Yes Europe Lab is a hub for civic and political action.

Our goal is to empower a new community of European leaders through capacity building programs and support them in the deployment of their campaigns.

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WHO WE ARE

Yes Europe Lab is a hub for civic and political action. Our goal is to empower a new community of European leaders through capacity building programs and support them in the deployment of their campaigns. We created the Lab in 2016, at the dawn of Brexit and on the eve of Donald Trump's election. At the time, our founding team was based in Cambridge, MA, where we were studying, teaching, and conducting research at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. United by a common love for Europe - and the sharp sense that Europe is not only a set of policies set up in Brussels, but our very own identity - we decided to take action. We asked all Europeans in the area to join us for a series of workshops where we identified the first civic campaigns we wanted to support in order to help Europe survive a very dire time.

Fast forward a year, our founding team moved back to Europe and along the way met other equally driven Europeans that are now at the core of our endeavor. Together, we decided to use the skills we have perfected and learnt overseas on our four core disciplines to create and deliver capacity-building programs to support pro-European groups and individuals. During the past year and a half we have delivered a dozen trainings to over 500 pro-European change makers in the field of politics, activism, policy, human rights and non-profit in order to help them develop the skills and the emotional capacity necessary to carry out their work. Starting from the conviction that the Europe we will leave behind us cannot only be the sum of our own individual efforts, but must be the product of them.

For this reason, our programs are focused not only in helping European leaders develop new skills, but also in creating a community that places the cross-pollination of ideas at its very core, learning from different disciplines, approaches, sensibilities, and also from across political differences. When we get asked who is part of this community and who isn't, we often respond with a quote form Karl Popper: "We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.”

WHAT WE DO

There are three basic units to our programs: capacity building, strategic support, and coaching. These elements are modular and can be deployed together as well as individually. When deployed together, they constitute an incubation project, where we use capacity-building as a catalyzer for talent, ideas, and ground-projects, and then we select a few of them that we invest in by providing strategic and operational advise, and personal coaching to the leadership team.

CAPACITY BUILDING

STRATEGIC SUPPORT

COACHING

OUR CORE DISCIPLINES

Our programs are centered around four core disciplines, that we have practiced extensively, studied, and taught at the Harvard Kennedy School, Sciences Po, Brown University, the University of Copenhagen, and Istituto de Empresa, among others. In all of our interventions, whether it is trainings, strategic planning, support with ground campaigns, or coaching, we use a customized blend of these disciplines in order to best suit the project's and its leadership team's needs.

Adaptive Leadership

We live in extraordinary and unprecedented times. Most organizations, communities, societies and individuals face complex challenges that shake their core values. Learn how to develop diagnostic tools for analyzing the complexity of change in social systems, devise strategies of action, and build the emotional capacity to exercise leadership and stay alive.

Community Organizing

PUBLIC NARRATIVE: connect with your personal history and your values, and use stories to reach other and lead them in turbulent times.

ORGANIZING: learn how to form teams, crete shared goals, design a strategy, recruit volunteers, and deliver mass-mobilization campaigns.

Running for Office

CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT: analyze your constituency, identify your target voters, define your message, build a budget, and form a campaign team.

MEDIA TRAINING: learn how to craft a killer speech and how to use verbal and non-verbal communication to fire up your audience, deliver an interview, manage a hostile audience, and win a debate.

 

Political Entrepreneurship

POLITICAL STARTUPS: learn how to use an entrepreneurial approach to launch political movements and campaigns.

CIVIC TECH: learn how to use technological platforms  and new media to boost your political endeavors.

OUR CORE PRINCIPLES

The compass for selecting our projects are seven core principles that we use to assess whether the project is aligned with our values and has the potential for real impact.

On the ground.

Engaging citizens is the key to foster European integration. The projects we select are centered around meaningful human interaction, listening, and a genuine curiosity to engage with people in the real world.

Beyond the pro-EU bubble.

We aim at reconnecting with the peripheries of Europe. We want to expand the base of pro-European citizens across Europe by helping all citizens connect with their European identity.

People-centric.

Change begins with people. If people can change, then complex systems can also change. The journey starts with self-development, hence we look for people who have the courage to undertake personal journeys with hope, conviction, and will to learn.

Pan-European and local.

We want to reverse the old logic under which people from different countries federate as Europeans but represent national interests. We like projects that are pan-European at birth and that then descend into local communities to root European values into the real life of citizens across the continent.

Experimental.

Having developed our methodology with the support of specialists from MIT's Martin Trust Center and the Harvard iLab, we look for projects and leadership teams that are willing to get out of their offices and experiment, reiterate, and learn form their mistakes.

Sense of service.

The way to unlock Europe’s future is by committing to one another and to our communities by means of care, friendship, (indignation), and compassion. Beyond cynicism, and beyond self-interest. We look for people who are committed to a higher purpose and that have a sharp sense of commitment to do good for their communities.

Integrating diversity.

We want to embrace Europe’s diversity in its broader sense: political ideology, affiliation, professional backgrounds, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, nationality.