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.

˝DialoguePerspectives offers a unique change of perspective! The programme allows you to really grapple with current and highly societally relevant questions, to reflect on your own identity, and to get to know the diversity of European identities. I am very grateful for the intensive personal discussion and encounters, and the great amount of food for thought that has stuck with me long past the seminars.

Ezgi, DialoguePerspectives participant