Projects by Act.Now
International Mayors’ Conferences NOW build transnational networks for new civil-society initiatives, NGOs, institutions, public organisations and experts. The first NOW Conference took place in Vienna in 2016. Five more conferences in Athens, Kampala, and Vienna, have been held since then.
NOW Local Action Forum
The NOW Local Action Forum offers an innovative opportunity to engage in intensive exchange with diverse stakeholders and to develop solutions in order to strengthen social cohesion. This two-day event, organised by Act.Now in cooperation with a municipality and local stakeholders, focuses on a specific local challenge identified by the local community and develops strategies to address it.
NOW Mayors’ Network
The NOW Mayors’ Network is a value-based and action-oriented community established in 2016. It includes members from 13 countries stretching from the Middle East to Northern Europe. The Network supports its members in promoting peaceful, cohesive and prosperous communities
NOW Promising Practices
The series “NOW Promising Practices” showcases living examples of how to strengthen inclusive social cohesion in diverse communities.
NOW Youth Approach
Involving youth is a cornerstone of our work. We acknowledge young people’s unique views, concerns and knowledge. By providing skill training and empowerment workshops designed for and with young people and connecting youth and decision-makers, we also make sure young people are equipped to participate and take over active roles in their home towns.
The NOW Map is a database of actors in the broad field of social cohesion with a regional focus on Europe and the MENAT region. It visualises existing projects, organisations, networks, individual people, and publications. The NOW Map is a tool for research, knowledge transfer, and networking. The aim of the NOW map is to encourage committed individuals, experts, and initiatives to connect, to think transnationally, to exchange ideas, and to jointly develop new solutions.
The Innovation in Politics Institute
The Innovation in Politics Institute is a European service organisation for politicians and political institutions, with the goal to improve politics in Europe. “The Innovation in Politics Awards” in 2017, are first in a series of activities of the independent institute based in Vienna. The Innovation in Politics Institute was co-founded by Act.Now in 2016.
„Meine Abgeordnten” is an independent, political platform for transparency aiming to promote confidence in democratic institutions. The initiative founded by the crowdfunding-platform respekt.net in 2011 give visibility to top politicians in Austria. Since 2018 the project is run in cooperation with Act.Now.
Mobile Music School
Since 2015, Marwan Abado organises music workshops for children in Viennese schools and refugee shelters in cooperation with Act.Now. The aim being to introduce the children to both the cultural roots of their country of origin and to Austrian traditions by music. The result of the workshops (music, dance, poetry and literature) have been performed several times at NOW Conferences.
Completed projects and cooperations
NOW Working Groups
The NOW Working Groups were founded in the aftermath of the 3rd NOW Conference in Vienna and promote interdisciplinary exchange across borders between experts, researchers and practitioners from Europa and the MENAT region. Currently 5 NOW Working Groups (Exploitation & Human Trafficking, Trauma Surviving, Gender Equality, Children’ Rights, Research Network DESC) are working on several projects. Viola Raheb is the curator of the NOW Working Groups.
Event in the Burgtheater
On 26 January 2017, Act.Now organised an evening event against xenophobia “Realize the invisible line, that connects everyone with everything” together with the Viennese Burgtheater with André Heller and Karin Bergmann. Musicians from Europe, Africa and Asia presented their rich compositions, actors read from literary works of prominent authors who had fled their home countries or grew up abroad, and well-known public figures talked about their emigration or immigration.
What makes us human? This is what Ferdinand Sarnitz and Act.Now seek to find in the YouTube series MENSCH. In interviews with outstanding people from various backgrounds and continents he asks a set of 16 questions in an effort to find out who they are, how they think, and what drives them to do what they do. The series MENSCH aims to inspire and motivate viewers by exploring why and how different people engage to strengthen the cohesion of our societies.
International Round Table
The International Round Table on the interface of migration, human trafficking and slavery took place on 29 September 2017 at the Haus der Europäischen Union. The event was organised by the “Regional Implementation Initiative on Preventing & Combating Human Trafficking 2017” in cooperation with Act.Now.