issue3, October 2006
Editorial:e-Participation matters!  

In recent times, most EU-25 Member States have experienced, though maybe at different speed, three basic institutional and operational changes:

A (legislative and/or administrative) devolution process from central Government to the regional and local levels. At least in part, this was also related to the European integration process, that is based on the dialogue with and between subnational bodies, and to the EU Structural Funds, focusing on socio-economic imbalances and divergences between different regions of a same country, and thus on decentralised responsibility in the management of local economic and social development; >>


  Editorial: e-Participation matters!
Interview with Rolf...
Interview with Laszlo
Excellence, incompetence and other matters...
Worth to visit ...
Worth to read...
Creating Global Collaborative Excellence in ...
Interview with Rolf ...

ARIADNE: Rolf, can you describe what the DEMOS Project was about? If I remember well, it was awarded as one of the best run and most promising projects of the whole 5 th Framework Program.

ROLF: DEMOS aimed at exploiting the interactive potential of the Internet to involve citizens in the political proces >>

Who is Rolf? >>


Interview with Laszlo ... Worth to visit ...

ARIADNE: Laszlo, after more than one year that Hungary is full member of the European Union, what has changed in your reality there?

László : I am sure that nobody in Hungary expected miracles from the accession. Despite of our rational attitude, after more than one year, now many of us are a bit disappointed. >>

Who is Laszlo? >>

Greece is many times referred as the “cradle” or “birthplace” of democracy. However, and as in many cases concepts (similar to people…) may migrate or change their living places. We think it is worth this time to go and visit a British site: it is this of the Hansard Society to have some good material on lessons for democracy in the times of BigBrother >>

Ariadne goes Finland! While almost all people involved in European IST research prepare their bags and buy tickets to go to Helsinki, the two editors of Ariadne, Adamantios and Francesco, will extend their stay in Finland and shall participate in a seminar that is worth to attend: Politics on the Internet: New Forms and Media for Political Action. >>

The Committee for the Future: The Parliament of Finland has assumed an active role in the discourse on the future of the nation. The Parliament has established a special Committee for the Future to evaluate and assess certain ongoing processes and trends in the society. >>

Worth to read ...

Download the report on “How the Other Half Votes: Big Brother Viewers nd the 2005 General Election” by Stephen Coleman. An extremely interesting and worth to read report. >>

For us it is a must read article to provide you with information for intangibles, when these can be regarded as intangible assets and the relations with intellectual capital. The pa per comes from Austria and Dr Gerhard Kristandl from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration. Its title: Trying to define intellectual capital ... >>

Creating Global Collaborrative Excellence in eParticipation Research: The DEMO-net Network of Excellence

Nowadays, there seems to be an alarmingly growing public disinterest towards participating in democratic processes. Dissatisfaction with current political practices, low public vote turnout at national and European level and limited public catch-up of political news are strong indications of the poor public involvement in democratic decision-making processes.>>

Excellence, incompetence and other matters…

According to Ian Bickerton (Financial Times, October 6 2006, “Guidelines on corporate responsibility simplified”, page 2) guidelines viewed by big businesses worldwide as a benchmark for corporate social responsibility need to be simplified in the hope that more companies will report on their environmental and social impacts.

More and more we see failures as the result of poorly established – or totally lacking – values in the corporate management. Or lack of the appropriate mechanisms to support the implementation of a company’s mission into ethical behaviors and attitudes. >>


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