The third edition of Green Academy 2020 under the title ''Common Future of Europe - Future of the Commons in Europe'' took place between August 28th and September 2nd. During five days approximately 170 participants from around 15 countries experienced an intense program composed of lectures, workshops and panel discussions that aimed to create clear linkages between the multiple crisis that Europe is facing at the moment and the notion of the commons as a new terrain for exploration. The Green Academy was organised jointly by Heinrich Böll Stiftung Zagreb and GEF and supported by Open Society Foundations, National Foundation for Civil Society Development and many other local partner organisations.
Prominent scholars like Tine de Moor, Saki Bailey, Silke Helfrich, Yann Moullier Boutang, Vladimir Gligorov and Giovannni Allegreti delivered lectures to all participants while afterwards they divided into five thematic groups that intensively discussed diverse issues of interest (urban development, digital freedoms, land grab, water privatisation, public education and public media). Over the course of two days different groups and spent their working days at different sites with separate working agendas. Panel debates sparked lively and controversial debates that lasted until midnight underlying urgency of change and need to reinvent the commons as driving force for saving the common wealth in the region.
In the nexus of environmental demands, growing inequalities and democratic crisis, the commons appears as both practice and tool adequate for design and creation of new narrative through direct engagement of scholars, researchers, practitioners and activists originating from green, left and liberal streams of societies in the region. Work that has been initiated through this year's program will be continued in forthcoming period through activities of Heinrich Böll Stiftung Zagreb and their partners in Croatia and in the region.
Future of Europe
Throughout 2012, GEF, with support of national Green foundations across Europe, will confront national debates on Europe and highlight the Green visions for the future of the Union. The objective is to organise events on the topic in several countries and to report them. This Summer University will contribute to that debate with a high-level panel "Rage against the Austerity - Political and Economic Implications of the financial Crisis in the EU". You can follow this project by checking our 'Future of Europe' section of the GEF website.
More information on how the participate is available on the event website with details in English available here.
Location: Vis, Croatia
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