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16th Transatlantic Forum

"The Art of the Possible: Striking a Balance between Participation and the Delegation of Power"

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  1. Pirates in state parliaments, enraged citizens on the street, and California as an ungovernable state – political participation manifests itself in unexpected, and polarizing, ways. The only thing that’s clear is that no government and no political party, and perhaps no business company either, is able to get around participatory possibilities.<br> <br> During the 16th Transatlantic Forum (starting today!), we want to explore what these possibilities may look like, how to mobilize those parts of the population that make no use of the already existing instruments, and to what extent a shift towards increased participation is also reflected in the business and economic sector.
    Pirates in state parliaments, enraged citizens on the street, and California as an ungovernable state – political participation manifests itself in unexpected, and polarizing, ways. The only thing that’s clear is that no government and no political party, and perhaps no business company either, is able to get around participatory possibilities.

    During the 16th Transatlantic Forum (starting today!), we want to explore what these possibilities may look like, how to mobilize those parts of the population that make no use of the already existing instruments, and to what extent a shift towards increased participation is also reflected in the business and economic sector.
  2. Day One: The group exploring the  Reichstag and German politics....

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  4. Dinner Speech
    The Evolution of Democracy – How Will Political Participation Look Tomorrow?
    Craig Calhoun Designated Director, London School of Economics and Political Science, London
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  6. Craig Calhoun said that civil protests had to overcome their skeptical attitude towards institution building. Without institutional structures they wouldn’t be able to make their issues heard and to shape social change.
  7. Day 2: Theorizing about participation...

  8. Panel Session 1
    New Forms of Democracy – Benefiting the Minority at the Expense of the Majority?
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  10. Highlights:

    Anke Domscheit-Berg: “The future of government is transparency. As a result, secrecy and corruption will have a harder time in digital democracies. Ideally, open government happens top down. Governments who don’t open up will be made transparent bottom up.”


    John Kornblum: “Community organizing helps to increase transparency and provides the possibility of participation, and thus empowers citizens to decide their own fate. It is not about minorities. It's all a question of empowerment only.”
  11. Sudha David-Wilp: “Within the current US political system, the lack of bipartisanship and will to cooperate leads to political apathy and distrust of government in the American electorate.”


  12. Panel Session 2

    The Professional Citizen – An Equal Partner in Business and Politics?
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  14. Highlights:

    Marianne Wellershoff argued that employees who profit directly from the financial success of their company as shareholders were more motivated and entrepreneurial. While they can vote for representatives, employees of Der Spiegel news magazine are not involved in business decisions.

     

    David Howard: “The level of exposure caused by the demand for transparency and direct communication through e-mail, phone, fax, Facebook, Twitter and other forms of communication poses a tremendous load on elected officials, which makes it even more difficult to do the job well.”

  15. ...and getting in touch with local initiatives.

  16. How to Include Minorities in Participatory Processes
    Community Platform Wedding Moabit: “Wir sind da!”
  17. John Kornblum: “Community organizing is a slow revolution, a grassroots level empowerment, on the basis of talking.”
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  19. New Methods and Techniques of Participation

    Liquid Democracy e.V. / Petition Committee
  20. Surprising information: the high workload of the members of the Petition Committee, the relatively high success rate (about 40% are debated in parliament, 5% of petitions are successful) and the fact that the implementation of e-petitions did not lead to an increase in the overall number of petitions.

    As for Liquid Democracy, participants gained insights into the application of the participation software which is not limited to political purposes. Another interesting fact is that, in Germany today, two participation tools compete with each other, representing two different ideas of political participation.

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  22. Initiating Active Engagement
    Gleisdreieck Park
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