“We have learned more from them, than we taught them”


With a speech by the political theorist Benjamin Barber (USA) and a discussion round with him, Ahmed Driss, Centre of Mediterranean and International Studies (Tunisia), and Noha El-Mikawy from the Ford Foundation (Egypt), this “wonderful festival of thought” was closed.

 

Impressions


Here are a few of many interesting quotes from speakers and participants that enriched discussions and dialogue and can give further food for thought.

 

  • “Invest in crazy ideas and experiments!”

  • “Fail fast, fail hard, fail often! This is the only way to learn and succeed.”

  • “Co-operation makes sense when both parties are willing to admit that they are sometimes ignorant about things they claim to know.”

Benjamin Barber

Benjamin R. Barber is a senior research scholar at the The Graduate Center, CUNY, founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University.



Forum II: Participatory democracy against distrust


The issue of increasing dissatisfaction with the working of democratic institutions was discussed yesterday in the parallel forum: 'Democracy between distrust and participation: Re-thinking the relationship between citizens and the state?'.

Make your voice heard!


What are the similarities and differences between Eastern European and Arabic protests? What role do emotions play in politics and political participation? These were the guiding questions in the second part of the panel sessions of this morning concerning the overall issue of possibilities for a Euro-Mediterranean dialogue.

Kars Veling

Kars Veling is the Director of ProDemos in The Hague (the Netherlands), one of the key partners of NECE. He gave one of the welcome speeches on Wednesday.



“Let's work together!”


Yesterday evening began the NECE conference “Participation Now! - Citizenship Education and Democracy in Times of Change” in Córdoba, Spain. This year's forum intends to provide a platform for dialogue, networking, and co-operation around the issue of the impact that the Euro crisis and the Arab Spring have on possibilities for democratic education and participation.