Conference on Innovating Democracy

NIMD is organizing a conference on innovating democracy on 1 December in Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. We hope you will be able to join us. The day will be packed with interactive workshops and inspiring speakers from different countries.

Examples from the field
Phenomena such as rising populism, deepening inequality, and disenfranchised citizens are questioning the future of democratic principles and institutions. This includes the role of political parties. Is there still a role for political parties in the 21st century?

NIMD’s workshop will showcase two new political parties that are laboratories of political innovation: the Pirate Party from Iceland and the Partido de la Red (the Net Party) from Buenos Aires, Argentina. These parties have adapted themselves to the 21st century by taking a fundamentally changed relationship between politicians and citizens as a starting point. They see citizens as co-creators of public value, using modern technology to spread messages and influence outcomes in ways that until recently would have required the infrastructure of classical parties.

The Pirate Party will be represented by the MP Thórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir. Felipe Muñoz will represent the Partido de la Red. And Sam van der Staak of International IDEA (Stockholm) will introduce the Digital Parties Portal which was launched recently. The workshop will be moderated by Will Derks (NIMD).

Here you can read about the outcomes.


The conference is a collaboration between NIMD, the Socioneers, the Centre for Innovation of Leiden University, and Pakhuis de Zwijger, who will all facilitate workshops during the conference.