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Democracy Community Call 

The Democracy Community Call was created to provide a regular exchange and networking platform for the Alpbach community. On every last Thursday of the month, we meet online to discuss relevant questions on how to strengthen democracy and promote civic engagement. Each month, we put the spotlight on one aspect relevant to the work of pro-democratic actors across Europe, ranging from network-building and participation to reports on the perceptions of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.

The next Democracy Community Call will take place on 25 March 2021, 17:00 – 18:00 (UTC+1) via Zoom. We will talk to Florence Gaub, Deputy Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies in Paris and board member of the European Forum Alpbach, and discuss which overarching questions will guide this year’s programme track “Securing our Future” at the EFA21.

Interested participants can register by writing to


NED Democracy Community Call, 25.02.2021 | 16.30 – 18.00 UTC+1

Der nächste monatliche Democracy Community Call der EFA Stiftung, unterstützt durch das National Endowment for Democracy, findet am 25. Februar von 16:30 – 18:00 Uhr (UTC+1) statt.

Dieses Mal widmen wir uns dem Thema “Citizen Participation and Lobbying for a More Democratic Europe”, gemeinsam mit Alberto Alemanno (Gründer und Direktor von The Good Lobby) und Nagy Dénes András (EUstrat – Koordinator von der European Citizens‘ Initiative Research Group, Minority SafePack Initiative). Es folgt eine kritische Auseinandersetzung mit Möglichkeiten der Beteiligung wie etwa der Europäischen Bürgerinitiative und der Frage, wie Projekte wie die angekündigte Konferenz zur Zukunft Europas zu einem demokratischeren Europa beitragen.

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Safe WWW: Strategies to claim a safer space on the Internet | 23.02.2020, 17.00 – 18.00 UTC+1

Re:think Alliances online panel discussion in cooperation with Frauendomäne and CIVA Festival

Democratic communities and open societies are built on dialogue. What happens, however, to this fundamental principle of discourse when debates in online spaces become increasingly polarised and polarising? How can we create safe spaces on the internet – which political and legal measures are needed and which concrete solutions are there on the ground? The studies and initiatives presented in our discussion all deal with the question of how to make the internet a better place: by mapping the online ecosystem of extremists and proposing counter-measures, by creating a network of counter speech initatives and helping victims of online hate, or by using technological tools to advance positive narratives and images.

The online panel discussion takes place on February 23, 17.00 – 18.00 (UTC+1). Please visit the CIVA website for registration and the full festival timetable.

Please note that the talk will be in German language

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