Benjamin Barber - on how the economic crisis affects democracy

The economic crisis is not just a financial crisis, it's a democratic crisis. Its a crisis in democratic citizenship - said Benjamin Barber, political theorist at Demos. Because democracy is about trust, the real causality of this economic crisis will not be the economic system, it will be democracy itself.



Interview with Alicja Pacewicz

Interview with Alicja Pacewicz, Center for Citizenship Education (Poland)


Geocaching tour in Praga

Discovering the neighbourhood: We are searching for traces of the past in Old Praga district of Warsaw with the geocaching method. The GPS guided us to different places, where little notes in hidden envelopes told us stories of the city's past and present.

See more of Warsaw's Praga district in the photo galery or read the article on the geocaching tour


Opening Panel: Social media and democracy


Social media. Everyone uses them, but for sure most of us can see both - its pros and cons. The subject of the social impact of social media is very ambiguous, it brings up a lot of emotions, and that is why our panelists found it interesting to talk about.

What’s on your mind? Questions from the Conference Opening


  • What do we have to offer if we can’t be satisfied with the state of democracy as it is?
  • Is citizenship education enough to close the empowerment gap?
  • Is civic education part of the problem? Are we still able to criticise ourselves and are we open enough to give criticism a forum?
  • How can we take care of different minority groups in a ‘collapsing’ system?
  • Why are we dividing society in ‘advantaged’ and ‘disadvantaged’ groups?
  • How to connect different groups with social media and new technologies?

Discovering Praga


That is your first time in Warsaw, isn’t it? What do you think of it? How do you like the Praga district? - To catch the first impressions we joined the Geocaching tour through the part of Praga around the conference venue Fabryka Trzciny.

Opening panel - Barbara Malak-Minkiewicz (IEA)


"I am worried about the 'alienated youth'", says Barbara Malak-Minkiewicz, "young people who don't have ideas, neather knowlegde nor an opinion. This concerns me. Democracy would be better off if we created a system of education where the educationally priviledged would care about the deprived, and where those who are on the verge of dropping out from school would learn how to be active participants and express their opinion."

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