Thu 1 Dec 2016, 9:00AM Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

Innovating Democracy

A full-day conference where political parties and citizens meet towards a new democracy.
Thu 1 Dec 2016, 9:00AM
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179 , 1019 HC Amsterdam
Entrance: € 10

Is democracy in a state of crisis? Phenomena such as rising populism, deepening inequality, and disenfranchised citizens are questioning the future of democratic principles and institutions. On the positive side many citizens take up initiatives to make democratic processes more direct, deliberative and participative. The debate around the status of our democracy also affects the role of political parties. Traditionally being the linking pin between the state and society, parties are required to critically reflect on and redefine their role.

During this conference democratic innovators and practitioners will work on new ideas and technological applications to reimagine the future of democratic institutions. Are you one of them? Come join this conference, get a ticket (including lunch) and have a look at the programme below.

09:30 – 10:15 |Opening and keynote Thórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir


©PiratePartyIcelandI am a human rights lawyer, an activist, an investigative journalist and more recently a MP of Pirate Party in Iceland

The Private Party’s vision has always been to hack the system from inside, to change the system from within.


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10:30 – 12:30 | Breakout Sessions

Participatory Strategies for Political Parties


©SocioneersThe workshop presents promising way(s) for traditional political parties to innovate and strengthen the basis for a participatory decision-making. Spanish political party Podemos will showcase their respective development and future prospects.


Innovative Ways to Engage with Citizens

©NIMDThis workshop will present a case on how political parties rethink, retool and modernize their organisation to make them more trustworthy within the society they wish to govern.


Technology and the Future of Democracy


Technology has the potential to enhance transparency and provide citizens with the means to hold their government accountable. The workshop seeks to share good practices and further explore how technology can serve to bolster democracy and strengthen political legitimacy.

12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch served

14:00 – 14:30 | Keynote – Teele Pehk (CEO of the Estonian Cooperation Assembly)


The topic of innovating democracy is close to my heart: I am always interested in sharing experiences and learning more about different processes and methods how to drive changes. I find it most inspirational when people from different countries, fields and systems work on the same goal with different approaches and tactics – I truly believe in synergy from co-creation.

14:45 – 16:45 | Breakout Sessions

We Own the City


The workshop brings together various experiences  that focus on the questions of ownership – both aspirational and formal – in regard to citizens governing their street, neighborhood or a city. The aim is to deliver a manifesto or define design principles to form democracy that reorganizes communal ownership over ‘the public’.

Design Strategies for the Dialogue between Citizens and Authorities


The workshop will focus on how social design and design thinking can be implemented to enhancing the dialogue between citizens and authorities. To add, how new networks could be created in order to make decisions based on consensus.

16:45 – 17:15 | Plenary Wrap-up

Debriefing after a full day conference. The last part is meant to summarise and draw on the main lessons learnt after five interactive breakout sessions and two keynote speakers. This is supposed to lead to new conversations, networks and strategic actions in regard to innovating democracy.



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