Inclusive Citizenship in a World in Transformation:
Co-Designing for Democracy
A unique contribution to the future of democracy in Europe by harnessing historical and quantitative and qualitative social science research, agent-based modelling, design thinking, and advanced analytical methods.
Our main goal is to enhance inclusive participation and civic engagement, while expanding democratic innovation
and dynamic feedback mechanisms between citizens and institutional actors in representative democracies. This goal
is driven by the ambition to empower citizens, increasing political trust, satisfaction with democracy and societal
cohesion, thus shaping the future of democracy in a world in transformation. To achieve this goal, INCITE-DEM
will pursue the following seven interrelated activities.
Incite-Dem aims at reviewing historical practices of political participation and civic engagement from the end of the WWII to today. The review will focus on sustainability-oriented participation and engagement.
Incite-Dem will co-design a policy dialogue tool with policymakers, educators, students, and democratic initiatives. The tool will help to study trust building, polarisation, and consensus-seeking processes.
Evaluation of Democratic Innovation
An assessment of the democratic innovations, developed through democracy labs, through advanced analysis, choice experiments and interactive fora to establish how different participation and engagement processes can complement each other.
A Community of Practise
Incite-Dem will build on the wide participation of citizens and diverse stakeholder groups to spread its messages and contribute to a wide uptake of inclusive democratic innovations for socio-ecological transformation and wellbeing in Europe.
Understanding Key Conditions For Participation
An analysis of current societal trends in various aspects of participation and engagement. It will deepen our understanding of participation and engagement needs in pursuit of a sustainable and sociocultural transformation.
A series of co-creation events, engaging citizens in proposing democratic innovations and solutions. In this way citizens will take part in proposing new democratic approaches.
Developing Policy Guidance & Roadmap
Incite-Dem will provide guidance on how to strengthen political participation and civic engagement and increase political trust and satisfaction with democracy to address socio-ecological challenges.
News & Events
Can democratic innovations solve the multiple crises of our time?
Seminar Series – Historical trajectories of Democratic Innovations
Webinar with speakers Hubert Heinelt and João Moniz.
Seminar Series starts in September – Historical trajectories of Democratic Innovations
In March 6-7 we met in Lisbon to start our project and get to know each other.