This just in via email:
Dear Friends of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy,
Thank you for your patience over these past two years as we have searched for a date and place for the next forum. And now comes the good news: we will be gathering in the capital of Tunisia in May next year.
You can put it down on the calendar right now: Tunis, May 14-17, 2015.
Why Tunisia? Why Tunis? Why May 2015? Because at this moment, there is simply no better choice. Tunisia and its people have emerged in the global spotlight as they struggle to democratize after decades of dictatorship. And what better time and location to consider the Arab Spring than in the country where it began — and in the middle of spring?
Tunis is the perfect venue for discussion and exchange over how democracy develops – and how people power can grow stronger roots around the world. Last weekend the Tunisian Election Commission closed the books for the registration of electors and candidates ahead of the forthcoming parliamentarian (Oct 26) and presidential elections (Nov 23) this autumn. By next spring, a new generation of politically active Tunisians will be in charge and society will get a new start to handle the many problems and challenges of democratization.
Looking forward to seeing you in Tunis next May – at the 5th World Conference on Active Citizenship and Participative Democracy!
The 2010 Global Forum in San Francisco, CA touched upon the need for “thorough deliberation” to make direct democracy efforts work more effectively.
Updated the calendar entry accordingly.