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Marie Paxton Staniforth, Speaker

Teaches Political Science at the University of Kansas and Johnson County Community College

A New Approach to Democracy

How does a nation talk about important topics? The polarization and incivility found far too often in today's political landscape, whether here or abroad, makes discussion on current events tricky. At best, these important but difficult dialogues become an uncomfortable experience for participants and, at worst, a minefield. This presentation shares examples from across the world where people are experiencing a shift towards a more participatory and citizen-centered style of democracy while focusing less on finding the right answer and more on mutual recognition, where citizens listen to each other on their own terms. 

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