Innovating Democracy 2017


Join us for the 3rd Innovating Democracy event organized by the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA). This full day event will take place in The Hague on November 30th, 2017.

 

#INNDEM2017

 

Innovating Democracy brings political parties and movements together that have experience with cutting-edge political innovation to discuss this shift in the political landscape. Worldwide many new political actors gained power or even won elections, many did so using social media, data and digital tools in innovative ways.

 

Key questions that will be addressed: how does technology influence the public and political debate and behavior? Is technology empowering us to voice our opinions or is it providing a platform to disregard ethical boundaries? Are we on a right path creating a healthy democratic community? Do tech companies have too much power to influence the political debate? Where does technical innovation leave political parties?

 

We invite you to take part in the discussion!

Speakers

 

Mike Hind (UK) keynote
Investigative journalist and expert on disinformation on social media shares his experiences on how technology helps ‘manufacturing the appearance of social consensus around political issues’. Read more >

 

Adrienne Massanari (US) keynote
Assistant Professor at University of Illinois researches the social and cultural impacts of new media, crowdsourcing, and digital ethics. As author of Participatory Culture, Community, and Play: Learning from Reddit she will share how this platform was an instrumental space for political organizing during the 2016 US Presidential campaign, as well as the way the community’s culture was reflected in political discourse on the platform. Read more >

 

Michael Babyak (US) breakout
Former Director Marketing & Technology RNC/ Trump Campaign will share his experiences leading the POET team and building a state-of-art digital fundraising operation by using big data for Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign. Read more >

 

Michael Chessum (UK) breakout
Michael was on the Steering Committee of Momentum – the grassroots organisation dedicated to transforming the British Labour Party – for its first year, playing an important leadership role, and worked on Jeremy Corbyn’s second leadership campaign. He was centrally involved in the social movements which preceded the ‘Corbyn surge’, from the student movements of 2010 through to the anti-austerity movement, and currently works for Another Europe is Possible, a coalition of progressives fighting Brexit from the left.”He will share his experiences in mobilizing new and disenfranchised voters. Read more >

 

Maya Saikali (LB) breakout
Former media and communication coordinator and member of the collegiate body of Beirut Madinati/ Beirut My City, will focus on the identity and communication strategies conceived for the campaign and their manifestation. She will also reflect upon the participatory aspect of the campaign, the dynamics and processes that allowed the party to shift from a campaign into a political movement. Read more >

 

Kal Turnbull (UK) breakout
Founder of ‘Change MyView’  who set out to do the impossible: cordon off a space for measured, civil conversation between people who believe in different things. Now there are over 450.000 members on ‘Change My View’ subreddit. Read more >

 

Nicolas Diaz (COL) breakout
Founder of ‘SeamOS will talk about digital democracy in Latin-America and his application that gives the public the ability to explore proposals and vote on them. Read more >

 

Sandro Martin & Guillaume Auffret (FA)
S.M. is head research center and international relations & G.A. is Political Advisor La République En MarcheThey wil present the parties strategy about how they include party members feedback to create a more bottom-up driven political party. Read more >

Timetable


09:00

Registration participants and speakers

Lobby

09:30

Kick-off Innovating Democracy 2017

Levi Lassenzaal

09:45

Keynote 1 by Mike Hind: In ‘Fake it ‘til you break it – disrupting democracy by astroturfing & online disinformation’ Mike outlines how hyper-partisan political and social points of view are seeded on social media platforms. And how those environments provide a built-in advantage to those who ‘game’ them by creating fake armies of supporters.

Levi Lassenzaal

10:30

Panel discussion about the keynote

Levi Lassenzaal

11:30

Parallel breakout sessions morning

Michael Babyak: He will share his experience building a winning, state-of-the-art Presidential digital fundraising operation from the ground up with the RNC and the Donald J. Trump for President campaign. He assembled and led the RNC’s Performance Optimization and Experiments Team (POET) that ran over 300 tests on DonaldJTrump.com content, generating over $30 million in added revenue.

Panoramazaal

Nicolás Díaz: SeamOS is the first digital platform that allows citizens to get involved in political decision making in Bogotá, Colombia. Nicolás will talk about digital democracy in Latin-America and his application that gives the public the ability to explore proposals and vote on them.

Studio

Sandro Martin & Guillaume Auffret: Will present the parties strategy about how they include party-members feedback to create a more bottom-up driven political party. Additionally they will talk about the transition from En Marche! a political movement into La République En Marche! the biggest French political party.

Waterlab

12:30

Lunch

Lobby

13:30

Keynote 2 by Adrienne Massanari: In her presentation, Adrienne discusses the unique culture and underlying technology of Reddit.com. Focusing on the 2016 US Presidential election, she illustrates how these factors shaped political talk on the social media site. She also offers some thoughts about how political parties, organizations, and individuals can navigate Reddit’s culture successfully.

Levi Lassenzaal

14:15

Panel discussion about the keynote

Levi Lassenzaal

15:15

Parallel breakout sessions afternoon

Michael Chessum: Momentum is a grassroots campaigning network of over 31,000 members, 200,000 supporters and 170 local groups that evolved out of Jeremy Corbyn’s 2015 election campaign. Momentum is mobilising the mass campaigning movement that tries to get Labour into government. Michael will share his experiences in mobilizing new and disenfranchised voters.

Panoramazaal

Maya Saikali: While trying to challenge the highly regimented and traditional notion of “politics” in Lebanon, Beirut Madinati‘s campaign explored diversified tools and forms of communication stemming from a people-centered program that allowed to gain 40% of the votes and led to the emergence of a political movement. Maya’s presentation will reflect upon the role of social media in political campaigning through insights on the communication strategy and its public manifestation.  She will also consider the participatory aspect of the campaign, the dynamics and processes that allowed the party to shift from a campaign into a political movement.

Studio

Kal Turnbull: Kal set out to do the impossible: cordon off a space for measured, civil conversation between people who believe in different things. Now there are over 450.000 members on ‘Change My View’ subreddit. His presentation will detail the reasons he started ‘Change My View’, how it works, and what it has achieved. He hopes to demonstrate the benefits of such a forum, and the lessons we can learn going forward in everyday life, education, and democracy.

Waterlab

16:15

Closing panel discussion with all the speakers

Levi Lassenzaal

17:30

Drinks

Lobby


RSVP

 

Limited places available, entry only upon prior registration. Participation is free of charge, and lunch & drinks are provided.
Register here: https://innovatingdemocracy.io/registration/

When?

 

Thursday November 30th 2017
09:30-17:30

 

Where?

 

Museon
Stadhouderslaan 37
2517 HV Den Haag
Travel + parking information Museon

 

Location:

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