Democracy

People across the word believe, with real justification, that governments and politicians are no longer working for us. In the light of Brexit, Trump, and the rise of the far right here in Australia, the need to breathe new life into democracy before it’s too late is increasingly obvious.

From donations and lobbyist reform and the institution of a national corruption commission to the introduction of Multi Member Proportional Representation in the House of Representatives; from becoming a Republic to potentially abolishing the States, empowering local government and entirely reconfiguring our federation; from building local mechanisms for participatory democracy to building the case for global representative democracy, and of course ensuring sovereignty for first nations people, there are huge ideas to be discussed!

Turn It Off And On Again? Reset Reading Group Webinar Recording

Turn It Off And On Again?

By Tim Hollo August 10, 2020

If only it were that simple. It never really is, of course. But it’s the idea that this extraordinary moment creates the opportunity to reset our politics that inspired the Reset Reading Group, the first round of which…

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Ideas For A Just Future - Reset Reading Group - Green Institute

Ideas For A Just Future

By Tim Hollo August 1, 2020

One of the fantastic projects that sprung up thanks to this extraordinary moment, and that the Green Institute has been delighted to be involved with, is the Reset Reading Group. Launched by our friends at the…

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Sharing, Caring, Co-creating, Co-governing

Sharing, Caring, Co-creating, Co-governing

By Tim Hollo July 23, 2020

We had a fabulous conversation last week with Julie Miller Markoff from Bendigo’s bHive and Nat Defriend from London’s Participatory City, taking us through their work to build better, healthier, happier, greener communities from the grassroots up. In the 6th webinar in our Covid Democracy Series “Community-building From Bendigo To…

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Community-building How To

Community-building How To

By Tim Hollo July 8, 2020

Following last week’s inspiring conversation about cooperatives as a path to democratic economic recovery, next week we have the opportunity to dig a little deeper into how communities can take the lead and just do it for themselves. Join us for a discussion about Community Building from London…

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Sow The Seeds Of Ecological Democracy

Sow The Seeds Of Ecological Democracy

By Tim Hollo June 29, 2020

As we hit the halfway mark of this most extraordinary, challenging, terrifying and occasionally actually inspiring year, I need to ask for your support. Like everybody else, The Green Institute had to drastically change plans for the last few months, and I’m proud of what we’ve managed to do. Instead…

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Cooperative COVID Economic Recovery

Cooperative COVID Economic Recovery

By Tim Hollo June 28, 2020

As we begin the vital work of economic reconstruction, do we have to leave our democracy at the workplace door? As we seek to create job opportunities for people, does it have to be done by handing wads of cash to big, often heavily polluting, corporations to employ grateful workers?…

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Facing Up To Catastrophic Risks

Facing Up To Catastrophic Risks

By Tim Hollo June 25, 2020

Just as Australia started to lock down, I was privileged to be invited to take part in a full day roundtable conversation on Zoom hosted by the Commission for the Human Future, to discuss the array…

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Catastrophe, Cooperatives, And Community-building | Green Institute

Catastrophe, Cooperatives, And Community-building

By Tim Hollo June 14, 2020

As we start to emerge from lock-down, thankfully with remarkably low health impacts compared to much of the rest of the world, the economic, social and political impacts of the Covid pandemic will only get more stark. As we’ve already been seeing, the divergent possibilities opened up by this moment,…

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Democracy At A Moment Of Rupture

Democracy At A Moment Of Rupture

By Tim Hollo June 10, 2020

What do we do at moments of rupture in our politics? How can we work at this moment to build better democracy at the local level and the global, for all of us? That was the starting point for this stimulating and inspiring conversation, the third in our Covid Democracy…

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