The focus of this New Democracy event will be on redesigning the democratic institutionalisation, with among others sociologist Saskia Sassen.
New Democracy aims to bring about change in the way democracy is organised. It investigates democratic change as a transition, looking for socio economic trends such as digitalisation and emancipation on the one side, and practices of social innovators on the other, that simultaneously put pressure on the existing system forcing it into change.
About the New Democracy series
ECF, Netwerk Democratie and Pakhuis de Zwijger organise a series of events on democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective. More and more urban communities are confronted with urgent challenges on a daily basis. Many European cities are losing their cultural identity to gentrification processes due to commercial interests. Migration puts new pressures on cities but also offers opportunities to re-think themselves. This debate series explores different city policies and alternative practices which are reinvigorating democracy and transforming our cities and regions for the common good. We will meet people who are part of a growing movement of urban citizen co-development who are tackling issues on urban planning, cultural community initiatives, safeguarding and preservation of public space and participatory governance. The series is part of the Europe by People programme and FabCity campus, in the framework of the Dutch Presidency from January – July 2016.