Climate change, inequality, conflict – our challenges today are so great that we cannot pretend to be able to solve them on our own, from within our own borders. Our challenges require global action, but as citizens, we build our lives locally, in our own neighbourhoods and communities. This is after all where, as a single person, we can make the biggest difference.
This need for us to become ‘global citizens’ in global cities is is the main question we will address at the 7th Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy, from 26 to 29 September in the eternal city of Rome.
The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy favours a multidisciplinary approach, welcoming participants from academic, political and civil society perspectives. It is attended by activists, organisations and academics from all over the world who work on topics of direct democracy and citizen participation. The goal is to bring together people with different experiences and backgrounds, so as to give activists and organisations the opportunity to share their insights and connect with others working on the same issues.
The last Global Forum was attended by participants from over 30 countries on six continents. 2018 will be an especially festive edition, as we will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Global Forum, which took place for the first time in 2008 in Aarau, Switzerland.