This category focuses on educational initiatives aimed at increasing citizens’ critical thinking. It also includes innovative tools and methods to make activism more efficient and able to reach a broader audience.

Democracies need democrats, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Civic education was indispensable in building a liberal democracy in the Federal Republic after 1945 and in reunited Germany after 1989. While there was an immediate link to the experience of totalitarian rule in te early days, civic education is today confronted by new challenges, in particular the rise of political extremism. Our democratic order cannot work without civic involvment: each generation needs civic education and governmental support for the active involvment of people in societal life. The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung aims to empower citizens in order for them to promote parliamentary and representativedemocracy and to assume an active role in politics and society.

Boiling Point, Mouka Filmi Oy/Boiling Point campaign, Finland

Boiling Point is not only a documentary directed by Elina Hirvonen and produced by Mouka Filmi. It’s also a campaign linked to the film. The goal was to inspire constructive dialogue with the help of the film so that Finnish people would continue to show respect to one another and engage less in hate-mongering. The documentary was shot during 2016 and premiered at DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival in January 2017. It was also screened at international film festivals and on the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE's TV channel in spring 2017. Because the goal of the film was unique, it was screened also in an exceptional way: anybody with an internet connection could arrange a screening at home or publicly during a time period between February and May by ordering a password from the website. The end result was 738 screenings in Finland and in 20 other countries.

Fearless Collective, India/Pakistan

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an Indian artist whose work lies at the intersection of magical realism, technology, art and social justice. She started the Fearless Collective in 2012. Nida Mushtaq is an activist from Pakistan whose work focuses on programming for social development embedded in critical narratives of local relevance. Together they run the Fearless Collective from both sides of the border, united by their love for poetry, beauty and imagination.

School for Creative Activism, USA

The first rule of guerrilla warfare is to know your terrain and use it to your advantage. Today’s political landscape is one of signs and symbols, stories and spectacles.  Populist demagogues understand this. Unfortunately, most democratic political parties and civic actors do not. The School for Creative Activism is a training workshop to help activists effectively – and ethically – navigate the contemporary political terrain using techniques drawn from artistic practice and popular culture. Tapping into their own creativity, civic actors learn to use the cultural language of the present to conjure up progressive dreams of the future.