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An overview of the scholarship on civil society, some basic concepts and theories used in its study, including social movements and policy communities.
In this episode of what is not quite The Trews, I interview Benjamin Knight, one of the New Zealand visionaries behind Loomio, a new tool for participatory decision-making, now being used by the Podemos movement in Spain. Could Loomio help bring about a global shift to direct democracy?
Add a noThe audio in this archive file was compiled from a 1984 meeting of futurists, transhumanists & progressives. The main topic of the meeting was the most appropriate ways to engage or advance these philosophies within government. For example, one significant point of discussion centered around whether running for office was an effective way to drive change.

The excerpts in this archive file collect many of futurist FM 2030's thoughts over the course of the discussion.

About FM 2030: FM 2030 was at various points in his life, an Iranian Olympic basketball player, a diplomat, a university teacher, and a corporate consultant. He developed his views on transhumanism in the 1960s and evolved them over the next thirty-something years. He was placed in cryonic suspension July 8th, 2000. 
Add a Professor Conor Gearty, Director, Institute of Public Affairs and Dr Nick Anstead, Assistant Professor, Media and Communications department discuss the relationship between the internet, the Government and politics. They discuss examples of institutions using the internet in the UK and Germany, the benefits and failures of these initiatives and how we can use the internet for meaningful political engagement.note to this video...
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In the second of our 'A stable, sustainable settlement for Wales' series Dr Rebecca Rumbul discusses her research on the capacity of civil society in Wale
Civil society is the 'aggregate of non-governmental organizations and institutions that manifest interests and will of citizens.' Civil society includes the family and the private sphere, referred to as the 'third sector' of society, distinct from government and business.
Growing participatory and deliberative democracy - Making Good Society. The crisis of legitimacy of representative democracies and trends towards localism suggest that civil society organisations have a critical role to play in challenging and enriching representative democracies. Civil society is and will continue to be critical to pioneering more participatory and deliberative tools that engage people of all ages and backgrounds in decision making processes
We all engage with the voluntary sector and with voluntary organisations on a regular basis. As volunteers, donors, beneficiaries or in other roles, voluntary organisations touch all of our lives in a wide range of ways. Given this key role, a number of influential social thinkers have sought to explain the significance of a strong voluntary sector to a strong society.