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Evolution of Society - Active Democracies with Martin Sande and Lena Langlet

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2016 CTT International Conference:
Martin Sande and Lena Langlet explore active democracies.

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Evolution of Society - Active Democracies with Martin Sande and Lena Langlet

  1. 1. Exploring Active Democracies Lena Langlet and Anders Nordh, SALAR, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions Martin Sande, Dialogues
  2. 2. Citizen dialogue a mission from SALAR:s congress 2015 ”SALAR supports its members in the work to develop dialogue and co-creation with citizens and to integrate the results in governance processes and organizational development. Enabling both a sustainable democracy and a socially sustainable society”
  3. 3. Since 2007 SALAR invites local authorities, county councils and regions to participate in: • Networks to improve knowledge • Networks to develop and test methods for dialogue and meet complex challenges Our approach
  4. 4. We work …  …from the position of supporting of politicians and civil servants in regions and municipalities of Sweden. They have formal power over resources, community planning and policy making.  …. to support and develop our representative democracy through dialogue, co-creation and prototyping.  … partly from direct funding from the Government to address complex issues  … from “the whole system view” hence politicians and civil servants are part of “the problems” addressed.  … by consciously activating conflict in complex issues. Actively seeking the “NO” voices. Requiring a neutral facilitation in order create safety “sitting in the fire”. We see a risk of “Swedish values” being hi-jacked by right wing politics.
  5. 5. We pride ourselves with a high turn out 70 75 80 85 90 95 19701973197619791982198519881991199419982002200620102014 Development of citizeins voting 1970-2014 (percent) Kommunvalen Landstingsvalen Riksdagsvalen
  6. 6. Kommun Distrikt med högst valdeltagande Distrikt med lägst valdeltagande Differens 2014 Differens 2010 Göteborg 92,6 37,4 55,2 48,1 Stockholm 94,8 40,8 54,0 58,1 Malmö 93,4 39,7 53,7 49 Botkyrka 90,9 42,3 48,6 43,6 Huddinge 91,9 46,1 45,8 42,7 Haninge 89,8 44,6 45,2 41,2 Södertälje 86,8 42,5 44,3 36,2 Borås 92,5 50,5 42,0 38,2 Halmstad 93,5 52,2 41,3 31,8 Sollentuna 91,1 52,6 38,5 33,7 But…
  7. 7. 4% 1% 95%
  8. 8. ”Votes for sale” 1. Every fifth young Swede between 18 and 29 would be willing to sell their vote for a smaller amount of money. 2. One in four young Swedish do not think it is so important that they live in a democracy but think it would be good, or very good, if Sweden was ruled by a "strong leader who does not need to bother with parliament and elections.” 3. Nearly 15 percent of young people think it would be good, or very good, if Sweden was ruled by the military.
  9. 9. NVA Sweden 2016 13 • Violence and crime • Conflict / aggression • Diversity
  10. 10. How high is your level of trust in the way the following political institutions manage their work?
  11. 11. Dialoguesmartin.sande@dialogues.se … the complexity of todays societal challenges require a transformed and co-creation based power structure in order to be handled in a socially sustainable way…. Hans Abrahamsson, Göteborgs Universitet 16
  12. 12. We are falling apart when we need to learn to live side by side
  13. 13. Dialogues are shifting focus Physical issues RelationsValues
  14. 14. A framework and mindset! Arrogance Intimacy Co-creation Control
  15. 15. A framework and mindset! Arrogance Intimacy Co-creation Control We are the elected officials. We have the power and we decide Manipulation “Make it look good. but it’s a facade We invite and have dialogues, on our premises We work together. We share power, and responsibility.
  16. 16. A necessary shift?! Arrogance Intimacy Co-creation Control We are the elected officials. We have the power and we decide Manipulation “Make it look good. but it’s a facade We invite and have dialogues, on our premises We work together. We share power, and responsibility. Lack of trust Complexity
  17. 17. A framework and mindset! Arrogance Intimacy Co-creation Control We are the elected officials. We have the power and we decide Manipulation “Make it look good. but it’s a facade We invite and have dialogues, on our premises We work together. We share power, and responsibility. Here we are working : Dialogue, co-creating, prototyping and learning
  18. 18. Model for dialogue on complex issues 24 3:Dialogue, experimen- tation and co- creation Iterations: learning by doing and trying =steps that dialogue with citizens has direct influence over Capacity development to manage complex issues dialogue based 1:Prepara- tions 4:Proposals, measures and commitments 5: Decisions 6:Implemen -tation 2:Perspec- tive collection
  19. 19. Our dialogues are going deeper and beyond – shifting towards to intimacy and co-creation Sitting around the fire – happy ending dialogues. Gathering and sharing views. Conflicting perspectives are avoided Sitting in the fire – working from through friction and conflict between perspectives in order to reach wisdom, release potential and enable innovation Wisdom, potential, innovation
  20. 20. Thank you! Lena.langlet@skl.se Anders.nordh@skl.se Martin.sande@dialogues.se Join us in the workshop after lunch to co-create and learn together
  21. 21. Workshop…  Together explore how values can unite communities integrating large migrant populations – a really complex issue we are working with  Assumption: Living side by side (inclusion) requires a resilient ability to enter conflict and friction constructively - What are your experiences that we can learn from? - Dialogues going deeper and beyond – what have we learned?! - What are your experiences from working with conflicting values?

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