CROSSING CITIZENS’ BORDERS/ FREE AT PAKHUIS DE ZWIJGER, ON OCTOBER 29TH AND 30TH

See you at Borders to Cross Conference, we will be selling our book FARMING THE CITY

Our ambition is to create an international learning community, whose members can learn together about shifting roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for linking society and democracy

Europe is bursting with examples of democratic innovation. Citizens are taking public matters into their own hands and driving change through efforts to improve the neighborhoods and cities in which they live. Public officials are experimenting with new forms of practical deliberation and conflict resolution that remake relationships with citizens and other stakeholders. These new forms of cooperation and cocreation challenge us to make sense of how roles and responsibilities are changing. As they rework the relationship between bottom-up and top-down patterns of organization, these practical experiments push public, civic, and market organizations to rethink the ways they relate to each other. Their experiences pose important questions. How can we support and facilitate grass-root initiatives and safeguard public concerns? How can we respond to demands for action when the rules of the game are themselves shifting? The Borders to Cross conference brings together 40 inspiring initiatives and projects that cover diverse themes: new forms of ownership and joint decision-making, inclusive participation, and the role of entrepreneurship in the public domain.

The conference is free of charge and open to everyone that wants to participate to an international discourse about citizens’ engagement and urban co-creation. CITIES will present the book FARMING THE CITY, for sale. We hope to share some knowledge and insights about our work on resilient food systems.

 

Created on 13 October 2013

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