Welcome to the second installment of WORT’s Innovations in Democracy series. In this three-part series, we’ll be talking to global experts to explore new ways of using digital technology to expand participatory democracy to a larger population of diverse citizens. Innovations in Democracy is produced by Roslyn Fuller, with assistance from Ahmed Teleb. In this episode, we focus on the idea of citizen referendum. Our panelists include:
- Bruno Kaufmann is the Global Democracy Correspondent at the Swiss Broadcasting Company, is the co-founder of the Global Forum on Modern Direct Democracy and chairs the Initiative and Referendum Institute Europe. He is also a representative in the River Council of the Arboga River. Bruno Kaufmann joins us from Arboga, Sweden.
- Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas, where she convenes the annual Battle of Ideas Festival. In May 2019, she was elected as an MEP for the North West England constituency of the UK in the European Parliament elections until her seat was abolished with the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. She currently works as a visiting professor in professional practice at the University of Buckingham. Claire Fox joins us from Buckley, Wales.
- Donal O’Brolcháin is an Irish activist who has worked on citizen-initiated referendum issues for over thirty years. He participated in the Irish Citizen Assembly and experienced both the original 1983 Irish abortion referendum and the subsequent 2018 referendum that liberalized abortion access in the Irish Constitution. Donal O’Brolcháin joins us from Dublin, Ireland.