Training course: To tell the truth. The story of democracy and diversity in times of radicalisation

Location: Bad Bevensen & Berlin, Germany

Dates: 1-12 August 2018

Number of participants: 32

Participating countries: Germany, Lithuania, Poland

Organizer: Gustav Stresemann Institut in Nds. e.V.

Apply here: Application form

Deadline to apply: 30 June 2018

Date Of Selection: 10 July 2018

Inquiries about this training course: Ina Bülow at


– Participation fee: different in each country due to different levels of living standard and income situation in the participating countries; € 250 for participants from Germany Students (€ 200), € 50 for participants from Poland, € 30 for Lithuanians;
– Travel expense refund up to a max. of 100 € for German, 180 € for Polish & 225 € for Lithuanian participants (actual travel costs)

To tell the truth. The story of democracy and diversity in times of radicalisation.

International summer program for youth leaders / youth workers from Germany, Poland, Lithuania & Northern Ireland. Our methods will be designed for train the trainers’ needs: inspiring, intercultural and integrative.

Who tells the truth in times of post-truth politics? Which is the true story of our past? What is the story of democracy in our countries? Which different stories shape societies in times of immigration and diversity? What is the story of our lives as (future) active citizens?

With this project we will make stories happen; we will not just share them. We will use them to understand each other, to compare our narratives, to learn about the different paths to democracy in our countries, to understand the concept of diversity and to design our future projects as activists of civil society.

1. The truth about the past: How did we become the people who we are? We will look at the historic narratives describing our (national) identity and our paths to democracy.
2. The truth about democracy: How do we decide which policy will do? Is democracy always the rule of the majority? Who feels represented and who feels left behind? (simulation game & talks with political decision makers)
3. The truth about diversity: How do we perceive what keeps societies together? Do we have homogenous and diverse societies in Europe? Are we part of the “Christian occident”? This part is on facing diversity and handling it. (diversity training, dialogue exercises and field visits to NGOs and projects of civil society)
4. The truth about development: How do we design, what we will do? Here we will write the story of our future.