Participatory Governance

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 4

Participatory Governance – Lead Partner Rojc Pula (Croatia)

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Participatory Governance as follows;

Imagine a huge military building of 16,739 square meters with endless, gloomy hallways where, historically, militants, officers and war refugees lived and worked. The building was named after Second World War hero Karlo Rojc but abandoned in the late 1990’s. Due to the simple fact that no one switched off the electricity and water supply, different artists, activists and associations began to occupy the building, thereby inhaling and inspiring new creative energies.

Today, the Community Centre Rojc is a particular “place of civil society,” an alternative urban culture centre situated in a small town called Pula, Croatia, in the north of the Mediterranean southern Europe. Rojc hosts 111 associations with very different activities: culture and art, sport and recreation, children and youth, ethnic minorities, psycho-social work, etc.

In 2012 some associations established the Rojc Associations’ Alliance, defined as the associations’ network of the Community Centre. Together with the city of Pula, which is the legal owner of the building, Rojc Alliance is developing a participatory governance model for governing this huge building. There is a need to break away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production, thus creating a dynamic, hybrid organisational and management model that will be more effective and professional.

Key points in Participatory Governance (at Rojc)

  1. Huge abandoned military building owned by the local council
  2. Occupied and used a functional building
  3. Artists, Activists, Associations and NGOs acting together
  4. Inhaling and inspiring new creative energies
  5. A place of Civil Society
  6. Culture & Art, Sport & Recreation, Children & Youth, Ethnic Minorities, Psycho-Social Work
  7. An organisational alliance network of the Community Centre.
  8. Move away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production
  9. Creating a dynamic, hybrid organisational and management model

Key Aspect of Participatory Governance at Rojc is point 8 “Move away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 9 key aspects of Participatory Governance?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own Participatory Governance project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about Participatory Governance?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project can be found in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces. Wikipedia definitions available for CoWorkingPartnerships, Ecological Transitions (Ecosystem), Participatory Governance (Participatory Democracy) and Third Place. Comments also welcome on Multidisciplinary CoWorkingLocal Partnerships and Ecological Transitions. More information available in the Glossary & Resources sections.

As our partner ZAWP says; Share your practice with us!

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