Prague for people

The Institute of Planning and City Development launched Prague for people in 2012 with the aim to engage people in discussion about the form of public space. Agora CE was mainly responsible for organizing public meetings with stakeholders, civil society, citizens, and political representatives. Locations are selected based on the initiative of the city itself, as well as feedback from the civil society and citizens. In 2013 Agora CE worked in the following locaitons:

• Vidoule - public discussion on changes to the zoning plan (February)

• Karlovo náměstí - place making inquiry and debate on the future shape (May)

• Exterior Hloubětín Metro - workshop on the future form (within the Street Festival for Art, May)

• Street Bělohorská - public meetings, debates and feels-like map on the topic Bělohorská as Břevnovský boulevard (October)

• Wenceslas Square - a public debate on its future form as part of the festival 4 + 4 Days in Motion (October)

• Smetana embankment - a survey on the action live coast (October)

Praha 8 - Communicating Hall

From April Agora CE cooperated with Prague 8 in the preparation, implementation and evaluation of the project "Prague 8 – Communication Hall". The basic idea was to involve citizens in decisions about everyday matters. We examined the priority population and proposed concrete solutions to selected problems. In 2014 Agora CE and the Prague 8 district worked together to conduct a survey for inhabitants of Prague 8 (April-May), a questionnaire for residents of the district (June-August), and a series of three public meetings (November). The original intention was to implement a meeting at the end of October, which proved to be inadequate with respect to announced early parliamentary elections.

Updating the Development Strategy of Liberec

In the first half of Agora CE, we collaborated with the city of Liberec to assesse the current situation and possibilities for further development through the eyes of its inhabitants. These findings were then used as part of the update strategy for the development of Liberec. There were two opinion questionnaires, public meetings, and targeted meetings with specific groups (eg. Representatives of civil society organizations, entrepreneurs, young members of Parliament). After meeting working groups were formed to prepare different parts of the city development strategy. Outputs Agora CE also evaluated.

 

Preparation and implementation of the Strategic Development Plan is a tool for strategic management of Nove Mesto and Metují

In the framework of this cooperation a questionnaire survey was held, which involved over 800 participants. Following a public meeting, where city officials and residents tried finding possible solutions and also have the opportunity to create their own vision of development. Agora CE was also involved in this meeting.

Agora CE also participated in the revitalization of the neighborhood's cultural and social centers (KASS) in Chomutov

The area was in the immediate vicinity of the KASS Chomutov tenement housing estate garden. The main objective of the project was to open a debate not only about the transformation of public space around the former cultural center, as well as the buildings themselves. Agora CE implemented in April public hearing on the future shape and KASS and its evaluation.

Reconstruction of Comenius Square - Prague 3

In the summer of 2014 Agora CE cooperated with Prague 3 in the context allowing citizens to participate in decision-making on the future shape of Comenius Square. Citizens had the opportunity to hear presentations about three architectural studies involved with reconstruction and then discuss them at both an outdoor exhibition and then at a public meeting. After the meeting a survey was conducted, however due to the sweltering heat not many people attended the meeting.

Public discussion "The fate of the Freight Station Zizkov"

The City of Prague 3 was left trying to find a solution to the unfortunate situation involving the complex freight station Zizkov, which was developed from the Department of City Development. Alternative solutions were studied to look at changes in the land use plan, which is based on a consensus being reached by landowners, city districts, and competent authorities. Agora CE held a public hearing for the purpose of hearing comment and suggestions of citizens. The meeting, which took place on June 26 at Olšanka was attended by representatives of Prague 3 including investors, property owners, architects, and representatives URM. Agora CE also evaluated the information collected from the meeting.

The future shape of pubs Parukářka and its surrounding

Agora CE cooperated with Prague 3 to negotiations on the fate of the pub Parukářka and its surroundings. On 26 September, a public meeting was held on the spot, which is discussion led. The aim was to create an open discussion in order to begin a architectural study to determine a new from for the site. Outdoor seating, accompanied by the serving of alcohol negatively affected the behavior of some participants. In subsequent years, we will go back to not allowing the service of alcohol at the meeting.

