SMY 4th Edition 2019: A United Europe. Shaping the Future Together.
On Saturday 4 May, Show Me Yourope hosted it’s 4th edition, welcoming young citizens of Europe to learn how much impact the European Union has on their everyday life, and how they can actively contribute to shaping the future together.
On behalf of the Communication Team, the event was launched by Marie Trevisan who prepared the foreground by emphasizing that the scope of the event is not only to be informative but to encourage engagement from the audience and to freely express thoughts and ideas on the future of Europe in a fair and transparent way.
In the meantime, Laura Engelbert, a representative from IHECS Academy stepped in with an interesting speech, highlighting the fact that Europe finds itself at an important crossroads where we, the citizens, will be the ones deciding the path that the EU will take for the next five years.
It is up to us to decide on the roads that the European Union will take in the upcoming years…Laura Engelbert, IHECS Academy
The event was divided into two parts with attendees being invited to listen to the guest speakers who shared their insights concerning the current socio-political climate. Also, a big question debate was addressed – what impact there would be if the European project wouldn’t exist – followed by interactive gaming activities specially organised by the Games Team to help participants understand better the role of the EU. Alejandro Gil, our visual facilitator of the evening, accompanied the discussions throughout the event with a series of creative and original illustrations expressed by the thoughts shared as well as the concepts and milestones addressed (see them below).
Albrecht John, a representative of the European Parliament, who was one of the special guest speakers at the event, provided the historical context of the European project from past to present. With the support from our moderator, Carla Carvalho, the audience engaged in an online poll to identify the most important keywords which are considered to be crucial to communicate about the EU. The poll was also instrumental to identify several topics that the audience believe should be addressed and tackled by the EU.
Following the gaming activities, Ivo Alho Cabral from Cafébabel, one of our partners, was given the floor to discuss how the European project was transcending the borders and uniting the citizens.
And finally, on behalf of the Communication Team, the event was concluded by Andreea Udrea who gave an overview of what has been discussed but also achieved during the day. It was interesting to see how the audience behaviour has changed during the poll considering the diversity of responses shown between the beginning and end of the event.
Show Me Yourope would like to thank all the participants for actively contributing to the event as well as to all our sponsors and partners for making this event possible and a great success (see them below). We want to thank IHECS Academy for having the opportunity to be part of this year’s edition.
We look forward to seeing you next year, where the next student body of the Executive Master on European Public Affairs and Communication will share with you a new experience of a new edition Show Me Yourope!
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