Political Innovation 2018-11-07T16:11:23+00:00

Political innovation is the restoration of political imagination through the process of reconstructing the social fabric.
It happens through the work of weavers, autonomous citizens who are oriented by a vision of collectivity that reduces inequalities and stimulates a level of participation capable of maturing democracy in the region.

With Latin America being the most unequal region in the world, combatting inequality should be the basis for any political innovation that seeks to strengthen democracy.

Without the reduction of inequalities, it is impossible to guarantee that everyone has the same political weight.

This is why it is so important to say that innovation should uphold the vision that inequality must end. It is one of the most important principles, because if not, there is nothing new and it repeats the logic that poor people are poor because they want to be, and that is a lie.
Pedro, México

As long as we live within this inequality and this power imbalance, it wont work. So my dream is for us to find strategies to act effectively with policies that combat social inequality and racism.
Fabíola, Brasil

Refers to economic, social and political inequality. In other words, any and all imbalances that keep citizens from having the same conditions of participation in the political arena.

The political innovation that the weavers of Latin America promote, whether in civil society or in public policy, can be found in institutional processes that reduce inequalities through: laws, public policies or social pressure.

Through the institutional consolidation of these means, it is possible to mature and strengthen democracy in Latin America.

Political equality that is necessary for democracy is always threatened by economic inequality, and the more extreme the economic inequality, the greater the threat to democracy.
Angus Deaton
(Nobel Prize in Economics)

In politics, innovation is less technological and more social, it is less exclusive and more inclusive.

Restoration of political imagination

Create new realities to improve citizens’ living conditions and rebuild the social fabric.

Citizen Emancipation + Collectivity

It is the weavers, free, autonomous citizens, oriented by the vision of the common good, who create these new relations in society.

Reduction of inequalities

A society can only imagine itself as democratic if its citizens are free and all possess the same rights.

Maturing of democracy in Latin America

The health of a democracy is intrinsically connected to the political equality of its citizens: the less inequality there is, the stronger the democratic system can be.

New technologies

Political innovation is not a technology in and of itself. Applications and platforms are a means to an end.

Discourse without practice

Innovation is a process that requires experimentation and action.

Negating the past

Innovation is a historical progression, it is based in processes, actions and results from the past.

Generation specific

Even though it is mor prevalent among younger people, age is not determinate.

A polarization strategy

Innovating means being able to disagree and construct.

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Though political innovation has huge potential, we cannot overlook the fact that it is an emerging, fragile ecosystem that could cease to exist.

These experiments are undoing the logic that has dominated during the past 500 years and they face challenges that can make this effort seem like another naive and ambitious attempt, not capable of true transformation.

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Check out the policy innovations mapped in each country