D-CENT event: Network democracy for a better city

Exciting news! We have set the date and preliminary agenda for the next D-CENT event. On May 5th, we will be hosting a conference in Barcelona which dives into Network democracy for a better city. Our plan is to inspire a great number of high-level policy makers, academics, activists, civic society organisations, and hackers to debate the future of democratic City Governments.

Together we will explore new ways of strengthening citizens’ participation in the political process presenting already existing digital tools for a more participatory democracy. We will also discuss how future democratic city infrastructures and governments should look like.


Flyer_front_ENG_webOur discussions will start from the assumption that institutions are in great need of revival since they are out of synchronization with the 21st century technologies, norms and collective aspirations. They haven’t been able to respond and adapt to the new technologies of participation, transparency and proximity, which for instance Spanish citizens demanded since the big wave of the 15-M indignados movement in 2011 that radically changed Spanish politics.

The crisis of political representation and legitimacy of current institutions, corruption scandals that unveiled the major political parties’ complicity with private interest, and the public disaffection with politics can be addressed by reinventing and reactivating political participation, with concrete proposals to devolve greater control and power to citizens.

This is the second larger event the project has organised since its launch in 2013. The previous one was held in London last year with the theme Re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe.

The event is free of charge but requires registration via Eventbritehttp://bit.ly/1E2lGCw.

Our venue will be Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (C/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona).

The event is hosted by D-CENT, Open University of Catalunya (one of D-CENT partners) and Tecnopolitica.

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Agenda 5th of May 2015

09.30 Registration

10.00 Welcome and Introduction
Arnau Monterde, D-CENT and Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, IN3

10.10- 11.50 Panel Discussion: Democratic-common Cities vs Smart-private Cities

Chaired by Arnau Monterde

– Gemma Galdón, Eticas Research & Consulting
– Xabier Barandiaran, Floksociety
– Francesca Bria, Nesta D-CENT coordinator
– Carlo Vercellone, CES – Centre d’économie de la Sorbonne
– Evgeny Morozov, Author and editorialist


11.50 – 12.10 Coffee Break

12.10-14.00 Panel Discussion: Labodemo: Citizen movements’ new generation campaigns in Spain

Chaired by Miguel Arana

– Miguel Ardanuy, Head of participation, Podemos
– Javier Toret, Barcelona En Comú and D-CENT
– Miguel Aguilera, Podemos Aragón and Zaragoza en Común
– Pablo Soto, Ahora Madrid
– Matias Nso, Kuorum.org


14.00-15.00 Lunch

15.00-17.00 Panel Discussion: Experiments of democratic participation in Cities, A European perspective

Chaired by Fabrizio Sestini

– Joonas Pekkanen, Forum Virium Helsinki and Open Ministry, Helsinki
– Robert Bjarnason, Citizens Foundation, Reykjavik
– Hille Hinsberg, Praxis Estonia
– Sören Becker, Author of energy democracy in Europe
– Marcelo Branco, InforLibero, Brazil


17:00-18:30 Panel Discussion – New political movements for real democracy in Europe

Chaired by Pablo Gerbaudo

–  Silvana Denicolo, 5SM Italy
– Andreas Karitzis, Syriza Greece
– Daniel Ripa, Podemos Spain
– Birgitta Jónsdóttir, Pirate Party Iceland
– Gala Pin, Barcelona En Comú

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Venue: Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (C/Montalegre, 5 – 08001 Barcelona)

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