Lehovec friendly: use caution when it ...

Agora CE organized a public meeting for Prague 14 and its residents. The aim of the meeting was to present and discuss the specific intentions that Prague 14 prepares for the area including Lehovec transport and parking, how public space will be taken care of, green areas, and playgrounds. The feedback that was discovered during the preparation of the City Hall and other projects was also discussed. The meeting was attended by borough councilors in addition to over a hundred people.

 

Reviving the park Vidlák

During May, the park Vidlák - Hostavice held a public meeting, which was organized by Agora CE in cooperation with Prague 14th goal of the meeting was to present the plan to revitalize the park in the future Vidlák, connect a residential zone, a natural center Hostavice nature park Čihadlo.

Cultural center Hloubětín Prague 14 (KVAS)

Agora CE piloted a project whose goal was to design a process for public involvement and method of mapping needs, preparation, and evaluation. A questionnaire was used for the public and civil society organizations.

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

Student Agora in Bosnia and Herzegovina - through dialogue, mutual understanding and greater civic engagement of youth

In 2013, for the second competition organized by the Student Agora, which was located in Bosnia and Herzegovina Agora CE implemented in cooperation with a local organization, the Association of Election Officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AEOBiH). This project, which won great popularity in the country was attended by students from 16 secondary schools. Representatives of the Czech Embassy attended the finals. The participants were also invited to the residence of the Czech ambassador.

QUAPRO

The project QuaPro ran in January 2013 after receiving support from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission (Grundtvig). By June 2015, eight organizations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, and Portugal began to work together to strengthen citizen participation and citizen involvement in public life in rural areas of Europe. Agora CE implements various steps in the project area Broumovska, which has created good relationships with local civil society on the basis of long-term activities.

VIS Flagship - FIT and Connect

The education seminar led by DemNet of Budapest was attended by four partners from countries in the VIS Transcaucasian republic, which include Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova. Agora was a partern of the project, Pavel Klime, Mick, and David all participated.

Belarus

Agora Student Activities also took place in Belarus.

Rural Georgia parliament

Agora CE has long worked in Georgia with local government through training provided by local officials. The main topic of training in the community was public cooperation with participation at the local level.

 

Danubiana project

In 2013, the Agora CE added cooperated with nine representatives of civil society in the Danube area within Danubiana Network. The aim of this network is to implement the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). The common assumption is that this activity can point to the vitality and potential of civil society as an important player in the successful implementation of the strategy EUSDR. Besides Agora CE are members of Centre for Peace, Non - Violence and Human Rights, Osijek (Croatia), Danube Connects (Germany), European House (Hungary), Local Democracy Agency Subotica (Serbia), Pro Democracy Association (Romania), Slovak Foreign Policy Association (Slovakia), The World of NGOs (Austria) and the Union of European Federalists Bulgaria (Bulgaria).

Networking CEBSD and ALDA

In 2013, the project Empowered Communities - Active Citizens of the EU from 2012 to 2014 were two related incidents. Its aim is to create a common framework for community development. It builds on the Budapest Declaration and previously named CEBSD - Combined European Bureau for Social Development. In April, a workshop was held in Bucharest for international partners, who followed the national workshops of professionals and amateurs in the field of community development. The main objective of the international workshop was to create a basic document of a common framework for community development. In November, the realized final conference was held in in Brussels, which was presented at an international level. The conference hosted Roman Haken of the Center for Community Organizing (associate member EUCDN). They participated alongside Agora CE, CAL Association (Poland), CEGA (Creating Effective Grassroots Alternatives Foundation (Bulgaria), CESA (Sweden), Community Workers Co - operative (Ireland), Fundacio Privada Desenvolupament Comunitari (Spain), Hungarian Association for Community Development (Hungary), PACT Foundation (Romania), Samanlevingsopbouw Vlaanderen (Belgium), Scottinsh Community Development Centre (Scotland), and The Ideas Bank Foundation.

