Give Citizen a Chance – Central European Forum, Bratislava 2013

Editor: Andrea Puková
Publisher: Projekt Forum, Bratislava
Content: 51 pages, incl. 1 DVD
Year: 2014

The publication Give Citizen a Chance is the result of the fifth Central European Forum, held from 15 to 17 November 2013 at Pisztory Palace in Bratislava. This conference was organized by the Bratislava non-profit Project Forum together with the Prague-based Václav Havel Library as part of events marking the anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution. 2013′s programme was focussed on the contemporary state of democracy in Central Europe.

Democracy in crisis – While pluralism has become widely accepted in Central Europe in recent decades, democratic institutions have suffered a rapid decline and a significant loss of credibility. Following Karel Schwarzenberg’s observation in 2013 that, “This will never be the West”, Central Europeans found themselves wondering whether they were witnessing the emergence of a specific Central European variety of representative democracy. If so, they wondered, what are its characteristics? Is there something fundamental that prevents Central European citizens from creating successful democratic institutions? And what role has the crisis of the concept of the “citizen” had to play in it all?

This publication is available at ERSTE Foundation Library.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.