What does Europe Need in Times of Crises?
It's no secret that our democracies are in bad shape. Yet, what are citizens doing about it? Some don't believe in the possibility of change and hence abstain from speaking out. Others are afraid of being under surveillance and therefore refrain from political action. Nonetheless, new citizen movements are emerging! The Berliner Gazette conference SLOW POLITICS gathered hundreds of activists, media folks and researchers exploring their approaches to empower people as political actors. By detecting commonalities the conference revealed the larger democratic project underlying their efforts. Here we cluster the results in three domains: REBUILD DEMOCRACY! TRUST STRANGERS! ORGANISE NETWORKS!
After two days of highly productive workshops, SLOW POLITICS opened its doors to the wider public. In order to watch talks by prolific speakers including Marina Sitrin, Geert Lovink, Max Haiven, Claudia Núñez and Felix Stalder check out the videos.
Thanks to hundreds of energetic guests, the SLOW POLITICS conference turned into a stimulating and productive event. Our photographer accompanied the processes with his camera and managed to capture many precious moments. Check out the photos.
“SLOW POLITICS offers a glimpse into new citizen movements” (WDR5). Coverage of the Berliner Gazette conference encompass a broad range of media: from online publishing pioneers to public broadcasting media. Check out the press voices (last update January 5th, 2015).
Tweets from SLOW POLITICS include observations, snapshots, comments, links and quotes – guests and participants posted under the hashtag #bgcon14. Their 140-character messages capture the beauty of the moment. Check out the twitter archive (last update December 3, 2014).