Talos contributes to the election guide “Das kleine Einmaleins der Europawahlen”

Talos contributes to the election guide “Das kleine Einmaleins der Europawahlen”

Calling our German and Austrian friends!

The European Elections are just a few days away. But what exactly do we vote for? What are the most important issues in the EU at the moment? Who are the candidates and what are their opinions on these issues?  Das kleine Einmaleins is an online election guide for Austria and Germany that answers all these questions. Compiled and written by students, with the help of experts from Think Tanks, journalism and academia, this is easily the most accessible election guide for young voters. Find out how the political system of the EU works and what opinions the German and Austrian candidates have on topics like migration, free trade or the EU army.

Max, our Head of Business Development, contributed to this guide, together with 60 students from Germany and Austria. He wrote about topics that are very important to Talos. Why should we go voting and how can we become politically engaged beyond that? We believe we all should go voting because even if our impact on the results is small, this is better than no impact at all. And if you want to become politically engaged and voice your ideas – well, there is no better place to start than Talos. Head over to our friends at Das kleine Einmaleins der Europawahlen and learn more about what’s going on at the upcoming European elections. And don’t forget to vote.

www.daskleineeinmaleins.com

Talos becomes partner of the Prague European Summit – Future European Leaders Forum

Talos becomes partner of the Prague European Summit – Future European Leaders Forum

Talos is honoured to announce that we have been invited to become a partner of the Prague European SummitFuture European Leaders Forum (FELF)!

Held between May 27-29th, FELF is the young leaders forum element of the Prague European Summit, the leading annually organised strategic conference on European affairs in Central Europe. The Prague European Summit is an initiative of two leading Czech think tanks: the EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and the Institute of International Relations Prague. It is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic and the City of Prague. The aim of the Prague European Summit is to trigger a strategic and open debate on the future of the European Union among high-level political representatives, government officials, business leaders, academics and journalists from the Czech Republic, the countries of the Visegrád Four Alliance and EU Member States.

Attached to the Prague European Summit, the Future European Leaders Forum seeks to bring together annually 30 exceptional European leaders between the ages of 21-30, in order to form a network to drive positive change within our European Union. As an official partner, Talos will organise a workshop titled ‘How to drive institutionalised change within our European Union’, held by our President, Dénes András Nagy. Furthermore, working together with FELF, Talos will empower the 2019 cohort of alumni to have their ideas coming out of the Prague European Summit institutionally taken up at a European Union level.

Talos wishes to thank Jiří Mach, the FELF Coordinator of the Prague European Summit for this great opportunity to foster European civicism among the future leaders of our continent.

Should you be interested in applying to attend the Future European Leaders Forum of the Prague European Summit, click here for the application form. Please note: the deadline is the 15th of May, 23.59 CEST.

Talos wins the European Charlemagne Youth Prize Hungarian national round

Talos wins the European Charlemagne Youth Prize Hungarian national round

Talos is proud to announce that we have been selected as the winners of the Hungarian national round of the European Charlemagne Youth Prize!

Awarded since 2008 by the Foundation of the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen together with the European Parliament, the European Charlemagne Youth Prize recognises outstanding projects launched by young EU Member State citizens. Selected Europeanist projects should “promote European and international understanding; foster the development of a shared sense of European identity and integration; and provide role models for young people living in Europe and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community”. Having built an online platform that enables EU Member State citizens from across Europe to drive positive change, Talos is delighted that our efforts dedicated to fostering European civicism have thus been recognized.

Talos is honoured to have been selected by the national jury to represent Hungary in the European round of this competition. The jury was composed of 2 Hungarian Members of European Parliament, namely Ádám Kósa (Fidesz – European People’s Party) and Csaba Molnár (Democratic Coalition – S&D) in addition to Balázs Krabácz from the Erasmus Student Network.

We are grateful to the jury for choosing Talos. As a prize, Talos has been invited to attend the Award Ceremony in Aachen, Germany, alongside national winners coming from all 27 other EU Member States.

For more information, please click here to access the official website of the prize.

