CabildoxLatAm: A space for digital participation in Latin America

In the face of the challenges that have emerged and been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, collective responses by, with, and for communities have developed in Latin America (e.g., community food banks and open data citizen-led initiatives). Faced with this scenario, the research group Democratic Reconfigurations of the 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 take place between September 8th and 11th through the Zoom platform, also having other means of communication for those who do not have access to computers, making it possible to participate through telephone lines and via 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 unified petition of 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: Center for Civic Media at the 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, and Global Change.

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