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We are looking for you to be part of the new wave of deliberative democracy in the Global South!

About this project

In partnership with the global office of the National Endowment for Democracy NED and Extituto de Politica Abierta (Colombia), we are bringing together the best experiences of more than 100 organizations from the Global South, located especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia & India, and Latin America to reset our democracies.

In this project, participants were able to incorporate their initiatives and participate in an experience that can transform the landscape of democracy in the Global South.  From this space, participants have co-constructed, in a Laboratory of civic innovation of the Global South (Demo.Reset/Lab), tools and solutions to face the challenges that organizations like yours face in the process of deploying democratic innovation. You can find on this page the network of organizations working together in 4 regions of the Global South, who have shared their best practices and with whom you can build alliances and spaces to develop and refine your proposals for change. Now, these organizations, will be able to implement a tool/solution in their specific region with specialized support, international mentoring, among other surprises. 

It is time to transform democracy from new narratives of the Global South.


As a result of the inputs we have had in our first call, we believe it is important that these spaces remain open. If you know any organization working on strengthening democracy or you are part of a new organization, we encourage you to sign up now! Be part of this network of deliberative democracy in the Global South.


This project targets civil society organizations who have worked transforming democracy, on citizen movements, feminist organizations, medioambiental initiatives, or any advocacy exercise.

In other words, If your organization leads projects related to the strengthening of democracy through innovation tools or deliberative democracy, we are looking for you!

Why should I join?

This project is connecting experiences of political innovation at a global level. We are building a repository of information to articulate experiences, barriers, challenges, and innovative solutions. The participants will prototype tools to overcome their obstacles while remaining in contact with a worldwide network of solutions.

We will jointly build an interactive Deliberation Map, develop solutions and prototypes in Demo.Reset/Lab, and set up a Match-making component of deliberation, connecting common problems with their respective ways of solving them.


The moment we have been waiting for is here, the “Demo.Talks” master-classes that bring together experts from different parts of the world to share their knowledge on deliberative democracy, innovation, activism and many other topics. topics.

We are in the process of selecting 5 leaders for Demo.Reset/Lab, they will lead 5 multidisciplinary teams that will seek to create and prototype solutions to the challenges that we collectively discover in innovation and deliberative democracy.

In two weeks we will be launching the inscriptions for collaborators of the solution teams!

At the beginning of each month we are sending out our ON.Reset, where you will find three sections:
1. How we are doing (findings and current project agenda).
2. What’s coming up (what are our next events).
3. Recommendations of the month (three articles that will contribute to the knowledge).



This phase will contribute to enable the exchange among all practitioners of democratic deliberation. Although knowledge circulates today through academic literature, forums…


The second phase of the project recognizes the impact of the first phase, reinforcing the thematic sub-groups of deliberation previously created. In each thematic subgroup…


Phase 3 seeks t implement the solutions, methodologies, etc., previously co-created as prototypes. This means that phase 2 will provide prototype tools, methodologies and…


In this Last Phase the team provides recommendations to improve the efficiency practice were identified prototype solutions were created and tested….


The project will be held simultaneously in English and Spanish.

Demo.Reset requires availability of time and trained personnel for the realization of the project, therefore, we seek to connect directly with organizations that have these capabilities and that have worked in political and democratic innovation.

In the early stages of the project we will work for about 2 and 6 hours per week.



Melisa Ross

PhD candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Social Sciences (BGSS) of Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, and a research fellow of the Healthier Democracies project led by Public Agenda in New York, USA. “My research focuses on the Latin- American left turn, postneoliberalism, citizen participation and democratic innovations”.

Azucena Morán

Research associate at the Institute for Sustainability Research – Helmholtz Center Potsdam. Her transdisciplinary work explores deliberative and participatory responses to planetary challenges. She serves on the Editorial Board of Participedia and on the Steering Committee on Democratic Innovations of the European Consortium for Policy Research (ECPR).

