This conference took place Nov. 18-20, 2022, U of A Campus & Livestream

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Doing Democracy Better

November 18-20, 2022

Alberta is facing an election in the coming months that will shape our economic and political future. It comes at a time when volatile right-wing populism and anti-science sentiment, feeding on the fear and anger of people, are on the rise in many countries, including Canada. At the same time, the politics of austerity continue to erode public services and social supports, leading to even greater inequality and social unrest.

It is more important than ever that we ensure our democratic institutions remain both vibrant and resilient. We need a better, reinvigorated form of democracy: one that is rooted more firmly in equity and equality. Doing democracy better will require looking at complex problems in new ways and expanding our vision of what democracy can be.

We need to challenge the populist forces threatening to undermine democracy, and we need to ensure the widest possible diversity of voices is heard. Only then will we be able to offer better alternatives and a compelling vision of the future–one that strengthens democracy for all citizens.

Parkland Institute’s 26th annual fall conference did a deep dive into how right-wing populism, austerity, and science denial are impacting how we do democracy. We heard from academics, activists, and experts who are doing the work to reclaim it.

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