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Definition The Socratic Café (also known as Socrates Café) is a democratic discussion forum based on the more commonly known Socratic Method, which focuses its intentions on being an open system that allows for philosophical questioning. An unofficial mantra describing both is that we (people) learn more when we question,...
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Definition Pop-up democracy is a term for institutional forms that use temporary, site-specific practices to provide opportunities for increased local political and civic participation. Problem and Purpose The idea of pop-up democracy is built on the notion that the trend in urban social design towards temporary, small-scale installations provides opportunities...
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An open dialogue focused on rebuilding lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Two forums and an online deliberation gave citizens the opportunity to meet, to hear the city’s plans for rebuilding Ground Zero, and to voice their opinions, hopes and concerns about the future of the community.
The national conferences involve the equal participation of representatives from the government and civil society to provide guidelines for the formulation of public policy at the federal level.
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Note: the following entry is a stub. Please help us complete it. Definition The "liquid democracy" (LD) method of governance seeks to decentralize various rigid limits of democracy. Many use the term Liquid Democracy to describe internet-based Delegated Voting but online Liquid Democracy platforms such as LiquidFeedback and Adhocracy also...
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Note: For a full case analysis of this subject please see the article "Citizen Councils of Grenoble, France" by Pauline Cescau available at: http://participedia.net/en/cases/citizen-councils-grenoble-france Summary This case study features Conseils de quarter, or "neighborhood councils," which are infra-municipal participatory forums that serve as consultative bodies mandated by law in French...
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The UPR Strike of 2010 was organized around three issues: student waivers or exemptions, budget deficit problems, tuition hikes, and campus privatization. What started as a 48-hour strike spread until every campus went on strike and UPR students gained international support.
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Community Planning is a statutory framework in Scotland which seeks to engage citizens and communities in local-level political decision-making processes, while at the same time improving coordination and collaboration between elected and unelected bodies that provide public services.

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Definition A Social Forum is a one to four day event that addresses a wide number of topics of concern to civil society organizations and individuals opposed to neoliberal economic globalization through workshops, demonstrations, panels and plenary discussions. The guiding Charter of Principles, established in 2001 at the first World...
Definition We the People is an elementary and secondary school oriented civic education process designed to enable students to learn about and address civic issues locally, regionally, and nationally. It works to allow the student participants to educate themselves about a variety of governance-related topics and culminates in a series...
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