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The inaugural Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellowship takes places from October 25, 2020 to October 24, 2021 in various locations in Europe, the United States and the virtual world.

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Ideal Candidates

We look for young professionals based in the European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States with leadership experience and demonstrated political or civic engagement. Candidates should have been born after 1980 and need to have:

Work experience of at least 5 years | An outstanding record of political and/or civic engagement, community activism, or social entrepreneurship | Impactful professional and/or community networks | Demonstrated leadership experience | An innovative project proposal | A passion for serving the public interest | A high level of emotional intelligence | Strong communication skills and cultural fluency.

As they plan, test and implement their projects, the 30 Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows will cooperate, support each other and build a community. To scale their impact, they will activate their existing networks and recruit new partners who will support the realization of their project idea.

Fellowship Focus

In 2020/2021, the Fellowship focuses on reinventing democratic spaces in times of COVID-19. What forces underlie the structural inequities that COVID-19 amplifies and how can they be addressed? What is the appropriate balance between individual rights and collective political, economic and social responsibilities? Which approaches do we need today to advance the health of our democracies tomorrow? Does COVID-19 mark the end of individualism as we have known it? How do we ensure that voices from the ground are heard at the top? Together and individually the Fellows explore these and other questions and develop actions that reach broad audiences. Potential areas for developing projects could be – but are not limited to:

Civil rights in times of global and national health threats | Lessons from national and international responses to COVID-19 | Preparing democracies for future emergencies | Public health and social justice | Short and long-term impact on vulnerable communities | COVID-19 as a paradigm shift from the socio-physical to the virtual world | Flight, asylum, and migration | White supremacy and racial discrimination | Hate speech and other hate crimes | Data and privacy | Fake news, conspiracy theories and social media bubbles.

Project Proposal

Candidates present a project proposal for an impactful political or civic initiative. Proposals can, for example, be based on community organizing, digital campaigning or cultural strategies. The implementation of the project needs to be accompanied by various activities (November 2020 to April 2021) leading up to the realization of their core project idea (May to October 2021). The project involves the public as well as specific stakeholders related to the initiative. Together with influencers, new partners and Humanity in Action alumni, the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows will be working closely with each other and Humanity in Action staff. Accompanying activities taking place while planning and testing the core project idea may, for example, include:

Social media-based campaigning | Publications including articles, podcasts and videos | On- and offline events of many kinds | Multimedia-based installations and exhibitions.

We invite candidates to submit proposals for high-impact activities that reinvent democratic spaces in times of COVID-19 through the lenses of their own work and civic engagement. Successful project proposals will rely on solid networks and be based on cooperation. They will be focused on impact results, have well-defined target groups, clear project beneficiaries, and solid metrics for impact measurement.

Our Program

From October 25, 2020 to October 24, 2021, the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows work part-time on implementing their project ideas and related activities. We provide guidance, structured programming and supervision. Together with the social impact agency Purpose, we offer our Fellows an intense virtual and on-site training program throughout the year (“Action Lab”):

Virtual Welcome Reception: 5.00pm-8.15pm CET, Sun 25 Oct, 2020 | Virtual Training on Ecosystem Mapping: 5.30pm-9pm CET, Sun 8 Nov, 2020 | Virtual Training on Audience and Messaging Development: 5.30pm-9pm CET, Fri 4 Dec, 2020 | Virtual Training on Agile Campaigning: 5.30pm-9pm CET, Fri 15 Jan, 2021 | Virtual Open Space Training: 5.30pm-9pm CET, Sun 7 Feb, 2021 | Action Academy in Berlin: Wed, 3 to Sun, 7 Mar, 2021 | Action Academy in Amsterdam: Wed, 5 to Sun, 9 May, 2021

The Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows will meet and cooperate regularly in designated pods: small working groups clustered around similar topics, methods and/or locations. There, they workshop their ideas, strategize on their projects’ implementation, provide honest peer-to-peer feedback, share good practices, and coordinate on their actions. In the process, they build lifelong connections with each other and new partners. Pod meetings will take place monthly from October, 2020 to February, 2021; biweekly from March to May, 2021; and biweekly to monthly from June to October, 2021. They will be scheduled in advance based on the availabilities of the participants of each pod. We anticipate that structured programming will be limited to the outlined meeting structure. However, applicants should be open to taking part in additional virtual program meetings if necessary.

Our Expectations

The Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows commit to join all the virtual and in-person training sessions, to actively participate with their designated pod, to design/implement/evaluate their proposed project activities, to engage their existing networks in realizing their projects, and to establish new partnerships along the way. As part of their project activities, the Alfred Landecker Democracy Fellows also commit to publish at least one article or op-ed through Humanity in Action or another media outlet. Overall, we expect our Fellows to produce tangible outcomes that have a publicly visible impact on their own and other communities.

Questions? Reach out.

Please contact Antje Scheidler.