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How would you characterize the history of civilization? Has it been a story of increasing knowledge and human progress? Why has it led us to a world in crisis? This next clip briefly summarizes the history of civilization in a way you may not have considered before... (3 min 32 sec)
If civilization has been about ever-growing hierarchy, does this tell us anything about human nature? Have humans always been ruled by hierarchy? Are humans primarily competitive? This next clip suggests otherwise...(3 min 37 sec)
Isn't our government supposed to be democratic, and limited in its powers? Isn't that guaranteed by our Constitution? This clip continues the hierarchy theme, and briefly examines U.S. history...(1 min 36 sec)
If our governments aren't democratic, then what would a real democracy look like? Have you ever thought about how a participatory democracy might function? This clip explores these questions...(14 min 54 sec)
If real democracy is radically different than what we have, how can we possibly get there from here? What kind of movement is required? This clip suggests a surprisingly simple path...(1 min 12 sec)
Following up on the ideas in this talk, I put together a proposal for how dialog processes could be organized in a community in order to create democracy on the local level: An Experimental Framework for Community Democracy