The New World Summit is an ongoing artistic and political organisation that develops parliaments with and for stateless states, autonomist groups, and blacklisted political organisations. Founded by Jonas Staal in 2012, he is a Utrecht-based visual artist whose work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy.
The sixth summit, entitled Stateless Democracy, took the form of an assembly that explored the possibilities of uncoupling the practice of democracy from the construct of the nation-state. Core speakers were representatives of the Kurdish Revolutionary Movement, which in 2012 declared Rojava, the northern part of Syria, an autonomous “stateless democracy” based on principles of self-governance, gender-equality, and communal economy. Bringing together stateless political movements with international politicians, diplomats, academics, journalists, students, and artists.