Policy Dialogue 2021: Rethinking Democracy
Club de Madrid’s Annual Policy Dialogue will be held on 27, 28, 29 October. Action Labs will take place on 18, 19, 20 October.
The Boston Global Forum (BGF) is a partner of Club de Madrid in organizing the Policy Dialog 2021.
BGF will introduce the book Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment as principles and solutions for Rethinking Democracy.
BGF and Club de Madrid will co-organize special series “Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment”, a dialog between distinguished leaders to build the Age of Global Enlightenment.
The moderators of this special series are Ramu Damodaran, the First Chief of United Nations Academic Impact (2010-2021), co-chair of the United Nations Centennial Initiative, and Harvard professors David Silbersweig and Thomas Patterson.
In spite of its inevitable imperfections, democracy has served humankind well, making systems and institutions stronger, able to meet citizens’ demands. But there is growing evidence that in many places of the world, democracy is wilting away.
Even in established democracies, the level of disruption indicates that our political systems require calibration. Divisive populist discourses, technologies disrupting the public debate, polarized political landscapes and rising authoritarian governance styles, to name a few, are testing the limits of democratic systems across the globe.
Club de Madrid and Boston Global Forum are set on changing the notion that democratic systems can no longer deliver. For our societies to address their many challenges, democracy needs innovation. Club de Madrid’s Annual Policy Dialogue will present far-reaching proposals to adapt our leadership styles, information ecosystems and institutional settings to the realities of the 21st Century. We need to ‘rethink democracy’ and breathe new life into the system.