Recap ELF Policy Lab – What makes progressives progressive?
On 25 & 26 August 2018, the European Liberal Forum (ELF), supported by Stichting IDI / D66 International, organised a Policy Lab in Scheveningen. Dedicated Europeans – from Sweden to Malta and the Netherlands to Hungary – discussed progressive liberalism in sunshine and rain at Strandclub Doen. Here you find a short summary of the inspiring two days.
The program kicked-off on Saturday morning. Daniel Boomsma (Van Mierlo Stichting) led a brainstorm on what makes liberals liberal, and progressives progressive. There was broad agreement and notable differences. Should we include ‘solidarity’ among the themes that define progressiveness for exampe, or rather the term ‘individualism’? And does ‘individualism´ already incorporate a sense of togetherness?
With a better sense of our philosophical base, the group then moved on to incorporating values into policy design. With practical assignments and real-life examples from Dieter Feireabend (NEOS Lab), the afternoon was spend on creating policies in which not only the the content but also the process reflects the core values.
To bring the focus from internal to external issues, the last part of the program dealt with communication. Lively examples from Jorge San Miguel (Ciudadanos) kept everyone amused and at the same time made clear what to do, and what not to do, when delivering your message. With several group exercises, the weekend was concluded in with renewed inspiration for further European exchange.
An event organised by the European Liberal Forum (ELF). Supported by Stichting IDI / D66 International. Co-funded by the European Parliament.
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