We would replace power rooted in possession, privilege, or circumstance by power and uniqueness rooted in love, reflectiveness, reason, and creativity. As a social system we seek the establishment of a democracy of individual participation, governed by two central aims: that the individual share in those social decisions determining the quality and direction of his life; that society be organized to encourage independence in men and provide the media for their common participation.
In a participatory democracy, the political life would be based in several root principles: that decision-making of basic social consequence be carried on by public groupings;
that politics be seen positively, as the art of collectively creating an acceptable pattern of social relations;
that politics has the function of bringing people out of isolation and into community, thus being a necessary, though not sufficient, means of finding meaning in personal life;
that the political order should serve to clarify problems in a way instrumental to their solution; it should provide outlets for the expression of personal grievance and aspiration; opposing views should be organized so as to illuminate choices and facilitate the attainment of goals; channels should be commonly available to relate men to knowledge and to power so that private problems--from bad recreation facilities to personal alienation--are formulated as general issues.
online/offline tensions in the context of covid
the pandemic as a catalyst for socio-cultural changes and a context for research
how do we experience intimacy in the times of hyper-connected remoteness?
what is the role of artifice in experiencing intimacy throughout the pandemic?
escapism as a precarising tool. what are the healthy ways of experiencing down-time during the pandemic?
how might the enhancement of the virtual communication affect the ways we interact post-covid?
what could be the emerging strategies to make up for the loss of 'classic' proximity (and their impact?)
online strategies of coping with the lack of 'classic' proximity
offline strategies of coping with the lack of 'classic' proximity
the role of ambiguity in coping with the lack of 'classic' proximity
the role of boredom in coping with the lack of 'classic' proximity
how can the experience of covid become beneficial to human relations and the sense of well being?
how can we build resilience towards the estrangement in times of covid?
how could we better cope with the uncertainties and estrangement of the pandemic?