Our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of you who spent your entire Saturday debating and brainstorming about how to make democracy more resilient; and to all of you who joined us in the evening for this unique 360-look at democracy today. We were both humbled and happy to see close to 600 of you in the beautiful Ateneul and, to our delightful surprise, almost 10,000 of you watching live on digi24.ro! This unexpected enthusiasm confirmed for us that democracy is definitely alive and kicking; and bursting for an upgrade. What you achieved in a single day has inspired us immensely and gives us even more energy to continue building bridges of conversations and creativity where current infrastructures fall short. The top three proposals that were voted in the consultations focused on, in short:
- Democratizing the education system;
- Developing a joint government cloud accessible to the people to ensure transparency and accountability;
- Putting in place regular and structured open public forums for representatives to engage with their communities.
To see the complete proposals, you can check out the full report on the consultations’ discussion and recommendations.
These recommendations were presented in London on July 11th, 2023 to be juxtaposed to all other citizen and expert recommendations from around the world; and then were taken to the Athens Democracy Forum on September 27, 2023 where their journey to implementation became a public plan.
EIDOS Foundation, in a global partnership with the London-based Democracy and Culture Foundation, launched 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 was held with a group of 200 people selected through an open registration process who co-created concrete solutions and ways to solidify democracy in Romania and the entire region. UNFINISHED Democracy is part of the Building Blocks for Democracy plan and is one of the five civic consultations that The Democracy and Culture Foundation conducted in 2023 worldwide, following its 2022 research with experts on the same five pillars of democracy: (1) people, (2) parties - money and influence, (3) vote, (4) information and disinformation, and (5) balance between legislative and executive power.
Achilles Tsaltas, President of The Democracy & Culture Foundation, stated ”representative democracy is the second-best alternative to direct democracy. Deliberation enables consensus, promotes innovation, ameliorates the negative impact of developments like the digital divide. The event in Bucharest will highlight these issues, allow the voice of engaged citizens to be heard, and enable citizens to see their engagement bearing results."
On the same day, an exceptional event took place at the Romanian Athenaeum in Bucharest, attended by 800 key leaders from various industries, essential for supporting a strong democracy. The event featured presentations by special guests, announcement of the conclusions of the consultation session, and the results of an extensive research around democracy applied to the largest sample ever conducted in Romania.
Cristian Movilă, President of the Eidos Foundation, stated "this is the right time. Now, democracy and active citizen engagement must stand out. With a war at our border, uncertain situations in most of the region, extremist and nationalist trends and groups galloping towards the hearts of citizens, promoting democracy in all its forms is critical. A starting point is needed in building and adapting democracy for the future, where the private and non-profit sectors, together with civil society and policy makers, can discuss and create the best framework possible for a healthy democracy, and that point can be UNFINISHED Democracy".
More information about the project can be found on the website www.unfinisheddemocracy.org and on the social media pages of the EIDOS Foundation and the UNFINISHED festival.
Media partners: DIGI 24, digi24.ro
Main partners: Banca Transilvania, Leroy and Associates, Microsoft
Strategic partners: Atlas Intel., Rectors' Council, University of Bucharest, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Employers organization Concordia, Berggruen Institute
Technical partners: Sessions, 360 Revolution
Monitoring partner: Zelist Monitor
About UNFINISHED Democracy
UNFINISHED Democracy is an initiative of the EIDOS Foundation, Atlas Intel, and the Democracy and Culture Foundation in association with The New York Times and in cooperation with the United Nations, the Kofi Annan Foundation and the City of Athens, which presents an annual Democracy Prize.
About EIDOS Foundation
EIDOS Foundation is a non-profit organization anchored in Bucharest and committed to supporting new cultural forms on an international level and across disciplines. Inspired by the widely debated Greek philosophical term, EIDOS considers that the essence of life is in becoming and growing. Its signature events include the annual multidisciplinary festival UNFINISHED, the international World Press Photo traveling exhibition, and the EIDOS Talks.
The 'Power of People' consultation in Bucharest is part of our 'Re-imagining the Building Blocks of Democracy' project and is supported by
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