In recent decades the Portuguese citizens drifted away significantly from political life, as the growing electoral abstention shows, while the country plunged into a severe financial crisis and the need for an international bailout, with consequences that are proving destructive employment , social cohesion and the discrediting of the political and democratic regime.
ADELS (Association pour la démocratie et l’éducation locale et sociale) is a Paris-based organization, set up in 1960, whose work is aimed at encouraging political participation and civic engagement beyond the ballot box at the subcentral level of government in France. To achieve this goal, ADELS organizes workshops, seminars, and conferences (including the annual "Rencontres de la démocratie locale") on topics such as deliberative democracy, participatory democracy, and the role these can play in reinvigorating democracy and achieving sustainable development at the local level.
Aktiv Demokrati (swedish for "Active Democracy") is a non-political party for realizing direct democracy in the swedish parliament, using a mix of delegation and direct voting through the internet.
The basic idea is that all citizens from different parts in the society should be able to influence important issues both directly and indirectly straight into parliament through an internet based democracy system.