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The urban dimension of the “effort democracy” [in Polish]

by University of Gdańsk

1st December 2021, 13:00-15:00 CET

Kuba Wygnański

Research and Social Innovation Laboratory “Stocznia”

During the seminar our guest speaker will present a recently developed concept of “effort democracy”. Conceived as a mechanism of continuous citizen engagement transcending political divisions, it aims at redressing the ills of representative democracy. Most of the proposed measures concern deliberation at the local level, hence the potential for effective application of the concept in urban arenas will be discussed in detail.

Kuba Wygnański is sociologist and activist of non-governmental organizations. In the 1980s he was an active member of "Solidarity" and Civic Committees and participated in the Round Table talks. He held a Yale University (Yale World Fellow) scholarship in 2002-2003. In the 2000s he co-founded the Association of the Non-governmental Initiatives Forum and the Klon/Jawor Data Bank. He collaborated, among others, with Polish Humanitarian Action, Batory Foundation and the Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives. He is also laureate of several awards: the Andrzej Bączkowski Award (1999), Totus Tuus (2004) and the Znak and Hestia Award (2018).


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