World Parliament Experiment 2008
Bonn/Germany, February 23rd - March 2nd 2008
(Version 2.0 created by Daniela Stoycheva and Boyan Tanev)
We would like to invite you to the World Parliament
Experiment which is going to take place during the week of February
23rd - March 2nd 2008 in the city of Bonn, Germany. Unique about
this event is that it has the ambition of being the first of its
kind focusing exclusively on the World Parliament Experiment with
its own structure and organization. Our aim is together with you
to make this live World Parliament Experiment event as international
and democratic as possible.
What is the World Parliament Experiment (WPE)?
The idea of a WPE comes as a part of the debate on democratic world
order and how it can be improved. The current forum has the objective
to test the viability of an institution (a World Assembly), which
to introduce an alternative to the democratic deficit existing today.
The participants in the event will be given the
- attend lectures by experts on topics on the
global agenda such as conflicts, human rights, environment and
sustainable development, etc. and participate in the discussions
- test their intellectual, leadership and speaker's
skills in an international environment
- participate in the debate, vote, elect or
be elected as representatives in a simulated World Parliament
- in addition, everyone will be entitled to
introduce proposals and amendments which will be incorporated
in the agenda as long as they gain the support of the majority
The simulated World Parliament will be based
on the principle "one person - one-vote", thus leaving
it up to you what decisions will be taken as a result.
The experiment will draw upon the experience made
during the ISFiT 2007 (International Student Festival in Trondheim,
where it was successfully conducted with more than 400 participants
from more than 100 countries. Therefore our invitation addresses
those who already took part in the ISFiT WPE as well as all other
applicants who wish to be part of this extraordinary event. To encourage
as much as possible the democratic spirit of the simulation a simultaneous
online participation (discussions and voting) at http://www.world-parliament.org
will be enabled for those who will not be able to attend the live
event but still wish to make their voices heard.
The working language will be English.
The WPE will create awareness of issues concerning
not only our global, but also local communities. It will contribute
to the understanding between people by bringing students from many
cultures together who in the course of a week will have to work
together, discuss and take joint decisions. We expect that live
events on the World Parliament Project will bring about a wider
discussion on concerns about global democratic world order among
people and on the international political stage. Our hopes are that
as time progresses such an institution will gain popularity which
will consequently bring along legitimacy and formal competencies
of its decisions.
Mission and Goals
The organizing group aims by using the lessons
learned at ISFIT and the intellectual skills and point of view of
each one of the organizers to create such a simulation of a World
Parliament which to be based on democratic principles and approachable
for people from as many nationalities as possible and give them
the opportunity to express their opinion on the issues discussed.
In doing this the organizers will at all stages endeavour to uphold
the principle that anyone should be able to influence any aspects
of the project, if there is enough support.
Do you want to participate?
This is the place to sign-up: http://www.tgde.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1096
There is no participation fee. The lodging and meals are for free
and the organizing group is trying to find sponsorship, so that
some participants can also receive travel support. In this way,
we want to assure that everyone interested in coming to the event
will have the possibility to join it.
Do you want to join the organizing team?
This is the place to sign-up: http://www.tgde.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=966
Do you want to participate in the discussion about
This is our forum: http://www.tgde.org/forum
WPE at ISFiT: