What did Ancient Greek philosophers and scholars think about democracy?

10 min read Democracy was a desirable form of governance. Democracy was a desired rule of governance, but it was not without its critics. One of the most vocal critics of democracy was one of the greatest philosophers of Ancient Greece, Socrates (470 B.C.E.–399 B.C.E.). Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth of Athens” and practicing impiety, and … Read more

Democracy has ‘old’ roots, but they go beyond those of Ancient Greece

13 min read The history of democracy is long and complex. There is more to the history of democracy than “the standard history of democracy” as Benjamin Isakhan, Professor of International Politics at Deakin University, refers to. The history of democracy stretches beyond the familiar tale of Ancient Greece, then the “American Declaration of Independence and the French … Read more

Why Open-Source Matters for Digital Democracy? Interview with Plausible Analytics

50 min read This article features the transcript of the first video interview with Marko Saric, the co-founder of Plausible Analytics that was conducted on April 14, 2021. In this interview, I spoke with the co-founder of Plausible Analytics, Marko Saric, about how they are using their open source tool to help make the web a bit more … Read more

We Need To Rethink Democracy In Smartphones – Fairphone Case Study

16 min read Smartphones are ubiquitous. In 2020, nearly half (3.8 billion) of the world’s population (7.8 billion) were smartphone users. The share of the global population using smartphones will continue to grow across the world. Mordorintelligence, a market research company, projects that the global smartphone market will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.2% … Read more

Compare and Contrast Autocratic and Democratic Leadership Styles

12 min read There is a growing trend to incorporate democratic principles in our workplaces. Rather than comparing and contrasting autocratic and democratic leadership styles in politics, we will do so in our workplaces, where we spend most of our waking hours. When we think of democracy, we should think of democratic principles in the areas of life … Read more

Why Care? Individualistic Culture Vs Collectivist Culture in Democracy

12 min read Culture matters. Today, democracy is under threat. We see “the decline of democracy” across many countries, including ones deemed the “beacon of democracy,” like the United States. The absence of “democratic culture” plays a major role in the “decline of democracy” we are seeing today. Today, we will analyze how being individualistic or collectivist matters … Read more

Do We Live In A Plutocratic Oligarchy? Why It Matters For Democracy

10 min read The United States is currently facing a significant threat to its democratic system. Although it may enjoy many of the freedoms of a democracy, such as freedom of speech, freedom of press, and fair and regular elections, the US has lost the ability to represent the will of the people in its public policy. Economic … Read more

What Are Credit Unions, How Do They Work, And Why They Matter?

13 min read As we consider the role of democracy in our daily lives, we must look at how our money is managed and whom our financial institutions seek to benefit. Quick Summary Actions If you are more of an action-oriented person, you can read some action steps to take. Traditional banks concentrate power and benefits with corporate … Read more

What Does Democratize Mean And How To Build A Democratic Lifestyle?

12 min read Democracy is more than just a political participation. We must reimagine democracy and make it part of our regular lifestyle. Quick Summary Action Steps To jump straight to some of the actionables, please click the link here. Every Democracy Looks Different, But Each Shares A Commitment To Empowering People Today, more than half of the … Read more