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The Foundation identifies new ways to improve democratic processes and the role of culture in allowing them to flourish. We engage in constructive conversation with experts and citizens to form policy-oriented solutions, and drive them forward to ensure lasting change.
EIDOS Foundation, in a global partnership with the London-based Democracy and Culture Foundation, is launching the UNFINISHED DEMOCRACY project. The initiative aims to explore new ways of consolidating and transforming democracy in all its forms in a rapidly changing world. On May 20, under the UNFINISHED DEMOCRACY initiative, a consultation session will be held with a group of 200 people selected through an open registration process who will co-create concrete solutions and ways to solidify democracy in Romania and the entire region. UNFINISHED Democracy is part of the Building Blocks for Democracy project.
“There can be no more doubt that democracy is not just in crisis; it is in retreat. Although the methodologies and details vary, that is the unavoidable conclusion of the data crunched each year by the likes of V-Dem, EIU, Freedom House, etc.” With these ominous words, As Sy, Chairman of the Kofi Annan Foundation started his introductory speech at the presentation of the “Re-Imagine the Building Blocks of Democracy” 3-year global project initiated by the Democracy and Culture Foundation and presented at the Mo Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW) in Nairobi, on April 30, 2023.
The Vice Chair of the Foundation, Anthony Kefalas, presented the Foundation’s strategy, the full range of the projects it is running and, in detail, the results so far from the implementation of the Building Blocks’ first year of roundtables and citizens’ panels. The project aims to come up with specific policy suggestions on the functioning of liberal democracy that would make it more resilient to the dangers it is facing.
As part of The Ibrahim Governance Weekend (IGW), the Democracy & Culture Foundation will present its project “Re-Imagining the Building Blocks of Democracy”. This is a 3-year international project, already in its 2nd year of implementation which runs in 10 cities across the world (both the Global North and the Global South) and aims through a combination of experts’ roundtables and citizens’ consultations to identify, publicize and push for implementation specific policy proposals that would help Liberal Democracy meet the challenges of our times. Find out more
On Thursday June 8th, 2023, between 8.30 and 13.30 am, at the Marriott hotel (AV. El. Dorado69B-53) the Democracy & Culture Foundation in collaboration with the Innovation for Development Foundation and ATLAS organisation will conduct a six-hour citizens’ driven consultation on the issue of information/disinformation. Local citizens will be asked to debate this issue and come up with policy suggestions that may have either a Colombia-oriented or a universal application that, when implemented, will contribute to the strengthening of the functioning of Liberal Democracy.
On Monday June 19th, 2023, between 13.00 and 18.00 am, at the Vaclav Havel Library (Ostrovní 129/13, 110 00 Nové Město) the Democracy & Culture Foundation in collaboration with the Sekyra Foundation, and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung will conduct a five-hour citizens’ driven consultation facilitated by the Atlas orgnaization on the issue of political parties, money and influence. Local citizens will be asked to debate the issue of information and come up with policy suggestions that may have either a Czechia-oriented or a universal application that, when implemented, will contribute to the strengthening of the functioning of Liberal Democracy.
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR DEMOCRACY
WE HAVE COMPLETED THE FIRST ROUND OF "BUILDING BLOCKS OF DEMOCRACY" ROUNDTABLES IN THE 5 CITIES (SYDNEY, SEOUL, WASHINGTON, BERLIN, TEL AVIV) AND PRESENTED THE POLICY RECOMMENDATION OUTCOMES AT THE 10TH ADF.
Our mission is to initiate a global exchange on the urgent ideas and initiatives to help the evolution of democracy, and to establish a global center of democracy. From April - July 2022, we run an international project designed to identify new strategies for addressing threats to democratic structures and processes and to outline new ways to make democracies more resilient in a rapidly changing world.
The Athens Democracy Forum
The Athens Democracy Forum took place September 28-30, 2022 in Athens where we examined the lessons learned from the pandemic and the rise in populism and participated in the debate on how we should confront the economic and social fallout.