicts have just started or came back in these particular years.

    The workshop’s title refers to the Polish social movement Solidarność (Solidarity) and peaceful socio-political transformations that happened in Poland and other countries in Central-Eastern Europe. In such movements we can find inspiration for solving the problems of the modern world. During the workshop the participants tried to determine what had kept people captive and what had brought them to freedom. They examined how the solidarity worked between common people in different countries and what could be understood by “solidarity everyday”. The participants also worked on a memory of the difficult past in our continent. The workshop was a chance to discuss and compare the collective memory of the turbulent XX century in different European countries.

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    360° Story – Multimedia Telling

    Federica Dadone,
    Francesco Lisciandra, Trepuntozero Association (Italy).
    Oksana Silantieva, Silamedia, Montenegro/Russia.

    In our digitalized world, media does not only cover the ‘classical’ formats of reports, news, articles and so on. Working online and combining various genres and formats, journalists have the chance to tell and display stories in a new, creative kind of way.

    During this interactive workshop participants got to know practical tools, know-how and hands-on methods for collecting and telling multimedia stories. Together they discovered the context of Gdańsk, its different communities, as well as the stories of the hosts, participants and organisations at Europe Lab. As a result of this innovative format, participants of the workshop produced interviews, multimedia dossiers and other media pieces consisting of text, photo, video, audio and graphic materials. Furthermore, participants had the chance to exchange knowledge and “best practices” as well as to develop new international media projects and networks.



For more information about the programme, the workshops and the venue of “Europe Lab” 2017 please visit website.