Library Observatory for a Participatory …


Who is behind this?

Julio Gomes

Utopia Silvestre


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The Library Observatory for a Participatory Democracy and Multicultural Center is a stable and enduring space that functions as a social center for multicultural meeting with the aim to develop collective and democratic participatory practices of social and political intervention.

Where will your idea take place?

Berlin, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

There is no human development without real democracy. There will be no cohesive Europe, with social justice and solidarity, without the solid deepening of participatory democracy.
where nationalism grows, where social and economic asymmetries are indecent, and where the formation of a dominant technocratic elite is increasingly separated from citizens, we need to create other institutions. Voting is far from being enough to deploy democracy. We foster that people formulate ideas together, deciding with equality of voice and vote, establishing relationships based on solidarity, freedom and decentralisation. Create and stimulate communities of equals, a space and a time of collective sharing, a process of putting in common, an active citizenship in Europe and its neighbouring regions.

What is your impact?

The creation of intergenerational and intercultural groups working on different topics (readers community; the commons in the neighborhood/city; gender issues, artistic groups; student projects on participatory democracy or that foster a multicultural approach)
The ability of these groups to create their own dynamics and autonomy
The ability of these groups to become into lasting institutions with a positive weight in the community and neighborhood
The prospect, difficult to achieve but necessary, that these groups incubate similar projects in other neighborhoods, other cities, in the cities of other countries.
Sstrengthening the self-organization and participatory culture among citizens.
In that sense, Library Observatory... wants to be a glocal spot to the "changer"!

How do you get there?

Gather a collection of publications specializing in history, theories and research on multicultural studies and participatory democracy
Free access to our library
Public events: film screenings, presentations, international conferences
Collaborating with others locally and globally to build participatory infrastructures. To this end, the center will be actively set up meetings, discussions, focus-groups and dialogues
Workshops in high schools (eg, foster cooperative and participatory culture supporting the creation of a newspaper/magazine)
support existing projects in the neighborhood who want to deploy the principles of participatory democracy
Publishing books and magazines.
Equitable human relations based on freedom, mutual aid and solidarity Self-organization
Bottom-Up Approach

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?


What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 60000,-

Total budget

Major expenses




Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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