The etymological roots of the word ‘democracy’ comes from the Greek word demos, meaning ‘the people’ and kratos, meaning ‘power’ … implying people are in power and thus all democracies are participatory. But as we’ve come to see through our own ‘democracy’ that is not the case.
As GREENS, we believe a truly inclusive democracy puts people at the heart of decision making, through collaborative discussions and a politics of participation.
To try and show the full view of what a radically inclusive democracy might look like, we invited leaders in the inclusive political movement to discuss the topic along with ideas for a GREENER future on a local, national and global level.
Local Inclusive Democracy
Julian Dean, our Action on Climate Emergency Officer, and Andy Fewings, Green Councillor for Burnley, explore research demonstrating the power of having a GREEN in the room and how devolving power from central government can create meaningful change.
National Inclusive Democracy
Caroline Lucas, GREEN MP, and Clive Lewis, LABOUR MP in conversation about PROJECT RESET . In this episode they discuss how collaboration could hold the key to accelerating systems change, and outline the work of their cross-party parliamentary group on the Green New Deal.
GREEN Peer, Natalie Bennett discusses why countries where more people trust their governments have started to build ‘well-being economies’, and how we can too.