Policy brief proposal II

Research theme: Identity, Heritage, and Citizens Perspective

Research theme: Identity, Heritage, and Citizens Perspective

  1. Title / Topic 

Rethinking the values agenda: One step back to jump two steps forward.

  1. Target public and/or societal partner. 

The target public of the policy intervention to be presented is all citizens extending to those who are preparing themselves to become so. Though institutions have increasing returns, in the long run, they are only as strong as the understanding of them by the population they serve. This means those correct institutions are not sustainable in the long-term if the populations that they serve do not understand and support the basic principles that sustain them and the mechanisms they use. That is why we propose to open dialogues to rethink the values that define individuals and societies, and also the basic principles that support the European institutions. To do so, multisector collaboration is required to constitute a strong set of societal partners and public-private teamwork. This set requires the involvement of the academia and/or research centers, and also that of the relevant policymakers such as municipalities and regional governments, international organizations, private firms, local educational institutions including local libraries and museums, local social clubs, and mass media.

  1. Description of the expected output: 

The aim is to specify an evidence-based policy that opens the room for an intergenerational debate on the fundamentals values that define the European societies and their institutions. To achieve this, data and literature on European values will be reviewed to assess the evolution of the social contract and the values’ scale. The goal is to propose a simple and attractive framework of dialogues opportunities on these fundamental matters presented in 2 modules: i) rethinking the values that define humans and societies, and ii) the principles that sustain European institutions. This is helpful in normal times and essential in crisis ones. It is important to remember what was done to progress but even more, the values’ prioritization and how agreements were reached in previous turbulent times that allowed to overcome them. This requires multisector collaboration and academic and public-private participation. First, academic and/or research activities are necessary to design the modules’ specifications. Next, it is central to set a proper distribution of the multigenerational human capital involved in the implementation to ensure a proper intergenerational balance. Public institutions and mass media are needed for diffusion purposes and implementation facilitation, and private and public establishments are required to implement them.   

  1. Summary

The policy brief to be produced will present a revision of the European values and their prioritization in previous times of progress and crises. It will explore those periods to recognize the prevailing values and principles that allowed to overcome crises and to expand social rights and standards of living of European societies. Then, it will propose a set of 2 intergenerational dialogues’ modules to open the debate on the values and principles that have supported European societies and institutions up to nowadays and their projections for the future. It will also set the order of these modules and their general specifications. Then, the public target is the civil society and the societal partners are academic and/or research entities, international organizations, and public and private organizations and institutions, as well as private and local businesses. Public institutions and mass media are required to promote these open dialogues and to orient and to facilitate its implementation, and private and public establishments are required to implement them. This 2-modules set is meant to be applied and to open the discussion in any type of organization, institution, and business, taking into consideration the multigenerational distribution of the participants and promoting intergenerational integration practices. Being the continent that has gone the furthest concerning, maintaining, and expanding liberal values, comes with the responsibility of constituting itself as a model of organization that the rest of the countries can imitate. The application of this type of exercise will help to prevent future anti-democratic dynamics that in turn prevent anti-democratic governments. In a nutshell, this policy brief will propose a scheme of one step back to revisit the fundamentals to be prepared to jump two steps forward towards sustainable and sound development. Finally, a period of 2 to 3 months is required to produce this policy brief.