Within the framework of the documenta 14 performance “Meeting Democracy”, we were able to arouse much interest in the participation process “Citizenreports with Planning Cells” as a concrete approach to a lived democracy.
On a daily basis, performances of half-hour citizen reports with groups of five random visitors were held, who jointly worked on a question and drew up three statements. Subsequently, the participants received five spots each to evaluate the statements of all groups.
On the first three days, 8 groups prepared 25 statements on the question:
What are the most pressing problems we are facing in the world?
The main subjects were:
- Exploitation of people and the environment – enrichment of individual groups / people
- Capitalism and overconsumption of resources
- Unjust distribution between poor and rich countries
- Equality between man and woman or all human beings
- Global climate warming
For the following four days we developed the following question from the assessments of the participants:
How can we face economic and political inequality in the world?
11 groups worked out 30 proposals. The most frequently mentioned topics were:
- Education, enlightenment through critical thinking and discourse, exchange and reflection
- Equality of opportunity
- Consumption practice! Introduce new qualities of enjoyment! Regional shopping
- Government regulation, redistribution (basic income), consumption restriction (industry, consumer), rethinking towards sustainability
- Awareness training and being aware.