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Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era is a project funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and implemented by Future Worlds Center with the support of five Regional Coordinators, one in each of the five Regions, and many [[Partners and Liaisons, who are supporting local, national, regional and/or global activities.

The project team invites everyone on the globe, individual, initiative or organization
who is interested in the vision, to approach the team and explore ways to collaborate.


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Key objective

The key objective is to increase youth participation and collaboration in decision making processes with regards to democratic governance by empowering young people from across the world to invent and propose new, innovative and concrete actions aiming at reinventing democracy by taking advantage of what the digital era has to offer.

More than 1000 young people will contribute with ideas face-to-face and virtually during five Co-Laboratories engaging ICT and structured democratic dialogue methodology. The process is designed to mobilize young people and to increase interaction among youth globally with the aim to advocate for and enable meaningful youth participation in democratic processes.


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Problem Analysis

Young people between 15 and 25 years old represent a fifth of the world’s population, yet they remain largely absent from or under-represented in political decision-making processes. Today’s young people are the owners of the future and will eventually become the leaders of tomorrow. It is therefore imperative they develop a sense of ownership through meaningful participation in democratic processes.
Despite low youth participation in political processes and elected institutions, young people participate in democratic life through other means, such as political movements, youth organizations, and ad-hoc community initiatives mostly on informal arenas. Their meaningful participation in these processes depends on the political, socio-economic and cultural context and requires both young people and youth organizations to have the opportunities and capacities for youth participation, as well as operate within an enabling environment for civil society and especially young people.
While youths across the world are facing similar problems to access the political decision-making arena there are limited opportunities for them to share those experiences and to explore and propose solutions in a structured way and through personal meetings. To become a stronger voice there is a need for youth around the world to unite.


Global Scope

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The initiative has a global scope
  • The UNDEF contract foresees the involvement of more than 1000 young change makers from across the world in a global exercise to re-invent and re-design systems of governance for the digital era.
  • In addition to the five Structured Democratic Dialogues, the project team invites other global, regional, or national initiatives to join with their own funding and/or with funding secured jointly in order to expand the scope to more regions and more people.


The Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era project Eco-system


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Funding Organization
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Implementing Organization
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Regions

The core project is being implemented in five regions. The initiative in each region is called:

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Regional Coordinators

The project is being implemeneted with the assistance of the following:

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Core Participants

Core Participants are the key actors of the project.


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Shadow Participants
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Mentors
The project foresees a Mentorship Program with three different types of Mentors:
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Structure of the Mentorship Program
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The Network between one Mentor and her/his Core Participants

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The extended Mentors' Network

Mentors have the benefit that they have access to >100 participants from across the world


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Liaisons

This role is for Civil Society or other regional or national organizations interested to liaison and/or organize any related activities such as:

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Activists

This role is especially for young or young-in-spirit activists interested to replicate the core activities:

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Project Promoters

Many individuals, authorities and orgnaizations are supporting the project in many ways:

  • Placing the project logo in their website
  • Disseminating the call for participants
  • Disseminating the newsletters
  • Disseminating the Project Deliverables
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Endorsements

Many individuals, authorities and organizations are endorsing the project by placing it under their auspices.

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Researchers

Researchers and scientists may join in order to collect data and study the process or products.

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Experts

Experts will be evaluating the ideas of participants on a number of dimensions such as: Impact, Feasibility, Innovation, Possibility of happening without intervention/external support, and Desirability. Their opinions will be compared and contrasted with the total averages of the evaluations conducted by the particiopants themselves and discussed if there are deviations.

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Policy Advisors

Many people involved in policy commit to promote its ideas and products in their respective circles

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Political Endorsement

Individual politicians may endorse the project and commit to promote its ideas and products in their respective circles.

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Facilitators

Those individuals trained to facilitate Structured Democratic Dialogue.

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Science of Dialogic Design

Many individual politicians are endorsing the project and commit to promote its ideas and products in their respective circles

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SDD Certificates

All participants will receive certificates that bear the official logo of the Structured Democratic Dialogue methodology

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YouTube
  • The project encourages and expects all participants, and especially Core Participants to produce and publish short movies explaining their suggestions and ideas
  • Videos should be published in YouTube in the project's channel to allow easy access
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IdeaPrism

IdeaPrism is a mobile App that runs on Apple and Android devices, which allows participants to enter their ideas, clarifications and short videos online

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Cogniscope

The Structured Democratic Dialogues require the use of a special software called Cogniscope for their implementation The software, originally developed by the team of Aleco Christakis, is now produced by Ekkotek Ltd.