Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Right to participation

Ashes and phoenixes: Occupy and beyond

occupy ragnhildNorwegian student Ragnhild Freng Dale got caught up in the democratic winds sweeping through London last year. It is easy to see how she got sucked into Occupy’s lively direct participation assemblies with the “People’s mic”, where  the crowd repeats what is said so that everyone can hear the speaker. In the interview below, activist and co-editor of the Occupied Times gives us her take on Occupy and participation.

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When social protest and active citizenship take over city walls

grafitiAs the economic crisis became deeper and public debate on possible solutions more heated, the walls of some cities in Portugal were once more populated with political paintings and graffiti. Portuguese street art specialist Ricardo Campos explains that public space and the walls in particular have been used by people to communicate with others since remote times because it is cheap and easy.

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The World´s first Facebook constitution

Crowdsourcing-photo webThe World´s first “crowdsourced” constitution is set to be adopted by the Icelandic Parliament as early as next year after a two year inclusive and participatory process.

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Crowd legislation – The Nordic way

citizens-initiative-FinlandSince the beginning of March, Finns have had a new form of participation on the state level - a citizen’s initiative. The initiative may be organized by one, or several, Finnish citizens who are entitled to vote. If they manage to collect 50,000 signatures supporting the initiative within six months, Parliament is obliged to consider it.

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The movement Y’en a marre – “we’ve had enough”

Yen-a-marreAlthough Senegal is neither a large nor a strategically located country, it has nonetheless played a prominent role in African politics since its independence. 95% Muslim, Senegal remains one of the most stable democracies in Africa and demonstrated its preference for secular rule and religious harmony by electing a Christian, Leopold Sedar Senghor, as its first president in 1960.

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The EU Ombudsman: enhancing dialogue with citizens

P Nikiforos-DiamandourosTo make sure that its institutions and administration function properly and do not encroach on citizen’s rights, the European Union established the office of the European Ombudsman.  P. Nikiforos Diamandouros, the current EU Ombudsman explained what type of human rights violations he investigates and how his office works and why it is also a mechanism for citizen participation.

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Stéphane Hessel interview on the Occasion of Human Rights Day 2012

European Road Map to Citizen Participation

Citizen Participation Infographic

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