Today, some people who fight for participation in a broad sense, whether we talk about access to information, fight for human rights, transparency or ethical politics.
is a collective of young journalists from Romania. "Disillusioned by mainstream media, [they] have opted to live together in a big house which they have converted into a newsroom and social hub. Open to the public, this unsual building is the source of a series of journalistic experiments which are shaking up the landscape of Romanian media" explains Cafebabel.
is a 16 years-old US citizen. He doesn't vote (yet) but has created an app that exposes the corruption in the US Congress: Greenhouse. He sees his tool as a means to engage people in this matter. He "designed Greenhouse with simplicity in mind, so that everyone - even kids - are able to understand it". He reckons that Greenhouse won't solve the issue of corruption on its own but believes that raising awareness is a needed first step.
is a dictator’s nightmare. A prominent human rights activist from Bahrain, Maryam, 26, considers activism to be in her family genes (her father and sister are also strong activists). Very active online, Maryam recalled in a documentary on hacktivists (Guardians of the New World) that it is “unfair” to call the revolution in Bahrain the “Twitter Revolution” and recalls it is a “youth revolution” (that's worth reminding!).
is a Taiwanese-American artist who challenges, the conventional perception of public space and the role it can play in the well-being of the community and the individual. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, she’s developed projects in many cities worldwide. Her projects are a way to make participation closer to people and they allow more interactions between people often improving their neighborhood [watch her TED Talk on "Before I die I want to...].
Photo credits: Vlad Ursulean | Observator Cultural | Vice - Hannah Ewens | Egyptian Streets | Karen Eng