Democracy needs democrats - the courage to be unreasonable

An article in the political feature section (DLF) with Daphne Büllesbach on 11 July 2023

13 July 2023

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 "Political feature section" from Deutschlandfunk Kultur Daphne Büllesbach presents the model of municipal development councils and describes how they become places of political education and activation where democratic processes can be experienced.

By bringing together democratically legitimised decision-makers and non-legitimised citizens, representatives of local initiatives and local entrepreneurs for a year and working together on a pressing issue for the future of the municipality, conflicting interests are put on the table and professionally moderated, a constructive exchange is created.

Through effective participation, mutual trust can grow, local affiliation can be experienced and ultimately a basis for joint communal organisation can be created.

Find out more about the "Municipal Development Councils" project here.