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Feb 2 Global study finds ample evidence of a worrying ‘democratic recession’ [1]

2019[edit | edit source]


Oct 23 Towards sustainable economies US: Grassroots democracies form North American coalition [2]


Sep 7 XR and future democracy: A/UK has been working with Extinction Rebellion to develop a Future Democracy Hub, now launching [3]

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May 3 Community involvement UK news: Flatpack-Democracy-inspired groups make advances in UK local elections [4]


Mar 22 Community involvement USA: How the simple act of sharing a meal is creating community change [5]

Mar 18 Community involvement USA: How Citizen University is building an army of civic leaders [6]

2018[edit | edit source]

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Resident-managed sanitation board provides drinking water for residents in Paraguay, Aug 20 [7]

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Concordia University's discussion series brings Montreal residents together for shared learning, Jan 24 [8]

2017[edit | edit source]


In Jakarta, solving problems with new tech tools and people power, Oct 12 [9]

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Barcelona's Decidim Offers Open-Source Platform for Participatory Democracy Projects, Sep 5 [10]

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Ecuador's "citizen revolution", Aug 7 [11]

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Spain: Madrid as a democracy lab, Jul 10 [12]

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Barcelona: Building the Networked City From the Ground Up With Citizens, Jun 27 [13]


Experimental Community Organising – Transition Hungary, Jun 22 [14]

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Meet g0v, the Open-source, Digital Community Transforming Democracy in Taiwan, May 16 [15]

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Toronto: Driving community change through campaigning: Open Democracy Project at the CC Summit, Apr 20 [16]

Cormac Russell on change that starts with communities, Jan 24 [17]

How to Create an Outdoor Living Room in Your Neighborhood, Jan 23 [18]

2016[edit | edit source]

The story of Ahora Madrid, Dec 21 [19]

Common space for exchange: Cities in transition and citizen struggles, Dec 20 [20]

8 Ways to Engage Your Community During Challenging Times, Dec 15 [21]

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The Detroit Collective That Fuses Cycling and Storytelling, Dec 2 [22]

The possibility of a Co-City, Nov 17 [23]

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The Participatory Budget of the City of Paris, Oct 13 [24]

Mongolia: From Waste Disposal to Water Delivery: Citizen Empowerment through the Check My Service Initiative, Aug 17 [25]

“Town Halls for Social Change” by @indy_johar, April 4 [26]

The rise of the citizen expert. How can data-rich technology drive better citizen engagement and make government more effective? February 4 [27]

2015[edit | edit source]

Polisdigitocracy: Digital Technology, Citizen Engagement and Climate Action – A New C40-Arup Report, November 18 [28]

A Charter for Democracy, September 22 [29]

Integrating activism into governance institutions, September 15 [30]

2011[edit | edit source]


France: Compost Candidates, Oct 19 [31]

2010[edit | edit source]

Author Don Tapscott on the growing influence of public participation, 4 October [32]

"At its broadest, non-discriminatory access to data means that any person can access the data at any time without having to identify him/herself or provide any justification for doing so." Sunlight Foundation, August 11 [33]

Data alone is not sufficient for problem-solving, but an involved community informed with data just might be, John Tolva, July 2010 [34]

Open Philanthropy: A Modest Manifesto, Lucy Bernholz, 3/15/2010 [35]

Crisis in policymaking for people and planet demands new approach to policymaking that gives citizens a greater say in decisions that affect them, 27/01/2010 [36]

2009[edit | edit source]

Developing the Open City, 15 October 2009 [37]

How long is your city's tail? by John Geraci, October 7 [38]

The Three Laws of Open Government Data, 30 September 2009 [39]

2008[edit | edit source]

Not Just Peak Oil, But “Peak Hierarchy,” Too? December 4 [40]

"The best mechanism to confront the challenge of climate change are not market mechanisms, but conscious, motivated, and well organized human beings endowed with an identity of their own." Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia, November 28, 2008

