You think a panel discussion is boring? Or just too much work to organise? You want to reach more people? Here are a few ideas on what else you can do to reach people. Try it, and tell us how it went! 

JEF published some guidelines on how to do campaigning and what to consider in order to stay safe.

Bus campaigning

People passing by on the street don’t have time? On the bus they have nothing to do anyways! Prepare a few questions, jump on a bus, ask passengers, hop off at the next station and gather results.

Sample script for bus talk

Hi, I’m from a local youth organisation and we want to make people aware of the EP elections in 2019.

  1. Do you know about the elections of the EU parliament in May 2019?
  2. Will you vote? Why/ why not?

Use the contact form below to tell us what today’s passengers said!

“I will vote”

Make a  “I will vote”  frame or poster and ask people if they would take a picture with it, upload it to their Facebook page and link the Y Vote page! Also you could use the flyers that the “This time I’m voting” campaign of the European Parliament Liaison Offices. Find out more about our cooperation with the European Parliament and This Time I’m Voting and how it can be useful for your local.

Eyecatcher

If you start a street action, you need to make yourself visible! Get creative! Ideas: big signs with statistics that attract attention, costumes, spinning wheel with different prizes (e.g. borrow from bank or similar), think about where people have time to talk to you, e.g. pedestrian alley, shopping street on weekend, bus, waiting areas, people that are relaxed.

Spread the word

Your local bus company has screens where they show advertisements? Your uni or favorite bakery does too? Or maybe a space for posters? Ask them if you can use them to make people aware of the EP elections! We can provide you with the design, just send us the format you need via the contact form below.

Kahoot Quizzes

Want to pump up your weekly social drink? Make sure you have a projector and test everyone’s knowledge! Have a look at our kahoot quiz, or make your own. Also see our cheat sheet for the quiz with the login info.

Opinion Poll

Gather the opinions of people on the street! Formulate a “yes”/”no” question and see what people think. Easiest option: Hang a poster with a tally sheet plus a marker. More advanced options: two doors in public places (count how many go through which door), two boxes and balls to put in either one, two buckets with sand to put in them,…

Flashmob

Spice up your mensa or local town square or whichever place seems public enough!

Check out these (very cool) examples from the internet:

  • You might not have an orchestra or a choir at hand, but the idea to use music to raise awareness for the elections, and especially the hymn to remind people of unity is not the worst. Check out the example from Nurnberg . Don’t be afraid to rewrite the lyrics of ‘Ode to Joy’ or a different song. Whatever rocks your city.
  • Does your city have a partner city or do you have a twin local? Y not organise something happening simultaneously in different places together?
  • Adapt this cool idea from Canada to raise awareness on the importance of recycling, to raising awareness on the importance of voting!

Politicians twister

You want to make people laugh at your next AEGEE event? Here’s an energizer for you: Instead of colorful circles, put faces of politicians on a twister board. E.g. faces of old politicians that are closely connected to the EU integration – Adenauer, Churchill, Monnet, Spinelli, and connect it with a quiz. Then it starts: “Put your left foot on Churchill”.

"What happens if people come sit next to you in a bus and just start talking to you about their passion? You can’t escape! This happened to Merilyn, the president of AEGEE-Tallinn
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