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About Paul Hilder
Paul Hilder is co-founder of Crowdpac, 38 Degrees and openDemocracy. He has played leadership roles at Change.org, Avaaz and Oxfam, and was a candidate for general secretary of the Labour party.
Articles by Paul Hilder
This week's editors
Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future
No to TTIP
In the week of the Madrid summit on democracy and terrorism, two global citizens say that talking is not enough.
The traditional political party is dying. Can it reinvent itself in a way that matches transformations of society, technology, and personal identity? Paul Hilder draws on global democratic experimentation to present a vision of the political party for an age of open politics.
Jordans capital was the venue of an international civil society conference that sought guidelines for a path to Middle East security in the recent experience of Europe. Paul Hilder, awed and excited by the challenge, was there.
As Hungarians vote on whether to join the EU, we dive into their imaginations. What does enlargement mean at ground level? From a German factory in the north-east to the bustle of Budapests entrepreneurs, from hopes and fears to past terrors, Hungarian voices and stories jostle. In the corners of Europe, its futures can be glimpsed.
As the first war of the new era begins, the die is cast and War Fever peaks. Through the sandstorm and the summits, can we see our way toward responsibility and the Futures of Europe? From Cyprus to Malta and Belgrade to Finland, the wind is rising...
If you don't know where to start in the European labyrinth, this might be a good place. What is Europe for? Which Europe do we want? As the European constitution is drafted, a bewildering variety of visions for the continent have been offered. Paul Hilder maps and clarifies the terrain.
The slogan No to war: No to Saddam! leaves the world polarised and incapable of concerted action. What would it take to reconfigure this crippling divide so that a clear choice helps the world move forward? Could the European Unions foreign policy coordinator, Javier Solana, lead the way?
The imminence of war is forcing decision and division across the continent. Writing updates almost daily, our Europe editor, looking out from central Europe to its southern and eastern frontiers, finds a shared panorama of concern: Iraq, the US, the uncertain future. The ground beneath Paul Hilders feet seems everywhere to rumble: what is Europe for?
What exotic beast is being cloned in the engine-rooms of Europe? Between the Convention's ambition and US disdain, Polish impatience and Franco-German amity, after the Copenhagen summit and before Iraq, the continent is again a field of passionate contest. openDemocracy's Europe editor says it is time for Europeans to unlock not just minds, but imaginations.
Since February 2001, Israel has been under the glacial spell of Ariel Sharons national unity government. With the fall of the coalition and the calling of new elections, politics has returned. Who will be the next Israeli prime minister and will the turbulence bring peace, new savagery, or another ice age?
A major Berlin exhibition on the architectural politics of Israels West Bank settlements has just been abruptly cancelled by the Israeli Association of United Architects. Paul Hilder tells a story of political censorship, intellectual complicity with power and the ethical responsibility of true professionals.
A three-part introduction: why debate copyright, what are the possible futures, and whats the problem?
The protest movements against global capitalism have mobilised the energies of a generation. But to change a system requires creative imagination as well as the power of numbers or ideas - and the sense of an alternative. The real debate is just beginning.