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18: Politics at the grassroots level

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in englischer Sprache

The idea of Democracy as a nursery of cooperation and an instrument for peace has seen better days; but what if we fought for it and rediscovered it? We can begin top down or bottom up: What could happen if European nation-states’ competences were channelled towards a working and capable European Union, while simultaneously directing efforts to promote local autonomy at a grassroots level? Would this be a critical step forward to strengthening and rediscovering democracy?
How can we encourage civic activism initiatives to increase political participation, without overburdening them? What is the impact we should be seeking? This seminar will elaborate on this and address different research approaches for participative policy-making.

General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Head, Bürgerstadt AG, Berlin Chair
Head of Coordination, Project Participedia, KWI - Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Duisburg-Essen Chair

M.Sc. Philippe NARVAL

General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

1994-1996 Scholarship holder/Student, Lester B. Pearson United World College, Victoria
1996-1997 National Service/Gedenkdienst, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem
1997-1998 Community Service Coordinator, American International School, Cochabamba
1998-2003 BA, King's College, London
2000-2001 Exchange Year, Universidade de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte
2003-2004 Exhibition Coordinator, Künstlerhaus Wien
2004-2005 Programme Manager, Concordia, Chisinau
2005-2010 Programme Officer, Light for the World, Vienna
2010-2011 MSc, University of Oxford
since 2012 General Secretary, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna


Head, Bürgerstadt AG, Berlin

1970-1980 Lecturer, Art Theory, Art Didactics, Learning Psychology, Art Psychology, University College of Teacher Education, Berlin
1972-1974 Assistant, Departement of Architecture, Technical University Berlin
 Since 1975 Co-editor, Ästhetik und Kommunikation, Berlin
1975-1985 Journalist, Arch+, Berlin
1975-1980 Scientific preoccupation with perception problems
 Since 1978 Scientific preoccupation with urbanism; urbanistic projetcs in Kassel, Vienna, Berlin
1996-1999 Planwerk Innenstadt, BERND ALBERS - Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, Berlin
2000 Co-founder, Bürgerstadt AG, Berlin
 Since 2005 Voluntary commitment, Priegnitz
2010 Foundation of WHA-Stiftung Perleberg

Dr. Jan-Hendrik KAMLAGE

Head of Coordination, Project Participedia, KWI - Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Duisburg-Essen

1997-2005 Political Science, University of Bremen
2001-2002 Political Science, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall
2005 Researcher, Project "Organised Civil Society and European Governance", University of Uppsala
2005-2011 Ph.D., Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bremen
2009-2011 Parliamentary Assistant to Dr. Matthias Güldner, Björn
 Fecker, Dr. Zahra Mohammadzadeh, Bündnis 90 - Die Grünen, Bremen Parliament/ Bremische Bürgerschaft, Bremen
2012 Head of Coordination, Project "Anwendung von Methoden und Prozessen zur partizipativen Bürgerbeteiligung bei ökologisch relevanten Investitionsentscheidungen" with Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie, KWI - Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Bremen
2012-2013 Scientific Assistant to Prof. Claus Leggewie, German Advisory Council on Global Change, Berlin
2012-2016 Postdoc and Researcher in different projects, KWI - Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Duisburg-Essen
since 2016 Coordinator of the research field "Culture of Participation , KWI - Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, University of Duisburg-Essen

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 15:45Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2017Plenary
15:45 - 16:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
17:00 - 18:30Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
18:30 - 20:00Bread and WineSocial


Seminar 01: The new Silk Road in a global contextSeminar
Seminar 02: Populism and post-factual politicsSeminar
Seminar 03: Conflicts around the commonsSeminar
Seminar 04: Energy transition with renewable energies and energy efficiency: a win-win for the planet and the global economySeminar
Seminar 05: Are we alone in the universe?Seminar
Seminar 06: Conflict and cooperation: preferences or environmentSeminar
Seminar 07: Transitional Justice: case studies from the Balkans and South AfricaSeminar
Seminar 08: Art – in conflictSeminar
Seminar 09: Pragmatic alliances and global disorderSeminar
Seminar 10: Don’t mess with our education! Creating new Utopias!Seminar
Seminar 11: Why is it called a Play?Seminar
Seminar 12: Ethics in ActionSeminar
Seminar 13: Dirty Products – responsible consumption: how digitisation changes the role of the consumerSeminar
Seminar 14: Global Weirding? Climate change and population dynamicsSeminar
Seminar 16: Timescapes of the 21st century: asynchronicities, acceleration and time conflictsSeminar
Seminar 17: The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldSeminar
Seminar 18: Politics at the grassroots levelSeminar
Seminar 19: Turkey at the crossroadsSeminar
Seminar 20: How to step out of lineSeminar


17:00 - 18:30Turkey at the crossroadsPlenary


17:00 - 20:00Storytelling: Journeys from conflict to cooperationBreakout


17:00 - 19:30The RenAIssance: Brave New WorldBreakout