Since its origins, democracy has been a work in progress. Today, many question its resilience. The Bertelsmann Foundation and Humanity in Action have teamed up with Andrew Keen, author of How to Fix the Future, to launch How to Fix Democracy: a video and podcast series exploring practical responses to the threats facing democracies around the world. Host Andrew Keen interviews prominent thinkers, writers, politicians, technologists, and business leaders who enlighten and challenge us as we seek the answers to How to Fix Democracy.
Here he speaks with Cornell Brooks, Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Humanity in Action Board member.
To Cornell William Brooks, former president of the NAACP and current professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, democracy is an ever-changing question of “who is a citizen?” He challenges American democracy to provide diverse representation in places of power. Brooks believes that with increasing levels of technology, people are less apt to engage in long and sustained conversations with one another.