Yanina Welp

Associate researcher at the Albert Hirschman Center on Democracy, Graduate Institute, Geneva (Switzerland) and editorial coordinator of Agenda Pública. Between 2016 and 2019 she was co-director of the Latin American Zurich Center, at the University of Zurich. She has a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) and a degree in Political Science and Social Communication Sciences, both from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). She obtained the Habilitation with the Venia Legendi in Latin American Studies from the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland). She is co-founder of the Red de Politólogas. She specializes in the study of political participation, a topic on which she has published books, articles, and book chapters.

Claudia Chwalisz

Claudia is the lead author of the first OECD report on deliberative democracy: Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions: Catching the Deliberative Wave (2020; co-authored with Ieva Cesnulaityte), and she led the development of the OECD Good Practice Principles for Deliberative Processes. She oversaw the development of the OECD Evaluation Guidelines for Representative Deliberative Processes (2021) is the author of a new OECD paper on Eight Ways to Institutionalise Deliberative Democracy (2021). She co-ordinated the OECD Innovative Citizen Participation Network of leading international practitioners, academics, public servants, artists, and designers, and she edited the OECD’s online digest Participo.

Yago Bermejo

Yago has been working on democratic participation projects for more than 10 years. He has experience in facilitation, process design and strategies for the use of democratic digital tools. From 2016 to 2019, he has been responsible for ParticipaLab, a democratic innovation laboratory, at Medialab Prado, in coordination with the Participation Area of the Madrid City Council, in which he has developed numerous projects related to Decide Madrid as well as the design of the Observatory of the City and the G1000 of Madrid, pioneering experiences in the use of lottery and deliberation in Spain.

Susan Lee

Susan is a student and democracy practitioner from Seoul, South Korea. In 2020, she co-founded the World Citizens’ Assembly, a prototype for a global citizen’s assembly based on iterative pilot testing, with Yago Bermejo Abati. In 2021, Deliberativa began co-incubating the Global Assembly, the first sortition-selected global citizens’ assembly in the lead-up to COP26. Deliberativa coordinated the delivery of pilot tests on multilingual virtual deliberation to inform the final Assembly design. As part of the Implementation Circle, Susan supported the recruitment and management of 100+ global partners to implement a decentralized sortition and train local hosts of Assembly participants. In the fall of 2021, she co-designed and implemented the deliberative process and output consolidation methodology. Susan has been the main spokesperson for the GA since the project launched; you can see some of Susan’s media work here and here. Susan is interested in imagining participative models of global governance, decolonizing deliberative democracy, and placing youth at the front of the deliberative wave.

Maria Paulina Ibarra

Executive Director of Fundación Multitudes, a non-profit organization based in Chile. She has global experience in transparency, citizen participation and accountability, having worked with organizations such as Open Government Partnership and the World Bank. She holds a BA in Communication from Marymount University, and an MA in Communication from Georgetown University.

Andre Noel Roth

He is a Political Scientist (1990), Master in Political Science (1994) and Doctor in Economic and Social Sciences, mention in Political Science (1999) from the Université de Genève-Switzerland. He has been professor of public policy analysis in Switzerland and in several universities in Colombia and Latin America. Since 2006, he is a Research Professor (currently tenured) attached to the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences (FDCPyS) of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá. He has held the positions of Coordinator of the Doctorate in Political Studies and International Relations, Director of the journal Ciencia Política, Director of the Instituto de Investigación Socio-jurídica UNIJUS and Vice-Dean of Research and Extension of the FDCPyS. He is also Director of the Research Group “Analysis of Public Policies and Public Management”. Public Policy and Public Management Analysis” (APPGP) (category B Colciencias 2021), Coordinator of the Innovation in Governance Innovation in Governance Laboratory (GobLab) of the FDCPyS, Co-coordinator of the group Comparative Public Policy group of ALACIP and Co-editor of the journal Mundos Plurales (FLACSO-Ecuador). Ecuador). He has published several books and dozens of chapters and articles on public policy and administration. administration.