Participatory Tools for Democracy


Commons and democracy are intimately linked. This workshop addressed civic participation in different regions in Europe and explored ways to foster citizens’ involvement in the production of their cities through engagement with public bodies and direct forms of political action.

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New Democracy Workshop

Margarita Rodríguez Ibáñez, who participated in this workshop, is publishing a paper on Spanish participation platforms. Here’s an excerpt (or read the whole paper here):

With regard to the ‘participatory panacea’, should local governments consider whether the participatory process of civil society, both face-to-face and virtual, should be created based on filters of interest and direct needs of citizens to establish greater involvement of participants, which would make a powerful Institutional Social Network, emerge?

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Koen Wynants, from Antwerp, also participated in the workshop. He wrote about his experiences in setting up the Antwerp Commons Lab. Here’s an excerpt (or read the whole blog here):

From the start, I was surprised to see so many different people, with so many different backgrounds, different activities, different approaches and frames, different expectations. Definitely lots of interesting people to meet and to learn from! Like what kind of local movements are there, how are commoners organised, how do they get financed, what tools do they use?