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Imagine anyone being able to travel virtually anywhere...such as along the Trans Siberian Railway. No substitute for the original, certainly, but perhaps a relatively green way nonetheless of democratising curiosity.
Around 40 national elections will take place in 2014, noted The Economist, representing 42% of the world’s population and more than half of its GDP. It is a year filled with firsts. The first democratic parliamentary election in Fiji. The first directly elected president of Turkey.The first European Union election since 2009 - before the full effects of the financial crisis and the growth of Eurosceptic parties. Yet the dominant theme is stability, according to Alberto Nardelli of Electionista, which tracks elections and politics.
During November 2013, we listened to and would recommend the following podcasts:
Grassroots groups worldwide are promoting a new framework to radically alter the way we produce and distribute food. Uniting behind the banner of "food sovereignty", people are working not just for access to food, but for communities to have the right to democratically define their own food and agricultural systems without harming other people or the environment.
...a growing open-source platform claims to have achieved this, tracking emerging signs of conflict, epidemics etc. in troubled areas around the world.
Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want -- Clive Alexander Barnes (b. 1927), British journalist, critic, author
I'm very much an activist. I grew up in Russia during the height of the Cold War, a very restrictive communist society that didn't allow the individual to have a voice. Since moving to this country when I was 10, I've always had this drive to democratise the human voice. Technology is just a tool, and the Internet will be our tool to democratise television - Dmitry Shapiro, Founder and CEO, Veoh Networks Inc., San Diego, California
Democracy is coming to the USA - Leonard Cohen
Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people - Harry Emerson Fosdick