Since its first edition in 2012, the World Forum for Democracy has gained recognition as an arena for seminal discussions on issues of modern democracy. To reach out to a wider range of contributions and enrich the debate, the Forum encourages the organisation of satellite events by universities renowned in the sphere of political studies and international relations, non-governmental organisations, municipalities and other institutions. This idea has been successfully implemented in 2015, when four outstanding universities organised satellite events related to the Forum΄s topic.
The organising institutions are free to decide independently about the dates and format of the event, the speakers and the specific topic(s). The satellite events can take place any time during the year. Possible formats include seminars or a seminar series, lectures in schools, surveys, social media campaigns, hackathons, local implementation of innovation initiatives presented in previous Forums, radio/tv debates, or lightening talks with the public at large (at NGOs, schools, community centres, etc).
The outcome of the satellite events will be included in the Forum’s Final Report. A delegation of maximum two people from the organising institution could be invited to the Strasbourg Forum. They may have an active role in the sessions, for example as discussants or lab rapporteurs.
The Forum Secretariat is open to discuss any other format that the organising institution would like to propose. The key for any satellite events and initiatives should be innovative, progressive ideas, models, prototypes, that are realistic, addressing current issues and problems, having a potential to be replicated in various countries, universities and environments, something that can lead to a positive change and to the improvement of democracies worldwide.