Engage citizens. Federate voices. Government as a service.
Both progressives and traditionalists fear the future. This creates a divided reality, an escape from it. On one hand they are those who want to go back to the past and on the other those who see a future dominated by the artificial, in essence a non-human solution.
Even though the world is fragmenting politically and culturally, we are all more interconnected and live in digital networks.
The future can only be built by coming together, as opposed to apart. Even with enemies.
Deeper citizen engagement is the only alternative to the temptations of authoritarian rule at a time when representative government is in crisis as its legitimacy wanes.
Humanity is experiencing a loss of identity with no time to deal with it leading to reactive politics.
The US is withdrawing. Europe still doesn’t act as one. Asia continues to rise, yet none of its key countries want to nor could lead today. International institutions have been sidelined. A coalition of the willing is necessary - but who? At a minimum the US and China must cooperate on key issues, yet the opposite is happening. A Western coalition (US & Europe) coexisting with China is a wishful dream.
In a world that is having trouble advancing, what about finding a detour to go forward, as opposed to regressing?
Unfortunately, it is during moments of crisis that one appreciates the value of competent and empowered government. Good Governance Matters.
No matter the political system and leadership, culture perseveres and determines outcomes more than any other factor.
To rebuild a shared vision in democracies do we have to endure a period when extremes rule and shock the middle ?
For democracies to work well balance and separation of powers are needed. For autocracies to succeed they have to be deeply meritocratic. In both cases government has to be depoliticized at the service of society in general and not be an instrument of power. The best examples are Switzerland and Singapore.
With populism on the rise, governments need to return to being people-serving organizations.
Change happens through people, their ideas and their leadership, creating philosophical, religious and political movements
Can the younger generation across the world transcend reactionary and nationalist tendencies ?
In a world were political parties and traditional media have been dis- intermediated (mostly by social media), representative democracy is fundamentally challenged. Could citizens assemblies and deliberative pools will become the new intermediaries between citizens and governments?
We need a new political movement that doesn't exist yet
The best political system balances care for the community by individuals with community care for the individual.
Biden, who was expected to be meek, has led an administration showing more strategy and vigor than his predecessors. At once addressing the pandemic, infrastructure and investments, international + domestic taxes, social issues and geopolitics.
Outside influence in the Middle East over decades has not brought peace nor prosperity. The impetus to control and convert cultures has been rejected like a body which refuses a foreign agent. Freedom from interference may lead to a more genuine and healthier development.
To address voter participation, make it mandatory. It builds civic culture, engaging everybody - like in Australia.
Where do our democracies necessitate new talent? Beyond the obvious tech companies, it is in government - that’s where the biggest impact is possible and needed.
Our democracies need to make it attractive for the best minds to serve in government.
In the US today it seems that all actions and endeavors are instantly viewed from a negative angle no matter how overwhelmingly beneficial.
We have departed from the assumption that intentions are good, replacing an optimistic lens with a doubting one. Positive majoritarian positions are hijacked by minority agendas - the ultimate triumph of individual agency over the common good. Tyranny of the minority.
The sore loser wins instead of the cheering crowd. American society has lost its ability to take everyone on the journey to success, even though it could. Hope and optimism attacked.
Are democratic values being delivered to our societies, or do we need new paradigms and inspiration for their realization?
Democracy has made it harder to resolve social struggles and make reforms, compared to benevolent, semi-authoritarian governments that act as service organizations, like Singapore.
Democracy is successful as long as it allows constructive debate, which creates flexibility and adaptability.
The challenge for democracies: How to give citizens a voice, but not the only voice?
Political solutions must touch and engage people locally.
Engaging citizens in deliberative groups on issues and laws will make them not only more connected to the political process, but will legitimize institutions and rules on which they are consulted.