Lines in the Sand | Humanity’s place at the Summit for Demoracy

9 December 2021  03:00 - 05:00

Virtual Event | Organised by Global Democracy Initiative | Held in in English
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What can world citizens do to promote participatory global governance without alienating people from undemocratic countries? What role can online democracy and decision-making tools play in overcoming geopolitical divides?

Learn from global democracy experts as they discuss the US-led Summit for Democracy and its implications on geopolitics, democracy, and the search for global solutions to humanity’s biggest problems.

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  • Gery Colombo graduated in electrical engineering and obtained a PhD in the field of biomedical engineering both at the ETH of Zurich. He worked as the head of the research lab in the spinal cord injury center of the university hospital Balgrist in Zurich from 1993 to 2002. In 2000 Gery Colombo co-founded the spin-off company Hocoma AG which he managed as the CEO from 2002 to 2020. Hocoma was a pioneer in rehabilitation robotics and became the global leader in the field of rehabilitation robotics. IISART, the International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology was also initiated by Gery and he was the president for the first 8 years. Today he is active in boards of directors and advisory boards of different companies and societies in the field of technology and healthcare. He received several awards for his innovations and for management. Gery is interested in politics and democracy for many years already and in 2019 he founded, an association that wants to solve global problems by introducing a global democracy. As this endeavor is rather ambitious and will need the world to be working together, he also initiated the Global Democracy Initiative (GDI) which brings like-minded organizations together to exchange different ideas and to work with united forces on a global solution.
  • Dr. Rasmus Tenbergen is a negotiation expert, social entrepreneur and global democracy activist. He is Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development and specialist for the Harvard Concept of Principled Negotiation.He studied political science and public administration at the Free University of Berlin and at Harvard University concentrating on negotiation analysis.In 1998, he won the first prize in an internal Harvard Negotiation Competition.From 1996-1997, he was co-opted by the Chair former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Vice Chair Angela Merkel to the national board of the governing party (CDU) in Germany.He wrote several scientific articles and his doctoral dissertation about the Kosovo war (a short version in English can be found here … Since 2000, he has been lecturer in Negotiation, Mediation, Political Advocacy and Leadership at the Universities of Bonn and Erfurt. He works as a trainer and consultant for companies, foundations and public institutions.Pro bono, he has founded and supported several organizations, in particular global democracy activities.His hobbies include strategic games, tennis and, above all, classical music. More information can be found in the German CV and on this website:
  • Fernando Iglesias is Co-President of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy and a Member of Parliament in Argentina (2007-2011 and 2017-2021). He is the Director of the campaign for a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime (COPLA) and the Co-Chair of the UNPA campaign’s Parliamentary Advisory Group. He is also a founding member of Democracia Global – Movimiento por la Unión Sudamericana y el Parlamento Mundial (a WFM MO) and directs the Altiero Spinelli Chair for Regional Integration at the Consorzio Universitario Italiano per l’Argentina. As an Argentine MP, between 2007 and 2011 he sat on the Mercosur Parliament (Parlasur) and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino). In 2011 Iglesias was distinguished as Commendatore of the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity for his work in the A. Spinelli Chair, awarded by the President of the Italian Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. He was a university Professor at UCES (Theory of Globalization) and at UB (International Governability). He has specialized in the political aspects of globalization, publishing several books including “Republic of the earth”, “Globalizing democracy” and “Global modernity”. As the Coordinator of the Manifesto for a Global Democracy, he gave numerous conferences at renowned institutions such as the European Parliament, the Senate of the Republic of Italy, the London School of Economics, Sciences Po (Paris), the University of Helsinki, the Italian Center di Formazione Europea (CIFE), among others.
  • Guy Kennedy is the Co-founder VR Democracy. VR Democracy is a next-generation platform for civic engagement, enabling democracy advocates to share knowledge, collaborate on public policy and participate in democratic discussion and debate. Students develop skills in media literacy, critical thinking, public policymaking, public speaking, debating, moderation, and leadership. Be part of a solution-focused community and make your voice heard!