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03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in Europe

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Future of the EU
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The direct participation of citizens in the political process has become a distinctive feature of many European government initiatives. In practice, however, this often leads to stagnation or gridlock, a lack of consensus and the polarisation of key issues. In this breakout session, promoters of citizen engagement will identify and discuss the success factors of such initiatives based on best-practice projects in several European countries.

President and founder, Rousseau Association, Milan
Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia, EEAS - European Union External Action Service; former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Ireland, Dublin
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Verein glp Lab, Zurich
International Project Manager, Democracy 21, Prague
City Councillor of Pescara; Developer and Strategist, Rousseau Association, Milan
Founder, Mitten in Hernals - Verein für gute Nachbarschaft und sozialen Zusammenhalt, Vienna

Array Davide CASALEGGIO

President and founder, Rousseau Association, Milan

 Davide Casaleggio is the president of Casaleggio Associati and the president and founder of the Rousseau Association. The Rousseau Platform is the core instrument of the Five Star Movement in Italy for decision making processes with the party base. Drafted laws, nominations for public offices, candidates lists, and other relevant decisions are made online on this platform with extensive citizen participation. The Rousseau platform is perceived as a key success factor of the Movimento 5 Stelle. In the Special Session “Citizens don’t bite” in Alpbach, Davide will provide insights on how this platform works and share strategies in improving participation.

Array Eamon GILMORE

Special Envoy for the Peace Process in Colombia, EEAS - European Union External Action Service; former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Ireland, Dublin

 Eamon GIlmore is the former Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland. In 2012, he initiated a constitutional convention to revise the constitution of Ireland. Therefore, the government assembled 66 randomly chosen Irish citizens, 33 parliamentarians from across all parties, and an independent chairperson. The constitutional convention is seen as a major experiment in deliberative democracy in Ireland. The convention resulted in a nationwide referendum, in which Ireland became the first country in the world to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. Eamon was finalist at The Innovation in Politics Awards 2017.

Array Corina GREDIG-ZIHLMANN

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Verein glp Lab, Zurich

 Corina Gredig is a member of the city council of Zurich and manager of the "Politiklabor - glp lab", which focuses on the modernisation of the political system of Switzerland by increasing participation. The glp-lab introduced so called "idea kitchens" and expert meetings in order to address specific topics and to allow an open discussion among interested people and experts. Resulting proposals are brought into the political process. Corina Gredig was a finalist at The Innovation in Politics Awards 2017.

Array Ekaterina PETRIKEVICH

International Project Manager, Democracy 21, Prague

 Ekaterina Petrikevich is International Project Manager at "Democracy 2.1" (D21), a global initiative launched in 2014 to transform the way communities make decisions. The project combines an innovative voting system and a digital platform which allows citizens to build their own secure polls and benefit from state-of-the-art analytics in real time. Developed in partnership with scientists at Cambridge University and the Brookings Institution, the D21 voting system offers various ways of polls and participation. The process is simple and flexible for voters, and helps communities find consensus more quickly.

Array Enrica SABATINI

City Councillor of Pescara; Developer and Strategist, Rousseau Association, Milan

 Enrica Sabatini is City Councilor for the 5 Star Movement in the Pescara and a major player in the political spectrum of Italy regarding citizens participation. She works at the Rosseau Association, which is the core instrument of the Five Star Movement in Italy for decision making processes with the party base. Her focus is e-learning and creating online training courses for spokespersons of the 5 Star Movement. She is the executive mind behind the Rosseau platform and responsible for developing new functions.

Mag. Martin WINKLER

Founder, Mitten in Hernals - Verein für gute Nachbarschaft und sozialen Zusammenhalt, Vienna

 Martin Winkler is managing director of a Vienna based business consultancy. In his private life, he started a non-profit project called "Mitten in Hernals" ("Amidst the neighbourhood of Hernals in Vienna") aiming to empower citizens on the community- and neighbourhood-level for cultural, social and political activism. As a first step he assembled a group of experts in the fields of data management, social science and communication to design a new approach of participation for citizens. His already operating "neighbourhood association" is aimed to become a paragon of state-of-the-art empowerment for grassroots politics. In the Special Session "Citizens don’t bite" he is going to present the findings and experiences made so far.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30 My Europe – My Story Partner
15:00 - 16:30 Opening Plenary
17:00 - 18:30 New perspectives on EU enlargement Plenary
19:30 - 21:30 Drink reception Social

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in education Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offer Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in Europe Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulation Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EU Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysis Breakout
13:00 - 14:15 Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides? Plenary
15:00 - 16:15 Democracies under pressure Plenary
16:30 - 18:30 Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regions Partner
16:30 - 18:30 Green Finance: Private capital against climate change Partner
16:45 - 18:15 The subsidiarity principle under scrutiny Plenary
18:00 - 20:00 European-Israeli Dinner Social
18:15 - 19:00 POLITICO Happy Hour Social

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30 POLITICO Morning Briefing Plenary
06:30 - 07:30 DER STANDARD Morning Briefing Plenary
07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politics Partner
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practice Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace? Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transition Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable development Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnerships Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populism Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvement Breakout
08:00 - 10:30 Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration? Breakout
11:00 - 12:45 From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisis Partner
12:30 - 13:45 Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and Asia Plenary
14:15 - 15:45 European Union – Russia: What to do? Plenary
16:15 - 17:15 The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council Presidency Plenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00 Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in business Partner
07:30 - 08:30 The rule of law under scrutiny Plenary
09:00 - 10:30 Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate change Plenary