Major shifts are happening right regarding democracy and our freedom. Please join us on the 23rd of February at 6pm PST, where we together will try to make sense of what is going on and where we collectively discuss what we can do to nudge our society towards a positive future. [Zoom Link]
This event is a collaboration between the Next Now Network around Bill Daul; POW! Power Our World! Impact Forum around Zann Gill; and Mark Finnern's Future Salon.
Mark Finnern will host and lead the event this month.
We are collecting links to good content that helps us frame our conversation. Please add your own and ideally make yourself familiar with that content, so we can have an informed conversation.
We have three main presenters to set the stage. All coming from different perspectives:
- John Robb, dialing in from the East Coast, goes first: There is a big danger that Long Night is near. To prevent that we need A Digital Bill of Rights as he detailed in this report.
- Ismael Gahlimi makes a case for a New Rationalist movement: with courage, unity, and rationality we can chart a different course and overcome our current problems.
- Lauren Cory in conversation with Mark Finnern will share her insights from leading the Mid-Peninsula ACLU organization for many years. (She stresses that she sharing her own opinion, not the ACLU one that night). One of her insights is: To lower distrust we must change our approach to problem-solving. More information, more “facts”, are not the majority of the answer.
Each will have 10-15 minutes to share their perspective before we open up for discussions.
Find additional and more up to date information in our Future of Democracy 2.0 Future Salon document.
Fighting for more freedom is nothing new, the many pro-democracy songs from years past attest to that: We have a collection of songs in English and German for you to enjoy and play/sing. We started a small YouTube channel where we introduce some of these songs.
Mark Finnern will perform one of them as the opening act of the Future of Democracy 2.0 Salon.
We are also collecting cartoons, screenshots, or funny tweets that give us comic relief. Add yours too!
Can't wait to discuss with you what our best way forward is on the 23rd of February, Mark.
P.S. Walk down memory lane: Many years ago in 2004 we had an Extreme Democracy Future Salon with Tom Attlee introducing the Tao of Democracy; Ross Mayfield his chapter in the Extreme Democracy book, and Zack Rosen introduced Civic Space.
P.P.S. The official program is set for 90 minutes, but if you would like to hang out longer afterward with your favorite beverage or snack, please do!
P.P.S. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84244802475
Here is a little promotional video I recorded: