Networked European Democracy

We’ve launched a new project to explore the different ways that people at the local level can influence conversations and policy making at the European level.

The Democratic Society will design processes for people in participating localities to have a conversation about an issue that matters to them; whilst also working with people inside European institutions to connect those conversations into their policy work. Throughout, we’ll be trying different formats for having conversations on European policy issues, thinking about how contributions from different localities can be handled by decision makers, testing how we share the views of people in one place with people in another, and considering how information about decisions is fed back to people at the local level.

We’re working on the hypothesis that a networked approach is needed if European action is to be linked into citizens’ opinions and experiences.

This project is linked to our work to develop networks for open government and participation across Europe.

We’re looking for towns and rural places in Italy and Belgium to participate (June – August 2018)

Starting in Belgium and Italy – with ambition to expand to other countries in future cycles – we’re looking for towns and rural places to host participative events about the future of work and skills. The events will take place between June and August 2018.

The Democratic Society are responsible for designing and coordinating the processes. We’ll be working with local partners to support delivery.

Throughout the project, we’ll be answering our research questions and compiling key learning to support the development of participatory initiatives across Europe.

In Italy, we already have plans to engage with three municipalities: Courmayeur, Martina Franca and Settimo Torinese. These three municipalities have different social and cultural backgrounds, spread from the very south of the peninsula to the French boundary.

Interested in finding out more or being a participating locality?

Please contact Kelly <> with general enquiries.

If you’re from a town or rural area in Belgium and you’d like to be part of the project, please email Kelly <>

If you’re from a town or rural area in Italy and you’d like to be part of the project, please email Francesca <>

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