Below you can find the draft programme for the 2024 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy. We're still developing the conference and the specifics are subject to change, however the locations and time table are confirmed.

This year the Global Forum combines its event with EUROSFAT, a key forum dedicated to European Union affairs. Programme points labeled with EUROSFAT bring especially together experts, youth and policymakers to discuss EU-related challenges and opportunities.

 

Join us for an exclusive pre-tour of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, set in and around Bucharest.

This unique tour offers participants a firsthand experience of democracy in action within Romania, engaging directly with hands-on projects in civil society. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of democratic innovation and civil empowerment in the local host country of this Global Forum edition.

The pre-tour starts on Monday afternoon and ends during the day on Wednesday.

  • For transportation and the museum entry we charge 20 Euros / US Dollars. Please bring cash with you as we pay for you in advance.

Spots are limited - the first comes first serve.
You can register soon!

 

Experience Bucharest City
Monday, 13.05.2024
15:00 - 18:00, Meeting point: Kretulescu Church (Calea Victoriei 45)


Together, we will discover the heart of Bucharest City on a walking tour, which will lead us through the city's storied avenues and squares, steeped in history and culture. This tour will be guided by pationed students of the Association of History Students "Dacia" (ASID) from the Bucharest University.

 

Visit Ploiești & Evening Reception at the Swiss Embassy
Tuesday, 14.05.2024
10:00 -16:00, Meeting point: The North Trainstation in Bucharest (Piața Gării de Nord 1)

Together, we will join the Ploiești youth team for a city adventure! Visiting the unique Clock Museum, a one-of-a-kind European gem and see innovation in action at the youth center crafted by and for the young community.
Together, we will have a break during lunch, where everyone is free to join and grab a bite to eat.

In the evening, we will meet at a location of the Swiss Embassy for an evening reception.

Please bring 20 Euros or US Dollars with you. We will take care to buy the train tickets, as well as the museum entrance fee.

 

The EFdeN project: Come and discover the solar houses made by young students!
Wednesday. 15.05.2024
10:45 - 13:45, Meeting point: Boulevard Pache Protopopescu no. 66


You will have the opportunity to visit a local student project in Bucharest. The EFdeN project, a pioneering organisation committed to sustainability, for an enlightening En-ROADS Climate Workshop. Founded by ambitious students from Bucharest's top universities, EFdeN has dedicated over 350,000 hours to sustainable development, including constructing energy-efficient homes and a sustainable city prototype.

 

 

Official Global Forum Opening Evening

Location: TBC

17:00-18:00 Registration

18:00-21:30 Opening Evening (EN/RO)

A welcome to the 2024 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, the largest gathering in the world dedicated to direct democracy and citizen participation, from the organizing partners.

  • 18:00-18:30 Welcome
     
  • 18:30-18:45 Musical intermezzo
     
  • 18:45-19:15 Thematic spotlights
     
  • 19:15-20:15 Panel
    “War in the Black Sea Region - Can democracy deliver security?”
     
  • 20:15-21:30 Reception with musical intermezzo
     

Location: Revista Theatre (Teatrul de Revista) 

9:30-14:00 Plenary Sessions

  • 9:30-9:45 Welcome
    Location: Revista Theater
     
  • 09:45-10:15 Keynotes
    Location: Revista Theater

  • 10:15-11:15 EUROSFAT Panel
    “Eroding trust in democracy - the destructive effects of corruption” 
    Location: Revista Theater
     

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break
 

  • 11:30-11:40 Keynote
    Location: Revista Theater
     
  • 11:40-13:00 Panel
    “Democracy as a mission, technology as a means - contemporary  journalism around the world”
    Location: Revista Theater

 

LOCATION CHANGE

Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work (Facultatea de Sociologie și Asistență Socială)

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-19:00 Parallel Sessions

Ongoing: Photo Exposition 

14:30-16:00 Parallel Sessions I

  • 14:30-16:00 EUROSFAT Panel
    “The Future of the European Union: a foreseeable enlargement?”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Workshop
    “Deliberative Democracy: existing practices in comparison” 
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Academic Spotlight
    “Understanding trust and democracy through comparative historical analysis”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Bootcamp
    “Digital innovation: how can it serve democracy campaigns?”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Roundtable
    “Storytelling: Democracy activism in non-democratic contexts”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Workshop
    “Direct Democracy 101: learning from scratch”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Roundtable
    “Youth in the EU”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Workshop
    “Commonalities and differences in democratic evolution in CEE”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

