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Navarinou park

NAVARINOU PARK ATHENS

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Navarinou park is a co-created community place in the heart of Athens. Open to various local initiatives, it aspires to be a physical manifestation of the neighbourhood’s social life. Residents are encouraged to participate in meeting and communicating ideas related to organising events, but also the administrative work.

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City Makers Summit in Athens is Vouliwatch - a nonprofit parliamentary monitoring organisation that engages Greek citizens with legislative politics. With their online applications Votewatch, Policy Monitor and a moderated platform where citizens engage directly with Members of Parliament, the organisation offers an opportunity to communicate, evaluate, and hold elected representatives in the Greek and the European Parliament accountable. As Panos Vlachos, co-founder of Vouliwatch, explains: ‘In the heyday of Ancient Greek democracy, citizens actively participated in political dialogue, and we aim to revive this essential aspect of a democratic society through the use of digital technology.’

Both in Thessaloniki and Athens, City Makers experience that co-creation and initiating local activities are not a natural direction for most Greeks. This is changing among younger generations, as demonstrated by the many City Makers that were part of the Metropolitan Field Trip and preparations for the Athens City Makers Summit. What is needed is a facilitating government with accessible tools and methods to participate, meet other City Makers and start own projects and initiatives. A process to which the City Maker Summit in Athens will provide a strong impulse. ••

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