Democracy is at a turning point. Since the financial crisis of 2008, the tools for participating in decision making have become more widely spread but at the same time power and money has been concentrated further in the hands of the few.
Narratives of fear, security and austerity put individuals and nations against one another. Many feel indifferent and, or, ignored. Governments – local, regional, national and supra-national – have less resources, requiring difficult decisions, often within a short-term context.
Yet there are communities, governments, campaigners, technologists, thinkers, political parties and others working on how things could be different.
The State of Democracy as an extension of some research with the Democratic Society and Jon Worth. It aims to explore what is happening, point to interesting discussions and to see what answers might be found.