A few days ago, the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Bertelsmann Foundation in the U.S.) added a bunch of new videos to its YouTube channel. They really are must-see videos for people in our field; they’re very well-made videos (about 4 minutes long each) that feature the finalists in the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize. I can see the videos being used in the classroom, in workshops, as part of presentations to local government, and so much more.
I just added them to my dialogue & deliberation playlists on YouTube, where you can find hundreds of D&D-related videos.
With the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize, the Bertelsmann Stiftung wants to bring new momentum to the debate on how democratic systems can be made “future ready” by helping them respond to current and future challenges. As many of you know, the 7 finalists of the Mohn Prize (to be awarded this spring) emerged from an international search to identify innovative, exemplary approaches to strengthening democracy through citizen engagement.
Check out the videos for these finalists:
- B.C. Citizens Assemblies (NCDD’s Susanna Haas Lyons is featured in this one, and I spotted Mark Warren as well)
- 2029 Vision (long-term project in Geraldton, Australia led by NCDD’s Janette Hartz-Karp)
- Portsmouth Listens (NCDD member Everyday Democracy is a huge player in this project)
- The Hampton Way (Hampton, VA)
- Participatory budgeting in Recife, Brazil (we’ve been talking about PB on the NCDD listserv a lot lately, but a great place to start if you’re new to this is NCDD member Tiago Peixoto’s PB facebook page)
- Participatory budgeting in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
- Participatory budgeting in La Plata, Argentina