29 November from 9.30 to 11.30 - Room 10 - Palais de l'Europe

Interpretation: FR/EN

 

Sponsored by the Bureau of European Policy Advisors, European Union

 

There is no universally accepted definition of empowerment or easy way to measure its evolution over time. Two major initiatives help to unpack this concept and assess what is in it for the future of democracy.  Discussions will be held to account from a gender perspective. The results of this lab will contribute to a policy report with options and challenges for the EU in the next decade, in the context of ESPAS ("European Strategy and Policy Analysis System") the EU inter-institutional foresight project on global trends 2030.

G1000

The G1000 is a major citizen's initiative to oxygenate democracy. Assuming the Belgian political crisis (no government for over a year in 2011) was a crisis for democracy, the G1000 organised, first, a huge online consultation, second a citizens summit bringing together more than 700 randomly selected citizens in Brussels on social security, redistribution of wealth and immigration and third a deliberative citizens panel on labour issues and unemployment. The Foundation for Future Generations, which initiated and organised G1000,supports the development of initiatives in Belgium and at European level that provide sustainable solutions through a «4 P's» approach, altogether good for the environment (Planet), the well-being of all (People), a thriving economy (Prosperity), and with Participatory governance as a red line.

Presenter

Mr Benoit DERENNE, Belgium, Founder and Director of the Foundation for Future Generations

Benoit Derenne is the founder and director of the Foundation for Future Generations and former head of the environmental program and funds for young entrepreneurs of the King Baudouin Foundation. The Foundation for Future Generations supports the development of initiatives in Belgium and at European level that provide sustainable solutions through a «4 P's» approach, altogether good for the environment (Planet), the well-being of all (People), a thriving economy (Prosperity), and with Participatory governance as a red line. In 2011, the Foundation adopted the G1000, a major citizen's initiative to oxygenate democracy.


ONLIFE Manifesto

The Onlife Manifesto aims to launch a public debate on the policy relevant consequences of the changes brought about by a world of hyperconnectivity. We live conditioned by information and communication technologies (ICTs) in such a way that our behaviour has changed and has modified the way we face our relationships: to ourselves, to others and to the world. The Onlife Initiative which has so far produced the Onlife Manifesto is a collective thought exercise to explore the policy-relevant consequences of those changes. This concept reengineering exercise seeks to inspire reflection on what happens to us and to re-envisage the future with greater confidence. This project was launched by the European Commission services with a view to empower citizens in general as well as policy makers.

Website: http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/onlife-initiative

Presenter

Ms Nicole DEWANDRE, Belgium, Advisor to the Director General of the Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission

Nicole Dewandre is advisor for societal issues to the Director General of the Directorate General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technologies (DG CONNECT) at the European Commission. She entered the European Commission in 1983 and has been a member of the Central Advisory Group and the Forward Study Unit, dealing with strategic analysis of research and industrial policy for the President of the Commission. She also worked in "science and society" issues, before being in charge of the "sustainable development" unit. She is now working on the societal interface of the Digital Agenda for Europe. She has recently initiated the Onlife Initiative, which is an endeavor to update of the referential frameworks underlying policies in the digital transition.


Discussants

Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Mr Franck R. DEBIE, Chair of the ESPAS Inter-institutional Working Group on the future of European Society and Team Leader for 'the European Parliament in 2025 Project' in the Cabinet of the General Secretary at the European Parliament

Dr Franck R. DEBIE is Chair of the ESPAS1 Inter-institutional Working Group 2 on the future of European Society and the Team Leader for 'the European Parliament in 2025 Project' in the Cabinet of the General Secretary at the European Parliament. His former positions include Research Director of the "Centre de géostratégie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure" and affiliated Professor at HEC Graduate School of Business in Paris. He was also the Policy Research Director of the European Ideas Network think tanks and foundations for the European People Party Group at the European Parliament, Director General of the "Fondation CHIRAC" (NGOs on Millenium Objectives) as well as Director General of FONDAPOL (Policy Research Foundation of French Centre Right), in Paris.


Mr Stefan SCHENNACH, Member of Parliament, Austria, Member of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Prof. Stefan Schennach is Federal Councillor and member of the Social Democratic Party. He has been a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 2011 where he is part of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development and chairperson of the Sub-Committee on Environment and Energy. He is also a member of the enlarged bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly - Union for Mediterranean. He is board member of the Society for Austro-Arab relations since 2010, chairman of the Parliamentary Friendship Group Austria-Montenegro and board member of the Austrian-Russian Friendship Group since 2001.


Ms Sylvia WALBY, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research, Lancaster University, United Kingdom

Sylvia Walby is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Gender Research at Lancaster University, UK.  She was founding President of the European Sociological Association and President of the Research Committee Economy and Society at International Sociological Association from 2006 until 10.  She has conducted research for the United Nations, the European Parliament and the European Commission. Her books include "Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities" (Sage 2009) and "The Future of Feminism" (Polity 2011). Her next book will be "Gender and the Crisis" (Polity 2014).


Rapporteur to the plenary session

Ms Tess HELLGREN, Researcher in the Defence and Security Programme at RAND Europe

Tess Hellgren is a researcher in the Defence and Security Programme at RAND Europe. She has contributed to a number of RAND studies on migration, radicalisation, national risk assessment, technology development, cyber security, and terrorism. Hellgren is a co-author of RAND's recent report on Europe's Societal Challenges: An analysis of global societal trends to 2030 and their impact on the EU, for which she led the migration research strand. This report was commissioned on behalf of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS) task force.

Moderator

Ms Agnès HUBERT, France, Adviser in the Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA)

cartoonist

Mr Eugène RIOUSSE

Your opinion

Does/Do the following initiative(s) increase significantly citizens' influence in the policy-making process and/or make democratic institutions more transparent, responsive and accountable? 

For the G1000 initiative:
% Votes
92% 451
a. Yes
8% 37
b. No

Total Votes: 488

Voting is disabled because this poll expired on 29/11/13 12:00.

For the ONLIFE Manifest:
% Votes
92% 419
a. Yes
8% 38
b. No

Total Votes: 457

Voting is disabled because this poll expired on 29/11/13 12:00.