Information, Discussion, Intervention!
Democratic participation does not begin with being enfranchised. When does it start though? Is it connected to the round of voting during election year? Or does becoming a member of a party matter? What about organising a public campaign or simply demonstrating for or against something on the streets, will these actions launch participation?
Under the topic “We are democracy! Youth and politicians on-line”, about 400 young people will gather for the Third International Conference of Democracy in November 2013 in the city of Leipzig. Thrilling international projects will be presented, political subjects discussed and the future of a lively democracy debated. The cooperation partner Kooperative Berlin is responsible for the administration and the media.
This year’s conference is already the third in a row that aims to enhance democratic understanding and values. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution in 2009, the city of Leipzig arranged the first international democracy conference under the patronage of the President of the German Bundestag/President of the German Federal Parliament, Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert. Two years later, the second international democracy conference was realised.
On the 14th and 15th November 2013, young people have the chance to discuss democratic topics and share experiences they witness in their surroundings. Thus, various other disciplines, as for instance pedagogy, politics and sciences are considered. Topics will relate to everyday life of youth, encompassing for example equality of opportunity, justice, cultural exchange, acceptance, tolerance, responsibility, ecological policy, democratisation of learning and much more. Interested young adolescents can register now online.