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 3 Episode 17, titled “Innovating democracy,” features the Innovative Citizen Participation Lead at the OECD Directorate for Public Governance, Claudia Chwalisz. In this interview, she talks with host Andrew Keen about the importance of innovation in democratic governance to shift away from structures that encourage short-term thinking. Deliberative democracy, Chwalisz argues, can help engage citizens in the decision making process without presenting them with oversimplified or false choices, as can be the danger with referenda. From populism to citizens’ assemblies, this conversation covers some of the most compelling topics in democracy today. (watch|listen)
This series is made possible with the kind support of the William H. Donner Foundation. Find more episodes here.