Comic Books for Better Economic Education in Poland

Our international comic competition “Animate Europe”, currently running in its third round, is one attempt to create interest in the topic of Europe, launch discussions, thought processes and foster civic engagement, for an informed and open society. It is one examples, how graphic arts and the often neglected comic scene in particular, can be a valuable approach to discussing and presenting social and political issues. The Civil Development Forum, partner in our 4liberty.eu network, has for several years used a similar approach – with the main difference that they focus specifically on economic education. Marek Tatala, Vice President and Economist at the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation) shared with us their ideas and strategies behind the project.

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Democracy relies on well-educated and informed citizens. This includes knowledge about fundamentals of economics, rule of law and individual rights. All of these aspects should be taught to children at an early age and in a way, which makes it accessible and attractive to them.

That’s why the Civil Development Forum (FOR Foundation), a Polish think tank and 4Liberty.eu network member, decided to develop economic comic books.

In November 2016 FOR Foundation published already the 8th edition of “Econ-Comics” (“Komiksy Ekonomiczne” in Polish).

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Upcoming event: Banning the ban: Challenging the “Verbotskultur” in Europe

Schilderwald. flickr.com_adfcsachsenWednesday, 19 March 2014
12.00 – 14.00 h

More and more politicians and public officials try to regulate the behavior of citizens by banning products and actions they consider to be harmful: from the use of tobacco to vacuum cleaners. In German there is even a word naming this culture of overregulation – it is called “Verbotskultur”. As a consequence, we are witnessing opposition and even organized movements against the so-called “nanny state”. In Denmark, the organisation “Anti Forbud Danmark” proposed to subject all laws prohibiting a certain action to a critical evaluation. According to the organisation, if a certain law has not shown any positive impact after two years, it should be eliminated. Prohibition and overregulation limit people’s freedom to make choices and thus restrains their space for free and responsible action. This event aims at critically assessing if Europe is engaged on a path towards growing prohibition. What effect does Verbotskultur have on citizens? Are responsible decisions based on free and responsible thinking not the better way to go?

You can find the invitation here. Please register by 18 March.

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