International Forum for Citizen Participation “from the public square to the national constitution”

International Forum for Citizen Participation “from the public square to the national constitution”

March 21st, 2015 |  10.00 – 18.00 | Ionic Centre |  Lisiou str. 11, AthensInternational Forum on Citizen Participation with prominent academics and activists from Iceland, UK, France, Austria, Egypt and Greece who innovated by “planning from  the public square to the national Constitution”!

Can we encourage and assure citizen participation in public decision making processes? 

How can we facilitate the transition towards new ways of participatory governance?

The International Forum aims at exchanging social experiment practices from Iceland, France, Italy, UK, Germany, Egypt and Greece and at finding a common theoretical framework for the transition of politics into new forms of governance that allow citizen participation. 



Among the speakers are Margrét Tryggvadóttir, member of the Citizens’ Constitutional Assembly of Iceland; Etienne Chouard, founder of the french initiative “Plan C”; Daniel Reagan, representative of the LSE project “Crowdsourcing the UK’s Constitution”; Airan Berg, Executive Manager of the Candidancy for “European Capital of Culture Lecce 2021”; Alia Mossalan, an Egyptian activist and political scientist; Βjarni Jonsson, Systemic Change Advisor; Anastasia Stratigea, University professor at NTUA; Dimitris Gouskos, University professor at UoA; Dimitris Charitos, University professor at UoA; Loukas Bartatilas, architect-artist and Alexandros Noussias, lawyer.

Free entrance after registration.

See full programme here.


The International Forum is part of the project Platform for Political Innovation POLITEIA 2.0, led by the Greek NGO  Place Identity in collaboration with CulturePolis and Scify. The project is currently funded by the EEA grants programme “We are all citizens” managed by Bodossakis Foundation.

From theory to practice

On March 22nd, the 3d Citizens’ Constitutional Workshop SYNTAGMA 2.0 will be held in Athens, as part of a bottom-up process for the creation of a New Constitution for Greece, by the citizens, for the citizens. After two successful workshops in Athens and Messologi using the World Cafe method, the third workshop will be held at the 1st EPAL College in the district of Nea Smyrni, engaging citizens of all ages and backgrounds to imagine the State they want to live in and design the institutions that can bring their ideas into reality. The Syntagma 2.0 methodology includes a series of Citizens’ Workshops across Greece, followed by a national survey leading up to a Citizens’ Assembly for a New Constitution. 

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