‘Egebjerg Demokratek’ is a physical and virtual meeting place for the local population in and around the village of Egebjerg, in the Odsherred municipality. The word Demokratek is (in Danish) a contraction of the words democracy and library (demokrati/bibliotek). Two recognised concepts which this project combines in close interaction. The library creates information and knowledge, concepts which provide the breeding ground for democratic development, here with a specific view to the local democratic process. In the Demokrateket you can borrow and return materials. It is a meeting room for associations and meetings, a classroom for evening classes. In fact, this is a place where you can have discussions with fellow residents and local politicians, both physically and digitally. Each area has its activists, resources and ideas which can be discussed and incorporated into the democratic debate for the benefit of both the local area and the municipality as a whole.
The intention of this project is to encourage a greater focus on the transformation from citizen into fellow citizen. This happens via a direct and easy channel to the political level, direct and easy access to the library’s general knowledge and learning resources, as well as the library’s and the school’s invitation to the citizens to hand over the ownership of ‘Egebjerg Demokratek’ to the local population in full. This project has been created in collaboration with the local population and the Odsherred Library. The umbilical cord of the democracy part will be a ‘village hall’ on the net – www.egebjergdemokratek.dk where citizens, associations, private individuals, activists and the municipality’s politicians are established as users on the page. Here one can then debate, narrate and explain etc. about subjects associated with Egebjerg and its surroundings.
Together with the electronic village hall they will provide an electronic information board with one-way communication from the municipality, library and other interested parties to citizens of the area. This information board will, of course, be available in the Demokrateket, but could also feature in the co-op, the church. The latest contribution in the democratic village hall will always be available on this page. The library is 100% self-service. There will not be many materials in the room, but on the other hand the materials ordered by the citizens via the library’s homepage will be delivered daily.
|Award category:||opening up the public sector|
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|Keywords:||Transparency in local administration, user-driven innovation, local debate|
|Short English description:||It is a physical and virtual meeting place for the local population in and around the village of Egebjerg, in the Odsherred municipality.|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||1-25|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|