World Forum for Democracy 2017: call for lab submissions

9 March 2017 Strasbourg, France

The labs are the heart of the World Forum for Democracy. Their idea is to address specific issues through the critical analysis of tested initiatives. The initiatives will be presented in short speeches of ten minutes and critically assessed by multidisciplinary panels and participants in the...

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World Forum for Democracy inspires Open Democracy’s special thematic week on Education and Democracy

28 February 2017

In the framework of its running partnership with the Council of Europe, Open Democracy launched its special thematic week on the World Forum for Democracy. The series of articles on education and democracy builds upon the conclusions of last year’s forum, including the respect for pluralism,...

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Satellite event: "Populism: threat to human rights or correction of democracy"

19 June 2017 - 18h30 Tübingen, Germany

In recent weeks and months we have witnessed the resurgence of a political discourse characterized by the undermining of human rights, democratic values and the rule of law. The complex situations in states have been complicated by global phenomena such as climate change, mass migration,...

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Satellite Event "Reasoning Together, Publicly: Beyond the Twin Threats of Elite Power and Populism"

7 December 2016 Lisbon, Portugal

Can our societies somehow break the grip that powerful elites have on government without slipping into dangerous forms of populism? How can we best tap into the widespread desire for political change in a way that keeps irreflected views in check? And which role should governments, universities...

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The Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation Award goes to German initiative in favour of higher education for refugees

9 November 2016 Strasbourg, France

Today, at the closing session of the World Forum for Democracy, the Council of Europe announced that the winner of its Democracy Innovation Award was the German initiative Kiron which gives refugees access to higher education worldwide. Kiron is a German social start-up founded in 2015 which...

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"Countdown to Lift Off: Launching toward Democracy in Education", by Donovan Livingston, Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina

Donovan Livingston is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A native of Fayetteville, NC, Donovan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University, Harvard University – where he recently earned a masters...

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Alaa Murabit about the power of compassion

Alaa Murabit is a UN High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, one of only 17 Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. Her TED Talk, “What my religion really says about women” was “Talk of...

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Education bridging social divides – pass or fail?

8 November 2016 (14.00-16.00) Strasbourg, France

Education is instrumental in the process of community-building and the shaping of national identity and is still seen as a factor of building social cohesion and a sense of belonging to society. However, in today’s increasingly diversifying, interdependent societies, the capacity to engage across...

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Interested in A, B, Citizenship, Democracy, and Education ?

8 November 2016 (10.00-12.00) Strasbourg, France

Democratic citizenship requires the ability to critically evaluate public norms and institutions, to engage in deliberation and collaborative problem solving. But is education fulfilling its democratic mission or is it failing to build the key qualities for democratic citizenship? What is role of...

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Najat Vallaud-Belkacem: “citizenship is something that has to be learned”

7 November 2016 Strasbourg, France

“Democracy is learned, transmitted, upheld and, above all, lived, day in, day out,” said France’s Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, at the opening of the World Forum for Democracy. The Minister welcomed the Council of Europe’s efforts on the education...

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Call for lab submissions

Deadline: 30 April 2017