In the face of the challenges that have emerged and been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, collective responses by and for communities have emerged in Latin America (e.g. community food banks and open data citizen-led initiatives). In view of this development, the research group Democratic Reconfigurations of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam has decided to convene a Cabildo por América Latina (CabildoxLatAm), a participatory digital space to learn, strengthen and design collective responses to the pandemic. The event will bring together civil society actors, governments, communities and citizens from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Puerto Rico.
Strengthening forms of participatory governance
The CabildoxLatAm will be hosted through 8 – 11 September on Zoom, with a special interface for attendees that are unable to access computers, making it possible to participate via telephone and WhatsApp. During the Cabildo there will be spaces and moments of open deliberation focused on new forms of participatory and planetary governance that, through collective action, respond to the regional challenges of food sovereignty, education, and digital governance.
The mission of the Cabildo is to create a space for horizontal, inclusive, and digital participation, where a roadmap for self-management and a petition highlighting the processes and participatory responses necessary to confront the Covid-19 pandemic will be jointly designed.
A collaborative effort
This platform for dialogue and exchange was designed in conjunction with numerous partners on both sides of the ocean: MIT Media Lab, Planetary Health Alliance, Women Leaders for Planetary Health, TEC Monterrey, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia Ambientals de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, LATINNO Project - WZB Berlin, Asuntos del Sur, Fundación Avina, el Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional (CEJIL), Ciudadania Inteligente, Hackeo Cultural, Instituto Cultural, Diversa, y Global Change.
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