Every democratic community demands the active participation of its citizens in shaping the community. Partners will present how to examine and analyse the priorities in cities/communities using citizens' input, Artificial Intelligence and Information Technology Communication, thus enabling and stimulating inclusive democratic processes. Data collected from citizens can feed into the advocacy initiatives and daily political decision making but very often the concerns are how to avoid the misuse of such information and support for example the priorities created by the citizens. During the session, we will explore some solutions on how to stimulate and help citizens build local projects and initiatives as well as the assistance of authorities or agencies in developing local and international projects. Finally, we will discuss how COVID-19 has influenced citizenship initiatives and how cities can learn from that, for example, how to engage better with citizens in emergency situations.
Borut Cink, Policy advisor, Out of the Box International, Belgium.
Dino Babić, President, European Projects Association, Belgium.
Lucia Fedrigoni, Officer, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy.
Mantas Jurgutis, President, Union of the Baltic cities, Poland.
Ivan Orović, Head of Administrative Department, Municipality of Fažana, Croatia.
Marko Paunović, Director, Out of The Box International, Belgium.
European Projects Association (EPA), Metropolitan City of Venice, Municipality of Fažana, Out of The Box International, Union of the Baltic Cities, Unioncamere del Veneto