Dave Mckenna makes a case for 12 Angry Men being recognised as the greatest movie ever made about democracy.
Deputy director and managing editor at the Center for Media and Democracy Mary Bottari helped launch the Center for Media and Democracy’s award-winning “ALEC Exposed” investigation. She has spearheaded the center’s work on the financial crisis and the painfully slow recovery. Previously, she worked for 10 years at Public Citizen as a senior analyst on trade, financial services, and food safety. Bottari worked in Washington for US Senator Russ Feingold and in the Wisconsin State Senate for Lynn Adelman. Her favorite Wisconsin cheese is Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Here she shares ways the Center for Media and Democracy is working for American citizens.
Karim Haroun is a filmmaker and producer based in Canada. For his talk, he is sharing his views on democracy in the Lebanese context, in relation to the municipal elections that are taking place during this time. What are the similarities and differences between democracy and war?
Marije van den Berg: ‘when I close my eyes, I see a world that is getting much better at democracy. The way we are going about it now is wasting. A waste of energy, talent, possibility, love, power and let’s not forget: a lot of money. We really can get much better at being a democracy, but only when we understand it better. What will be your part in it?’
Deployed to Iraq to defend “Liberty and Freedom” in 2004, Brett Wachsmith feels privileged to have been a part of the efforts, perfect or not. Brett puts democracy into prospective by comparing the current struggle in America to those worldwide. Today he serves as the Kittitas County Treasurer, embracing diversity and with a call for unity form both sides of the aisle to preserve our liberties for years to come.
Terwijl de kabinetsformatie nog in volle gang is heeft Leiden het allemaal over een andere boeg gegooid. Democratie kun je gewoon zelf! Martin van de Wardt-Olde Riekerink vertelt waar de L750 (de leidsche burgertop) zich hard voor maakt.
In 'DIY Democracy' Ciaran Norris will talk about his experiences of being an independant politician. Ciarán tends to annoy people in his pursuit for better democracy, diplomacy and international development. He’s campaigned to make parliament more accessible and helped lead the successful campaign to protect the UK’s aid budget. He is currently Head of External Affairs at Oxfam.