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.
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.
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.