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Democracy and participation | Education

Academic Participatory Policymaking

Uneven stakeholder consultations advance the perception of the EU as a policymaker ‘behind-closed-doors’. When large corporations spent some €838 million for lobbying in Brussels, academics and small nonprofits have a much weaker position.…
Democracy and participation

Enchanting the right of petition = more democracy

Referenda are an essential part of a real democracy. It allows us - the people - to propose and vote new laws (initiative) or to counter unjust legislation (recall) voted by the electoral representative system. Though essential, we should …
Democracy and participation | Urban development

Incubator for Participatory Democracy in Europe

Across Europe, cities are experimenting with participatory democracy, in budgeting, in planning and in city services. Too often, those experiments are small-scale, disconnected and fail to transition from experiment to mainstream. The Incu…

Towards Sustainability and Solidarity in Europe

Try to imagine this: economy goes hand in hand with nature, people work for money only if they feel like doing so and – incredibly! - everybody is just fine.
Arts and cultural activities | Communities

Euro Babble

Euro Babble is an online magazine for regular citizens. It will feature in-depth investigative pieces on key underreported European issues and regions, translations of compelling local European news stories that slipped under the radar, hu…
Democracy and participation | Communities

Chance for Democracy

Our lab for audiences between 30-70 participants seeks to perform new concepts of democratic plenum. It includes the selection of randomly chosen participants, the discussion of policy-related topics and permanent symbols of citizens empow…
Democracy and participation | Social inclusion


To avoid that only socially or financially powerful organizations can put their ideas forward at European level, we propose that a lower signature threshold is authorized to convene a 'European Citizens’ Jury' appointed by sortition, and t…
Democracy and participation | Arts and cultural activities

European Heartbeats - From emotions to vision

What would emerge if a Polish plumber, a Belgian farmer, a German civil servant and a Greek chef shared their experiences, values and visions in relation to Europe, expressed what Europe means in their life, what makes their heart beat, ra…
Democracy and participation | Education

More citizens' involvement via delegated democracy

Delegated democracy combines the advantages of representative, direct and liquid democracy. The citizen can choose between (A) a revocable nominal mandate given to a representative in the parliament, or (B) traditional elections, in the po…

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