The Right to Not Obey

The Right to No Obey is a platform for citizen initiatives that revolves around processes of active democratic participation, in contexts that are located outside electoral politics. The name comes from the work of the Colombian philosopher Fernando González and is a project coordinated by different groups of citizens, with the support of the Otraparte Corporation, the Buena Nota Foundation and the Open Society Foundation. It is created in the city of Medellín in 2018, and participates with projects in the cities of Bogotá, Cali, and Cúcuta. The platform seeks to weave citizen networks, build mobilization capacities, and promote spaces for dialogue between citizens and government, as well as promote processes to support open governments in Colombia. They have worked on issues of citizen participation, coexistence and security, air quality and migration.

Institutional design


Formalization: is the innovation embedded in the constitution or legislation, in an administrative act, or not formalized at all?

Frequency: how often does the innovation take place: only once, sporadically, or is it permanent or regular?

Mode of Selection of Participants: is the innovation open to all participants, access is restricted to some kind of condition, or both methods apply?

Type of participants: those who participate are individual citizens, civil society organizations, private stakeholders or a combination of those?

Decisiveness: does the innovation takes binding, non-binding or no decision at all?

Co-governance: is there involvement of the government in the process or not?

not backed by constitution nor legislation, nor by any governmental policy or program 
Mode of selection of participants
Type of participants
citizens civil society  
democratic innovation yields no decision  


  • Deliberation
  • Direct Voting
  • E-Participation
  • Citizen Representation


  • Accountability
  • Responsiveness
  • Rule of Law
  • Political Inclusion
  • Social Equality

Policy cycle

Agenda setting
Formulation and decision-making
Policy Evaluation


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