Democracy reboot: re-imagining democracy and currency in Europe

| All Day
Venue: Nesta, 1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE
D-CENT event

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D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating decentralised and privacy-aware tools and applications for direct democracy and economic empowerment. On March 14th we will host the D-CENT launch event in London at Nesta and we would like to invite you to attend the event and participate in the open space sessions.

Together with the citizens and developers, we are creating a decentralised social networking platform for large-scale collaboration and decision-making. Despite the huge potential of online networks to transform democratic decision making or to enable citizens to shape their own economic destiny, today’s Internet has done little to transform current democratic and economic institutions.

On March 14th we will host the D-CENT launch event in London at Nesta and we would like to invite you to attend the event and participate in the working group sessions.

The event will draw a number of high-level policy makers, academics, activists, civic society organisations, and hackers from the field. Together we will dive into new ways of strengthening citizens’ participation and deliberation in the political process presenting already existing digital tools for open democracy, new frameworks for institutional innovation, and alternative economic models based on complementary currencies and digital crypto currencies.

Speakers include: Geoff Mulgan, Nesta; Birgitta Jonsdottir, Pirate Party Iceland; Paul Lenz, My Society; Javier Toret Medina, PartidoX Spain; Jarmo Eskelinen, Forum Virium Helsinki; Bernard Lietaer; Stacy Herbet, co-host of Keiser report on RT; Carlos de Freitas (Ph.D), Instituto Palmas Europe; and Andrea Fumagalli, Unisor and Pavia University.


09:00 Registration
09:30-10:15 Welcome and Introduction of D-CENT project
Fabrizio Sestini, European Commission Introduction to the EC initiative CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation)

D-CENT Overall Vision, Francesca Bria, Nesta

Networked Democracy D-CENT pilots:

  • Citizen Foundation, Róbert Bjarnason and Gunnar Grimsson
  • Open Ministry, Joonas Pekkanen
  • 15M Data Anaysis, David Laniado
  • Digital Social currencies for community empowerment, Denis Roio, and Stefano Lucarelli, Unisor, University of Bergamo (SAEMQ Department)
  • Decentralised critical infrastructures: regaining citizens’ control of social data, Harry Halpin, W3C and Evan Henshaw-Plath, Itzel/Neo


Panel Discussion, chaired by Geoff Mulgan: Rebooting democracy: rethinking participation and institutional innovation

Birgitta Jonsdottir, Pirate Party Iceland
Davide Barillari, M5S Italy
Tom Steinberg, mySociety
Javier Toret Medina, PartidoX Spain
Jarmo Eskelinen, Forum Virium Helsinki
Meg Hillier MP, Digital Democracy Commission, House of Commons
Pia Mancini, Director of Net Democracy

11:45 Coffee Break

12:15-13:45 Panel Discussion, chaired by Bernard Lietaer: Digital currencies and new economic institutions

Stacy Herbert, co-host of Keiser report on RT
Carlos de Freitas, Instituto Palmas Europe and FMDV – Global Fund for Cities
Andrea Fumagalli, Unisor Pavia University
John Clippinger, MIT and ID3
Felix Martin, Author of Money, The Unauthorized Biography

13:45 Lunch

14:45-17:00 Working groups with 15 min break at 15:45 – 16:00

Group 1: New institutional Models linked to new currencies (Facilitator Denis Roio)
Group2: Democracy infrastructures: Projects pechakucha. Gap analysis and model for collaboration (Facilitator Jon Kingsbury)
Group3: Protocols for decentralized trust networks and identity (Facilitator Harry Halpin)

17:00 Wrap-up and conclusions: How do Reboot democracy and reinvent institutions in Europe

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