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Workshop on local democracy in Santorso



In order to involve local citizens on the topic of local democracy, Municipality of Santorso offered a workshops on the 2nd December 2018. The event was a possibility for people could explore some of the root causes of conflict, polarisation and poverty. To do so, an interactive simulation on sustainable resource management from MIT (Boston), called “fishbanks simulation” was adopted.

During the activities, 27 participants learned how all our economic and social activities, like all other natural aspects, are based on a thermodynamic context, where the primary variables are energy and population. They also experienced firsthand the difficulty and complexity of making decisions with other people when things go out of control or it’s a life or death situation.

They also learned how the concept of democracy, based on competition between groups and by which the result depends by the majority of the votes and not by the pursuit of the best solution for all, could be one the biggest limit in our path towards sustainability and peace.

At the end of this two-day workshop, the participants:

  • gained a much deeper awareness of the world global challenges (limits to growth, the tragedy of the commons, overshoot and collapse), and the insufficient capacity to manage them due to current organisational and decision making structures at the political and societal level.
  • experimented different patterns of organisations, their characteristics and expected outcomes (hierarchical, flat and agile)
  • experimented a relative new and developing agile methodology called “dynamic governance” (sociocracy30.org).

In particular, they learned how to use the “consent decision making” and the “election process by consent” patterns.

This activity is part of the project RECOV: REthinking COllaborative Values for Public Services, supported by the European programme Europe for Citizens.

For more information see the link HERE.



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