Designing for Democratic Engagement: Climate Emergency

©J. Dean

When we think about adaptation to climate change there are reasons to think that current forms of liberal representative democracy linked to the defined boundaries of nation-states and expressed through delegation of authority to professionals will not suffice.

In this – the second of our Designing for Democratic Engagement events – we are joined by a panel of speakers who will each draw on their research and practice to suggest different ways democracy and climate emergency might be configured.

Professor Robyn Eckersley will draw on her current work on democracy and climate emergence and elaborate on her conceptualization of Ecological Democracy 3.0, where democracy responds to a more expansive ontology informed human-environment relationships.

Dr Viktoria Spaiser will share her recent work on norms and how people change their habits in the context of climate adaption and carbon reduction.

Henry McGhie, founded Curating Tomorrow to help museums and their partners enhance their contributions to creating a sustainable future and will explore how human rights and environment rights can be mobilised to transition museums.

Questions explored might include:

  • How might democracy evolve to consider the more-than-human?
  • How might our understandings of democratic practice be expanded to consider everyday actions and behaviour?
  • What examples of innovative practice are there that might inspire research and activism?
  • What are the implications of these ideas and practices for change at an organizational level?

Recording of the event is available on YouTube: 

Part of the Design for Democratic Engagement series co-organised by Centre for Democratic Engagement and the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.