CEA Global Voices Ep. 2: The Future of Democracy and Civic Intelligence in Light of COVID-19 with Doug Schuler and Siddesh Sarma

By Critical Edge Alliance

For the second episode, we go more pragmatic and try to answer some questions that hold immense relevance today.The pandemic and the subsequent lockdown have made us all reflect on our dependence on technology. Though the most obvious use is online learning and work from home, the significance of technology is entrenched much deeper in our lives.  We are in the anthropocene, but we are also, in a society filtered by media. A discourse on this leads to more underlying questions: what does citizenship of the future mean? What do emancipation and democracy entail in the 2020s? How can civil society organise in times dominated by digital communication technology? We discuss what democracy, emancipation, activism, and civic engagement entail in light of COVID-19, and go on to a discussion about the public sphere of the future with our two guests: Doug Schuler, a Professor Emeritus at the Evergreen College in USA, who co-founded and runs the Public Sphere Project- which aims to create and support equitable and effective public spheres all over the world; and Siddesh Sarma, an alumnus of education and psychology of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in India, who co-founded and presently heads the organization Leadership for Equity, that aims to work towards a more inclusive and equitable society by empowering public education systems. Here is a suggested reading list provided by Doug Schuler, to help gain more insight: https://theconversation.com/how-civic-intelligence-can-teach-what-it-means-to-be-a-citizen-63170 http://newyork.thecityatlas.org/lifestyle/the-green-new-deal-is-the-real-deal/ https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/liberating-voices http://www.publicsphereproject.org/patterns/lv https://www.publicsphereproject.org/content/community-inquiry https://www.publicsphereproject.org/content/demystification-and-reenchantment https://publicsphereproject.org/content/community-Building-journalism https://www.publicsphereproject.org/content/citizenship-schools https://publicsphereproject.org/content/democratic-political-settings https://publicsphereproject.org/content/digital-emancipation https://www.publicsphereproject.org/content/international-networks-alternative-media https://www.publicsphereproject.org/content/experimental-school https://www.publicsphereproject.org/content/teaching-transgress-0 https://www.publicsphereproject.org/content/power-research

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