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.
VIEW SIMILAR PRESENTATIONS
GEZI: The Park that Became a Democracy Movement
BY OZGUR BASAK ALKAN
@ VOL 22
ON MAY 18, 2014
Being an urban designer, Ozgur Basak Alkan has a unique perspective of the events that led to the Taksim Gezi Park protests in Turkey in 2013. The park became representative of much more than what it seemed.
Center for Media & Democracy
BY MARY BOTTARI
@ VOL 13
ON APR 30, 2015
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.
Democracy, a most civil war
BY KARIM HAROUN
@ VOL 25
ON MAY 25, 2016
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?
BY MARIJE VAN DEN BERG
@ VOL 16
ON JUL 06, 2016
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?’
The Netherlands, a Transparent Society? Think Again...
BY SJORS VAN BEEK
@ VOL 31
ON SEP 07, 2016
Transparency is of the utmost importance for a healthy, democratic society. A free press is the gatekeeper for that transparency and the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) is one of the tools to achieve transparency. The Netherlands prides itself for being an open, transparent society. Unjustly so, according to investigative Sjors van Beek, who has met many locked doors during his career spanning over 25 years.
Unity in Diversity?
BY VERENA RIEDMILLER
@ VOL 32
ON FEB 06, 2017
As a young EU citizen who is convinced that there can only be a European solution to our present and future (political) challenges, Verena Riedmiller feels that Europeans need to stand up now for a more democratic Europe. A Europe, in which the voices of its diverse citizens are heard, a Europe, which does not only preach values but brings them to life.
Her proposal for such a Europe comes in the form of the NGO cube. Your take on Europe. Cube. educates, engages and empowers young people in Europe to voice their ideas for a Europe of the future towards the European Commission.
The EU is not a set political reality, each and every one of us can raise their voice and shape our political future!
Inconvenient freedom: universities in democratic reversals
BY LUTZ KREBS
@ VOL 33
ON MAY 22, 2017
Lutz Krebs is a strong advocate of academic freedom. As an academic researcher and education professional, he believes that freedom of research and education are essential for the future of any country. He is concerned that recent reversals of academic freedom in a number of European countries mirror events in the past — and suggests that they serve as warnings for the future.