‘Upgrading’ Democracy for the 21st Century

Lab 2.0 participant Lorenzo Fioramonti (and co-authors) recently published an editorial in Foreign Policy Magazine on the types of changes we need to make democracy fit for the expectations and challenges of the 21st century. In the piece, they argue for assessing the quality of a democracy not by its economic output but by the broader metric of increased wellbeing. Read the editorial here.

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Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0 Participants in Their Own Words

We asked a number of Global Wellbeing Lab 2.0 participants to tell us briefly who they are, why they joined the Lab, and what the kickoff workshop in Berlin was like for them. Here is what some of them had to say: Alfred Tolle, Google (Ireland) Alfred Tolle from Presencing Institute on Vimeo. “There was a deep sense of connectedness between us and the universe which created the confidence that we are part and initiator of transformation.” Hang Mai, Xanh (Vietnam) Hang Mai from Presencing Institute on Vimeo. “I’d like to quote what Mr. Masanobu Fukuoka said in his book ‘The one-straw-revolution’: Because the world is moving with such furious energy in the opposite direction, it may appear that I have fallen behind the times, but I firmly believe that the path I have been following is the most sensible one” I’m happy for joining the Global Wellbeing Lab where I meet great people and know that I’m not alone on this path. The Karma Kitchen (LINK) of [Lab 2.0 participant] Nipun [Mehta] is very inspiring to me. I’m going to apply the spirit of pay-it-forward in publishing a book in March 2015. The e-book will be free with a call-to-action that everyone who could read the free e-book is recommended to buy a hard-copy and offer it to someone who is actually farming but can’t access to the internet. Alexander Frederiksen, Cykelven and Donkey Republic (Denmark) “Taking part in the Wellbeing […]

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