Democracy and Culture Foundation chairman meets NSW officials ahead of May roundtable

Ahead of a roundtable to be held in early May in the New South Wales Parliament, Democracy and Culture Foundation Chairman Achilles Tsaltas met with state officials on Thursday to discuss ways and policies that will further promote the engagement of citizens in the political process.

Also at the lunch hosted by Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly Jonathan O’Dea and Speaker of the Legislative Council Matthew Mason Cox were Executive Director of Commonwealth Bank and Chairman of the Kytherian Association of Australia Emmanuel Alfieris, founder of newDemocracy Luca Belgiorno- Nettis AM as well as Executive Director of Business Sydney and Vice President of the UNSW Hellenic Foundation Paul Nicolaou.

Emmanuel Alfieris Executive Director of the Commonwealth Bank and President of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis AM Founder of newDeomcracy, Achilles Tsaltas President of the Athens Democracy Forum and Paul Nicolaou Executive Director of Business Sydney and Vice President of the UNSW Hellenic Foundation

“I am happy that one of the five roundtables is taking place in Sydney. The other four are in Seoul, Tel Aviv, Berlin and New York,” said Australian-born Achilles Tsaltas. The Greek Herald.

“We will be discussing people power and what we mean by that is how deliberative or participatory democracy through citizens’ assemblies, panels and citizen engagement can fit into the political fabric of our society. .”

“About twenty experts will give us their opinion on political recommendations and various initiatives on civic engagement.

“At the same time, we will have 30 randomly selected citizens who will also participate in the roundtable and after its conclusion, they will test what the experts have said so that their recommendations have a more bottom-up approach rather than a downward approach downward approach.

“It goes to the heart of what we do. We must listen to the citizens. »

In September 2022, Mr. Tsaltas will present the results at the 10and Athens Democracy Forum, an international conference founded in 2019 by the Democracy and Culture Foundation that explores the evolution of democracy.

“We have gone through two years of a health pandemic, but there are many other pandemics facing the world,” Mr Tsaltas said.

“Like the inequality pandemic, technological change, migration, climate. These are forces that are changing our world, so we need to fix democracy or help it evolve. If citizens engage a little more in the political process, our governance can only benefit.

“We need to hear the voice of young people”

Asked about the role of youth political participation and decision-making, Mr. Tsaltas referred to the Foundation’s recently launched “Teens for Democracy” initiative and said that “we need to hear the voices of young people in order to to bridge the intergenerational gap that exists in our world”. .”

“Many of the issues that our world is facing relate to younger generations and will have a deeper impact on younger generations. We need their perspective but also, we need their fresh thinking because we are where we are. we are today with the current systems.

“I think we need new thinking, free from institutional constraints.”

On Friday, Mr. Tsaltas also met with the Consul General of Greece in Sydney and recently with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Katsaniotis.

“Greeks in the Diaspora have an important role to play in the evolution of democracy and Greece seems to be more open to their contribution,” he said.

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