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Fearless Cities North America Regional Municipalist Summit

Applications are open now until Friday, June 1st 2018 at 11pm-EST. Applicants will be notified of approval no later than June 15th.

Fearless Cities, July 27-29 in New York City, is the first municipalist summit in North America. Coordinated by Movement Netlab and Cooperation Jackson in partnership with the international Fearless Cities municipalist network, this three-day gathering will bring together organizers from growing municipalist movements in Canada, Mexico and the United States to explore the wide range of experiments taking place inside and outside the ballot box. “Win the City” is our rallying slogan and the summit theme, and our goal is to build solidarity amongst aligned movements and people seeking to improve towns and cities for all.

Municipalism radically democratizes and feminizes political institutions at the level closest to our day-to-day lives, the municipal government. At Fearless Cities, we will:

  • Galvanize a growing network of municipalist movements.
  • Share successes and setbacks for movements at every stage of development.
  • Provide hands-on opportunities to test new tools for participatory democracy.
  • Coalesce municipalist projects in Canada,Mexico, and the United States.

We need your participation to create a collaborative, informative, and inclusive summit. Please submit proposals for workshops, strategy sessions, open labs, or presentations/panels using the form on this webpage.

Applications are open now until Friday, June 1st, 2018 at 11pm-EST. Proposals will be evaluated on a rolling basis. All applicants will be notified of whether their proposal was accepted by no later than Friday, June 15th.

We encourage you to submit using the online form. If you have specific urgent questions regarding the RFP please send an email to rfp@fearlesscities.nyc

Fearless Cities North America kickstarts a series of local municipalist gatherings across North America to build the ties for ongoing communication and collaboration. Submit your proposal today and join us to grow the municipalist movement!

Thematic Tracks

Transforming Power: the visions, strategies, principles, and tactics that can build a more democratic, inclusive, and open city.

    Possible topics: social movements and electoral politics, democratizing institutions, community self-determination, centering equity, government transparency, Sanctuary Cities, bottom-up democracy, limitations of electoralism, building dual power, decolonization

Tools for Participatory Democracy: the methods and tools that are being used to deepen political participation in/outside of local governments including in-person and digital participation.

    Possible topics: crowdsourced policy platforms, participatory budgeting, civic technology, distributed governance, collective decision making, neighborhood assemblies, community-owned land trusts, resident-led platforms, cooperative economics, community-controlled resources.

Queering / Feminizing Politics: the fundamental differences between the municipalist approach and traditional electoral campaigns: confluence, inclusion, gender parity, starting from the local level - the neighborhood and home.

    Possible topics: pragmatic steps to feminize politics, confluence and crowd sourced platforms, feminist social movements and municipal governance, inclusive leadership, familial relationships and migration, queering politics within the police state, what is equity?, reconfiguring the political landscape, leveraging participatory tech tools for feminization and inclusion.

Municipal Concerns Today: issues that affect contemporary cities and towns today and the innovative ways local communities grapple with challenges and leverage opportunities.

    Possible Topics: housing, policing, climate change, gentrification, inequality, education, unequal development, urban-rural connections, preemption, sustainability.

Session Types

  • Workshop: Participants practice a skill or set of skills with the support of a facilitator. A workshop requires appropriate materials, time and space for participants to practice or work together.
  • Strategy Session: Participants lay out a shared challenge or opportunity, identify shared affinities or needs, and try to come up with a solution, collaborative output, or methods of communication moving forward. A facilitator helps the participants walk through the process. Small group discussions and self-organizing can often bring out shared affinities, needs and strategy conversations. The solution is a plan of action which the participants commit to carry out after the session.
  • Open Lab: Participants join in skill-sharing, peer-learning, and hands-on collaboration, outcomes of the sessions are participant-driven. Open Labs are the only sessions that may be proposed either in advance, during the RFP process, or during the summit itself in order to provide space for emergent configurations.
  • Presentation / Panel: Participants receive information from one presenter or multiple panelists. The presentation may include media, activities, discussions, or Q&A.
For all sessions please clearly mark on your application any technical or material requirements.