“Developing online communities to stimulate participatory democracy”

2nd Transnational Workshop

“New media tools and participatory democracy”

Thursday 11th February

08h45         Welcome to BarcelonaJuan Pedregosa, ITD, Director

08h55 Developing Participatory DemocracyDr. Haroon Saad, QEC, Director. Presentation followed by discussion.

09h30 Case Studies:

IDEAL-EU project
Clelia Colombo, Government of Catalonia

The IDEAL-EU project has supported the efforts of the European Parliament to raise awareness on the topic of climate change and energy among the EU citizens, especially the new generations, and to propose the appropriate policy responses at all institutional levels (including Member States and Regions)

“Virtual European Parliament”
Mark De Colvenaer

The objective of the project is to successfully create a public room – the Virtual European Parliament – for debate between citizens and decision makers (i.c. MEP’s) in EC. The results of the project will contribute to the objective in i2010 to create a single European information space with increased knowledge about how to bring citizens and decision makers together in dialogue and debate. Our project will also contribute to an improved legislative process by successfully bringing citizens and decision makers together.

Francesco Molinari

PEP-NET is a European network of all stakeholders active in the field of eParticipation. PEP-NET includes public bodies, solution providers and citizen organizations as well as researchers and scientists. The network is open to all organizations willing and actively trying to advance the idea and use of eParticipation in Europe. The project aims to help overcome fragmentation and promote best practice by connecting established and experienced eParticipation players and networks throughout Europe as a critical first step.

10h45 Tea / Coffee

11h15 Presentation and debate with Zemos 98

ZEMOS98 is an international collective of creation and cultural production based in Seville (Spain) since 1995. The  members are technicians and communicators of images and sound that use Internet as a space for communication, learning and creation. They organize the International Festival ZEMOS98 about contemporary audiovisual culture, with artists and projects like Dj Spooky, Peter Greenaway, Coldcut, Wu Ming…. The web page is an online publication specialized in contemporary culture and creation where you can find texts, online television, radio and blogs about audiovisual and media art.

13h00         Lunch.

14h30         Workshops.

1. Using Twitter Nathaniel Ashford, ActionAid e-communications manager

This workshop is for those who are already part of the ‘Why Vote’ Twitter group established through the online workshop, and those who would like to use twitter and get connected. This will be a practical workshop and delegates will be “tweeting” by the time the workshop ends.

2. How to develop meaningful youth participation; why and where to start? Rogier Elshout

‘Youth participation is the thing. Why? Because the youth is the future’, is the standard reply. First of all, it’s false. Young people live here and now, and thus should be dealt with because of that. But even then, why would you want to have them participate? And how do you communicate with a different generation? These questions seem very logical, but are often skipped or not dealt with integer. However they are the first key for a successful project.

17h00         End of Day one

Friday 12th February

09:00          Launch of “Why vote” Twitter based discussion. Nathaniel Ashford , ActionAid e-communications manager

10:00          New tactical media for local political participation David Casacuberta - professor of philosophy of science – Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona.

New smart phones prepared with cameras, internet access and Global Positioning System are the perfect tools to improve local political participation, facilitating movements from the real world to a virtual one, and back to the real world. This talk will present several case studies on how to use mobile phones to improve political participation as well as some methodological and strategical hints on how to use them for such purposes

10:30          Panel Debate/Discussion

This session will be a combination of short inputs from the panel, followed by discussion with you, using twitter as well as direct interventions

  • David Casacuberta – professor of philosophy of science – Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • Leda Guidi, City of Bologna
  • Joan Batlle i Montserrat, City of Barcelona
  • Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí

11:45           Tea/Coffee

12h15         “Online community of practice for an emerging European civil society.” Jim Seger – City Mined

The online community of practice consists of a collaboration side, where people share ideas, opinions and experience and a showcase side, where people show to each other and the outside world who they are, what they do and when. Proposed instruments to facilitate the community : real time collaboration: chat, instant messaging, whiteboard  and discussion table ; voting and survey to get quick responses and idea of support for proposals ; collaborative documents: googledocs, wiki to write together and produce text with shared vision.

12h35         Instigate and debate (session one) – issues emerging from twitter “why vote” contributions and taking the online community of practice forward

13h30         Lunch.

15h00         Instigate and debate(session two-feedback ) – issues emerging from twitter “why vote” contributions and taking the online community of practice forward

15h45          Reflections Oscar Martinez - ITD

Comprehensive analysis on the main issues emerging during these 2days meeting, by using “innovative” ways of presentation (software and media).

Haroon SaadQeC ERAN, Director

Open Mike

16:30          End of workshop

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