On this page you can find the documentation & recordings of the 2023 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy panels and workshops
Have a look at the pictures from the Forum and from the Pre-Tour
Session recordings and presentations
15:00-20:00: Official Global Forum Opening Evening: What is Direct Democracy Now?
Location: National Anthropology Museum
Transmisión en vivo en español: Foro Global de Democracia Directa Moderna 2023 (Día 1)
Livestream in English: Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy 2023 (Day 1)
17:00-18:00: Welcome remarks
18:00-18:20: Keynote interview: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on how Direct Democracy Can Be Used for Youth, Political Reform, and Climate Action (Remote)
18:20-18:40: Stories from around the world
18:40-19:40: Opening Panel: Will Direct Democracy Really Save Democracy? Experiences From Around the World
Location: Palacio de la Escuela de Medicina
11:55-12:00: Imagine Belfast! Founder Peter O’Neill on how to celebrate democracy
12:00-12:10: Short stories of democracy from around the world
- Story of Democracy From Around the World: Phnom Penh, Cambodia. By Sam Serey
12:10-13:10: Plenary Conference 1: What are the mechanisms of direct democracy, and how do they work in reality?
13:35-14:50: Panel 1: Direct Democracy in Latin America: Cases from the Western Hemisphere
Transmisión en vivo en español: Foro Global de Democracia Directa Moderna 2023 (Día 2)
Livestream in English: Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy 2023 (Day 2)
Parallel sessions 1:
13:35-14:50: Participation Slot 1: Workshop - The ABCs of participatory budgeting: sustainable cities and communities
13:35-14:50: Panel 2: Is direct democracy a tool that empowers autocrats or rather a weapon the people can use against authoritarians?
13:35-14:50: Participation Slot 2: Workshop - Making direct democracy deliberative: Reimagining citizens’ initiatives, with Healthy Democracy
13:35 - 14:50: Panel 3: Direct democracy without limits? The scope of direct democracy in public policy, legislation, and constitutions
16:00-16:10: Short stories of democracy from around the world
- Story of Democracy From Around the World: Canberra, Australia. By Emma Fletcher
Parallel sessions 2:
16:10-17:40: Panel 4 - How good is direct democracy for sustainability?
16:10-17:40: Participation slot 4: Panel - How digital technology is giving people power today
16:10-17:40: Participation slot 5: Workshop - Towards a democracy beyond elections: Citizen participation in the promotion of transparency and the fight against corruption
- Presentation by Marie Jünemann, Mehr Demokratie, Germany.
- Presentation by Liliana Alvarado, Ethos Innovation in Public Policy, Mexico
16:10-17:40: Participation slot 6: Workshop - Direct Democracy 101
16:10-17:40: Participation slot 8: Panel - Routes for the citizen’s empowerment through the construction of direct democracy
18:45-20:00: Evening discussion "Are Elected Presidents Bad for Democracy?"
Location: TEC de Monterrey Campus
09:30-09:40: Short stories of democracy from around the world
09:40-11:00: Plenary Conference 2 - How should direct democracy fit with participatory and representative democracy?
11:00-11:10: Short stories of democracy from around the world
- Roslyn Fuller, Solonian Democracy Foundation, Ireland. Why citizens assemblies aren't the solution.
Transmisión en vivo en español: Foro Global de Democracia Directa Moderna 2023 (Día 3)
Livestream in English: Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy 2023 (Day 3)
Parallel sessions 1:
11:30 - 13:00: Panel 5: Can direct democracy respond to the crisis of representative democracy?
11:30 - 13:00: Participation slot 9 - Workshop - Democratic leadership and deliberation: Lessons learned from the citizens of Brazilian cities
11:30 - 13:00: Panel 6: How do we transition to direct democracy?
11:30 - 13:00: Participation slot 10: Workshop - Democratic Action Fund: Accelerate & equalize deliberative platforms
- Presentation by Marjan H. Ehsassi, Berggruen Foundation, USA.
11:30 - 13:00: Panel 7: Does direct democracy threaten human rights, or provide a way to protect them?
11:30-13:00: Panel 8: The silent manipulation of direct democracy
Parallel sessions 2:
14:30-16:00: Participation slot 11: Panel - Can direct democracy provide youth a path to decision-making power?
14:30-16:00: Participation slot 12: Panel - Performance of electoral bodies in direct democracy exercises
14:30-16:00: Participation slot 13: Panel - Mechanisms for Citizen Participation in Key Sectors (health, security, construction and food)
14:30-16:00: Participation slot 14: Panel - What has Mexico seen of Direct Democracy? Mexican testimonies of direct democracy exercises
14:30-16:00: Participation slot 15: Panel - How can direct democracy better include those who have been underrepresented and discriminated against?
14:30-16:00: Participation slot 16: Workshop - Living democracy: beyond the electoral moment
16:30 - 16:40: A father’s vision and the future of democracy
16:40 - 18:10: Plenary Conference 3: Are The Courts Tough Enough for Direct Democracy?
Location: INE National Electoral Institute Headquarters
Transmisión en vivo en español: Foro Global de Democracia Directa Moderna 2023 (Día 4)
Livestream in English: Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy 2023 (Day 4)
10:00–10:05 Story of Democracy From Around the World: Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Los Angeles
10:00-11:30: Plenary Conference 4: What do electoral bodies need in order to facilitate direct democracy exercises?
11:30-11:40: Short stories of democracy from around the world
11:40 - 12:40: Plenary Conference 5: Democratic resilience in the 21st century: how can we make participation a tool for strengthening democracy?12:35 - 13:10: 2023 Global Forum Declaration
13:10-13:30: Closing of 2023 Global Forum and invitation to 2024/25 Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy