Academy for a Learning Democracy

Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy - Taiwan 2019

Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy - Taiwan 2019


The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is the largest gathering devoted to direct democracy worldwide. It favours a multidisciplinary approach, welcoming participants from academic, political and civil society perspectives. It is attended by activists, organisations and academics from all over the world. The goal is to bring together people with different experiences and backgrounds, so as to give activists and organisations the opportunity to share their insights and connect with others working on the same issues. This October the Global Forum will be hosted by Taichung, Taiwan.

The Global Forum is organised by Democracy International e.V. and its international partners such as the Taichung City Government and others.

As democracy stagnates in many countries, and direct democracy suffers from lack of support, Taiwan has taken historic steps to move forward. The island nation in East Asia’s new Referendum law, less than two years old, is considered a global model for initiative and referendum. But how is it working in practice? What are the lessons of the first years of modern direct democracy in the new powerhouse of citizens participation? What is happening across East and South Asia and the West Pacific? The Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy is heading to the ´beautiful island´- or ´Formosa´ as called by the Portuguese - to find out. You are invited to Taichung, Taiwan’s second most populous city, for the 2019 Global Forum, October 2-5, 2019.

The following topics will be treated in a diverse line-up of panels, sessions and workshops:

  • How to move from people power movements to direct democracy institutions
  • Lessons learned regarding Taiwan's renewed referendum experience
  • Best practices in direct democracy and citizen participation

The Academy of a Learning Democracy will be once again actively participating in this year's Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy. Raban Fuhrmann will hold a workshop and talk about our idea of Learning Democracy and the work of the Academy. 

Find more information on the Forum's 2019 website and on the Democracy International website.

Register now until 31. of August! 

Website Info

Democracy International is a registered association in Germany
(eingetragener Verein e.V.).

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