Time to Awaken Democracy!

Canberra’s first Festival of Democracy was held over the weekend of 18-19 June 2016 at the University of Canberra. It involved participants in a deep, rich and respectful conversation that fostered an understanding of

  • power as a concept
  • the different ways to frame power

and exposure to

  • the mechanics of power
  • effective representation
  • improving the legitimacy and accountability of elected representatives
  • how people actually make change happen.

CAPaD stands for defining the transformational change we want for democracy in Canberra and looking for ways participants might engage in such a change.

We stand for ‘learning through conversation’ as a process to provide Canberrans with a stimulating and engaging event from which plans for further action will arise.

Main Discussion Topics

  • Recognising Power
  • Nurturing Citizens’ Power
  • Roles and types of representation and participation
  • Holding our MPs to account
  • How change happens
  • What does change entail?