In 2009, a small meeting was organized in Milan, bringing together a dozen representatives of some European transhumanist associations. Present were Italian, French, Belgian, British, German, Swedish, and Croatian people. The participants explained how transhumanism was received in their country, how many people were involved, any opportunities or difficulties, and the expected outlook. Some prospects for joint action had been envisaged. A European mailing list was set up, but most of these projects fizzled out. Perhaps because of the additional difficulty of agreeing across cultures, especially because of the lack of people available to deal with international relations, each participant chose to give priority to the development of the movement in their cultural or linguistic area. Almost ten years later, where are we?
We feel it is time to again discuss our work and experiences as transhumanists. Such a meeting should be an opportunity to share our know-how. In addition, we can learn twice from other organizations and other activists : we can learn about them and we can learn about ourselves, make comparisons with the difficulties encountered by others and the practices put in place to deal with them, and inform ourselves about the reality of our own difficulties and our own practices.
Beyond the collective assessment, the question will have to be posed of what we might have an interest in achieving together. Is there an interest in structuring the movement on a European scale? How to articulate regional, national and international scales? How do we view our relationships with structures like Humanity+?
For those for whom the European level is relevant, what kind of tool would it be interesting to develop? (Regular European meetings, common online tools…)
For those for whom the European level is not relevant, what alternatives can be proposed to restore international momentum?