“The Future of Democracy” conference, which will be held at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) in Nassau, New Providence, on Monday and Thursday, September 24th and 25th, from 9:30 to 4:30pm. Organized by University of The Bahamas, Hands for Hunger, and ORG (Organization for Responsible Governance) it is free and open to the public. [Many thanks to Ian Bethell-Bennett for bringing this item to our attention.]
Description: This year’s focus includes gender and the importance of full participation of all women and men in their democratic system without inalienable rights being undermined by special interests that seek to empower their own desires and agendas.
We have put together a grouping of papers and presenters that grapple with timely concerns from land ownership and the democratic process to sustainability and redevelopment in the face of natural disaster. We explore the role of empowered local government that goes beyond the current model of local government, paying particular attention to the reality of Ragged Island and how their voices are being heard through their association to rebuild their island community.
The intention is to have a balanced non-partisan but obviously political and economic discussion on the way forward for a Small Island Developing State (SID) that is faced with harsh realities around climate change and sea level rise. How can we design new and robust structures that allow resilient communities to come through the last few years of extreme challenges? We aim to begin a lasting engagement that brings people from all walks of life in discussion and action in their democratic process and to being participants in the design of new more resilient communities and processes. The environment, how we live in it and how we use it, as well as its impact can never be left out of the conversation on how we Reshape Democracy by Rethinking Participation. Participation, equitable engagement, and grassroots and middle tier involvement in the democratic process are vital for the success of the nation as it faces the reality of global power that challenges the voice of local movements.