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Reviving democracy from the community level



On the weekend of 10-12 June, in the framework of the Local Economic Forum, yearly organised by the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, ALDA partnered up with CDP - Driving Sustainable Economies and the Findhorn Foundation to bring together experts, academics and practitioners from all around the world to share ideas about democracy and citizens participation. The Forum was a unique opportunity to reflect and propose new ideas and views on how to revive democracy by putting the community at the centre of the action.

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The event rotated around the topic “How can those inside and outside of the political system drive reform and reprioritise the local community voice?”. ALDA was represented by Ms Sofia Caiolo, who brought in the experience of the 3-year project LADDER, and Mr. Colin Campbell, ambassador of ALDA in the UK and representative of the Assist Social Capital CIC (ASC). 
 
The exchange of experience, knowledge and good practice was strongly facilitated by participatory methodologies and the framework structure offered by the Findhorn Foundation. Among the several thematic explored by the participants, particular focus was dedicated to the variety of opportunities offered by technology to contribute to foster democracy and to the role that each citizen plays to strengthen democratic practices. 
 
ALDA’s mission and key actions were showcased and participation, at all levels of governance, was agreed being at the very heart of democratic systems across Europe and beyond. Participants pointed out that participation and interactivity unlock a powerful collective intelligence, which is functional to a decision-making process and problem solving producing benefit to the whole society. ALDA brought in its multi-annual expertise in including citizens, civil society, public authorities and different stakeholders in a collective and thoughtful manner for the development of communities.
 
Picture: Hazel Sheffield ©


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