Bridges to the Future

Is democracy doomed to fail us in the long term?

Episode Summary

From planning for global pandemics to helping combat the looming threat of climate change, why are democracies so ill-equipped at safeguarding our long term future? Matthew talks to two experts, Graham Smith and Claudia Chwalisz, to find out how we reform our democracies to build effective bridges to the future.

Episode Notes

Global crises cause big changes and reveal deep structural weaknesses.  

In this special interview series from the RSA its chief executive, Matthew Taylor, puts a range of practitioners on the spot - from scholars to business leaders, politicians to journalists - by asking for one big idea to help build effective bridges to our new future.

Graham Smith is a Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster. His latest book is, 'Can Democracy Safeguard the Future?'.

Claudia Chwalisz leads the OECD’s work on innovative citizen participation.

A Tempo & Talker production for the RSA.  

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