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A new way towards democratic participation

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Cambiamo Messina dal Basso (Italy), a political movement, consisting of ordinary citizens and following their path based on two crucial elements: participation and the Commons. Messina in Sicily, a territory where the Mafia has infiltered numerous centres of power over the years, urgently needed a revival of common civic politics through the direct participation of its local people. Cambiamo Messina dal Basso being today the first civic-political movement that runs a major city in Italy, comes to the TRANSEUROPA Festival to tell their story of a major development in local participation, based on the idea of the Commons. We cannot only promise a lesson from their experiences but also a discovery of how local civic-decision making looks like, participating in their “Commons Laboratory”