2017 has been an exciting year for us at Democracy In Practice. We’ve continued our experimentation and innovation, our sharing and learning, all with the aim of making leadership and civic education more inclusive, engaging, and educational. At the same time, our work has generated more and more interest, inspiring educators around the world to think critically and creatively about student government and how we develop tomorrow’s leaders. Beyond the inspiring changes that we see daily in the schools, the highlight of the year was having our Student Government Lotteries selected by HundrED as one of the 100 most inspiring educational innovations globally (www.hundred.org/en). We also completely redesigned our website, released comprehensive step-by-step guides in both English and Spanish, and are finishing a series of how-to videos. We believe this is a significant step in helping educators implement these important practices in schools around the world and amplifying the change we are working toward. On the ground, we’ve continued doing great work with student governments, particularly in the R.V. High School in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Our work in that school culminated this year in a deliberative forum, organized and facilitated by students with our support and training. Here, students, parents, and … More
For the first time, Democracy In Practice was invited by the Council of Europe and the European Parliament to participate in the World Forum for Democracy, from November 7-9, in Strasbourg, France. The Forum provides a platform for activists, academics, and political decision-makers to come together and dialogue about solutions to the key challenges facing democracy. This year’s Forum brought together over 130 speakers and 2000 participants from over 100 countries around the world, and had a particular focus that aligned well with our work: the relationship between education and democracy.
A recent award of funding from the newDemocracy Foundation (nDF) will enable Democracy In Practice to conduct innovative empirical research into the way that communities experience change to their systems of government. The research project will use Democracy In Practice’s student government-based projects as case studies to explore the shift from elected governments to those that are randomly selected and rotated…
Our work has been featured in a new article on Everyday Democracy’s website! The article explores their “What does democracy mean to you?” campaign and some of the responses it generated, as well as highlights some of the ways in which Democracy In Practice is working toward making those responses a reality. Check it out!