Participatory Democracy

Participatory Democracy

Democracy was born in cities. Could it be reborn in cities as well? Here you will find citizen views and perspectives on democratizing our institutions, empowering citizens, and building a participatory city of the 21st century.

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The Paris Commune 1871: 150th Year Anniversary of the First Socialist Government

Originally published by Alternatives International. Saturday 1 May 2021, by Donald Cuccioletta The French Revolution of 1789 opened up a period of French history that led to the first socialist government, The Paris Commune 1871. The French Revolution of 1789 ushered in an attempt, sometimes successful sometime not, to create a form of republican democracy. The overthrow of the French […]

The Political Future of Montreal: Charting Our Best Course

As we move closer to getting the pandemic under control, there will be a strong tendency to return to ‘business as usual’. We need to push back hard against this. Citizens are hungry for real change.

Grassroots Movement Facing Big “Urban Developments”

Grassroots Movement Facing Big “Urban Developments” In 2007, the Quebec provincial government, in collaboration with the City of Montreal, chose to shut down and empty out some well-known city hospitals, such as the Hotel Dieu, Children’s Hospital, Royal Victoria, and Notre Dame. Their project was to replace these with two super hospitals; one in the west end of Montreal under [...]

Montreal’s bottom-up social democracy

Montreal's Bottom-Up Social Democracy This article was originally published on Progressive City. Residents of St-Henri, Montreal display a collective art project at a protest-assembly in front of the borough's city hall to demand public ownership of the derelict Canada Malting factory. The text reads: "St-Henri, my neighborhood is not for sale", "a meeting place for everyone", and "my garden". Montreal [...]

Projet Montréal era an opportunity to democratize the city

The rise of Projet Montréal presents us with a vital opportunity to revive and reinvent local democracy for the 21st century, and to join cities around the world that are forging a new citizen-powered politics built on the principles of participation, solidarity and inclusion.

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