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Celebrating Solidarity

DemNet is proud to be the Hungarian partner of the project Celebrating Solidarity. The project aims to explore, stimulate debate and advance solidarity and philanthropy as crucial topics within European societies.

The international project, led by the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation (Serbia) gathers CSOs from 6 European countries: Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Macedonia, and Poland.

In this project partners
(1) research youth perception of philanthropy, volunteering, charity, civic participation, solidarity through focus groups and an engaging online quiz;
(2) create a common European Online Museum of Solidarity full of inspiring stories, photos, video, audio materials: MUSEUMOFSOLIDARITY.EU
(3) organize national Solidarity Festivals celebrating solidarity through arts, music, food, discussions;
(4) gather together for a big international Conference on Solidarity in Belgrade that explores the obstacles and responsibilities in this regard.

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Project website: museumofsolidarity.eu/project

The project was exploring variety of turbulent times those countries and their citizens were facing, while celebrating and understanding the importance of solidarity and love to other human being in a word of conflicts and disasters. During one year (2016-2017), and across six countries, partners have directly involved 26.856 individuals, both young and elderly, volunteers and professionals, in exploring the issue of solidarity, channels and mechanisms of European solidarity, as well as responsibility, and common solutions.

While exploring attitude of citizens about important social value of solidarity, special attention was aimed to youth population - over 7.000 youth shared their opinions on solidarity by online quiz and 12 focus groups. Results were encouraging, most of youth in all 6 countries is recognizing suffering of other people and have positive and proactive attitude.

Development of virtual museum of solidarity attracted over 732.000 page views and provided huge audience and possibility to share of 27 edited stories of solidarity from 6 countries and many other content and information. We have interviewed various people who shared their stories and presented many examples of solidarity and inspirational stories of supporting people.

Trough Solidarity festivals in Serbia, Macedonia, Albania and Bulgaria organized in period May-June 2017, we have directly promoted this important social value and involved over 26.000 participants and hundreds of thousands were indirectly involved or reached by the media reports and social network engagement. Many public events have been organized in all 4 countries and they attracted huge number of citizens. Those events were organized also by partnering with other public events and creating higher impact in promotion of solidarity in their societies.

Media support helped us achieve indirect reach to at least 572.427 citizens across partner countries who were informed about the project through media reports and project web site.

By the end of the project, we have organized international conference “Solidarity in time of crisis” during which we have promoted project results, but also involved representatives of the media and individual philanthropists who all shared their perspective on solidarity and discussed importance of media support and individual endeavor as catalyst for the solidarity in our societies. Participation of Serbian national media representatives and guests - journalists from Albania and Macedonia offered opportunity to learn about media approach toward solidarity and their importance for awareness raising and involvement of the citizens and companies into concrete actions.


News, outcomes, results:

Project report »
Conference „Solidarity in Times of Crisis“ »
Promotion workshop in Budapest »
Festivals of Solidarity in 4 countries »
Research report »

Project activities reports:

List of Events - pdf »
Focus Group Report - pdf »
Key Findings - pdf »
Online Content Development Workshop - pdf »
Preparatory Workshop Report

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