Democracy “after” COVID: who’s deciding stuff?

For better or worse, we decide a LOT of things “democratically” in Aotearoa – from sewage pipe spending to health boards. Why do we have our democratic setup for deciding things? What’s the future ‘after’ COVID? Tune in TOMORROW!

Our familiar system of picking leaders – electoral representative democracy – was born of the English, American and French revolutions, fuelled by a horror of dictatorial and autocratic individuals in charge.

How was electoral representative democracy justified then?

How does it stack up now?

What is the future ‘after’ COVID?

The excellently-named Trust Democracy is putting on Democracy ‘after’ COVID, an interactive Zoom workshop on Tuesday (2 NOV) evening with a world-renowned expert to explore democracy’s past, present and future.

RSVP here for the Zoom info, or read on for more!

a head shot of Lyn Carson

Lyn Carson, the Research Director for The newDemocracy Foundation, will lead an exploration of these questions.

Carson was formerly a professor in applied politics at the University of Sydney Business School, and a former professor with the University of Western Sydney. She is currently an associate of the Centre for Deliberative Democracy & Global Governance at the University of Canberra and is a member of the board of the Federation of Innovation in Democracy Europe.

She has written handbooks and reports on community engagement and many articles and book chapters on public participation and deliberative democracy, including a book with Brian Martin, Random Selection in Politics, and co-edited The Australian Citizens’ Parliament & The Future of Deliberative Democracy. She recently conducted the interviews for the podcast series: Facilitating Public Deliberations.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 2 November 2021, 7.30-9.00pm, by Zoom. For the Zoom link, please register at

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