Interdependent Democracy Innovation Lab

A community of practice we convene for cross-movement social justice leaders to co-create a strategy to build and sustain thriving, interdependent democracies and recognize, anticipate, and respond to anti-democratic and anti-human practices.

Over the course of six months, our group of 18 interdisciplinary, multiracial, intergenerational, cross-geographical leaders will explore the following questions of inquiry:

  • If we accepted our interdependence as a fact, what would that mean for how we define, practice and talk about democracy?
  • How can we transform the paradigm of democracy into something that is working for everyday people, unified in liberatory values, and rooted in the understanding that our interdependence is the key not only to our survival but to our thriving?
  • What are the ways of being together that we deem essential, so that we — in solidarity with community and the environment — can recognize, anticipate and respond to anti-democratic and anti-human practices?
  • How do we engage in strategies to both heal from systems of oppression and survive them simultaneously?

The cohort generated a framework that we are using to build out a robust set of offerings for how communities can practice interdependent democracy.

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