4TH CONFERENCE ON CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL LEVEL (2011)



24/03/2011. Dozens of representatives of Aragonese municipal administrations, as well as technicians, social organizations and experts related to citizen participation have shared speeches, regulations and diagnostics of participation in the IV Conference of citizen participation at the Local level, that have been also addressed practical experiences of participation of quality. The Forum was inaugurated by the director-general of citizen participation of the Government of Aragon, Nacho Celaya, and by the President of the Aragonese Federation of municipalities, regions and provinces, Salvador flat, whom Celaya has delivered an emblematic a sabina, "tree growth slow and leisurely, but tough".

 

00983121The director general of citizen participation of the Government of Aragon, Nacho Celaya, pointed out, at the inauguration of the IV Conference of citizen participation at the Local level, in Centro Joaquín Roncal de Zaragoza, which this society "need for citizens and construction of spaces that are a school of citizenship where grow with maturity", while he acknowledged "a deep respect for people dedicated to politics and to the difficult construction of public" considering that the policy must be part of the solution in the midst of times where democratic disaffection and the sense of political crisis generated "fair Cafe conversations".

 

Also, Celaya has been declared "satisfied" by the projects of citizen participation in 17 local authorities as "a breakthrough that has no reverse gear" and thanked the President of the Government of Aragon, Marcelino Iglesias, and the exconsejero and Minister of the Presidency of the Government of Aragón, Javier Velasco and Eva Almunia, their trust in the citizen participation projectas well as agents, technical and social entities of the municipalities involved. Passing the word to the President of the Aragonese Federation of municipalities, regions and provinces, Salvador flat, Celaya has delivered him a sabina "symbol of the harsh lands of Aragon, resistant tree that rooted the land, growing slowly and leisurely, but resistant to fires, the granizal or the stony...".

 

For his part, Salvador flat hinges on how the local teaches "that participation is built day by day" and how "in these troubled times to the doors of an electoral process, already is not enough to give the floor to the citizens every four years to meet the objectives of participation" also has stressed that standards and regulation of this participation are necessary, but that may not be the same in all the villages they must adapt to local realities. "Participation is a ship already floating, but which is still in the port, because it requires a change in thinking and standards around the world, a revolution in the local" - said also referring to "is a long road, with difficulties, but, probably, never finished".

 

COLLECTIVE intelligence and RELATIONAL Governments

 

00983099"What distinguishes a smart society of a stupid society?" With this question, the Zaragoza University political philosophy professor and director of the Institute of governance democratic of the Basque country, Daniel Innerarity, reflected on the political potential of the collective intelligence through diversity, about the importance of analysis broad context for making small decisions and the epistemological value of democracy, where is the system that allows more knowledge and better decision-making, "not for their moral qualities, but because information sharing is also power-sharing" has declared. In addition, it has influenced how, the fact that "live in a world in

 

formations created by others"is the great achievement of mankind which has allowed the transmission of knowledge and"progress", but it can also generate reactions chain as they were the subsequent panic of 1929 Black Thursday or the recent financial bubble. In addition, said that "the dangers of being too right" homogeneously in designing our environment information lead us to reinforce our prejudices and lose sight of the perspective of reality.

 

For his part, Quim Brugué, director of the Institute of governance and public policy at the University of Barcelona, has exposed differences between "local governments of the welfare State" and "relational local governments" have to assume not only efficient administrative management of the municipality, but also decision-making and the implementation of an intelligent and flexible Government attentive to the peculiarities and that encourage creativityparticipation and innovation. For Quim Brugué local government is, in fact, "the best place from which to think" since it is "the only place where citizens directly understand the policy".

 

In addition, the head of service of citizen participation of the Government of Aragon, Fernando López, on the panel "a diagnosis about the policies of participation in Aragon. Commitment to the quality of democracy"has exposed how in the road travelled by the project, programs of economic grant, training, participatory processes, political commitments and plans of action have been progressively implemented was increasing governance, the citizen's initiative and decision making from a relational focus.

 

 

Meanwhile, Sergio Castel, technical adviser of the direction General of participation citizen the Government of Aragon and Andrés García Inda, Professor of philosophy of law and legal sociology at the University of Zaragoza, have traveled and analyzed the Aragonese map of local citizen participation regulations, whereas the regulatory change entails a lever and a shift to local governments more relational engineplural and participatory.

 

Also, various representatives of the City of Huesca, Comarca Campo de Borja, del Ayuntamiento de Ainsa-Sobrarbe, the Municipality of Sabiñánigo and La Puebla de Alfindén have exposed their participatory experiences to build public policy, carry out development by and for children models or resolve neighborhood conflicts on the city bus.