Public Engagements : COVID-19
How Democracy Doesn’t End
Anthony Simon Laden,
University of Illinois at Chicago
At the Cedar Trees Institute, we have been assembling a series of short pieces that help disclose the logos of what’s going on in response to the COVID 19 pandemic, and that do so in a distinctly democratic key. We are interested in highlighting the ways in which people are creatively self-organising and acting together at a social distance in all areas of society, locally and globally. The engaged civic citizens we see aren’t necessarily making big plans and predictions, but simply working out democratic responses to particular crises in exemplary ways.
We believe that exploring such responses and putting them into conversation can help us to clarify the opportunities for action in our own spaces, showing the integrity and interconnectedness of our actions and exposing a multiplicity of democratic responses to the current pandemic.
This first piece, by political philosopher Anthony Simon Laden, University of Illinois Chicago, capture this spirit well. The paper offers a picture of democracy as rooted in daily practices. We hope that meditating on this theme might help us to see the spirit and integrity of the work being done and so to carry on in forging more democratic futures.
This article is part of CTI’s Democracies and Their Futures Project.
Change in the Aftermath of the Pandemic
Monday, April 20, 2020
1 - 3pm
Cedar Trees Institute has partnered with grassroots leaders from Common Vision, Common Action to host a virtual Townhall for the Victoria region. Join academics and activists from across Greater Victoria to develop a Regional Vision for how we, as a community committed to ecological and social justice, should change in the aftermath of this pandemic.
On The Island with Gregor Craigie: Speaking with CTI fellow Dr. Pablo Ouziel
Aired April 10, 2020
A view from the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in Europe - Gregor Craigie speaks to Cedar Trees Institute fellow Dr. Pablo Ouziel who is studying Spain's response to the Covid-19 crisis and taking care of his family.