Talos becomes European Parliament “Partner for the 2019 European Elections”.

Talos becomes European Parliament “Partner for the 2019 European Elections”.

Talos is honoured to announce that we have become the European Parliament’s “Partner for the 2019 European Elections”! This invitation was issued because currently, out of all the civil society organization within our European Union, Talos recruited the largest number of EU Member State citizens to sign up for the European Parliament’s “This Time I’m Voting Campaign”!

Essentially, the aim of this non-partisan, institutional campaign is to increase voter turnout for our next European Parliamentary elections, to be held between the 23rd to the 26th of May, 2019. Launched at the 2018 European Youth Event (EYE2018), the campaign encourages EU Member State citizens to pledge to vote in the run-up to the elections. Having attended EYE2018, Talos decided to endorse the campaign, and won a campaign competition through our contributions, for which we have now been officially recognised.

We, as Talos, wholeheartedly subscribe to the aim of the campaign, as we are a civil society organisation with a mission: “to foster European civicism through encouraging political participation”. Our online platform was created specifically as a positive reaction to what we see as an ongoing problem of civic disengagement and political disenchantment across our European Union. As such, we wholeheartedly welcome our European Parliament’s “This time I’m voting” campaign. We believe that it is our duty to support this cause that will hopefully motivate more EU citizens to exercise their right to vote. Thus, we are proud to announce this official partnership between our European Parliament and Talos – we will do all we can on our part to encourage our fellow EU Member State citizens to pledge that this time, they will vote.

To find out more about the “This time I’m voting” campaign, click here.

Talos’ President addresses the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the EP

Talos’ President addresses the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament

On November the 27th, Talos’ President, Dénes András Nagy was honoured with the opportunity to address the Committee on Constitutional Affairs of our European Parliament as part of the “European Youth Hearing” process. At his hearing, Dénes had the opportunity to present our “Let’s reform the e-petition system of our European Parliament” Cause on Talos.

As part of the “European Youth Hearing” process, following biannual European Youth Events (EYE), selected young EU Member State citizens are invited to the European Parliament in order to present public policy proposals to Members of European Parliament (MEPs) on how to reform our European Union. Taking part in the European Youth Event 2018 (EYE 2018), Dénes was invited to take part in an ideas competition on why European Youth Hearings are important due to his plenary speech in Strasbourg.

The Talos team is grateful to the wonderful team at the Youth Outreach Unit of the Directorate for Campaigns within the Directorate-General for Communication of our European Parliament for this opportunity.

If you are interested in getting involved in our Cause titled “Let’s reform the e-petition system of our European Parliament”, click here.

Talos President wins European Youth Hearing opportunity

Talos President wins European Youth Hearing opportunity

Our President, Dénes András Nagy has won a “European Youth Hearing” opportunity, hosted by the European Parliament. Taking part in the European Youth Event 2018 (EYE 2018), Dénes was invited to take part in an ideas competition on why European Youth Hearings are important due to his plenary speech in Strasbourg. Having submitted a winning entry, Dénes was invited to the Constitutional Affairs Committee of the European Parliament to present our “Let’s reform the e-petition system of our European Parliament” Cause on Talos.

As part of the “European Youth Hearing” process, following biannual European Youth Events (EYE), selected young EU Member State citizens are invited to the European Parliament in order to present public policy proposals to Members of European Parliament (MEPs) on how to reform our European Union. Talos is grateful to Photon and Simon Péter for producing our winning video entry which was shot in beautiful Budapest, Hungary.

Talos takes part in the YouthCan Innovation Lab 2018 in Brussels.

Talos takes part in the YouthCan Innovation Lab 2018 in Brussels

Between 5th and 6th July 2018 Max, our Head of Business Development, took part in the YouthCAN Innovation Lab in Brussels, organised by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue. Together with participants from all across Europe and from various organisations, such as Rewind, Turn to love, Foyer and the Pan-European Union, he worked on Social Media Campaigns that seek to counter online hate speech. The workshops included sessions about target group segmentation, the identification of the right messages and distribution channels, risk assessment and success evaluation. Many experts from the field shared their experience with countering hate speech after terror attacks or in areas such as Molenbeek near Brussles, where ISIS recruitment was especially effective.

