Since its beginnings in 2012, the World Forum for Democracy has served as a platform for dialogue and innovation dedicated specifically to promoting democratic principles throughout the world. The Forum believes these modern systems help keep the fundamental aspects of a democracy present in a functioning government. Democracy has become an essential component of society, adapting to suit the situation of each country and allowing citizens to have a voice using more plausible solutions.
The Forum then addresses and deals with challenges facing democracy through ground-breaking initiatives and fostering debate between various parties in order to find solutions. It aims to give the people opportunities to speak up in political decision-making through “Satellite Events” (such as seminars, lectures in schools, surveys, social media campaigns, hackathons, local implementation of innovation initiatives presented in previous Forums, radio/TV debates). Brought together by the Council of Europe, with over 2500 participants from over 100 countries, the purpose of the Forum is to build an open infrastructure using citizens’ input to contribute to the evolution of democracy and cooperation in the 21st Century.
With an emphasis on refining current democratic practices while developing an infrastructure for future expansions on democracy, we must ask ourselves; what would an ideal society consist of? In this current day and age, we are constantly struggling to find the ideal democracy without really knowing what it truly means and the responsibilities that come with it. Some key aspects of this issue that shall be covered include the effects of globalization vs. isolationism, the government’s extent of power, the role of citizens in a democratic future, and the refinement and enhancement of current democratic practices and systems.
Moreover, with issues including corruption, media bias, and censorship in effect, it seems impossible to decipher anything these days. Aside from that, delegates should be prepared to discuss democratic structures and guidelines for the future to tackle corruption and manipulation realistically. With new opportunities for civilians to join in on the political landscape, it is imperative to consider how impactful their voices can be as well as how it affects current-day democratic practices. Along with technological advances, changes will also need to be made and agreed upon in order to foster pluralism and participation as opposed to extremism and abuse of power in society.