DEMOCRACY LAB

What is Democracy Lab?

Sofia Platform Foundation in collaboration with Democratic Society, City of Reykjavik and Citizens Foundation, organized a Local Democracy Lab – an online public deliberation event to discuss the condition of democracy through the lens of the Covid-19 pandemic as part of the Populism and Civic Engagement (PaCE) project. The event took place in the town of Belene on Saturday, July 3, 2021.

Local Democracy Lab creates an opportunity for the residents of Bulgaria to discuss their viewpoints and concerns on how the local authorities handle the pandemic and propose recommendations to decision-makers. Over the 3-hour-long event, participants will have discussions in groups, facilitated by professional facilitators, using a World Cafe format – a dialogue method giving space for everybody to add their input. Their contributions will feed in the PaCE project research and the outcomes are to be widely shared among European researchers and policymakers.

Local Democracy Labs are organized across Europe in six countries: Iceland, Spain, Poland, Scotland, Hungary and Bulgaria. You can find out more information here.

Report

You can find the report on the conclusions of the event here in English and here in Bulgarian.

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The teams

The Sofia Platform Foundation is a non-governmental organization founded in 2013 with the aim to enhance the democratic culture in Bulgaria and to raise awareness about the historical communist past of the country. You can find out more information about us and our activities here.

Local Democracy Lab Bulgaria is part of the PaCE (Populism and Civic Engagement) project, an EU-funded research and innovation programme, aiming to understand and address the negative tendencies associated with populism politics. PaCE is run by a consortium of European universities, NGOs and public institutions. Local Democracy Labs are organized across Europe in six countries: Iceland, Spain, Poland, Scotland, Hungary and Bulgaria.