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World Forum for Democracy 2017: call for lab submissions

Termen limita    30.04.2017


The labs are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy. Their idea is to address specific issues through the critical analysis of tested initiatives. The initiatives will be presented in short speeches of ten minutes and critically assessed by multidisciplinary panels and participants in the labs. The key conclusions and lessons learnt from the labs will be discussed in a summing up session in order to prepare the overall conclusions for the Forum. The Forum participants will vote to choose the winner of the Democracy Innovation award among the presented initiatives.

Interested organisations/institutions (and in particular media outlets and political parties) worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting an initiative aimed at re-building trust in media and in political parties and promoting changes in their ethos, organisation, funding and operations to bring media and parties closer to citizens and more responsive, and accountable.

Examples of possible initiatives (non-exhaustive):


Initiatives that enable media to fulfill their role as key agents of a balanced, fact-based political debate by introducing sustainable business models (eg. crowd-funding or on shared financial support structures for smaller media, gender-sensitive journalism, diversity-inclusive journalism etc.)

Initiatives to ensure quality journalism and in particular investigative journalism, accountability journalism and solution journalism. Initiatives related to the training of journalists or encouraging solidarity and cooperation between different media

Initiatives aimed at redressing the balance between news and information / analysis

• Fact-checking solutions based on crowdsourcing or big data; user education initiatives against “fake news”

Media convergence and infotainment solutions to increase outreach

• Initiatives aiming at making media more attuned to issues people really care about, give a platform to unheard voices and encourage media community outreach, while taking a gender dimension into account

Initiatives by social media to comply with the professional and ethical standards binding legacy media

Political parties

Initiatives that address concerns around parties’ and elected politicians’ integrity, corruption, lack of accountability for policy failure, elitism and disconnect from the popular base

Initiatives aiming at structurally connecting parties to civil society organisations and movements for the purposes of wider debate, programming and campaigning

“Radical democracy” initiatives which seek to transcend the divide between demos and elites, eg. online primaries to engage young people

Internal democracy initiatives opening up party decision-making (on programmes, strategies, candidates) beyond party members, incl. those which focus on involving greater numbers of women in political life

Initiatives seeking to limit the professionalisation of politics

Initiatives seeking institutional reforms to devolve decision-making at lower levels of government and thus closer to citizens

Policy responses to popular demands for social justice, while committing to the principles of liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms

Submissions should be made by answering the questionnaire in the appendix and sending it to forum_democracy@coe.int by 30 April 2017. The World Forum Task Force will select the most interesting and relevant proposals in May 2017. Any public or private organisation is eligible to apply. One presenter for the selected initiatives will be invited to Strasbourg to take part in the World Forum. Travel and accommodation expenses may be covered by the Council of Europe if required.

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