Mayday is a project with the ambition of looking at the lessons of the past, understanding the intense realities of today and envisaging the future through the mediums of a magazine, podcasts and events.
A joint project of BOZAR, Are We Europe, Open Society European Policy Institute, Bertelsmann Foundation and the Evens Foundation, we have produced two issues of the magazine, one podcast series and held one public event to-date.
At the beginning of this decade, we face an unprecedented opportunity to rethink the future of our society. Yet, as the economy experiences its biggest contraction since World War II, inequality and social marginalisation are exacerbated. Forced isolation has left deep marks on many. And the climate clock continues to tick, decreasing our chances of keeping the rise in the earth’s temperature under control. If the 2020s are about ‘relaunching’, we need new, collaborative conversations. How can we reimagine the future of Europe? Mayday – from ‘venez m’aider’ (‘come help me’ in French) – is the international distress signal and Mayday Magazine is a call for help to the future.
The first issue was launched in October 2020 at Bozar in Brussels with a cast of speakers featuring economist Yanis Varoufakis, Philippe Van Parijs, graphic novelist Judith Vanistendael, Frank Andrews and Anneleen Ophoff (Are We Europe and the European Network against Racism) and Heather Grabbe (the Open Society European Policy Institute).