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the future of Governance - participatory democracy
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Registration: 16:00-16:30, Conference: 16:30-19:15
Where: Info.nl, Sint Antoniesbreestraat 16, 1011 HB Amsterdam [next to Nieuwmarkt]

Our speakers and topics of the event are:

Joop de Wit, Institute of Social Studies
Managing the Indian Metropolis: New Forms of Governance in Mumbai and Delhi
Mumbai and New Delhi are amongst the fastest growing cities in the world, and this presents the city authorities with formidable challenges. This presentation explores some of the emerging trends in urban governance. One trend is urban decentralisation: Wards Committees have been established at the neighbourhood level, to which have been delegated powers and funds for local self governance. Another trend is increased attention for privatisation and for new forms of public service delivery including partnerships between cities and (organised) citizens, for example the powerful Resident Welfare Associations in New Delhi. The question is asked what the implications of these reforms are in terms of citizen voice and democracy, for both the (growing) middle classes and the massive numbers of urban poor.

Oebele Bruinsma, Synmind bv
Order from Chaos (inspired by Ilya Prigogine)

The aim of participatory democracy is individuals playing a more direct role in their own government, through lateral communications. Such communications are intended to shape (part of) their future.
This system of expression often creates a rather chaotic and unpredictable (in terms of best options) results.
By adding a system of setting and ranking priorities,and accepted by participants, will by its very nature bring order to chaos.

Wybren Meijer & Pieter Pijlman, Futureconsult
Scenarios on Local Governance and Participatory Democracy - Method and Outcomes

What will the future look like for local democracy? Nobody is able to predict developments like the input of IT, referendums and direct democracy. Scenario planning though is an instrument capable of diminishing the risks accompanying the future. Wybren Meijer and Pieter Pijlman (Futureconsult) have been challenging institutions and governments and managements with future scenarios about these challenges. They will tell about the experiences in mapping the future of local governance in the knowledge economy. In addition they will show what scenario techniques and instruments they used and what the outcomes were.

and our moderator John Grüter, Systems Thinker, ICT Generalist, Technology Affectionado, Change Agent, Principal, Digital Knowledge , Member of the Club of Amsterdam Round Table

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The language is English.

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