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This week’s World Forum for Democracy 2017 editors

Georgios Kolliarakis

Georgios Kolliarakis political scientist, is a senior researcher at the University of Frankfurt.

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Introducing this week’s theme: Media, parties and populism.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Diary of an organiser: Team Syntegrity 2017

I have been a qualified facilitator for more than two decades, but had almost forgotten what this extraordinary three-and-a-half day process was like. Would it be different in the twenty-first century?

More mouthy male feminists please

Team Syntegrity 2017 light blue group: “It would be strategic to create feeling spaces where we can explore the masculine experience of patriarchy. Real democracy now!”

Aristides de Sousa Mendes: a light in the dark

Aristides de Sousa Mendes chose his conscience over his orders. His altruism should be an example for all those struggling to change a world that is once again failing to protect its citizens.   

Letter from a recovering Team Syntegrity 2017 participant

"In this exercise, we were forced to sit side by side and face to face and discuss diverse issues reasonably, coherently, and cohesively. It was smart and it was intimate."

Is the world finally breaking its silence on Turkey?

"Members of my staff are sad not just for their friends, but for their country. What will it take for the world to break its silence?"

Team Syntegrity emergent

If creativity is born from bringing different perspectives together, the group’s diversity was a positive sign from the outset.

eBook: El ecosistema de la democracia abierta

«El ecosistema de la democracia abierta» es una publicación que hemos coeditado con apps4citizens en Barcelona, en el marco de nuestra sección sobre Experimentación PolíticaEnglish

From civil society to political society

“You can avoid paying attention to politics only until politics starts paying attention to you.” Thoughts gathered at Team Syntegrity 2017 in Barcelona.

The vertical apartheid

Herewith, an edited version of the preface to Eyal Weizman's Hollow Land, published by Verso last month to mark the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

De-risking and non-profits: how do you solve a problem that no-one wants to take responsibility for?

Decisive action should be taken by the G20 to assess the impact, legitimacy and effectiveness of the whole system of international rules designed to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.

Art and the refugee ‘crisis’: Mediterranean blues

Artists are mapping new itineraries of the Mediterranean, throwing into relief an incurable colonial wound that continues to bleed into the present.

Team Syntegrity, a comprehensive method of hope

Collaborating, competing, contradicting, negotiating, accommodating and compromising, all took place to different degrees in one symbiotic process. Our first participant report-back.

Simone Veil – a passionate believer in Europe

She was a tower of moral rectitude like that other great Jewish figure of French post war politics, Pierre Mendes France. In memoriam.

Books and dreams: an autocrat’s nightmare

If seventeen activists can destabilize a regime that has been violently repressing and harassing those fighting for democracy and freedom for nearly four decades, what can 22 million Angolans achieve? Português

Livros e sonhos: o pior pesadelo dum autocrata

Se dezassete activistas conseguem desestabilizar um regime cujo modus operandi é reprimir e perseguir violentamente aqueles que lutam pela democracia e pela liberdade, o que podem fazer 22 milhões de angolanos? English

The island that refused to disappear

The people of Muisne, in the South of the Province of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, are under threat of eviction since the island was declared unfit for habitation after the 2016 earthquake. Español 

Old questions, new answers

Rethinking representation involves expanding the deliberative community and redefining not only who can decide on public issues, but how decisions are made. Español Português

Viejas preguntas, nuevas respuestas

Repensar la representación implica ampliar la comunidad de deliberación y redefinir no sólo quiénes pueden decidir en temas públicos que les afectan, sino cómo se toman las decisiones. English Português

Perguntas velhas, respostas novas

Repensar a representação implica ampliar a comunidade de deliberação e redefinir não só aqueles que podem decidir sobre os temas públicos que os afectam, mas também como se tomam as decisões. English Español 

Where we come from

“The real problem is a lack of appreciation of history by the general public and their willingness to accept myth as history.”

A distribuição em massa de tudo

A inovação não é uma opção: é uma necessidade - para melhorar o que fazemos e ter um papel a desempenhar no contexto da economia líquida. English Español

La distribución masiva de todo

La innovación no es una opción: es una necesidad – para mejorar lo que hacemos y tener un papel que desempeñar en el contexto de la economía líquida. English Português

The mass distribution of everything

Innovation is not an option: it is a necessity - to keep on improving on the way we do things and having a role to play in the fluid economics context. Español Português

América Latina: mais além da representação

A investigadora brasileira Thamy Pogrebinschi, sediada no Berlin Social Science Center, conversa com a DemocraciaAbierta dias antes da apresentação do projecto de investigação LATINNO, em Berlim, no dia 26 de Junho. Entrevista. English Español

Radical municipalism: demanding the future

‘Municipal politics’ may raise new types of demands crucial in organising powerful social movements and improving material conditions, while orienting us towards new understandings of what is possible. 


República del excremento: amor, violencia y patriotismo en El Salvador

Los poemas de Miroslava Rosales desgarran la plasticidad posmoderna del orden neoliberal, la necrópolis de platino y plástico impuesta a los países latinoamericanos por los regímenes locales y la penetración extranjera. Entrevista. English

The Excrement Republic: violence, patriotism, martyrdom and romance in El Salvador

Miroslava Rosales’s poems tear through the postmodern plasticity of the violent neoliberal order, the platinum and plastic necropolis imposed upon Latin American countries by local regimes and foreign penetration. Interview. Español

‘It only needs all’: re-reading Dialectic of Enlightenment at 70

Seventy years ago, Querido Verlag published a densely written book that has become a key title of modern social philosophy. Underneath its pessimistic granite surface a strangely sanguine message awaits us.

Macron and absolute responsibility

If there were one word to characterise these elections, it was crafted by Melenchon and is “dégagisme”, or cleaning-out.

Ciudades y democracia: nuevas geografías, nuevas geometrías

Uno de los riesgos de la política convencional es ver el mundo con las viejas ideas subsidiarias de una manera de entender la geografía y la geometría de los conceptos. English Português 

Democracy and the city: new geographies, new geometries

One of the risks of conventional politics is seeing the world through ideas which are subsidiary to a certain, old way of understanding the geography and the geometry of concepts. Español Português

América Latina: democracia más allá de la representación

La investigadora brasileña Thamy Pogrebinschi, con sede en el WZB (Berlin Social Science Center), conversa con DemocraciaAbierta días antes de la presentación del proyecto de investigación LATINNO, en Berlín, en el 27 de junio. Entrevista. English Português

Latin America: democracy beyond representation

WZB (Berlin Social Science Center)-based Brazilian researcher Thamy Pogrebinschi talks to DemocraciaAbierta ahead of LATINNO’s research project presentation in Berlin, on the 27th of June. Interview. Español Português

15M, seen from the day after tomorrow

"Excuse me: It's not just that this left-right axis misrepresents me, it's also that I’m interested in the bottom-up one too, and I don't just want justice, I also want freedom." Interview Español

Warriors (of different sort) first

It is not that Washington should be more alert about what happens in the world; it is the world that should be concerned with what is going on in the United States. Español

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