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Welcome to the Festival exhibition of citizen engagement and deliberative processes. Browse through projects that involve citizens in addressing environmental and related issues - and make sure you come back, as we will be updating this page with new cases.

If you would like your project to be published here, send us your submission by the end of March. Find out more about the call for submissions.


Jury on new genomic techniques
Citizen Jury on New Genomic Techniques

Project description

Between 26-28 January 2024, a citizen jury was convened at the Schloss Thurnau in Upper Franconia, Germany to deliberate about new genomic techniques (NGTs) used in agriculture and food/feed production, ahead of the vote of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union on the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on plants obtained by certain NGTs and their food and feed. 24 jury members were selected based on stratification criteria, with the primary consideration being discursive representation on the topic of NGTs. The jury’s selection aimed at striking gender balance and further demographic criteria. Nearly half of the jury members fell within the age group of 18-24, reflecting the importance of youth perspectives in decision-making, especially on the issue of NGTs. The central focus of the jury's deliberation was a question aimed at leading an informed and structured discussion surrounding the needs, purposes, conditions, and impacts of NGTs.

Implemented by

University of Bayreuth, Chair of Food Law, Faculty of Life Sciences

Where and When

Schloss Thurnau, Thurnau, Germany, 2024

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Citizen Laboratory for Urban Health

Project description

The Urban Health Citizen Lab is an open and inclusive meeting space aimed at promoting the development of common ideas through experimentation and collective learning. The main aim of the project is to create a collaborative space to encourage community participation in shaping the research on urban health and promoting more resilient, healthy, sustainable, and inclusive neighbourhoods. The laboratory is articulated in four phases: 1. a participatory diagnosis to define problems of interest to citizens; 2. a citizen science process for participatory research; 3. a social innovation phase to propose solutions, and 4. a communication phase to disseminate the results. The modular methodology used in CSU LAB allows participants to join any of the phases, either generally or specifically, considering their diverse availability and interests, ensuring a flexible and inclusive space for participation.

Implemented by 

Barcelona Institute for Global Health

Where and when

Barcelona, Trinitat Vella neighbourhood (Spain), 2022

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Climate Citizens’ Assembly of Bologna

Project description

The Climate Citizens’ Assembly of Bologna involved 100 citizens selected via stratified random sampling and aimed to guide the Municipality of Bologna towards achieving climate neutrality by 2030. More precisely, the participants had to define recommendations and proposals addressing three questions related to the ecological transition focused on mitigation, adaptation and administrative tools. From May to November, the Citizens’ Assembly was composed of nine meetings across four phases. The first two phases were focused on listening to experts in different areas related to climate change and some of the local stakeholders, while the third phase involved discussions and deliberation between the participants. Lastly, during the decision phase, the participants approved a document consisting of six recommendations and 24 proposals. Currently, the Municipality of Bologna is examining the document and before the end of March has to comment on them, deciding which one to accept, modify or reject.

Implemented by

Fondazione Pietro Giacomo Rusconi, Villa Ghigi, per l’Innovazione Urbana

Where and when

Bologna (Italy), 2023

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How can we accelerate Green Industry in France?

Project description

The French Ministry of Economy launched a 3 month initiative to boost the green industry's growth with two objectives: making France a leader in decarbonization technologies and supporting industry-wide decarbonisation. The Ministry collected ideas from 300 stakeholders. With Make.org's Dialogue platform, the public and stakeholders provided input, enriching eight proposals. The platform fosters collaboration between institutions and citizens, enabling early involvement, feedback, and informed participation. The results were integrated into law. In consequence, various low-carbon industrial projects have been announced, including topics that were also discussed on the Platform. It has contributed to reorienting the French government’s industrial policy in a more local, circular, low-carbon and energy-efficient direction. The collaborative effort of the platform with 8000 participants, 3000 comments, and 30000 reactions, emphasised the success of online tools in shaping green policies. Read more about the project here.

Implemented by

Make.org

Where and when

France, 2023

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Danube Design Lab for Collaborative City Planning

Project description

The Danube Design Lab for Collaborative City Planning was designed for students from 8th to 12th grade, and included six days of intensive work under the guidance of a team of trainers and architects of the Collective Foundation. The project focused on the parts of the city that are connected to the riverfront, which in Ruse is a huge area as the Danube river crosses the city. During the laboratory, 30 students from various vocational and language schools in Ruse developed five projects for urban change, supported by scale models and a comprehensive strategy for their implementation. The projects impress with their conceptual design, care for the the environment and the community, and aesthetic craftsmanship. At the final event in the city’s Theatre building, mixed teams of students presented their projects and sought broad support from all those interested in proposals for the transformation of the urban space through the eyes of the young people of Ruse.

Implemented by

The Collective Foundation

Where and when

Ruse (Bulgaria), 2023

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Democracy-Lab

Project description

In the framework of the EU-funded research project INCITE-DEM - Citizens Reinventing Democracy - (www.incite-dem.eu), 6 Democracy-Labs are organized in different European countries (Finlandia, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain) to explore new ways of involving Citizens into the Policy-making cycle, at local, national and European level.

DLabs are citizen-centered and multi-stakeholders co-creation spaces for democratic innovation, based on a Policy Lab approach. DLabs provide spaces for transformation, innovation and reflection, involving a constellation of actors (e.g., citizens, democratic innovation initiatives, investors and technology developers, policy actors and bureaucrats, researchers and experts) in co-producing and reflecting on the planning, implementation and/or assessment of new ideas, solutions, products or services for inclusive democratic innovation.

Implemented by

Eco-union

Where and when

Barcelona (Spain), 2024-2025

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Ireland's Children and Young People's Assembly

Project description

Ireland's Children and Young People’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss met over two weekends in October 2022 and brought together 35 randomly selected Members aged 7-17 from across Ireland to explore, discuss and create calls to action on how to protect and restore biodiversity in Ireland. It took place in parallel to a national Citizens' Assembly on Biodiversity Loss for the adult population in Ireland.

The Assembly's key outputs included a vision statement, six key messages, and 58 calls to action. Minister Malcolm Noonan, the government minister with responsibility for nature and biodiversity, joined the Assembly on its final day to receive their calls to action.

In November 2023, representatives from the Assembly were invited to present their calls to action to a session of the Parliamentary Committee on Environment and Climate Action. Many of the calls to action have been reflected in a new National Biodiversity Action Plan, published by the Irish Government in February 2024.

Implemented by

Dublin City University and University College Cork

When and Where

Ireland, 2022

Contact: Diarmuid Torney