Resilience, trust and populism in a democratic society | Open conversation

How does trust, communication and social bounding shape our democracy? What makes us to trust authorities, what elements are available to protect our rights, the democratic process, overall individual and community wellbeing and health, and a community resilience? With these questions in mind citizens were invited  take part in an open conversation with a community of researchers on trust, time of crisis, communication, health and wellbeing in an inclusive society, political leadership, contribution of minority groups and civic participation role.

At the library in Gerðuberg findings from academics on cross disciplinary approach on communication, resilience, access to resources in a society for all. Thoughts on policy innovaction and design in a liberal democracy were introduced as well as research findings on the development of populism, political leadership and their role in transformation of society.

A more detailed description of the inputs and contributors can be found on PaCe-webpage. The live stream of the event is accessbile in full lenght on the library´s webpage.

Follow up

The library environment offers the opportunity to step out of our predefined realities, connect with others and share information and knowledge across social groups in a trusted environment. On the day after the seminar different stakeholders, policy actors, representative of organizations of minorities, political actors met in a workshop to address the outcomes of the PaCE Local Democracy Lab in Iceland, considering the findings presented by academics and experts on seminar on the 26th of October 2021.

The seminar was a part of the dissemination and exploitation of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme entitled “PaCE – Populism and Civic Engagement” financed by the European Union. The results of the PaCE project are a contribution of nine organizations across Europe. Further information are available on the PaCE FacebookTwitter.

Here are the main findings of the local democracy lab in Iceland.

Further information on the PaCE project, seminar and workshop:
Dr. Roxana Elena Cziker, research project manager of PaCE project on behalf of the City of Reykjavík, Iceland: roxana.elena.cziker@reykjaví 

The library is open to new ideas on developing the library as a democratic venue and a social space. If you would like to bring your own to the library, send us a line:
Dögg Sigmarsdóttir
Project manager | Civic Participation

Tuesday November 9th 2021