Marianne Maeckelbergh

Reinventing democracy

Reinventing democracy

Marianne Maeckelbergh argues that one of the global justice movement's key innovations has been its approach to democratic decision-making December 2009, in Red Pepper It was getting late on day two of seemingly hopeless meetings. The assembly hall was full, but the energy with which the discussion began was waning fast. People had travelled to Paris from across Europe for this European Social Forum (ESF) planning meeting, but the pressure of the task at hand was starting to weigh heavily.

Marianne Maeckelbergh on Prefiguration

Video recording of presentation by Marianne Maeckelbergh at the Prefiguration in Contemporary Activism Workshop, 4 December 2014, University of Manchester.
Prefiguration in Contemporary Activism

Prefiguration in Contemporary Activism

A CTIS/CIDRAL Workshop: 4 December 2014  Keynote Speaker: Marianne Maeckelbergh (Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University, Netherlands; Co-founder of Global Uprisings) Click here for programme and abstracts Prefiguration, or ‘prefigurative politics’, involves experimenting with ways of enacting the principles being advocated by an activist group in the here and now, rather than at some future point when the conditions for the ‘ideal society’ have already been created, thus collapsing the traditional distinction between means and ends.