Das Progressive Zentrum
Representative democracy is under pressure in Europe. Beyond sharing challenges, European countries also host a number of inspiring innovators with ideas on improving democratic structures & processes. In order to connect and combine their strength, we want to establish a long-lasting community of democratic innovators (eg. activists, researchers, social entrepreneurs). Our efforts will help boost their potential, pool knowledge and provide a platform for sharing best practices.
With knowledge & skill-sharing, our objective is to empower innovative civil society initiatives and thus increase the impact of their own work. We will also connect them to political decision-makers in order to implement concrete measures to innovate political processes and structures from within.
Democratic innovators will be more efficient & impactful in their countries as they are part of a European network (esp. East-West). The created connections will carry on beyond our work. Political decision-makers will acknowledge the value of democratic innovations to revive democracy.
Building on our network from “Innocracy - Conference on Democratic Innovation”, we will map democratic innovators in Europe, organise 3 topic-specific co-creation workshops (Bochum, Berlin, Warsaw) and build an online platform as a resource for knowledge sharing and personal connections. With a combination of research, networking and expertise-sharing, we create rooms that empower the growing network of democratic innovators.
In our work in the Democracy Lab, we see many innovative ideas that lack the resources to be impactful - we want to change that. We believe that democratic innovations are the path to strengthening democracy & making it more resilient.
We want to address both civil society organisations and political decision-makers with our formats and information. We especially want to support initiatives from countries where the democratic rule is currently directly threatened.
Reach out – get feedback, ideas and inspiration from the Advocate Europe Community! We would crowdsource proposals for initiatives you would like to see be part of the network - and on what topic the first meeting of the network should focus on (digital democracy, electoral processes, etc.)