Exercise your democratic muscle

Exercise your democratic muscle

Governments around the world are exploring ways of getting citizens more involved in making complex policy decisions. Can this trend toward "deliberative democracy" lead to braver decisions for a more sustainable world? To find out, Nordic Talks spoke to a democracy activist and a political researcher and discovered some of the innovative ways that individual citizens can get involved in democratic decisions in their own communities.


“Citizens recommend bolder, braver and more visionary solutions than politicians”

- Zakia Elvang, We Do Democracy

This podcast episode features the following speakers

Zakia Elvang

Zakia Elvang (Denmark)

Zakia Elvang is the founder and a partner in the Danish consulting agency We Do Democracy and leads the Demokrati Garage NGO. She describes herself as a democracy activist and entrepreneur fighting for more and better democracy. She focuses on how to design, organize and drive democratic processes – and has a life-long interest in learning, large scale and system-based change, mobilization and interaction. She is also a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Innovative Citizen Participation network.

Claudia Chwalisz

Claudia Chwalisz (Canada)

Claudia Chwalisz is leading the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's work on innovative citizen participation, which explores the paradigm change underway towards a more participatory, deliberative, and collaborative governance. In June 2020, the OECD published its first report on this topic was published: Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions, which she co-authored with Ieva Cesnulaityte.