Our main goal is to enhance inclusive participation and civic engagement, while expanding democratic innovation and dynamic feedback mechanisms between citizens and institutional actors in representative democracies. This goal is driven by the ambition to empower citizens, increasing political trust, satisfaction with democracy and societal cohesion, thus shaping the future of democracy in a world in transformation. To achieve this goal, INCITE-DEM will pursue the following seven interrelated activities.
Historical Review Incite-Dem aims at reviewing historical practices of political participation and civic engagement from the end of the WWII to today. The review will focus on sustainability-oriented participation and engagement.
Dialogue Tool Incite-Dem will co-design a policy dialogue tool with policymakers, educators, students, and democratic initiatives. The tool will help to study trust building, polarisation, and consensus-seeking processes.
Evaluation of Democratic Innovation An assessment of the democratic innovations, developed through democracy labs, through advanced analysis, choice experiments and interactive fora to establish how different participation and engagement processes can complement each other.
A Community of Practise Incite-Dem will build on the wide participation of citizens and diverse stakeholder groups to spread its messages and contribute to a wide uptake of inclusive democratic innovations for socio-ecological transformation and wellbeing in Europe.
Understanding Key Conditions For Participation An analysis of current societal trends in various aspects of participation and engagement. It will deepen our understanding of participation and engagement needs in pursuit of a sustainable and sociocultural transformation.
Democracy Labs A series of co-creation events, engaging citizens in proposing democratic innovations and solutions. In this way citizens will take part in proposing new democratic approaches.
Developing Policy Guidance & Roadmap Incite-Dem will provide guidance on how to strengthen political participation and civic engagement and increase political trust and satisfaction with democracy to address socio-ecological challenges.
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