Active Citizens project run by the British Council in Budapest.

Active Citizens

Active Citizens is a non-profit programme that promotes community cohesion and improvement through civic engagement or volunteering in around 30 countries.

Run by the British Council and partner organisations, it aims to increase the contribution of community leaders towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally. It also encourages peer-to-peer relations across cultural, geographic and political boundaries via a lively online social network of participants, as well as occasional international exchange visits. 

In Hungary we run this programme in Eger and the surrounding area with more than 30 active citizens who are members of local NGOs, cultural organisations, schools and volunteer associations. We have so far delivered over 15 social action projects, and we continue to run various social programmes and activities. 

Creative Cities

Creative Cities is a British Council project which was set up a few years ago and run very successfully in Hungary. It was developed in 15 countries across Europe involving NGOs, civil governments and citizens with the aim of creating a better living environment.

The project was extremely successful thanks to its innovative elements like the Future City Game or the Urban Ideas Bakery. Activities are now run largely independently of the British Council, but the project website is still maintained by the British Council.  

In Hungary alone we delivered almost 50 Future City Games, two international Urban Ideas Bakeries and produced a TV series with Hungarian National TV called 'Our Little Town', based on the idea of the Future City Game.

Challenge Europe 

Challenge Europe was the British Council's climate change programme, in which 15 committed young professionals were recruited as advocates to make a difference to the climate debate both in Hungary and internationally. These advocates run a blog and a website, shoot films - such as the TV film 'London in Green' - prepare information materials on climate change, organise round-table discussions with the participation of politicians, measure people’s carbon footprint, 'offset' their travels and encourage others to do so.

As a result of the advocates’ active participation climate offices were opened at Hungarian universities. They also founded the Climate Embassy Association, which is still very active running various programmes on climate change.

Read about our partners' experiences:

Balázs Lévai, Producer, MTV - Creative Cities

Our Little Town TV Series

This is a strange new programme with a specific structure - a game for city planning. It is based on the Future City Game developed by the British Council. Our team created the 'film version' of the game where two teams - a professional and a lay one of city inhabitants - have to find a creative solution for a problem. This might be a street, square or even an island - something that caused a problem for the civil government. The teams have 48 hours to come up with a brilliant idea which will then be judged by a local jury. You can see the film on Hungarian Television on Sundays. 

Zsuzsa Kravalik, Sociologist - Creative Cities

Our Little Town TV Series

At the beginning of the show 'Our Little Town' based on British Council’s Creative Cities initiative I felt dizzy and shocked by terms such as curtain wall and pull function. But it turned out that we could understand each other much better than we had dreamt about at first. Although during the site visits we came up a wide range of ideas, out of this mixture of impressions through long hours of brainstorming a common solution was born, which pleased both the team’s architect Peter, the real-estate developer Miklós and me, the urban sociologist. Hypothesis: If it were possible to use this synergy in university education, the urban state of affairs could be greatly developed. Let’s prove the hypothesis!

Ádám Zakar, Editor, Duna TV - Challenge Europe

London in Green TV Film

Did you know that new houses in the UK should have 'zero carbon emission' from 2016? Are you interested in the London 'Green Olympics'? Several green programmes have been launched in the last few years which are now making London a great place to live. The film titled 'London in Green' was produced as part of the Challenge Europe programme in partnership with the British Council and it shows London from a very new perspective. You will find out how the London University of Economics can recycle 69 kg rubbish per student. You can see the first green disco in the world where people not just consume but also produce energy - by dancing on the floor. 

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