City Monday is a citizens' initiative that seeks to strengthen democracy by facilitating conversation among citizens while connecting them with decision-makers. Founded in Medellin in 2013, Lunes de Ciudad operates weekly in eleven cities in Colombia, as well as in Ecuador, Mexico, France and the United States. Boosted by independent citizens, City Mondays promotes periodic Monday conversations to highlight city-wide issues and concerns, as well as oversee decisions made by city officials. This dialogue allows citizens to discuss the challenges facing the city's projects and encourage informed debate. These regular meetings also drive a community network that often results in collaborative action plans for effective collective action.
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