Democratic Cities

A consolidated project between two cities





The meeting

Democratic Cities is an international meeting aimed for exploring the possibilities offered by participatory technologies, digital tools and collective processes that are transforming cities. The 2018 edition will be held in Madrid (23 of November) and Barcelona (28 of November), and will include different round tables to discuss important challenges such as democracy by lot, collective intelligence processes in the information age, urban governance and management of the commons and the future of direct democracy.

Democratic Cities 2018 is part of three weeks a of reflection and experimentation in different cities on collective intelligence, participatory democracy and technopolitics. The conference will be preceded by the workshop on Collective Intelligence for Democracy  and, between the 22rd and 28th of November, will be held in Madrid the 2nd edition of CONSULCON, the 18th conference of the International Observatory of Participatory Democracy and the 3rd edition of the Metadecidim Annual Conference in Barcelona to be held on November 23.


Where do we come from?

Democratic Cities 2018 is the third edition of this annual conference. The first edition in 2016 was a joint effort between Madrid City Council, Barcelona City Council and the European project D-CENT to organise a Democracy Lab at Medialab-Prado and the international conference at the Reina Sofía Museum. In the Democracy Lab workshops, hackatons and open sessions were held to think, design and develop tools, processes and strategies for democratic participation served to articulate the network of common for democracy Democomunes. The international conference generated a first debate around networked democracy, new forms of participation and digital commons in cities. The second edition in 2017 brought together experts and citizens interested in democratic innovation to debate, think and create new prototypes for the 21st century democracy and a new free and global operating system of participation.


Who are we?

Democratic Cities 2018 is a collaborative project co-organized by two entities.

The Laboratori d’Innovació Democràtica de Barcelona is a common space for research by, with and for citizens, around participatory processes, municipal democracy, social collaboration, collection of data and information about the city, citizen empowerment, collective and distributed self-organisation.

ParticipaLab is a lab of Medialab-Prado, the citizen laboratory in Madrid for the production, research and dissemination of cultural projects that explores the forms of experimentation and collaborative learning that have emerged from digital networks. ParticipaLab is focused on hybrid processes of participation. A technology design space for a direct and deliberative democracy involving new digital tools.








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