POLITICS FOR THE LESS FAVOURED

WHAT IS WE?

WE fosters participation of the less favoured in the political life of their cities.

CITIZENS

Young people in risk of exclusion was trained on how to participate in the political life of their cities.

POLITICIANS

City councilors in selected European cities shared ideas with young people in risk of exclusion.

TECHNOLOGY

A powerful community engagement platform was used to optimize communication between representatives and electors.

RESEARCH

Political science researchers studied the effects of training and technology in the ‘political efficacy’.

"Reducing the digital divide to foster more inclusive democracies in Europe"

THE PROJECT

The project started in autumn 2015 and finished in autumn 2017
The results are publicly available now!

WE is a project aimed at fostering e-participation in European cities with a special focus in involving citizens with low digital literacy.Five European cities were selected to take part in the project. Young people was trained on how to participate in the democratic life of their cities. Then online and offline meetings were held where young people and city councilors discussed hot topics for the future of the city.The University of Konstanz carried out surveys to measure the effect of the project on the level of citizens' political efficacy. And the consortium disseminated the results of the project distributing a report and audiovisual material at a European and global scale.

  • City selection

    Cities were selected in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and Lithuania.

  • Training programs

    Local organizations prepared the training for young citizens

  • Technology

    Kuorum was the community engagement platform used for online communication.

  • SURVEYS

    The University of Konstanz selected a control city to compare results.

OUR TEAM

Our team has a track record of successful projects in the fields of inclusion and participation.
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PROF. DR. SHIKANO

Project Manager
Susumu Shikano holds the Chair of Political Methodology at the University of Konstanz. His research expertise includes various topics of electoral politics, political psychology and political science methodology.
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MATÍAS NSO

Tech Development Manager
Matías is a tech entrepreneur and pioneer in the political CRM sector. In 2013 he founded Kuorum and he was granted the GameChangers award to social entrepreneurship. He has an MSc in Mechanical Engineering by the Politechnic University of Catalonia and a Minor in Business by the ETH Zürich.
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OVAGEM AGAIDYAN

Training Manager
Ovagem has several years of experience in leading, coordinating and managing European Projects and bringing them to full fruition. He holds a Masters Degree in Intercultural Competence and has an extensive track record in running training for trainers in Diversity Management.
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LIUDMILA MECAJEVA

Training Deputy Manager
Liudmila is the initiator and one of the founders (in 1994) of the charity foundation named Social Innovation Fund (SIF). She has long-term experience international co-operation in the field of lifelong learning education, gender equality and social inclusion.
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VITO LAFATA

Training Deputy Manager
Vito La Fata is one of the founding members of CESIE and its President and Director since 2001. He has a Master Degree on Communication Science. He has strong managerial skills, and research and training capacities. He is also the Higher Education coordinator.
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THERESA KÜNTZLER

Project Coordinator
Theresa Küntzler managed the voting advice application ParteieNavi and she was part of the German country team for the voting advice application for the European Elections in 2014 (EUVOX).
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LUTZ GSCHWIND

Social Science Researcher
Lutz is a political science researcher at the Konstanz University.
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IÑAKI DOMÍNGUEZ

Tech Development
Iñaki is responsible for the technical development of Kuorum. He has more than seven years of experience leading web development teams. He studied Computer Science in Madrid and Prague.
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CHEMA GARCÍA

Tech Development
Chema participated in several entrepreneurial ventures while he was working as R&D engineer for the materials sector, and as a strategic consultant in the telecommunications and energy sectors. He studied Engineering in Elche and has an International MBA.
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DIANA BASINSKAITE

Training Programs
Diana has more than seven years of experience as a trainer and coordinator of European projects. She has high experience as a trainer and facilitator in working with different groups of learners promoting their social inclusion and employability.
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CARMEN MEZINCA

Training Programs
Carmen is project manager at Verein Multikulturell.
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SILVIA CIAPERONI

Training Programs
Silvia Ciaperoni coordinates the CESIE’s European Cooperation Department and works promoting educational, cultural, research, and training projects in European countries. She is an experienced trainer in non-formal education and promotes social inclusion.
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CATERINA IMPASTATO

Training Programs
Caterina is assistant project manager at CESIE.

Testimonials

This is what our beneficiaries say about us.

"Develping technology for inclusive local and regional governments"

Project Results

Check out the results of the research work carried out by the project consortium.

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