“As Europeans, we are at a turning point – we must re-seize the pragmatism that was so central to the founding spirit of the Union or be swept away by the tide of history. From individuals to nations to the European institutions, we must work together to tackle our joint challenges.”
Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
Re-Imagine Europa (RIE) is an “incubator” for new political ideas – a think tank for the 21st century – that acts as a convener, catalyst and communicator to reimagine our future. The aim is to be both innovative and strategic in our approach as well as pragmatic and concrete.
We work closely with our partners to ensure that all stakeholders, leading institutions and experts participate actively in the formulation of proposals to develop new solutions. Our strategy relies on teamwork and collective intelligence: bringing together experts with various backgrounds from different organisations ensures that proposals reflect the best ideas and research from across sectors, disciplines, and countries. New ideas can be discussed through the lens of political expertise, industry perspectives, civil society priorities and leverage on the collective intelligence of the group.
We work on a few key issues of strategic importance to Europe – as identified by the Advisory Board – to provoke new thinking and significant action. Our aim is to think systemically and long-term about these issues and posit the question in a new light, adapted to the 21st century, to enable new thinking and innovative solutions. We do not focus on short-term legislative action but on changing the way we think about an issue.
We aim to engage people in building shared visions that can have a positive impact on their future. An increasingly influential stream of research demonstrates the integration of cognition and emotion in political decision-making, indicating the crucial importance of narratives in building shared visions. Therefore, a key pillar of the work of Re-Imagine Europa is focussed on developing stories and images that can posit old problems in a new light, bringing people’s views of the world closer.
As an incubator of new political ideas, the activities of Re-Imagine Europa are goal-oriented and future-looking. Our methodology is inclusive and aims to foster creative thinking.