The Democracy School’s spring series of Reboot Dialogues and Interviews kicks off live on YouTube on Tuesday, the 26th of April 2022, at 16:00 hours (CET). As usual, our programme features a great line-up of transformational thinkers, activists and innovators from around the world.
April, the 26th, 16:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Dialogue #6
What Cannot Be Measured Can Easily Be Ignored
Young-Jin Choi (Germany) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
In our Reboot Dialogue #5 Young-Jin talked about carbon pricing and climate dividends with regards to their potential scope for lowering our collective carbon footprint. Because of the limited success carbon pricing has had to date, the question of how we might monitor both progress and risks came up.
In this talk we will continue this conversation by exploring how carbon pricing advocates might not only measure the success/failure of carbon pricing schemes, but also use their findings to put additional pressure on policymakers.
More information about Young-Jin Choi and his work is available here.
May, the 3rd, 16:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Dialogue #7
Global Cooperation and the New World Order
John Bunzl (UK) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
In our Reboot Dialogue #2 John Bunzl introduced SIMPOL, the organisation he created to counter Destructive Global Competition (DGC) through simultaneous policy development and implementation. Since then, the geopolitical landscape has changed fundamentally – and not for the better.
In this talk John Bunzl provides an update on his work with SIMPOL, reflects on challenges and explores how SIMPOL’s approach and methodology might be used to minimise the impact of Russia’s war of aggression on global environmental and climate change regulation.
More information about John Bunzl and his work is available here.
May, the 10th, 16:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Interview #1
The 8th Continent
Lenka Petrakova (UK/Slovakia) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
When it comes to the environmental impact of pollution, visions of the future tend to be dystopian in character. Not so in Lenka’s case. In this edition of Reboot2030, we explore her concept of a futuristic floating station, the 8th Continent, which helps to restore the balance of the sea, gathers ocean debris and creates a platform that brings people closer to this environment of the distant ocean – which we mistakenly thought was immune to our actions.
More information about Lenka Petrakova and her work is available here.
May, the 17th, 16:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Interview #2
Democracy and Participation in International Organisations
Susanna Cafaro (Italy) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
As the EU, through representative, participatory and recently even deliberative mechanisms, has increasingly evolved into a distinct democracy in its own right, Susanna Cafaro believes there is the potential for other international organizations (IOs) to evolve towards some kind of democratic governance and to increase their levels of legitimacy and accountability in the process.
Furthermore, she believes this is important and urgently needed as we are facing a number of global issues (climate change, pollution of oceans, loss of biodiversity, rising inequalities) that nation states are not able to address independently. Her current research therefore focuses on assessing levels of democracy in governance beyond the national dimension, as well as suggesting innovative improvements through civic forms of participation.
In this second Reboot Interview, Susanna will share some of the insights she has gained so far and reflect on some of the current challenges IOs are facing in their efforts to democratise – especially in light of recent geopolitical developments.
More information about Susanna Cafaro and her work is available here.
May, the 24th, 16:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Dialogue #8
Bildung Beyond Borders – How Through Bildung We Build a Better Future
Lene Rachel Andersen (Denmark) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
Lene Rachel Andersen is the author of Bildung: Keep Growing (2020), among many other books, and founder of the Global Bildung Network (GBN), a network that brings together people from around the globe to address our deep longing for meaning, purpose, connectedness, cultural identity, sense of community, and empowerment and agency.
GBN’s work is based on the believe that education in every sense of the word is key, but just transferring huge amounts of knowledge is not enough. There is also an emotional and a moral connection to values, culture, self and others that is crucial to our well-being and our ability to cope with whatever challenges life confronts us with.
In this dialogue we build on our previous discussion (Reboot Dialogue #4) and explore how we might revive the original concept of ‘bildung’ and thus enable people everywhere to grab ‘with both hands’ the opportunities the 21st Century offers instead of feeling intimidated by the many challenges we face.
More information about Lene Rachel Andersen and her work is available here.
May, the 31st, 10:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Dialogue #9
Civil Society and Global Security
Chris Hamer (Australia) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
In our Reboot Dialogue #1 Chris Hamer talked about the challenges democracy faces from a rising tide of autocracy and argued that the formation of a World Security Community of democratic nations would be a logical and forward-looking response. Russia’s war of aggression and China’s positioning and response to it have added new impetus to his line of reasoning.
In this Reboot Dialogue we return to the idea of a democratically governed World Security Community and explore what role global civil society organisations might play to bring about such a development.
More information about Chris Hamer and his work is available here.
June, the 7th, 10:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Interview #3
How a Tool Featured in a Science-Fiction Novel Might Change the World
Delton Chen (Australia) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
The Global Carbon Reward Initiative (GCR) is a new international climate policy that is designed to meet the 1.5-2.0°C goal of the Paris Agreement by incentivising rapid reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and the removal of GHGs from the atmosphere. The GCR avoids carbon offsetting, and it offers a political solution to the free-rider problem. The economic tool of the GCR is called a "carbon currency", and this tool is featured in a science-fiction novel about climate change, called The Ministry for the Future. Delton Chen is the founder of GCR and will reflect on his journey thus far.
More information about Delton Chen and his work is available here.
June, the 14th, 16:00 hours CET on YouTube | Reboot Dialogue #10
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