Democracy 2.0

Nowadays, growing inequalities and precarisation of living conditions are questioning the functioning of democracy. How can people living in poverty make their voices heard in polarised societies, where more than 40% of assets and 25% of revenues are held by 10% of the population?

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Since 2011, grass root movements have emerged all over Europe to criticize the current polarization of wealth and power and to demand for more democracy. While the Indignados Movement in Spain asks for a “Real Democracy”, the Occupy Movements that have started with Wall Street in the US criticizes the concentration of wealth in the hand of the 1% of the population and calls for empowering the 99% left. Similar movements have also appeared in Germany, the UK, Greece, Italy and other European countries.

In parallel, practices and experiences of participatory and deliberative democracy have been developed in several towns and regions of Europe. They aim at providing space to those who are generally voiceless in the traditional representative system and at giving to citizens a broader possibility to have a direct impact on the design of policies. What are these practices?

This section aims at presenting some of the movements and experiences in Europe that are currently pushing towards a more horizontal way of approaching politics, making that the voice and the dignity of every person is taken into consideration in the decision making process.


Picture by Fito Senago (Creative Commons)


Intermediary platforms or institutions

Participatory and deliberative processes

All Actions and Policies

Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko

Auteur : Mariani Papanikolau - Publié le : 2013-08-01 12:13 -

The Metropolitan Community Clinic at Helliniko provides free medical assistance to the unemployed, and poor civilians with no social security or with very little income.


Auteur : Stéphanie Cabantous / Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-07-25 13:05 -

Mouvement des associations pour le maintien d'une agriculture paysanne - Movement of Associations for the maintaining of a farming agriculture

Beautiful St. Petersburg / Красивый Петербург

Auteur : Andrei - Publié le : 2013-06-17 16:13 -

Beautiful Petersburg (BP) is a movement of active citizens for the improvement of the urban environment quality. We instruct citizens using effective methods of making their cities better, providing them with a simple web tool and organizing regular educational and research events.

Occupy Movements

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-21 08:35 -

Citizens' protest movements against social and economic inequalities; demanding as well a "re-democratisation" of democracy.

YSI (Young Social Innovators)

Auteur : Anne-Iris Romens - Publié le : 2013-05-16 09:02 -

Young Social Innovator's mission is to raise social awareness in Ireland by providing social awareness education through action and platforms for young people and those guiding them.

AYUDH – Youth in Action

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-16 08:50 -

A global movement of young people, made up of regional/national networks, who want to lead a life based on spiritual values: “starting with ourselves, we want to help in generating a future of hope, peace and social engagement while maintaining an awareness of universal spiritual principles”.

Unconditional Basic Income

Auteur : Lorna Muddiman - Publié le : 2013-05-14 07:37 -

INVESTMENT IN HUMANITY From a compensatory to an emancipatory European and human society..

Unconditional Basic Income: "A basic income is an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement".

Parlement & Citoyens (Parliament & Citizens)

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-05-13 07:29 -
Parliament and citizens

Parliament & Citizens (Parlement et Citoyens) is a transparency and collaboration tool that allows representatives to involve citizens in drafting their bills. The platform proposes a new way for citizens to take part in the legislative process by co-designing laws.

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