National workshop on community development was held in Prague on February 28 in boxing club Palaestra.

 

Youth projects

Student Agora 2013

In 2013 Agora CE hosted the 9th Annual debating competition for high school students in South Bohemia, Hradec Králové, Central and district. The project aims to develop the skills of young people to be good citizens. They learn to be able to work with information, to stand up for their opinion, to respond to the opposite view and listen carefully. After the seminar various schools around the country held regional competitions.

One school from each region continues to the Grand Final High School and SOSP Nová Paka, Gymnasium Broumov, City Grammar School and Secondary School Úpice, Bohuslav Balbín Episcopal high school in Hradec Králové, Lepařová Jičín Grammar School, High School Dvur Kralove nad Labem, Gynmnázium and SOŠ Hoøice and Jiráskovo high school Náchod . The latter school advanced to the finals.

From the South Bohemian-day tournament rounds Grammar and statue Vimperk, Trebon Grammar School, Grammar School JV Jirsík in Czech Budejovice, Vodňany Grammar School, Business Academy Czech Budejovice, Czech Budejovice EDUCAnet, Gymnasium Vitezslav Novak in Hradec Henry's Grammar School and Strakonice came out as the winner team Gymnasium Vitezslav Novak in Hradec Henry.

The Central bikes participated with teams from the grammar school of Joachim Barrande Beroun, Kladno Grammar School, Grammar School Dr. Joseph Pekaře Mladá Boleslav, Jiří Orten Grammar School Kutna Hora, Czech Brod Grammar School, Grammar School and Gymnasium Pribram Kralupy nad Vltavou. Jiří Orten Grammar School Kutna Hora made it through to the finals.

Also, there debating teams from the grammar school to boulders Jablonec nad Nisou, Gymnasium FX Šaldy Liberec, Liberec Business Academy, Business Academy Czech Lipa, Turnov Grammar School, Grammar School and School of Pedagogical Jeronýmova Liberec, grammar and secondary schools Jilemnice, Euroškola Czech Lipa. The team from the High School at the rock made ​​it through to the grand final.

The grand finale was traditionally held in the premises of the state act in the Chamber of Deputies. Patronage over the event held Mrs. Miroslava Nemcova. The overall winner was the team Jiří Orten Grammar School in Kutna Hora.

In 2013, students under the Student Agora organized these public debates:

• Public debate with representatives of Kutná Hora in Central Bohemia and Gask

Team Jiří Orten Grammar School Kutna Hora held February 19, 2013 a panel discussion on the cooperation of Kutna Hora, Central Bohemia. The debate, which was moderated by Michal Karban, participated Ing. Miloš Peter (Regional Councillor for Transport and statutory deputy governor (CSSD), Ing. Tomas Havlicek (Regional councilor ODS) and Ing. Jiří Franc (Deputy Mayor of Kutna Hora NK).

• Public debate "Why go back to the Karlovy Vary region after high school?"

On 7 February 2013, in Karlovy Vary Regional Library held a public debate organized by the students of the first Czech Grammar School. Guest debaters were Ing. Petr Navratil (Regional Councillor for Regional Development), Mgr. Jana Belblova (Office), Mgr. Martina Poštová (HR marketing WITTE Automotive Nejdek), and Mgr. Petr Mikšíček (Antikomplex o.s.).

• Public debate "Genghis Khan's children Lito"

Tom, what is the correlation of  the Mongolian community and residents of Litoměřice, is devoted students of Gymnasium Josef Jungmann in Lito in the public debate February 6, 2013 in the premises of the Club moment. The invitation was accepted Roman Strižinec (Diocesan Charity Litoměřice, Counselling Centre for Integration of Foreigners) and Mrs. Bayajarngal (representative of the Mongolian community).

