The Restorative Circles for Citizens in Europe project has now officially come to an end. As a result of these circles, a booklet was created, containing the thoughts, remarks, experiences, questions and suggestions of the restorative facilitators and members of the circles taking part in the international project of Restorative Circles for Citizens of Europe:
The Bridging Polarities Conference took place September 21-23, 2017, in Budapest!
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The Restorative Circles for Citizens in Europe was a unique, innovative, and collaborative project that aimed to create true dialogue among EU citizens holding different views on the topic of euro-skepticism, linked directly to specific EU measures. The training used the restorative approach to launch a series of talking Circles in 9 cities across five countries in Europe (Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Greece and Italy). The selected organizations represent countries from different regions with different characteristic responses to the current migration crisis. The project sought to engage citizens who had no previous experience in civil society projects, members of underprivileged and underrepresented groups and large number of youth who will determine the future of Europe
The Circles were implemented in 6-weekend-long processes. Facilitators started with two groups holding opposing views, prepared participants in both groups and finally mixed them in one Circle to engage in an open, respectful dialogue.