The 5th edition of Personal Democracy Forum will serve as a platform of idea and experience exchange for people working for civic participation and transparency in public life with the help of new technologies in Central and Eastern Europe.
The jubilee edition of Personal Democracy Forum will take place on April 6-7, 2017 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. It is planned for two days of both experts’ presentations and several interactive workshops. Keynote speeches will be interpreted and recorded in order to be published online for further use. The conference will be streamed on the conference related websites.
At this year’s PDF will be concentrated on diagnosing the democratic system – what went wrong? Did the system fail us or did we fail? What are the next steps? Find more background for this year’s main theme. This year organizers of PDF see the need to focus around the following areas:
Democracy as a Buzzword
It seems that democracy is being defined in contradictory ways. Although people keep using similar words to describe it. Perhaps they do not mean anything anymore?
Revolution | Evolution | Stagnation
From enthusiasm through grassroot work to powerlessness. How can citizens learn from experiences of introducing the change?
Creation | Manipulation | Responsibility
When states are ineffective, citizens take matters into their own hands. What sort of challenges do they have to face in contemporary politics?
Maintenance | Sustainability | Innovation
Hopelessness and insecurity are becoming the most popular companions of CSOs. What environment should be created to expel those words from their vocabulary?
The special guest this year will be Ethan Zuckerman, Director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and Associate Professor of the practice in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.
During PDF PL CEE 2017 we will listen to 3 talks, 2 panel discussions and 14 presentations during three sessions on Day 1 and participate in 12 interactive workshops and 10 world cafe sessions on Day 2. On that day the participants will also have an opportunity to listen to a keynote speech by Ethan Zuckerman and “Lessons from the Region” closing panel held by TransparenCEE.
This year TechSoup will organize two side events in the framework of TransparenCEE project around PDF CEE. Workshop “Communications and Advocacy with Data” will focus on the ways to communicate findings from data analysis and making audiences engaged in order to make change possible. During 8 hours of work, participants will prepare their strategies for Data Advocacy and Communications in their data projects. Workshop will take place on Saturday 8th of April.
In parallel the first offline meeting of two (out of three) TransparenCEE cross-sector Working Groups will take place in Gdańsk. The groups were formed early this year by TransparenCEE community members to work together on finding practical solutions for the most vital issues related to corruption, transparency and good governance across the region.
The first Working Group is focused on Public Procurements and Corporate Registry and facilitated by Sandor Lederer CEO of K-Monitor. The second Working Group on Decision-making processes is facilitated by Iurii Lisovskyi Project Manager in OPORA.
You can register today! To do so, go here.Event website