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Taking control of politics: can digital democracy help?
Thu, 9 Feb 2017, 13:00
How well are we using online and digital technology to take part in politics? Do platforms already exist for engaging with politics from a local to European level, or do we need to create something new? If so what, and how?
Meetup: Digital Democracy & EU (drinks and pizza!) 5pm-7pm
Bring your ears and your ideas to explore with others which online tools/platforms could be most powerful for people to engage with politicians and help you get your opinions heard where it matters.
Come to the workshop, meetup or both.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet a variety of international people with expertise in the field of digital democracy, but we want to hear your expertise too. We hope you will develop thoughts and ideas about how you would like to engage in politics and input your ideas - whether you know a little or a lot!
Priority will be given to people under 30. Take part in creating the future.
13.00 Arrival, registration
Have a cup of tea or coffee and please contribute to the ideas wall
What is democracy? Informal discussions in groups
What is "crowdsourcing"? Elisa Lironi from the European Citizens' Action Service explains what we mean by this.
Four case studies will be presented to showcase examples of citizen engagement in Greece, Latvia, Finland and Scotland.
What can be crowdsourced? Group discussions at tables.
15.00 10 minute break
The European legislative process - Daniel Ambrus from the European Commission representation in the UK will provide an overview of the European legislative process.
When in decision-making process should crowdsourcing happen?
Discussions in groups about when in the process citizens should or could be able to participate.
16.00 10 minute break
How can we take control? If we were to use a tool for crowdsourcing, what features should it have? Are there any platforms that exist that could be good for this purpose?
17.00 Pizza, meetup & drinks
Chance to exchange ideas and contribute further to the ideas wall
19.00 Close of event
This event is part of a European Commission funded investigation into how people want to engage with legislation making. Further events are taking place in Paris, Helsinki, Riga, Slovenia, Amsterdam, Athens, Ljubljana and Brussels.