The second edition of the Austrian Sommerlabor (Summer Lab) will focus on urgent questions around the state of democracy on various levels. Gathering around 100 participants in the idyllic scenery of Kapfenberg, Upper Styria (Austria), its aim is to formulate Green responses to the interplay between social and economic tendencies of decline, symptoms of crisis and how to strengthen our democracies.
This year’s Summer Lab will look into the state of democracy on the local, national, European and global level while identifying different dimensions of decline that societies are facing. In this framework, GEF will host an international workshop in English on progressive alliances in Europe between social movements, the Greens and local initiatives from different countries. This will include the analysis of responses by governing parties as well as by the right-wing opposition to facets of decline and seek to formulate Green alternatives for the future of European democracies and a united European democracy. By combining the training soft skills such as campaigning, network analysis, communication, moderation methods with policy and the party programme, the Summer Lab aims to generate ideas, new networks and new collaborations between and among Green party members and politicians, activists and different actors of civil society.
It is hoped that through the Summer Lab, individual projects by participants on the basis of those new networks and alliances will be initiated, and discussions on a progressive future of Europe, strategies to fight the far right, and on progressive populism in Europe will be continued afterwards, while integrating local and national initiatives with European struggles and future European activities
Registration: Check www.gruene-akademie.at for more information
Date: July 7th-9th
Place: Kapfenberg, Upper Styria
Time: to be specified