PDF CEE 2019

I went last week to Gdańsk to attend the 7th edition of Personal Democracy Forum Central and Eastern Europe (PDF CEE 2019). The conference, held at the emblematic European Solidarity Centre, is a reference venue for the exchange of experiences from people working for civic participation and transparency in public life with the help of … More PDF CEE 2019

TICTeC 2019

This was an ideal week to be Paris. mySociety chose the French capital for the the sixth edition of TICTeC, the Impacts of Civic Technology Conference. This was my third time at this conference which is aimed at promoting and sharing rigorous and meaningful research into online technologies and digital democracy around the world. In … More TICTeC 2019

Unizar: Techniques of Citizen Participation

Yesterday I went to Zaragoza. In principle, to be back at my hometown shouldn’t be news. However, this was a very special occasion since this time I came to serve as an invited lecturer at Universidad de Zaragoza (my alma mater). My lecture was part of the University Extension Certification in Citizen Participation Techniques, a course … More Unizar: Techniques of Citizen Participation

Europaeum Scholars Programme

The Europaeum is an association of European universities, founded by Oxford University, to promote a better ‘sense of Europe’ through collaboration and academic mobility. One of the most representative activities of this association is the scholars two-year programme to engage doctoral students with cultural, political, and societal challenges facing Europe today. Tracey Sowerby (Programme Director) invited … More Europaeum Scholars Programme

Jornades Anuals Metadecidim 2018 & Democratic Cities International Conference 2018

This Wednesday, right after the OIDP 2018 conference and ConsulCON 2018, we had the third edition of Jornades Anuals Metadecidim (JAM18). Previous editions (2016 and 2017) were essential to constitute the Metadecidim community and to build working axes. This year was a key for the governance process of Metadecidim as an open, technopolitical and networked community. To this … More Jornades Anuals Metadecidim 2018 & Democratic Cities International Conference 2018

OIDP 2018

Barcelona held this year the Observatorio Internacional de la Democracia Participativa (OIDP) conference. This is an annual event in which politicians, researchers and activists meet to discuss the role of cities in promoting participatory practices of democracy. Given that the City Council co-organized this edition, the team at the Laboratory for Democratic Innovation – LID were … More OIDP 2018

Participa Lab: ConsulCON 18

This week I went back to Medialab Prado to attend ConsulCON 18, the second edition of the conference about the open source political participation software powering Decide Madrid. This year I presented the interactive discovery system (which I built last year at Participa Lab) to the CONSUL community. The presentation of this work, supported by the Spanish Ministry of … More Participa Lab: ConsulCON 18

Smart City Expo World Congress 2018

This week the Smart City Expo World Congress took place at Fira Barcelona Gran Via from Tuesday to Thursday. This was a very special edition because of the co-located Sharing Cities summit which served to  launch the declaration of Cities’ Common Principles and Commitments for City Sovereignty regarding the Platform Economy. The stand of the Barcelona City … More Smart City Expo World Congress 2018