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Active Democracy in Times of Emergency

RSA Event / Online

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Online

  • Deliberative democracy
  • Leadership

As the world faces the critical issues of Covid-19, climate emergency and political disquiet, what are the novel democratic approaches we can deploy to tackle these acute and existential challenges?

How can a more ‘active democracy’ break political deadlock, build civic trust and drive transformative collaboration between government, civil society and communities?

One month on from Climate Assembly UK’s reported recommendations and with the US election looming, RSA chief executive Matthew Taylor is joined in conversation with OECD policy analyst Claudia Chwalisz and chief executive of Reboot Panthea Lee to explore practical strategies for long-term change.

This event marks the London launch of the OECD report on innovative citizen participation and new democratic institutions: Catching the Deliberative Wave.

Speakers will include:

Claudia Chwalisz is leading the OECD’s work on innovative citizen participation and is the co-author of the OECD’s report Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions: Catching the Deliberative Wave (2020). She also coordinates the Innovative Citizen Participation Network of leading international practitioners, academics, public servants, and designers, and co-edits the OECD's online digest, Participo. Claudia is the author of The People's Verdict: Adding Informed Citizen Voices to Public Decision-making (2017) and The Populist Signal: Why Politics and Democracy Need to Change (2015), and she is a member of the Democracy R&D Network.

Panthea Lee is executive director of Reboot. She is passionate about facilitating unlikely but effective collaborations between communities, activists, movements, and institutions to tackle structural inequity—and working with cultural institutions to build public momentum for courageous change.

Panthea is a pioneer in designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes to address complex social challenges, with experience doing so in 30+ countries. The global co-design processes she’s led have resulted in the launch of bold new efforts to protect human rights defenders, tackle public sector corruption, strengthen participatory democracy, advance equity in the open knowledge movement, reform leading international agencies, and drive innovation in independent media.

She has also conducted institutional ethnographies of major public programs and agencies that reveal the often hidden incentives and informal channels that drive their decision-making. Her insights have informed change agendas and processes within these institutions.

Chair

Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive, RSA

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