Covid Democracy Series: From the Local to the Global and Back, with Scott Ludlam, Carolyn Hendriks and Tim Hollo

Covid Democracy Series: From the Local to the Global and Back

The Coronavirus pandemic both lays bare deep and ongoing injustices in our society and provides a moment to re-evaluate and reset our political conversation. There are extraordinary signs, at the local and the global level, that communities are ready to make a tremendous shift.

The political response to this crisis, with authoritarian over-policing and stimulus geared to supporting capital over people, shows how our current governing systems are skewed in favour of the powerful.

But the community response, coming together in mutual aid projects, and the overwhelming majority of people choosing to self-isolate and physically distance while connecting with each other online, demonstrates that a different way is possible. At the same time, groups and people across the globe are finding that this moment is enabling connection and solidarity like never before. Global webinars and meetings are bringing radical ideas to mass audiences. And projects like the Progressive International are forming.

Scott Ludlam, former Greens Senator who needs no introduction, is putting the final touches on his book about “people and movements who have changed the world for the better”. He is a powerful critic of government captured by the interests of the wealthy, and so far Australia’s only representative in the Progressive International. Associate Professor Carolyn Hendriks, from the ANU’s Crawford School is one of Australia’s leading researchers and experts on democratic deliberation and citizen engagement and a Senior Visiting Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Ash Centre for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Please join Scott and Carolyn online along with Green Institute Executive Director, Tim Hollo, for what promises to be an inspiring conversation about building from the ashes.

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