Beyond Civic Engagement: How Neighborhood Based-Organizations Foster and Strengthen Democracy. Democratizing democracy through participatory practices. Modern democracies have lost their initial flame and have become a set of formal practices, which regulate state administration and harvest the consent of citizens. We should recover our democracies by strengthening active citizenship and planning new forms of citizen participation, in order to consolidate trust in institutions and in democracy itself. Some unique experiences and some concrete examples on the ground throughout Italy could help us exchange the best parts that have changed local communities.
Date & time
Thursday, June 17, 2021, 09.00 am NY time, 03.00 pm Italian time, 11.00 pm Sydney time. The link to the meeting will be shared soon.
Christopher Hanway, Christopher Hanway is the Executive Director of Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement, a 135-year old community-based organization that serves children, seniors, immigrants and families at 8 locations in Western Queens, New York City.
A member of the IFS Board of Directors Chris has worked for over 12 years at Riis Settlement, one of 46 members of the United Neighborhood Houses of NY network.
Franco Uda, Franco Uda is a member of the National Board of Directors of ARCI – responsible for human rights, peace, disarmament, international solidarity and volunteering – and Vice President of ARCS, ARCI’s NGO. ARCI is the largest Italian cultural association, with over 1 million members and about 5 thousand community-based associations.