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Common Ground, our annual Magazine
Since 2020 we publish our annual magazine Common Ground to celebrate Europe Day. The name of our magazine softly echoes Robert Schuman’s appeal of May 9, 1950: ‘Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity.’ We need to get to a common ground. So, this is not a magazine of certainty but of opportunities. Let’s make the most of them. We hope you enjoy reading the magazine as much as we do making it.
The work of the European Cultural Foundation is about communication between people, creating exchange and experiences that foster the feeling of belonging together and promoting a European sentiment. Read more on our programmes, activities and more of the last year in our 2021 Annual Report website.
Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities
The book Commons. Between Dreams and Reality and Policy Analysis and Recommendations is published within the framework of the Cultural and Creative Spaces and Cities (2018—2021) project which is co-funded by the European Commission with the aim of experimenting in grassroots participatory democracy in cultural policies.
Our City Our Home
Democracies can only function properly if they are underpinned by a public sphere. Europe needs spaces where all of its inhabitants, regardless of their economic, social, cultural or national backgrounds, can connect, share ideas, debate opinions, produce shared culture and find the reliable information that is needed to hold those in power to account.
‘Our City, Our Home’ has its origins in ‘Mediactivism’, a collaboration of eight organisations from across Europe: Les Têtes de l’Art from Marseilles, Fanzingo from Botkyrka, ZEMOS98 from Seville, Kurziv from Zagreb, Krytyka Polityczna from Warsaw and a coalition of three organisations from Turin: YEPP Italia, Banda Larga and Visionary Days. Each organisation has a background in media-making, alternative education and an interest in urban issues.
For two years, these organisations have developed a shared approach to activism that addresses right to the city issues through media-making. They found ways of using podcasting, digital mapping, filmmaking and many other techniques to raise and support campaigns dealing with touristification, the privatisation of public space, insecure housing and inclusive urban development.
This resulting collection of essays looks at these issues from a European perspective.
Build the City
Connected Action for the Commons was an action research programme and a network connecting cultural change-makers in Europe working on topics related to the commons, such as public space, culture, economy and democracy. It consisted of the European Cultural Foundation and six cultural organisations from across Europe; Culture 2 Commons – Alliance Operation City, Clubture Network, Right to the City – (Croatia), Les Tetes de l’Art (France), Krytyka Polityczna (Poland), Oberliht (Moldova), Platoniq – Goteo (Spain), and Subtopia (Sweden) at the core. Numerous other institutions and grantees collaborated with the programme.
The Build the City. Perspectives on commons and culture book  can be seen as reading material for the first Idea Camp [an incubator bringing together change-makers]. The Build the City. How people are changing their cities magazine  was published to showcase the work of grantees and input into the EU Urban Agenda. The report Co-making the city  shared ideas from the innovative city development meeting which took place in Madrid, alongside the Idea Camp.