Democracy and participation, Communities

The power of local participatory democracy


Who is behind this?

Laura Roth

International Observatory on Participatory Democracy (IOPD)


Who is joining forces?

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)


Barcelona City Council - Participation Area


We're looking for more partners because our budget is limited. We're looking for foundations, governments or NGOs that want to collaborate with funding and proposing contents.

Idea Sketch


Idea pitch

Local democracy seems to be the only promising future for European democracy. We want to give new energy to our global network of local governments, academics and NGOs working on the subject. We will host a 500-participant event to a) share specific local practices from around the world, b) discuss participatory democracy, c) incentivise authorities to implement and improve local participatory processes, and d) promote the generation of new projects and collaborations between members.

Where will your idea take place?

Barcelona, Spain.

Why does Europe need your idea?

European and State-level institutions are failing in democratic terms. Local governments are our best shot, and if they see the potential of participatory democracy we might still have a chance. We will share tools and discuss innovative solutions and try convincing them to play their part.

What is your impact?

Our network would have grown from 900 to 1200 members. 3-5 new thematic working groups would have been formed. Many local governments would have started implementing new forms of participatory democracy or improved the existing ones. They would have become advocates of local democracy themselves.

How do you get there?

This is the only global network that works on local democracy. Before the conference we will incentivise the creation of new thematic working groups and of mutual evaluation of practices. During the conference the methodology will incentivise sharing concrete experiences and discussing challenges. After the conference we will promote the direct exchange between local governments (e.g. online) and the organisation of events from their side.

What is your story?

I’m an activist at Barcelona en Comú and I believe that municipalism is the key for a deep political change. A central part of this is the fact that the local level is the only place for true democratic decision-making. We need to start there and collaborate globally.

Who are you doing it for?

Target groups are mainly local governments, but also organisations that work in community building at the local level, NGOs and academics. Ultimate beneficiaries are, of course, inhabitants of each municipality.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Contacts of organisations or local authorities Topics for workshops and debates Other kinds of activities for the event



Adrià Duarte

Idea created on Jan. 19, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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