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Political Parties in the Digital Age

Political Parties in the Digital Age

Speech by Dr. Will Derks on 15 July 2017 Fifth Forum of Young Politicians of the South Caucasus and Ukraine Tbilisi, Georgia Ladies and gentlemen! Some two weeks ago, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democrat Party (LDP) lost the regional elections for the parliament of the Japanese capital, Tokyo. It was a devastating defeat, most likely caused by a general dissatisfaction a... »

Digital Democracy’s Coming of Age

Digital Democracy’s Coming of Age

NIMD’s Innovation Advisor, Will Derks, reviews “Digital Democracy: The Tools Transforming Political Engagement”, a paper by Julie Simon, Theo Bass, Victoria Boelman and Geoff Mulgan on pioneering innovations in digital democracy which are taking place on a global scale.   ‘How can we begin to determine (…) what constitutes a “successful” digital tool?’, the authors of Digital Democracy ask th... »

Iceland Pirate Woman

Iceland Pirate Woman

Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir or just Sunna. Sunna is a human rights lawyer, activist, investigative journalist and, more recently, a politician. She is a member of the Icelandic parliament for the Pirate Party. »

Estonian Cooperation Assembly

Estonian Cooperation Assembly

Estonia has marvellous e-services and is worldwide known by its e-government (currently distrusted though) and e-residency programme, but the state of participation and e-democracy is surprisingly poor. What has changed after the deliberation process People’s Assembly in 2013, what needs to be done in addition to setting up new participation channels and how to increase the demand for more transpa... »

Podemos

Podemos

Podemos experimented with various internet platforms and social media venues to approach Spanish politics differently than other political parties had. »

Workshop Technology and the Future of Democracy

Workshop Technology and the Future of Democracy

Distrust in politics and low turnout at elections show that the legitimacy of democracy is in question. Meanwhile, people engage online more and more on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. »

Workshop We Own the City!

Workshop We Own the City!

The ability of citizens to organize themselves, for example through social media, has increased very much the last few years. As a result, in many communities local initiatives have emerged, like neighbourhood businesses and local energy cooperations. »

Innovate ways to engage with citizens

Innovate ways to engage with citizens

An increasing number of people around the globe are looking for new ways of democratic participation. If we fail to provide these new ways, liberal democracies are in big trouble, said Will Derks (NIMD) in his introduction. That’s why, in this breakout session, three democratic innovators shared their experiences and also their tools: Sam van der Staak (International IDEA), Felipe Munoz (Net Party... »

Design strategies to enhance the dialogue between citizens and authorities

Design strategies to enhance the dialogue between citizens and authorities

In this breakout session Ruth Kennedy from the Public Office and Ed Owles from Postcode movies gave a presentation on their work helping organisations create social change. Moniek Driesse from the Socioneers shared her experience as a design researcher and showed the importance of storytelling in creating that change. »

God bless Iceland

God bless Iceland

Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir or just Sunna, is elected as a member to the Althing, the parliament of Iceland, for the Pirate Party In her keynote at Innovating Democracy she addressed the rise of the Pirate Party in Iceland. Key in this development was the financial crisis and the way this was handled by the then government. In an address to the people on television prime Minister of Iceland Gei... »