Of rain gardens, solar systems and cooperatives

The Weißwasser/O.L. Municipal Development Advisory Board has submitted its recommendations for a sub-strategy on energy, climate and urban development to the town council.

Strengthening democracy at local level

Gesine Schwan & Laura Gerards Iglesias in an interview on local development councils with DEMO, the social democratic magazine for local politics.

Municipal development councils honoured as "Proven on site"

Our municipal development councils have been awarded a seal of approval for administrative innovation by the German Association of Towns and Municipalities and the Re:Form initiative.

Multi-stakeholder deliberation: an opportunity for the common good and basic democratic consensus

Prof Dr Gesine Schwan sheds light on the democratic-theoretical and democratic-political function of municipal development councils in contrast to citizens' councils.

Municipal development councils conceptualised in concrete terms

Building on the experience gained in the pilot project "Shaping the future together locally!" 2021 - 2023, the concept of municipal development councils is presented in detail for the first time.

Making communication in municipalities more transparent and sustainable

Rottenburg Municipal Development Council presents recommendations - Deutschlandfunk reports.

Kalletal Municipal Development Council Presents Recommendations

Development Council formulates goals and recommends specific measures to improve local healthcare.

Gesine Schwan on Municipal Development Councils in the Citizen Participation Handbook

Gesine Schwan has contributed an article on municipal development councils to the new edition of the Kursbuch Bürgerbeteiligung.

Democracy requires democrats

How can we support citizens in their self-efficacy as political subjects and arm them against the simplistic populism of the AFD? In the podcast "Politisches Feuilleton" by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Daphne Büllesbach presents the model of municipal development councils and describes how they become places of political education and activation where democratic...
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