Marina Weisband

Civic Educator, Former Political Director of Germany's Pirate Party

Marina Weisband

Civic Educator, Former Political Director of Germany's Pirate Party

Biography

Weisband was born in Kiev in 1987 where she would spend the early years of her life. In 1994, she and her family moved to Wuppertal in Germany as humanitarian refugees. She finished school in 2006 and studied psychology at the University of Münster until she finished her degree in 2013.

Weisband joined the German Pirate Party in 2009, which would go on to win its first seats in a regional election in Berlin on 18 September 2011, gaining around 9% of the vote. Between 2011 and 2012 she was the party’s Political Director, responsible for debate within the party and its representation in the media. In 2013 she published a book advocating Liquid Democracy (“Wir nennen es Politik”, Stuttgart: Tropen, 2013).

During the 2014 Maidan protests in her native Ukraine Weisband reported and analyzed the unfolding events from her home city of Kiev to the German press.

Currently, Weisband is overseeing a German project on civic education in schools, giving students an opportunity to participate in school decisions via Liquid Democracy (aula.de). She is an active speaker on the topics of digitalization, participation, education and Eastern European politics.

 

All session by Marina Weisband

Democracy in a Digital Age

17:00 - 18:00
Main Stage