Cities in member states of the Council of Europe are invited to express their interest in participating in a workshop on how to support and encourage participatory democracy on a local level. The workshop will be part of the World Forum for Democracy 2015 agenda. The Forum is taking place form the 18th to 20th of November at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France.
Interested citi es are invited to apply for participating in the workshop by sending a questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org by 15 September 2015.
What is the workshop about?
The workshop has one prevalent goal: to develop structures on the local level in order to accelerate the growth and success of initiatives improving citizen participation in European cities. The workshop will be the kick-off event for the creation of a network of ‘participatory cities’ for which the Council of Europe will provide an array of support resources and networking connections. Cities will be able to use the Council of Europe ‘Participatory City’ brand for their public relations and external communication.
The workshop brings together participatory democracy innovators/organisations and local political decision-makers to develop the framework of the network, while brainstorming on concrete solutions for increasing the impact and reach of initiatives in the field of participatory democracy, in order to improve citizen’s political involvement on the local level. The workshop gathers resources, skills and expertise needed to assist local authorities seeking to improve service delivery and the power of citizens to make their voices heard in local politics. This involves entirely new tactics and processes in the field of democratic participation.
The workshop is the beginning of a broader project with the aim of creating a network of ‘participatory cities’ in Europe. The project will be organized by the Council of Europe as a follow up to the World Forum for Democracy to implement the initiatives presented at different Forum editions in European cities.
What is the World Forum of Democracy?
The World Forum for Democracy is an annual gathering of grass-roots activists and political decision-makers to debate key challenges for democracies worldwide. The event is organized by the Council of Europe in collaboration with the French government, the Alsace Region and the City of Strasbourg. The discussions at the Forum are based on initiatives in the field of participatory governance and democracy innovation.