Democracy Fitness was developed when our founders noticed a free space within democracy methods, where individuals could come together and talk about democracy actively – sparking the idea of democracy muscles. Democracy must not be taken for granted. It is not something that simply falls into our laps. In a functioning democracy, citizens must constantly engage in it and strengthen their democratic participation.
Thanks to Foreningen Demokratiscenen, we tested the concept for the first time at Folkemødet in 2017 with a good response. Since then, the German Bosh Foundation, the Tuborg Foundation and most recently the Nordea Foundation have supported further development of the concept. With this fantastic support, we have been able to arrange trainings and camps on a regular basis – mostly in Denmark but also in Sweden and the Baltic countries, where organisers of Almedalsvekan and the Estonian people’s meeting have been very active in training and spreading information about Democracy Fitness.
The idea of the 10 democracy muscles and the training programs to strengthen them, is shared amongst people from more than 12 countries.
Today, Demokrati Fitness is anchored in Demokrati Garage, which runs the website and acts as its fundraiser and secretariat.
But we could not have done it without the over 200 coaches, partners and foundations who are constantly helping us to develop the concept and bring it into new and exciting spaces.