The ‘New Democracy’ Series
From 20 January on Netwerk Democratie together with European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and Pakhuis de Zwijger organize a series of evenings about current changes in European politics and democracy. The evenings deal with themes such as transparency in the government and new forms of governance.
Central to this series of talks are the bottlenecks which are encountered by people in every major European city. For instance, many cities in Europe lose their cultural identity to gentrification and commercial interests. In addition, as citizens, we lose an increasing amount of public space to the government and we collectively have less trust in it. These kinds of bottlenecks put pressure on the legitimacy of our democracy and there is an increasing demand for a new way of organizing the society.
On the basis of various theme evenings, we look for answers to the question of how this new democracy can be organized. We invite speakers from differing areas of expertise to discuss how issues such as urban planning, cultural and community initiatives, protection and preservation of public space and participatory governance can be addressed.
Reports about some of the New Democracy evenings can be found here:
New Democracy #2: Co-creating the City
New Democracy #3: The Cultural Commons in the City
New Democracy #4: Whose Europe is it? -with David van Reybrouck
New Democracy #6: Femke Halsema: Politieke Cultuur en Mediacratie
New Democracy #7: Benjamin Barber: What if Mayors Rule the World?
New Democracy #9: Saskia Sassen
New Democracy #10: David Bollier and the City as a Commons