"In this negotiation process towards Copenhagen, it is fundamental to guarantee the participation of our people as active stakeholders at a national, regional and worldwide level, especially taking into account those sectors most affected, such as indigenous peoples who have always promoted the defense of Mother Earth." Evo Morales Ayma, President of Bolivia, November 28, 2008

"...his (Obama's) only real hope in dealing with the tremendous challenges the country (world) faces will be to harness the collective ingenuity of citizens on a massive scale. In other words, he must enlist a level of participation in generating and acting on innovative solutions that has no obvious parallel in history." Anthony D. Williams [41]

A Wiki for the Planet: Clay Shirky on Open Source Environmentalism [42]

"We're going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, "If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?" And I'm betting the answer is yes." [43]

2005[edit | edit source]

Wikis And Blogs As Instruments Of Citizen Participation, May 11 [44]


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Aug 30 Community involvement UK news: If democracy looks doomed, Extinction Rebellion may have an answer, John Harris [45]

Jul 20 How do you "engage" with British attitudes, respecting their endless variety and nuance? (and its AI) can help [46]

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May 30 Towards sustainable economies UK: Universal Basic Everything by @TessyBritton [47]


May 26 Towards sustainable economies news: Doughnut Economics crushes Death Star Economics. But, suggests Jon Alexander, there should be more creative people power in it [48]



Nov 8Pop Up Tomorrow’ and a journey to 2030. A report. [49]

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Oct 28 Climate change solutions: Technology will not save us from climate change – but imagining new forms of society will [50]


Oct 21 UK Climate news: To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II [51]

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Oct 17 Taiwan: A Strong Democracy Is a Digital Democracy [52]

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Oct 10 Community involvement UK news: Becoming Unstuck With Relational Activism [53]

Sep 1 What would a new charter for radical democratic reform look like today? by @adamjlent [54]

Jun 12 How to take over your town: the inside story of a local revolution [55]

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Feb 6 Taiwan: Voting is just “entry-level democracy”, says Audrey Tang. After that, open data and deliberation [56]



Nov 22 Community involvement UK: Community-led commissioning - a new model [57]

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Manchester: Oldham's Community Transformation, Nov 14 [58]

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Commons: Strengthening and protecting what matters most by @CassieRobinson, Nov 2 [59]

Platform consensus: How Stocksy achieves democratic governance, Nov 6 [60]

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From Scotland, a proposal for a new level of self-defining community power: Development Councils, Nov 3 [61]


Community involvement UK: Poeticians, micro-utopias and citizens assemblies will renew democracy, Aug 26 [62]

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Oxfordshire: This disastrous new project will change the face of Britain, yet no debate is allowed, George Monbiot, Aug 22 [63]

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"Barcelona isn’t just a's a tide, which goes up & up & up and is unstoppable", May 6 [64]


Emerging Politics: Reflections from an Eroles Project Residency, Nov 21 [65]

Six ways to assert power beyond the ballot box, Paul Maassen, Jul 21 [66]

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How Madrid's residents are using open-source urban planning to create shared spaces – and build democracy, Jun 27 [67]


Community involvement UK: Co-operative places: the five foundations of local change, May 19 [68]

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Yes, ‘govtech’ can change the way cities function. New lessons in open government from Paris. Apr 3 [69]

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How Seattle Is Dismantling a NIMBY Power Structure, Apr 3 [70]

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From ‘smart cities’ to ‘smart citizens’: when technology meets activism, Mar 29 [71]

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Texas: Oak Cliff Inspiration, Mar 27 [72]

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Barcelona: How Progressive Cities Can Reshape the World — And Democracy, Mar 10 [73]

Eight lessons from Barcelona en Comú on how to Take Back Control, Mar 8 [74]

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To engage citizens in planning technology must be matched with a participatory culture, Mar [75]


How We Meet Is As Important As Why, John Thackara, May 7 [76]

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