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Global Learning on Democratic Innovation Webinar Series

April 6, 2021

The Global Learning on Democratic Innovation webinar series, presented by Public Agenda, Club de Madrid, and Participedia, brings together panelists and moderators from around the world to discuss global innovations in various areas of democratic life, with a focus on nourishing the renewal of shared societies in situations of political polarization, democratic deficit and racial tensions.

Thursday, April 22: Building Bridges in Divided Societies (12:00 PM EDT)

The first webinar in the series, Building Bridges in Divided Societies, draws upon the experience of leaders who have used innovative and successful approaches to finding common ground in polarized societies through policy discourse and policy action.

Watch the recording of Building Bridges in Divided Societies.

Thursday, April 29: Immigration & Social Cohesion (2:00 PM EDT)

As local communities are transformed by the arrival of immigrants, meeting the challenges of social cohesion requires inclusive approaches to public policy, public discourse, and community engagement. Immigration & Social Cohesion will discuss inclusive strategies to build stronger and more cohesive communities. Speakers include:

  • Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica (2010-2014); Vice President, Club de Madrid
  • Doug Saunders, Columnist, The Globe and Mail; Resident Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy
  • Rachel Peric, Executive Director, Welcoming America
  • Moderator: María Elena Agüero, Secretary General, Club de Madrid

Watch the recording of Immigration & Social Cohesion.

Thursday, May 6: Healing Racial Wounds & Promoting Racial Justice (12:00 PM EDT)

Featuring speakers from Canada and the United States, this event will draw upon the experience of leaders who have used innovative and successful approaches to heal discriminatory histories and take steps to move forward. Speakers include:

  • Kim Campbell, Prime Minister of Canada (1993)
  • Bonny Ibhawoh, Professor, McMaster University; Participedia
  • James Malloy, President, International City / County Management Association
  • Moderator: Martha McCoy, Executive Director, Everyday Democracy

Register here for Healing Racial Wounds & Promoting Racial Justice.

Thursday, May 13: Democratic Innovation & Inclusive Civic Engagement (TIME CHANGE: 5:00 PM EDT)

Featuring speakers from New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, this event will draw upon the experience of leaders who have used innovative and successful approaches to catalyze citizen participation in making important decisions. Speakers include:

  • Jorge Fernando Quiroga, President of Bolivia (2001-2002)
  • Nicole Curato, Associate Professor, University of Canberra; Author, Journal of Deliberative Democracy
  • Martín Carcasson, Founder & Director, Center for Public Deliberation; Professor, Colorado State University
  • Moderator: Matt Leighninger, Interim Co-President and Director of Public Engagement, Public Agenda

Register here for Democratic Innovation & Inclusive Civic Engagement.