A participatory process is a sequence of participatory activities (e.g. first filling out a survey, then making proposals, discussing them in face-to-face or virtual meetings, and finally prioritizing them) with the aim of defining and making a decision on a specific topic.
Examples of participatory processes are: a process of electing committee members (where candidatures are first presented, then debated and finally a candidacy is chosen), participatory budgets (where proposals are made, valued economically and voted on with the money available), a strategic planning process, the collaborative drafting of a regulation or norm, the design of an urban space or the production of a public policy plan.
About this process
This process belongs to Participatory actions
The Assembly is a metropolitan-scale deliberative citizen process that aims to address the following questions:
- How can we create spaces in the metropolitan region that have a positive impact on culture?
- How can we do this while adopting a lifestyle that is more environmentally respectful?
It will consist of 60 individuals chosen by lottery through prior registration and will be linked to the Manifesta Biennial with the participation of 12 cities in the metropolitan region of Barcelona.
If you are interested in eco-social transition, art, cultural policies, and/or the metropolis and metropolitan policies, sign up now! You have time from January 30th to February 23rd at 23:59.
The objective of the Manifest Metropolitan Assembly is to explore and experiment with new spaces of governance and democratic processes in the development of cultural policies, as well as to foster collaboration on a regional scale.
Profiles of participants sought include independent artists and/or cultural managers, individuals from local social, cultural, and/or environmental organizations that are not exclusively from any of the 12 cities selected for the process, such as Badalona, Barcelona, Cornellà de Llobregat, El Prat de Llobregat, Granollers, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Mataró, Sabadell, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Sant Cugat del Vallès, and Terrassa.
The Assembly will consist of three in-person debate meetings from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the following days:
- March 21 (Barcelona)
- April 25 (Sabadell)
- May 23 (L'Hospitalet)
Participants will receive €50 gross for each session and must commit to attending all three. These sessions will involve dynamic debates, and efforts will be made to develop collaborative content for a shared proposal.
Results and Conclusions
The expected outcomes of the process are:
- Explore possible future applications of this assembly as a tool to enhance citizen participation and governance in a metropolitan context, specifically in the formulation of cultural and artistic proposals and policies.
- Collectively design, within certain parameters, a proposal for adopting the conclusions of the assembly.
- Evaluate, based on the experience gained, how the citizen assembly can become a permanent instrument of participatory governance for the development of cohesive and cross-cutting cultural policies for the metropolitan region, ensuring the legacy of Manifesta 15 in the medium term.
- Results and conclusions will be presented during the Manifesta Biennial in November of this year, and workshops and other programs will be conducted in response to the work of the Assembly.
- Additionally, this proposal will address the convergence of three essential aspects: culture, ecology, and the metropolitan domain.
This project is part of the European Capital of Democracy 2023-2024 and is organized by Manifesta 15 Barcelona in collaboration with the Barcelona Metropolitan Strategic Plan (PEMB).
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