Democratic Society, partner in PACT-project

About Democratic Society

Democratic Society (Demsoc) is a non-profit organisation working for greater participation and dialogue in democracy with an independent, non-partisan and politically non-aligned approach. Demsoc, as an existing partner in the three partner cities, is ideally placed to deliver on this, thanks to:

  1. Their strong track record in innovating new methods for citizen participation over the last decade.
  2. Their experience as a strategic partner to local governments, supporting them to build the organisational?
  3. Infrastructure and civic legitimacy for citizen participation.
  4. Their specific expertise in climate democracy.

They are leaders in innovative citizen participation, having delivered deliberative processes (such as climate citizens’ assemblies and participatory budgeting) and co-design processes across Europe. The network-driven model of delivery, with Local Connectors situated on the ground in the proposed cities, brings a deep understanding of local contexts and local connections. Furthermore, this approach assures access to innovative practices and thought leadership in participation generated from their portfolio of European and UK work with local governments and on climate action.

Role in PACT

As part of EIT Climate-KIC’s Healthy, Clean Cities (HCC) Deep Demonstration, Demsoc supports engagement and participation of citizens throughout the duration of the programme, initially in 10 EU cities, working collectively towards a 2030 climate neutrality commitment. The core mission is making climate change a democratic, not a technocratic issue. They aim to help every city use the best citizen participation theory and practice, and develop their engagement further to ensure public involvement in this ambitious transformation programme. They work as a collective project across the different cities to deliver a replicable, scalable model of engagement on climate change.

More information

Visit the website of Democratic Society.

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