Europe for Peace - Social movements and political decision-making
A partnership meeting was held in Brussels from 11-13 November 2010, with about 30 participants. The meeting was held in the Maison de la Paix in Brussels.
The partnership meeting had three major themes:
- Development of social movement strategies;
- ICT tools for secure communication;
- lobbying of European institutions.
Development of social movement strategies
Javier Garate and Andreas Speck introduced the Movement Action Plan (MAP) by Bill Moyer as a model for social movement activists to analyse their movement, and to develop strategies. The MAP describes eight stages through which social movements normally progress over a period of years and decades. For each state, the MAP describes the role of the public, powerholders, and the movement. It provides organisers with a map of the long road of successful movements, which helps them guide their movement along the way.
In addition to the eight stages, the MAP includes a typology of four different kinds of activists in social movements. All four roles need to be present at any given time, but their distribution changes over the different stages.
After an introduction, all participants positioned themselves according to which role they play most or most effectively in their movement. This was followed up with a small group discussion to develop a European strategy based on a campaign titled War starts here, which included the mapping of military bases and infrastructure, or institutions which play a role in war in a wider sense.
Lobbying of European institutions
There was also a European lobby tour, a tour of European institutions linked to arms trade and war making in Brussels, organised. The tour included the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Defence Agency, and other relevant institutions in Brussels.
The objective of the lobby tour was less about how to do lobbying - a complex issue - but more about raising awareness about existing European institutions relevant for issues of peace and international security.
ICT tools for secure communication
The last item of the partnership meeting was a presentation by Andreas Speck on ICT tools for secure communication. The presentation dealt with email encryption, Off-the-record messaging for instant messengers, and touched on other secure communication and general ICT security issues.
The partnership meeting closed with an evaluation. The participants valued the longer meeting, which gave more time to deepen some of the topics discussed. It was agreed to meet for an administrative partnership meeting again in Belgium in January 2011.