The shortcomings of current democratic governance have even fuelled a sense of pride in so-called illiberal democracies. But what if a more collaborative model, truly respecting rule by the people, were achievable? Claudia Chwalisz, founder and CEO of DemocracyNext, joined us on Perspective to delve into this further.
What could our democracy feel like if we represented ourselves directly instead of or in addition to electing a representative?
In this episode, host Hilary Sutcliffe explores . . . democracy from another angle. For most people, democracy means elections, then governing, and then four years later, you do it again. Claudia Chwalisz, founder and CEO of DemocracyNext, has different ideas. Her vision is for a democracy that is a lot more “democratic,” where you as a citizen have a real say in how your country is run, and might even do away with elections and politicians altogether.
Citizens’ Assemblies have potential in creating an antidote to authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe.
Citizens’ assemblies can help us better address societal challenges, overcome polarization and strengthen trust.