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Democracy Play Workshop with Mathias Poulsen

Democracy Play Workshop with Mathias Poulsen

While democracy is usually conceived of a serious business, but Mathias Poulsen, showed us that democracy can be fun!

On 21 October, the Centre hosted a workshop led by visiting scholar Mathias Poulsen (Design School Kolding in Denmark), where CDDGG staff explored engaging, creative and fun ways of doing democracy through an embodied experience of what a more playful democracy might look and feel like.

Mathias draws on the Danish tradition of ”junk playgrounds” (similar to adventure playgrounds), which is framed as a kind of “agora”, a space for bodily, material inquiries into matters of mutual concern.
 
Staff collaborated on an improvised miniature junk playground, where we investigated the nature and future of democracy, as we engaged with an eclectic collection of discarded materials to build arguments and tell stories.

Building Democratic Resilience - Report Launch

Building Democratic Resilience - Report Launch

The report, Building Democratic Resilience, launched 13 October 2022, offers a framework for examining and improving the public sphere responses to violent extremism. It develops the concept of ‘democratic resilience’ drawing on the theory of deliberative democracy, and empirical research on countering violent extremism (CVE) in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. It explains how ‘democratic resilience’ differs from and supplements ‘community resilience’, which is the current resilience framework used by the NSW Government. The report offers key insights for academics, public servants, policy makers and the journalists working to develop strategies for tackling violent extremism.  

New Books on Democracy - Reception and celebration

New Books on Democracy - Reception and celebration

The Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance hosted a book reception on 27 September 2022 celebrating some of the most exciting new books on Democracy. The 2022 Australian Political Studies Association (APSA) conference, hosted by the Crawford School of Public Policy, the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, and School of Politics and International Relations, was held in Canberra and attracted political science scholars worldwide. Presenters and attendees joined the Centre at Ovolo Nishi during the height of the conference to hear about newly published research by colleagues working in all aspects of Democracy.