Will Democracy Survive World War III? Ideas for Promoting Peace

The focus of this article is not to serve as a commentary on political and war events around the world or specifically in Eastern Europe, there are many of those. The goal is how to draw lessons to apply democracy in our daily lives, at work, at school, in the family, and so forth. There …

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What did Ancient Greek philosophers think about democracy?

Statue of a philosopher thinking.

Ancient Greek philosophers had to grapple with what democracy meant. From Plato, to Socrates, to Aristotle, the thinking of democracy slowly and gradually evolved, as these great philosophers observed how democracy was practiced in the ancient world. Democracy was a desirable form of governance. Democracy was a desired rule of governance, but it was not …

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

The Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

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 …

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

This is the first episode of the series of interviews with the “Champions of Democracy” featured by the Lifestyle Democracy channel on YouTube.

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 …

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We Need To Rethink Democracy In Smartphones – Fairphone Case Study

Fairphone 3, sustainably produced smartphone. Source: Fairphone.

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% …

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Compare and Contrast Autocratic and Democratic Leadership Styles

The United States Capitol Building, one of the landmark symbols of democracy. When assessing the health of our democracies, a key question is: How democratic are the places where we spend the most time, our workplaces? Are they shining symbols of democracy?

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 …

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Why Care? Individualistic culture vs Collective Culture in Democracy

Sources: Photo by Chang Duong on Unsplash (left) and Photo by Austin Mabe on Unsplash (right)

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 …

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

A man climbing up stairs. Photo by Hunters Race on Unsplash

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 …

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

It is best to plant the seeds of change early. Financial management is essential to democratic empowerment.

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 Traditional banks are for-profit entities focused on profitability and return of value to shareholders. Credit unions are member-owned “non-profit” (civil society organizations) that seek to …

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