When the European Union was founded as the European Economic Community in 1958, the idea was to be able to compete with the USA and the emerging east Asian industrial nations. Since then, it has undergone many changes, one being that by now it addresses every aspect of political agendas including social policies, foreign affairs, freedom of movement and consumer protection. It has become a progressive actor in questions of e.g. Human Rights, Equality, and Environmental Protection world wide.
The European idea is reflected in the group that joins in this project at Potsdam University: participants come from Scandinavia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, and Italy.
Yet, instead of the EEC’s main target – to be able to compete with the USA – this project is about cooperation, about learning from eachother, about intercultural curiosity, and about the idea that you need to see your world through someone else’s eyes for not overlooking what is as ‘natural’ and as invisible for us as water is for fish.