#HopeinUS_EU: a virtual European third place | Transit Projectes





The Hope in Us project aims to strengthen cooperation between the culture and adult education sectors by creating a virtual European “third place”.

The concept of “third place” refers to shared and collaborative social workspaces where people can meet, gather and exchange in a really informal way. This concept comes from the English “The third place” and was first mentioned by the sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his 1989 book “The Great Good Place”.


The global health crisis has led to considerable instability in the cultural and adult education sectors, which have found it difficult to adapt because their actors, often used to working collectively, have found themselves isolated in their homes or on their computers.

How can these two sectors and their actors be resilient in the face of the crisis and, more generally, in a context in which the digital world is becoming increasingly important?

What if the crisis represented an opportunity to enter into a process of resilience and hope, taking care of oneself and of others, building with others and for others, where the experiences of some enrich those of others?

What if the answer is to be found in the principle of “third places” where different audiences come together and where they can share, work, contribute, train and exchange?

In addition to the “third places” that exist in many European territories, HOPE in US aims to create a virtual “third place” where all European actors and citizens can participate as partners and/or beneficiaries. To create a virtual European “third place” is to enable the arts and culture sector to invent new forms of creation, dissemination and mediation, and for the adult and youth education sector to go beyond the logic of learning and to invent more interactive teaching formats.

Objectives and actions

#Hopeinus_EU has 3 main objectives

In order to achieve these objectives, the project partners will create two innovative educational resources:

for cultural actors, a place for the exchange of ideas, practices and knowledge, a place for training and online workshops.

Who are we?

The #Hopeinus_EU project is being developed between May 2021 and May 2023 by 5 partners from different European countries: IRFSS Aquitaine (France), Pole Culture et Santé en Nouvelle Aquitaine (France), Pour la Solidarité ASBL (Belgium), Smart Coop (Belgium) and Trànsit Projectes (Spain).

The #Hopeinus_EU project is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The content of the project reflects the views only of the authors and the European Commission is not responsible for the use of the content. Project code: 2020-1-FR01-KA227-ADU-095257