World Forum for Democracy 2017
Is Populism a Problem ?
Strasbourg, 8-10 November 2017
The 2017 World Forum for Democracy will focus on the role of political parties and media in the context of rising populism. A growing disconnect between citizens and political elites and dramatic changes in the media ecosystem are a challenge for democracy as we know it. New political and media actors and practices are emerging, offering opportunities for direct, unmediated engagement of the public, unbound by ethical or institutional safeguards. How can pluralism, freedom of expression, and fair and evidence-based public debate be safeguarded in these new conditions? How to nourish political culture which embraces a long-term perspective and resists the excesses of populism?
Strasbourg, France 9 March 2017
The labs are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy. Their idea is to address specific issues...
World Forum for Democracy inspires Open Democracy’s special thematic week on Education and Democracy28 February 2017
In the framework of its running partnership with the Council of Europe, Open Democracy launched...
Tübingen, Germany 19 June 2017 - 18h30
In recent weeks and months we have witnessed the resurgence of a political discourse...
The World Forum for Democracy is a unique platform for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide. By identifying and analysing experimental initiatives and practices, the Forum highlights and encourages democracy innovations at the grassroots and their transfer on a systemic level in order to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. The Forum thus contributes to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions.