Expected outcomeAdvocacy and Watchdog role developed
Project duration8 months (01/10/2014-30/05/2015)
Project cost161,337 €
Organization's locationAlepochori Kamaras, Corfu, Greece
EEA Grants amount134,265 €
Platform for political innovation
The Platform for Political Innovation was a project aiming to strengthen the role and efficiency of Civil Society in Greece, focusing on the imperative need for innovation in policy-making.
From October 2014 to May 2015 the following activities were developed: A) Comparative research and data visualization on political rights and the institutional role of Civil Society in Greece, B) Educational programmes in participatory design and participatory leadership, diffusing cutting-edge social technologies (world café, open space, future workshop), C) Citizens’ innovation workshops for the development of prototype participatory decision-making processes at local and national level, D) Applications and activities for the dissemination of new knowledge and information on the democratic deficit in Greece and the potential of democratic and collaborative practices in today’s world, E) An international interdisciplinary meeting on “Citizens’ engagement: Participatory design from the local square to the national constitution” F) Open source technological tools for civic engagement.
The proposed action plan constituted the phase B of the wider social project “POLITEIA 2.0: Democracy reborn’’ which won the Audience Award in the 2012 European Investment Bank Social Innovation Tournament. The three partners of the project combined and built on their know-how and experience in management, communication, web development and community building in order to develop activities in Athens, Thessaloniki, Messologhi and Kozani. The project was implemented through the active engagement of 22 partners from the public, private, and civil society sector, 10 working teams of 50 volunteers and 5 scientific observers from 4 countries. The project activities involved 1000 citizens of all ages and backgrounds face to face and over 20.000 online. The project deliverables include two comparative studies, one academic paper, one educational publication on contemporary methods of deliberation, two Citizens’ Toolkits for Participatory Urban Design and Participatory Constitutional Design in Greece and a digital platform for translocal community building (ActiveCommons).
All materials are made openly available for use and development by any interested individual or organisation, while the ActiveCommons platform is provided in open source format. The participatory methodologies developed during the project are already being transferred in other fields, while the partnerships built during these 8 months lead to new projects that ensure the sustainability of the outputs of the Platform for Political Innovation.
The results of the project are also available through this link