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Cities Fortifying Democracy Forum

#activitat #DemocracyBCN

17 Jun - 18 Jun - 2024 Canòdrom - Ateneu d'Innovació Digital i Democràtica


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Exploring how cities can shape the future of democracy with transatlantic city practitioners, experts, and activists.


In a year full of elections, the long-term challenges for democracy seem to be advancing at an accelerated pace. The diversity and solidarity that characterize cities can be used not only to defend against authoritarianism but also to shape a better democracy for the future. Cities must intensify their efforts to curb the erosion of democracy and confront the opportunistic forces pushing illiberal agendas. GMF Cities will gather at the Canòdrom - Digital and Democratic Innovation Hub a select group of participants with a curated agenda for municipal leaders and experts to exchange knowledge and learn from each other on a set of topics where cities are well positioned to promote and reinforce democracy for future generations. This will include an exploration of the increasing fault lines in democracy and the potential of cities to move towards a more equitable, multicultural, and prosperous future. This is the second phase of the project (2023-2025).

In the first phase (2021-2022), the project began with 12 participating cities, 6 from the United States and 6 from Europe: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Charlotte, Dublin, Fort Collins, Frankfurt, Minneapolis, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Warsaw. Four specific areas were identified where cities can strengthen democracy through intentional and coordinated action.


June, 17th

  • 9.15 h: Introduction, framing and goals

  • 10.00 h - 10.30 h: Perspectives from Barcelona: Why Barcelona is currently the European Capital of Democracy, ans what are some of the mayor challenges in the city is facing in furthering and fortitying democracy?

  • 10.30 h - 12.00 h: Setting the stage: Collective exercise on the threats to democracy in our cities.

  • 12.15 h - 13.00 h: Reflections from a mandate as mayor: Thoughts from the former mayor of Bristol, Marvien Rees.

  • 13.30 h - 15.00 h: Bulinding common ground in cities

June, 18th

  • 9.00 h - 9.30 h: Recap and framing

  • 9.30 h - 11.00 h: Advancing multi-racial inclusive communities: Smaller groups will workshop cities as places of inclusivity, belonging ans welcoming by exploring barriers to opportunities and successful local strategies to overcome them.

  • 11.15 h - 12.45 h: Deconstructing democracy for future generations: Participants will explore the roots of youth disenchantment with democracy based on their work and individual experiences.

  • 13.45 h 15.00 h: Cities against authoritaranism: Facitilitaed group discussion, with inputs form local government and civil society perspectives.

  • 15.00 h - 16.30 h: Exploring a better future for democracy: Cities can view their local efforts as steps towards improving democracy.

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