• Public discussion "The Future of Hradec Králové airport"

The land of the Bishop of Bohuslav Balbín grammar school in Hradec Králové On March 12, 2013 held a public debate on the restoration of the airport in Hradec Králové. Guest debaters were Ing. Arch. Petr Bruno (main architect of the city) and doc. Ing. Arch. Patrik Kotas (processor of the new draft zoning plan Hradec Králové).

• Public debate "Alcohol among adolescents"

Students Gymnasium on the winning plan was implemented on February 7, 2013 on the grounds of their school by public discussion. The debate was dedicated to young people drinking and its impact on society. The guests were  Ferdinand Polak PhD. (Deputy Minister of Health), MD. Petr Popov (Head of Department dependency Apolináře U), Ing. Václav Stárek (president of the Association of hotels and restaurants) and lawyer Martin Novice (Business Manager Regie Radio Music). Moderators were students Petr Schwank and Zuzana Prokopová.

Media education, media coverage, participation, awareness and education for active citizenship - NIDM

In 2013, we were able to reap what we have sown in the past. We have documented all the projects that have been implemented for both cross-cutting themes, a total of over 40 projects. Of these, we then together with the client chose 7 best that have been published as examples of good practice in the proceedings available in electronic form on http://www.nidm.cz/vystupy-kpz/prurezova-topics. The project itself ended with a conference and processing of documents for creating the concept of the Ministry of Education for informal education of children and youth in the country. On completion selflessly participated Vera Slezáková.

 

Seminars, conferences, study tours

Agora CE visited in three delegations of Armenia and Georgia in 2013.

A Study Tour on Building Capacities to Enhance Good Governance at the Local Level

The aim of the study tour program supported by USAID was to provide 15 local representatives of the Armenian government the opportunity to observe the performance of Czech public administration and discuss the local knowhow and experience. The study tour in September lasted 10 days and the total duration of the project was two and a half months.

Counterpart International Youth and Community Action Clubs (YCAC) and Community Working Groups (WG)

In October, the group visited the Agora CE with 15 Armenian representatives of youth organizations in order to familiarize themselves with the Czech experience of engaging young people in civil society activities. The study trip lasted 10 days and again was co-financed by USAID.

Study tour - Georgians

We provided a short study tour for specialists in education from Georgia officials in the country. Visited the training center in Benes, further VCVSCR and Milevsko city whose mayor rode with us in Georgia in recent years. He arranged for them because typically Georgian feast and Georgians were absolutely thrilled.

FarmPath

Agora CE implemented workshops for the Czech University of Agriculture in Region 5. The aim was to identify ideas for future development and define steps for its achievement in European agriculture. Workshops have taken the form of group discussions with all interested groups with a focus on rural and agriculture. During the first four meetings were discussion groups that created a vision of the future form of agriculture in the Region. The last meeting was focused on the definition of the necessary steps (action plans), which would lead to the fulfillment of the ideal vision.

7th Local Economic Development Forum: Shaping Tomorrow's Cities for Citizens Today

Conferences with that name participated and I. Bursíková was the director at the invitation of the municipality of Tbilisi in November. The first day a presentation was given about the involvement in the development of cities in the Czech Republic, one the second day a interactive workshop entitled Formation of Public Space was held.

 

 Debate PROJECTS

Time to Talk

In addition to their own domestic activities since 2012 Agora CE is part of an informal platform of European debating society. With the support of Open Society Institute has implemented a series of public debates in various European cities on the topic of the current economic and social crisis. October 14, 2013 a debate took place in the café Mill titled "Where the boundaries of freedom of speech? / Free Speech: Should There Be Limits?” The debaters that participated were Roman Joch (Civil Institute), Alan Miller (NY Salon), and Tereza Stöckelová (Institute of Sociology). The debate, co-organized by the British Institute of Ideas, hosted by Angus Kennedy (Director of External Relations Institute of Ideas.

Cooperation Platform "Time to Talk" has proven and will continue in the next year.