september, 2017

15sep7:30 pm9:00 pmEvent OverFeaturedFestival of Democracy | Reception7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Event Organized By: Sydney Democracy Network

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Join us for a 2017 Festival of Democracy finale at the Courtyard Cafe in the Holme Building. We will be celebrating the launch of the podcast series, Changemakers; three books, Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis, Refiguring Democracy: the Spanish Political Laboratory and When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter; and supporting the uptake of the Darwin Challenge.

ChangeMakers Podcast – Sneak Peek

ChangeMakers is the first global podcast to take amazing stories of social change and tell them in the narrative style used by ‘This American Life’” Our first series features twenty stories across ten episodes and includes tales of democracy activists in Hong Kong, refugee self-determination in Uganda, anti-Putin campaigners in Moscow, the secrets behind Trump’s digital strategy, the trials and tribulations of the student movement in South Africa and Chile, the battle around Coal Seam Gas in the Northern Rivers of New South Wales and so much more.

ChangeMakers host, Dr Amanda Tattersall, will share some of the behind the scenes experiences gained from her travels gathering these stories. She will also explain how the podcast came to be – building off her 20 years of community organising experience that includes co-founding, founding the Sydney Alliance and authoring the international ‘go to’ book on coalitions called Power in Coalition.

This talk will feature audio clips from Series One that is set to launch on Monday 9 October on Podcast One and Itunes.

Stay tuned to ChangeMakers by following them on Facebook or Twitter or via their website (where you can subscribe to email updates).

Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis

This volume examines the role of communication in contributing to and contesting the current climate crisis. There is now widespread agreement that even if increases in carbon emissions are kept to the current international target the climate crisis will continue to intensify. This book brings together, for the first time, state-of-the-art research with activists’ interventions to place debate around climate crisis within the wider conversation about the changing relations between communications and contemporary capitalism. Contributors include; Naomi Klein, Michael Mann, Alan Rusbridger, Vincent Mosco, Jodi Dean, and leading figures in Greenpeace and

Refiguring Democracy: the Spanish Political Laboratory

Spain has become a remarkable democratic laboratory in which millions of citizens are experimenting with new forms of political expression. This book examines the dynamics of this political laboratory, showing that the upheavals it is experiencing are likely in the near future to affect democracies elsewhere in the world. Examining the new means of participation that were established in fields where digital communication tools enabled the launch of novel dynamics of political action, the reader will gain access to a comprehensive analysis of the reshaping and mutation process that has affected fields such as activism, political parties and political participation.

When Trees Fall, Monkeys Scatter

Predictions of the coming collapse of Chinese politics are today commonplace, however this book explores a radically different alternative. China, it argues, is a one-party-dominated political system whose surprising levels of public support and resilience in the face of serious economic, environmental and social problems suggest that it is more durable than most outside observers suppose. China is not an ailing ‘autocracy’, a case of ‘crony capitalism’ or a blindly repressive ‘authoritarian regime’. The rulers of China are in fact experimenting with a wide range of locally-made democratic tools designed to win the trust and loyalty of their subjects.

The Darwin Challenge

Inspired by Charles Darwin, and brought to life by his great great grandson, Chris Darwin, we believe that for our civilisation to thrive in the long term, we need to create a little evolutionary change for the benefit of us all. Our first step is to encourage more people to eat less meat. We’re determined to inspire one million meat-free days. The Darwin Challenge app has been created for those of you who have one or more meatfree days a week. This life-giving app rewards you, by showing you how your meat-free days are improving your health and your world. Small acts, big impacts.


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