The outcome were four campaigns, each targeting a different group of people and a specific type of hate speech, that are planned to be launched within the next year. Max was working on a campaign called #truthaware, which seeks to teach youngsters about the manipulative tactics employed in hate speech, such as sounds, colours and tones that play on emotions and deceive the viewers and readers. Stay tuned on Talos for the latest news on #truthaware!

The Institute for Strategic Dialogue also runs the Youth Civil Activism Network, a network for young people around the world who try to fight hate speech. They organize regular events and provide support to youngsters who run social media campaigns in their communities.

To find out more about the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and its YouthCan Network, please click here.

Talos wins the European Parliament’s „This time I’m voting” competition.

Talos wins the European Parliament’s „This time I’m voting” competition.

Fantastic news: with the help of our Talos community, we have won the European Parliament’s „This time I’m voting” competition! Launched in June 2018, the aim of the campaign is to encourage EU Member State citizens to pledge to vote in our European parliamentary elections next year. This mission is facilitated through an online platform operated by the European Parliament, where potential voters can sign up to receive newsletter updates and volunteer to join the campaign.

In order to encourage voter outreach, the European Parliament created a competition. By signing up on their online platform, supporters gain a unique recruiter ID link, with which they can encourage their fellow EU citizens to join the campaign. As part of the competition, the top 10 volunteers who were able to sign up the largest amount of people were to be recognized for their efforts. Thanks to your help, we did it! Talos signed up 332 people to pledge to vote and won the competition!

As a prize, Talos’ President Dénes András Nagy has been invited as a guest of honor to attend the upcoming State of the Union address of the President of the European Commission. Instituted by the Treaty of Lisbon, this year it shall be held on the 12th of September before a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. We are honoured to be able to attend this historic debate on the political future of our European Union!

To find out more about the „This time I’m voting campaign” of our European Parliament, please click here.

Talos selected to take part in Visions d’Europe’s 2018 Newrope competition!

Newrope

We are proud to announce that Talos has been selected to take part in Visions d’Europe’s renowned 2018 “Newrope” idea competition!

An annually organized ideas competition, the Newrope contest this year centers on it’s theme of “Europe by it’s citizens”. In our submission, we highlighted the main feature of our civic technology platform – Causes. It is our hope, that through hard work, we will craft our platform into an empowering launchpad for civic initiatives seeking to improve our European Union from the grassroots – culminating in a reform of “Europe by it’s citizens”.

As part of the competition, we will have the opportunity to give a presentation on our idea to the organizers. As such, a delegation of 5 Talos team members will be travelling to Sciences Po Lille in France during October to represent our Europeanist civic technology startup.

We are honored and grateful for being selected: merci beaucoup Visions d’Europe!

To learn more about Visions d’Europe, click here to access their website: https://www.visionsdeurope.eu.

Talos President invited to attend NATO Engages – The Brussels Summit Dialogue

Our President, Dénes András Nagy, has been invited to attend the “NATO Engages – Brussels Summit Dialogue”, co-organised by the Atlantic Council, the German Marshall Fund (GMF), the Munich Security Conference (MSC), and Women in International Security (WIIS) in partnership with NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division.

Organised between the 11-12th of July, “NATO Engages” acts as an assembly of experts and leaders from business, civil society, politics and the media focusing on security in the 21st century.

Talos is grateful to have been invited to be represented at this event. We are honored to have the opportunity to contribute to it our insights coming from the perspective of the civic technology sector.

In our view, 21st century advancements in the field of civic technology could and should be utilized, in order to empower citizens to make inputs into our deliberative democratic processes, through which security and defence policies are formulated. Using the best practice example of our European Commission’s Public Consultation system, civilian expertise could be crowdsourced through E-Consultation systems to institutionally drive reforms – thus creating a direct channel between our institutions and the citizens they serve to protect.

To find out more about NATO Engages, click here: https://nato-engages.org