The Inteligencia Colectiva para la Democracia workshop mentioned in my previous post was part of Democratic Cities, a two weeks event around participation technologies to gather people from all round the globe to improve citizen engagement in democracy. The last two days, the Democratic Cities International Conference 2017 was held in Teatro Español (impressive venue!). This was the second edition after the 2016 conference, which meant the final event of D-CENT project.
In this second year, different talks and round tables were scheduled to discuss how civic participation, through both digital tools and territorial participatory processes, are transforming cities. Together with amazing researchers and practitioners like Francesca Bria, Shu-Yang Lin, Yanina Welp or Tanja Aitamurto, I was invited to the round table Global Labs: Citizen´s labs to collaborate, create, engage and share and was honoured to be on the stage with old and new friends: Marcos García (Medialab Prado), Rossana Reguillo (Signa Lab), Eric Gordon (Engagement Lab), and Cristiano Ferri (HackerLab, Brazil House). My presentation compiled the experience of the first year of LAB Metadecidim, the open and collaborative research space in which we have been working to address key issues for the development of Decidim. The 2017 Lab Metadecidim seminars have been held in Universitat Pompeu Fabra and supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness under the María de Maeztu Units of Excellence Programme (MDM-2015-0502).