Category Archives: Democracy

How to Start a Revolution

How to Start a Revolution is a portrait of how millions of people can make a difference to their own lives if they are only given the resources to do it.  It also shows how social media and the web … Continue reading

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Invocación ciudadana y política educativa

Podemos decir que nuestra vía a la democracia post dictadura ha estado de manera importante sustentada en un temor al desacuerdo, permaneciendo, de manera invariables, procedimientos e instituciones excluyentes, pero que tienen la virtud de darle estabilidad al régimen político, … Continue reading

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#yeswecamp: nosotros sí podemos

Read Las TIC han generado posibilidades reales de participación:  “No somos los mismos desde que estamos en las redes sociales”, decía Castells en motivo de la revolución Egipcia. Las redes sociales, abundantes en posibilidades de participación, han causado un empoderamiento … Continue reading

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Local Democracy, Rural Community, and Participatory School Governance

Read This article considers the indigenization of democracy by conceptualizing participatory deliberative decision-making practice as a tool to strengthen the functioning of local schools and to enhance democratic responsiveness within communities. Drawing on case-studies of bottom-up approaches to school governance, … Continue reading

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From Dictatorship to Democracy – A Conceptual Framework for Liberation

One of my major concerns for many years has been how people could prevent and destroy dictatorships.  The sense of pathos and outrage against the brutalities, along with admiration of the calm heroism of unbelievably brave men and women, were … Continue reading

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Reworking the web, reworking the world – how web 2.0 is changing our society

Read The Web 2.0 phenomena in a sentence: lower communication costs have led to opportunities for more inclusive, collaborative, democratic online participation. As the costs of communicating online decreased, more people, in terms of million, decided that it was worth … Continue reading

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Governance, Complexity and Democratic Participation

Read This article applies complexity theory to urban governance. It is argued that expert-based, hierarchical-instrumental policy making encounters insurmountable obstacles in modern liberal democracies. One of the root causes of this erosion of output legitimacy is the complexity of social … Continue reading

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Creative Democracy – Wisdom Councils at Work

“Our movements are trying to create a politics that challenges all the certainties of traditional leftist politics, not by replacing them with new ones, but by dissolving any notion that we have answers, plans or strategies that are watertight or … Continue reading

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New Technologies, Democracy and Social Movement

My argument is that although the technology of the Internet provides us with some new form of public space, the reality of Internet political use in most developing countries presents a rather  gloomy scenario.  The considerations are twofold. First, there … Continue reading

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Informing Communities – Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age

Read Technologies for acquiring and disseminating news and information are changing rapidly. Emerging media have become amazing forces for enabling people to connect. But their full potential is not yet realized in the service of geographic communities, the physical places … Continue reading

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