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How To Fix Democracy with Bianca Wylie



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 Three, “Smart Cities, Smart Citizens?,” features Bianca Wylie. She is co-founder of Digital Public, co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, and Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation. In this episode, she discusses with Andrew Keen the architecture and geography of citizenship from our countries and cities to cyberspace. She argues that digital technology has blurred the lines between public and private spheres with adverse effects for citizenship and democracy. The solution lies with the state, Wylie says, which needs to take responsibility for understanding and shaping technology’s impact on society. (watch)

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

Find more episodes here.

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.

How To Fix Democracy Live Session with Ece Temelkuran

Video | International, February 2021

The Bertelsmann Foundation North America, Humanity in Action, and the Canadian Institute for Citizenship held a live session with writer Ece Temelkuran about how to reimagine citizenship in our networked 21st century.

How To Fix Democracy with Adrienne Clarkson

Video | International, January 2021

Season Three Episode One, "Citizenship and belonging," features Adrienne Clarkson. She is co-founder of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and the former Governor General of Canada. Madame Clarkson and host Andrew Keen discuss her story of coming to Canada, learning what it meant to be Canadian, and her journey to becoming Governor General of the country. Along the way, she formed important ideas of what citizenship and belonging means in Canada and around the world.