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How To Fix Democracy with Abdul-Rehman Malik



Since its origins, democracy has been a work in progress. Today, many question its resilience. The Bertelsmann Foundation, Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and Humanity in Action have teamed up with Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future, for Season Three of How to Fix Democracy: a video and podcast series exploring practical responses to the threats facing democracies around the world. Host Andrew Keen interviews prominent thinkers, writers, politicians, technologists, and business leaders who enlighten and challenge us as we seek the answers to How to Fix Democracy.

Season Three Episode Six “The Devil’s Curse of Migration” features Abdul-Rehman Malik, a journalist, community organizer, and Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Yale Divinity School. He and host Andrew Keen address the contradictions of belonging and inclusion. Migrants, they discuss, face these contradictions constantly, seeking belonging in their new homes, but not excluding their own multifaceted identities. If there is a principal Muslim virtue that can aid conceptions of citizenship and fix democracy, Malik concludes, it is mercy–the compassion, empathy, and vitality that hold communities together. (watch|listen)

This series is made possible with the kind support of the William H. Donner Foundation.

Find more episodes here.

How To Fix Democracy with Margaret Atwood

Video | International, April 2021

Season Three Episode Five "Democracy, citizenship, and dystopian fiction" features Margaret Atwood, an award-winning author, who has written numerous best-sellers including the 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. She and host Andrew Keen discuss Margaret's impressions of citizenship and the importance of fiction writers in a democracy. Dystopias, Atwood says, show us the future if we do not correct the mistakes of the present, and so writers of dystopian fiction aid democracies by showing the consequences of inaction.

How To Fix Democracy Live Session with Dr. Jelani Cobb

News | International, 26 January 2021

The Bertelsmann Foundation North America, Humanity in Action, and the Canadian Institute for Citizenship invite you to a live discussion about the meaning of citizenship in today's United States of America.

How To Fix Democracy with Richard Bellamy

Video | International, February 2021

Season Three Episode Two, "Active, equal, and collective," features Richard Bellamy. He is Professor of Political Science at University College London and the author of "Citizenship: A Very Short Introduction". For him, being a citizen today is being an “active and equal participant in sustaining cooperative and collective goods in your community.” However, the current idea of citizenship contains paradoxes, faces challenges, and is in constant flux. Bellamy and host Andrew Keen explore the whole picture of citizenship as it has been and as it is today.