The three main European institutions – the Parliament, the Commission, and the Council – have rolled out a participatory initiative called the Conference on the Future of Europe (Wikipedia). It should run on two parallel tracks, feeding into each other: an online platform and a series of citizens’ assemblies. The former was launched in late April 2021.
The CFE had a bumpy start, with COVID-19 disrupting the 2020 activities. Now it seems back on track. It is too early to say whether it will really be the exercise in participatory democracy that it wants to be. But some noteworthy commentators, like Alberto Alemanno (normally quite critical with the European institutions), seem to believe in it: “this is not just another Brussels gimmick”.
Someone I know in the CFE secretariat sought us out: the Edgeryders community, he said, would be welcome and valuable in the discussion. There are two ways we could do that: individually, via the platform, and by organizing events under the aegis of the CFE. Their documentation lives on as part of the collective intelligence generated by the CFE’s process. Indeed, some of our events could do double duty, especially the EarthOS ones: I am thinking of @nadia’s remote work ones, and of those of the Sci-Fi Economics Lab.
Despite the disappointments of the COVID crisis, I remain – for now – a European patriot. So, I am personally going to give CFE a chance. I tried out the platform today, sharing an idea based on the experience of The Reef: you can find it here. What do people think about the idea of getting involved more as a community? Are people interested in leaving a small mark on the proceedings of the CFE?