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Winner of 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize announced

NCDD member Steven Clift sent this to the NCDD Discussion list this morning… (Note: I blogged about the amazing videos associated with this prize a few weeks ago here.)

Recife imageOver the past four weeks, 11,600 citizens in Germany were invited to select the winner for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 out of the seven finalists. Voting is now over and the winner has been selected.

In view of this year’s subject – democracy and participation – the Board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung decided that the winner of the Reinhard Mohn Prize should be selected by a representative sample of citizens in Germany. 11,600 participants of the BürgerForum in 2008, 2009 and 2011 were therefore invited to cast their vote. For this purpose, the web-platform www.abstimmung-rmp2011.de was created. Via this platform the citizens could access short descriptions, case studies and films to gather information about the seven finalists. From February 21, 2011 to March 23, 2011 a total of 72% of all invited citizens cast their vote for one or multiple projects (approval voting).

The winner of Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 is: Participatory Budgeting Recife, Brazil.

There are many comments from citizens showing why they have voted for this project:

“This project is based on people’s needs and is an opportunity for direct citizen participation. The fact that no financial framework is set out before developing the project makes it possible to develop future-oriented projects. […] I also think this is a good opportunity to learn how to deal with compromises and how to put these forward. This is an effective way to strengthen the attachment and responsibility that the citizens feel towards their city.”

“What I found remarkable about this project is that citizens who would otherwise have no influence on policies and the use of budgets can participate and bring about actual changes in their city. This strengthens the self-confidence and dignity of these people and that is the aim of any fair policy.”

“In this project I was particularly impressed by the children’s citizen budget. This makes it possible for people to experience and learn about the basic principles of democracy from a very young age. Anyone growing up with that experience will naturally engage in democratic processes as an adult.”

The distribution of votes is published on our platform: http://tinyurl.com/rmp-winner

We would like to thank all those who participated in the selection of the winner for the Reinhard Mohn Prize!

The winner of Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 will be honored at a ceremony on June 16, 2011 in Gütersloh, Germany.

Please also note that the website vitalizing-democracy.org has undergone an improvement. It is now easier to find projects that specifically interest you. You can now:

  • Highlight projects as personal favorites,
  • Search projects according to their scale, method(s) used, form of influence, participant selection, project type and status,
  • Receive updates on favorite projects via email newsletter.

If you submitted a project, please check the information we added in the field “project description” to enable the filters. You will find your submitted projects by clicking the link “my projects” in your Log-In Box.

We hope that the changes will improve the usability of our platform.

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Sandy Heierbacher
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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