How not to get lost in the future? The role of belonging and participation in the consolidation of a democratic society in Latvia

https://doi.org/10.53231/LZAV.21.4.5
Keywords: belonging, civic participation, democracy, society, identity
Language: In Latvian

This article summarises the main findings of the project “Values in Action: Development of a Responsible, Secure, and Educated Civil Society Through Research and Development of Action Models” (2018–2021), within the national research programme “Latvian Heritage and Future Challenges for the Sustainability of the State”. As a result of three-year intensive work, an interdisciplinary team of scientists has contributed to making Latvian society safer, more educated, and happier in the future. This article also explains the rationale for the project and provides an insight into the course of its implementation. A summary of the findings of the project has been made by the scientific leader of the project, making use of the multifaceted input of the project participants. A much broader presentation of these findings will be found in the forthcoming book dedicated to the study.

Co-authors: Māris Andžāns, docent at Riga Stradiņš University; Armands Astukevičs, visiting research assistant at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Ieva Bērziņa, associate professor of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and leading researcher of the National Defence Academy of Latvia; Intars Birziņš, visiting research assistant at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Anna Broka, research assistant at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Jānis Buholcs, associate professor and leading researcher of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Agnese Dāvidsone, associate professor and researcher at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Katrīne Kukoja, research assistant at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Liene Ločmele, lecturer and research assistant at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Feliciana Rajevska, leading researcher at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Vineta Silkāne, associate professor and researcher at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Jānis Šiliņš, researcher at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and leading researcher at the National Archives of Latvia.