Invitation to the Dutch edition of the EUCROWD conference
CROWDSOURCING A NEW EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY
How can we use e-participation to bridge the gap between people and politics?
Tolhuisweg 2, 1031 CL Amsterdam, Netherlands, 15 March 2017
On the day of the Dutch national elections, we question what other ways there are to bridge the gap between citizens and politicians on a national as well as a European level. Many people feel let down by European institutions and their obscure decision-making processes. Having national consultations after law proposals have already been formulated, as in the case of the Ukraine referendum in The Netherlands, do not enhance trust in European politics. How can digital tools help citizens to have a more direct say about European policy making? Could digital tools help to democratise the EU?
During the EUCROWD conference, Netwerk Democratie invites you and a range of international and local democratic innovators to conceptualise what such a tool should look like. The day will be split up into two connecting parts: we start with discussing the current state of affairs in regards to crowdsourcing platforms, after moving on to an interactive “World Café” table discussion.
12:00 – 13:35 E-participation: the status quo
First we will look at different levels of crowdsourcing. What kind of platforms already exist to engage citizens in politics from the local to the European level?
Elisa Lironi, Digital Democracy Manager at ECAS (European Citizen Action Service) will sketch the current situation of e-participation in the EU. Why is there a need for e-democracy on a European level and what has already been tried?
Also on the national level large scale experiments have been done such as The People’s Assembly Rahvakogu in Estonia. Hille Hinsberg will show how an online platform was used to crowdsource new ideas and proposals to amend Estonia’s electoral laws, political party law and other issues related to the future of democracy in Estonia.
But can European and national e-participation exist without a firm basis in the local context? May-Britt Jansen and Jeroen van Berkel of the OpenStadseel initiative within the municipality of Amsterdam will present how they have organized bottom-up participation on the level of the neighborhood by engaging both government and citizens with the use of e-tools.
Paul Isaris (Science For You, Greece) presents DemocracIT, which is an open-source, open-ended collaborative platform for commenting and annotating laws. The tool does not only reinforce citizen participation in law consultations, but also allows for smart analysis and organization of consultation comments.
13:35 – 14:00 Coffee, tea and cookies
14:00 – 16:00 World Café discussion: raise your voice
How do you want to participate in the EU? At what moment in EU decision-making should crowdsourcing take place? How do we increase youth participation? What kind of tools should be used? We invite EU-lovers, EU-haters, young people, experts, politicians and everyone in between these categories to join the conversation on the opportunities for a more democratic Europe.
The EUCROWD event in Amsterdam is organized by Netwerk Democratie with the financial support of the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union.