Cities for Change
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Cities for Change: Opportunities for Municipalism in Berlin
A few months before the elections in September 2021, we want to discuss the chances for a municipalist platform in Berlin in the framework of the pan-European Cities for Change Forum and critically discuss the role of (organised) civil society before and after the elections.
In doing so, the idea of municipalism will serve as a model for a guiding vision of the democratisation of institutions. How can we make institutions more democratic in the future? How can social movements and initiatives use grassroots democratic instruments to create influence?
Panel discussion "Activists in action & administration"
- Municipalist organizing
- Feminisation of politics
- Bringing administration into action?
- Culture as a Common Good - From "Access to Culture" to the Right to Co-Creation
- Municipalism for the whole city - sharing experiences of initiatives and campaigns on the outskirts of the city
AK Munizipalismus: Andrej Holm, Julian Zwicker
Akteursgruppen: Mieterorganisation Kosmos-Viertel, urbane Stationen (NGBK), DWE Sammelgruppen in den Außenbezirken, Spielplatzinitiative Marzahn, Mieterinitiative Zehlendorf u.a.
Municipalism describes the interplay of local politically active communities of activists, working groups and neighbourhood councils with translocal networking of municipally oriented cities (Amsterdam, Zagreb, Barcelona) and an orientation towards global challenges. In addition, municipalist platforms show new ways for local politics and experiment in the way civil society, administration and politics interact.
In doing so, the idea of municipalism will serve as a model for a guiding vision of the democratisation of institutions. How can we make institutions more democratic in the future? How can social movements and initiatives use grassroots democratic instruments to create influence? Together we want to share our enthusiasm for a munizipalist Berlin and gather impulses for further work.
18.00 - 18.50 - Panel discussion with movement and administration activists from Barcelona, Amsterdam, Zagreb, Berlin
19.00 - 20.30 - Workshops
Workshop I: Municipalist Organising
Workshop II: Feminising Politics
Workshop III: How to get the administration moving?!
Workshop IV: Culture as Common Good - From "Access to Culture" to the Right to Co-Creation
Workshop V: Municipalism for the whole city - Sharing experiences of initiatives and campaigns on the urban fringe
20.30 - 21.00 - Report, conclusion & next steps
This event is organised in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung.
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