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Beyond the experiment

How can democratic initiatives become democratic innovation?
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Tuesday 20 June, 19.30
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Many experiments are happening to make cities smarter, more sustainable and more democratic. But often these initiatives remain just that: experiments. In the 20th episode of New Democracy we question how experiments can be scaled up to fundamentally change business as usual. Innovators working in Spain, Brazil and the Netherlands share with us how their projects became more than just experiments and made a lasting impact on policy and decision-making. Can we formulate a set of guidelines on how to turn bottom-up initiatives and innovations into new modes of governing?

  • Special guest Miguel Arana Catania is the manager of the Decide Madrid platform and participation director of the Madrid City Council. He has been actively involved in the 15M movement in Spain since its beginning, with an emphasis on the digital tools and the connection of the movement with other countries. Co-founder of LaboDemo, an organisation dedicated to the design, implementation, and development of participation strategies and digital tools. He has been working in the participation team of Podemos and Ahora Madrid, defining the participation strategy of the parties, and at the European level designing new tools for the future democracy in the D-CENT project.
  • Paola Huijding is senior project leader Sustainability at Platform31 and founder of Volpi Urbane an international office for research, urbanism, and architecture that aims to provide creative solutions to urban issues by collaboration. In her work, innovation is about changing realities for people and it succeeds when it creates new pathways for solving entrenched social problems, resulting in the lasting transformation of the systems that most affect vulnerable populations and leave stronger social relationships in their wake.
  • Brieuc-Yves (Mellouki) Cadat-Lampe MA is a political scientist and senior consultant at Movisie, the Netherlands Institute for Social Development and a Citymaker from Amsterdam. He has had a leading role in local, national and international projects developing community and open source based online platforms focusing on participatory budgeting, neighbourhood bottlenecks tours and tackling youth unemployment. In 1994 Mellouki co-founded the very first Dutch Political Online Forum, in 2003 he was declared Most Digital Councillor of the Netherlands by a national jury chaired by Groningen’s mayor Jacques Wallage.
  • Matt Poelmans has been in charge of several eGovernment programs at the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and ICTU: Public Counter 2000, eGovernment Knowledge Centre, Citizenlink. Subsequently he worked as Senior Advisor at PBLQ in The Netherlands. He has been active in politics on local, provincial and national level. Poelmans invented the eCitizen Charter, a quality standard for e-Government written from the citizen’s perspective. To date the eCitizen Charter has been translated in 23 languages. Implemention of the charter is recommended by UN, OECD, Council of Europe and UK Cabinet Office.
  • With the Digital Agenda 2020, Marian de Kleermaeker aims to prepare and support Dutch municipalities for new digital information services. This is done by examining and gathering newly developed tools and knowledge, and share these among municipalities. Marian has also been working as an expert in transition management, particularly in the social domain and as educator in network collaborations.

About the programme

In the first half of the evening we will talk with Miguel Arana Catania, Paola Huijding and Mellouki Cadat about setting up long-termrm collaboration between citizens and government. How can innovative experiments find their way into (local) governments? In Madrid, the 15 M movement formed one of the starting points for incorporating a citizen participation platform into city governance. Also in Brazil and the Netherlands innovative urban developments have been made possible by new forms of collaboration between citizens and government. In the second half, the conversation continues with Miguel Arana Catania, Matt Poelmans and Marian de Kleermaeker to discuss the requirements and guidelines to innovate governance. What hindrances do innovation processes encounter within the government and what needs to change in order to facilitate these processes?

This event is part of the Dutch digital democracy project of the Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom relations together with Netwerk Democratie and Waag society. The aim of this project is to boost the use of digital participation tools in the Netherlands by tapping into already successfully used e-democracy tools throughout Europe. 

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This event is in English
Free admission
Tuesday 20 June, 19.30
Kleine zaal
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