Event 25/5: Designing Democracies, not just Bureaucracies with Doha, Dubai and Cairo 0 Reply


Wednesday 25th May
10.30-12.30pm (Amsterdam)
Participating Locations: Cairo, Doha, Amsterdam, Dubai and Lisbon

This global conversation will bring together, via video conferencing, civil society actors, academics, NGOs, students, media activists, policy makers and social innovators in Cairo, Doha, Lisbon and Amsterdam to discuss the challenges and opportunities of co-creation in government.

Across the globe, governments are increasingly interested in citizen engagement and co-creation. But can citizen driven innovation really address social needs in a new way? Can it be used to create a democracy and strengthen civic society? Can it help create institutions that are more open, transparent and user-centred? What are the most effective strategies for governments and public institutions? How can new approaches help governments and businesses become more effective in engaging with communities and inspire meaningful participation in civil society? What can governments, NGOs and citizens’ groups in the Middle East learn from effective models for citizen engagement in Europe?


What does co-creation mean in the context of the Arab Spring?
How can social media and other technologies be used to support government and public sector “by” and “with” the people and not just “for” the people?
What are the tools, strategies and approaches that governments and organisations in the Middle East can use to create open, democratic and transparent institutions?
What are the key challenges facing the transition to democracy can these be overcome through citizen engagement?
More than half the population of the Arab world is under 30 years old. Is there a new wave of entrepreneurship and cultural creativity sweeping the Arab world? Is this an opportunity to address youth unemployment?
How can we harness the energy of the revolutionary process and keep citizens engaged in the political process?
Can we create the global and regional platforms and programs that will enable us to share knowledge and learn for each other?


Dr. Tarik M. Yousef is the founding Dean of the Dubai School of Government. He joined the School from Georgetown University, where he held the positions of Associate Professor of Economics in the School of Foreign Service, and Sheikh Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah Professor of Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. An expert on the economies of the Arab world, he received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University with specialization in development economics and economic history. His current research interests include the study of youth inclusion in the Arab world, the political economy of policy reform and development policies in oil-exporting countries. Dr. Yousef’s research and policy experience includes working as Economist in the Middle East Department of the International Monetary Fund, Visiting Senior Economist in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank, and Senior Advisor for the Millennium Project at the United Nations. At present, he is a Senior Fellow in the Wolfensohn Center for Development at the Brookings Institution and Senior Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Loula Zaklama, Rada Research. In 1962, at the age of 19, Ms. Zaklama founded Radar Advertising Agency, the only private sector advertising agency in a completely state-run economy where granting contracts to private firms was nearly impossible. In 1982, she formed RadaResearch & Public Relations Company to answer the needs of international companies looking for wider Middle East exposure. Her clients include IBM, DaimlerChrysler, Proctor & Gamble, Pfizer as well as a number of Egyptian companies. She is also the communication consultant for various ministries in Egypt. As an Egyptian woman, Ms. Zaklama transcended traditional gender barriers to become a highly successful businesswoman. She was selected as one of the “50 Arab leading businesswomen in the Middle East” in 2006 by Forbes and as one of the “50 Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” by the Star Group, sponsored by IBC and Fortune Magazine, in 1998.

Dina Wafa is the Director, of GAPP Executive Education, School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP), American University of Cairo. The mission of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy Executive Education (GAPP ExecEd) program is to reinforce and reinvigorate leadership capacities within government agencies and public institutions in a challenging global environment within Egypt and the region.

Adolfo Mesquita Nunes is a lawyer and an active blogger at www.aartedafuga.blogspot, and He is a candidate for Parliament in June’s elections on the lists of the party CDS-PP.

IlĂ­dio Nunes is a digital strategist at Ivity Brand Corp. He is also a partner and the digital manager of the jazz label Clean Feed.

Dr Ahmed Younis is the Director of Strategic Partnerships & Communications at Silatech. Silatech’s mission is to connect young people, 18-30 years old, with employment and enterprise opportunities. Its commitment is to mobilize interest, investment, knowledge, resources and action to drive large-scale comprehensive employment and enterprise development programmes. Silatech works across three critical domains: Thought Leadership; Investment; and Technology.

Maartje Nevejan is an independent filmmaker based in Amsterdam, with a background in theatre and multi media. In her projects she likes to research the (raw) poetic quality of reality.  One of Maartje’s recent projects is Couscous & Cola, which was aired on Al Jazeera in 2007.

Diogo Vasconcelos, SIX/Dialogue Cafe (Chair). Since February 2007, Diogo Vasconcelos has been a Distinguished Fellow with Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), the global open innovation and strategy group of Cisco.  He chaired the Business Panel on Future EU Innovation Policy, set up European Commission in January 2009, which called for a radical change in European innovation policies and paved the way for the “Innovation Union” initiative approved by the European Council. He co-authored the report on “Europe and Social Innovation” for the BEPA (Cabinet of the President of the European Commission). He Chairs SIX – Social Innovation eXchange, a global community of NGOs, global firms, public agencies and academics committed to improve the methods with which our societies find better solutions to challenges such as ageing, climate change, public services and healthcare. SIX is leading the European Social Innovation initiative, launched in March 2011.

This event is part of the Social Innovation Exchange Spring School 2011.

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Hi Ashique, Thank you for your interest! Our cycle is finalised but more sessions on crafts will take place at Dialogue Cafe. For instance you can visit our profil in vimeo and attend online some sessions recorded. Otherwise we plan to publish a book with the recommendations and findings of our discussions on crafts. Keep posted! Thanks again for your interest DC team
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