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On the second day of the Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival (21st October 2022), Particitiz (represented by Cécile Molle and Dimitri Lemaire),  in collaboration with Visuality EU (represented by Joyce Van Kerckhove) and the participation of Emilien Paulis (post doctoral researcher in political science at the university of luxembourg), organized a session on how the architecture of parliaments could be adapted to participatory democracy.

Inspired by the exhibition "Living in Democracy. The architecture of parliaments" organized for the 30th anniversary of the…

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This article is written by Graham Allen, Co-Founder of the Deliberative Democracy and Citizens’ Convention Cohort of the Summit for Democracy and Convenor, CCUKDemocracy

As autocracy suffers a setback in the US midterms, there is more good news breaking this time on deliberative democracy. The European Commission and Ireland have just signed up to become the political co-leads of a new Deliberative Democracy and Citizens’ Assembly Cohort of the Summit for…

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The 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival took place over two days from 20th – 21st October, 2022, in different locations: Brussels, Belgium; Ispra, Italy and Online (Zoom). Over the two days, approximately 150 attended in Brussels 50 in Ispra, and over 600 joining via livestream and Zoom.

Overall, the Festival showcased many citizen engagement initiatives, especially dedicated to youth participation, demonstrating that a diversity of work is flourishing in the field. Many of the sessions…

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Caterina, Nicolas, Kacper and Matous... four young Europeans, with four different views towards the European Union, but who have all experienced the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE). All four were invited by Missions Publiques to join a panel of the 4th Participatory and Deliberative Democracy Festival on October 21st, 2022, organised by the Joint Research Centre in Brussels. The Conference was a turning point in their lives as young European citizens. They now expect the institutions to live up to the hopes raised by this unique process.

An eye-opening…

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During the Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival participants in Ispra had a chance to experience how honeybees take decisions and reflect on how this animal model can be applied also in human collective decision-making. 

The Pollinator Ambassadors, founded and led by Nynke Blömer and Nadine Schuller, had the great pleasure to introduce the Festival participants to the inner workings of a honeybee swarm. “The Hive” is an immersive, interactive,…

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Hear about the findings of a series of intergenerational dialogues held as part of the Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival

As part of the run-up to this year’s Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival, the Competence Centre, with the support of Commission Representations in Croatia, Denmark and Slovakia, organised a series of Intergenerational Conversations on civic education futures. The discussions brought together the young and the not-so-young citizens from diverse walks-of…

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Cities are a site of innovation but also struggle, the question is: how to make them more inclusive and engaging (for youth)?

Case studies from four corners of the Europe (Amsterdam, Barakaldo, Ādazi and Molenbeeck) were presented and discussed by five speakers during the online sessionCo-creation lessons from cities”, part of the 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival, 20-21 October 2022.

Martina Gentili, post-doc researcher at the DELFT Technical…

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The Sensing for Justice project (SensJus) participated in the 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival that took place on 20-21 October 2022, organised by the European Commission's Competence Centre on Participatory and Deliberative Democracy. On the first festival day, we convened a session titled '

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Public Libraries (PL2030) held a special participatory workshop during the 2022 Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival in Brussels on 20th October, based on the ‘Democracy Fitness’ training concept, which challenges the traditional concept of democracy.

The PL2030 session aimed to increase the awareness of the potential for public libraries to be dynamic and versatile partners for programmes and activities regarding democracy and participation. The best way to demonstrate this was to let the…

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On 21 October, experts Alejandro Moledo, Wietse Van Ransbeeck, and Oliver Mauco convened to discuss the past, present, and future of digital participation in democracy. This workshop was held during the 4th Public Participation and Deliberative Democracy Festival and was co-organised and moderated by Elisa Lironi, Programme Director – European Democracy of ECAS and Antoine Vergne, Co-director of Missions Publiques.

Ms. Lironi opened the workshop with the discussion on the past and present of digital participation in democracy. She highlighted that digital participation has…

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