16:00-17:00 Parallel Sessions II

  • 16:00-17:00 Panel
    “The influence of the social media revolution on journalism” 
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 16:00-17:00 Roundtable
    “Between invisibility and participation: the role of women for peace”
    Location: Casa Universitarilor
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “Council of Europe – Democracy here, democracy now”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 16:00-17:00 Panel
    “Participation at the local level in Romania”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 16:00-17:00 EUROSFAT Workshop
    “Decision-making at the European Union level”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “Storytelling: From activism to social media journalism - A story on how it started”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “Local direct democracy in Germany”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “History of Communism, way to democracy”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “Participatory Democracy to foster mutual understanding Latin America”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

17:00-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-19:00 Parallel Sessions III

  • 17:30-19:00 Panel
    “Rebuilding democracy after war - Lasting peace through participation”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 17:30-19:00 Academic Spotlight
    “Constitution and direct democracy: the role of popular participation in constitution-writing”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 17:30-19:00 Panel
    “The situation of independent media in the region”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 17:30-19:00 Workshop
    “Lecture and discussion: History and relevance of direct and participative democracy in Central and Eastern Europe”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 17:30-19:00 Bootcamp
    “How to organise a European Citizens’ Initiative”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 17:30-19:00 Panel
    “The future of democracy – ethical AI and  robotics”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 17:30-19:00 Workshop
    “Legislative Theatre: Creatively Redesigning Democratic Spaces – A simulation”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
  • 17:30-19:00 Spotlight Youth, Roundtable
    “A sustainable future”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

 

Location: Revista Theatre (Teatrul de Revista) 

09:30-14:00 Plenary Sessions

  • 09:30-9:40 Welcome
     
  • 09:50-10:50  EUROSFAT Panel
    “Future of Europe”
    Location: Revista Theatre
     
  • 10:50-12:30 EUROSFAT Panel
    Dialogue with the European Commissioner
    Location: Revista Theatre
     
  • 12:30-13:00 Keynotes
    Location: Revista Theatre


LOCATION CHANGE

Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

13:00-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-19:00 Parallel Sessions

Ongoing: Photo Exposition 

14:30-16:00 Parallel Sessions I

  • 14:30-16:00 Panel
    “Strong institutions: Advancing and Assisting Direct Democracy from electoral management bodies’ Perspectives ”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 EUROSFAT Panel
    “Future of energy in the Black Sea Region”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 EUROSFAT Panel
    “Romanian Youth Capital”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Workshop
    “The transformative role of technology: Building bridges across continents for local empowerment”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Academic Spotlight
    “Civic Education”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Bootcamp
    “Campaigning for democracy: How to enshrine direct democracy in the constitution?”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Workshop Repeat
    “Legislative Theatre: Creatively Redesigning Democratic Spaces - A simulation”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 14:30-16:00 Workshop
    “Mixing deliberative processes and direct democracy mechanisms to increase legitimacy and awareness of Citizen Assemblies”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

16:00-17:00 Parallel Sessions II

  • 16:00-17:00 EUROSFAT Panel
    “Youth and the future of work: understanding social dynamics”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Panel
    “Access to information: regulations and practices”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “The current state of participation and direct democracy in the EU”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Bootcamp
    “Teaching how to use democracy instruments: hands-on training with experts from around the world”
    Location: Casa Universitarilor
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “The mechanism of a participation network: from establishment to management”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “Volunteering in the EU”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Bootcamp
    “Participation and engagement: how to apply for EU funding”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “Co-designing transnational participation”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 16:00-17:00 Workshop
    “The myth of Princess Europe”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

17:00-17:30 Coffee break

17:30-19:00 Parallel Sessions III

  • 17:30-19:00 EUROSFAT Panel
    “EU elections in Romania: a debate on the most pressing thematics”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 17:30-19:00 Workshop
    “Direct democracy in context: indigenous rights and environmental protection”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 17:30-19:00 Workshop
    “Digital innovations in six corners of the world”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 17:30-19:00 Workshop
    “Picking the right tool for the job: how to design participation at the local level”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 17:30-19:00 Workshop
    “Democracy promoters”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 17:30-19:00 Roundtable
    “Culturally inclusive approaches of democracy: What traditions can teach us”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 17:30-19:00 Academic Spotlight
    “University Meet-up roundtable”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 17:30-19:00 Workshop
    "The YEUF project"
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

09:30-13:00 Plenary Sessions

  • 09:30-9:40 Welcome
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

  • 09:40-10:10 Keynotes             
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

  • 10:10-11:40 EUROSFAT Fireside-Chat Panel
    “Mayors for democracy”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

  • 11:40-11:50 Keynote
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work
     
  • 11:50-12:50 Panel
    “Trust in Democracies – The Truedem research project and its preliminary lessons for action”
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

  • 12:50-13:00 Reporting back from different tracks
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

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13:00-13:30 Closing Remarks

  • Announcements and closing
    Location: Faculty of Sociology and Social Work

 

 

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