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Co-governance: a participatory management model

Cover Story of Cidade Nova Brazil | March 2019

Luís Henrique Marques (luismarques@cidadenova.org.br)





In this cover story of the magazine “Cidade Nova Brasil” (New City Brazil), Luís Henrique Marques recounts an experience that characterize a more democratic government processes. Thus, he begins to design the concept of co-governance, in which citizens participate in a direct, articulated and networked way in the city management.


This concept had been further developed in the International Congress entitled “Co-governance: mutual responsibilities in the city today”, held in January 2019, at Castel Gandolfo, in Rome. At the end of the event, the participants signed the Pact for a New Governance, which states that cities have a strategic political and cultural importance, because they are the environment in which we face most of the central and concrete problems of humanity. Cities are, therefore, a place for experimentalism of democratic processes that can lead to local and/or global responses.


To conclude, Marques emphasizes that for the success of this model of government, in the signatories of the Pact for a New Governance’s point of view, needs to be directly related to the so-called "network philosophy", which consists of creating connections between citizens, collective agents and cities all of that with the aim to increase human dignity.


To learn more, access the full article (in Portuguese): https://pt.co-governance.org/post/cogovernan%C3%A7a-modelo-de-gest%C3%A3oparticipativa