Feb 25 2021 @ 9:00 - 10:00

Deliberative Democracy and the role of Impact Investing in Bridging the Divide

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Genevieve Marshall

Virtual IFB

Please join us on February 25th at 9 am CET to learn more about the importance of deliberative democracy and the vital role impact investors can play from leading experts and investors in the field.

We live in a time of increased political polarisation, public mistrust in the state and politicians, and voter apathy, all emergent against a backdrop of misinformation and disinformation. These turbulent shifts in society have raised the need for new ways of achieving consensus and taking action on issues that require long-term commitment and action. Deliberative democracy is key to delivering solutions.  It brings together randomly-selected members of the general public from across the spectrum to share ideas, concerns and discover a common solution to society’s most complex challenges.  Its goal is to deliver long-term sustainability and security.

From the OECD to the EU and national governments, deliberative processes are embedded into long-term policy-making as a means of building consensus across the spectrum of an increasingly fragmented voting public. This has a direct impact upon budgetary requirements and policy decisions on key issues such as climate change and technology investment.  Impact investors around the world have long supported thriving democracies to build sustainable and productive economies and societies. Now more than ever, these next few years present a critical juncture at which to shape and deliver policies on climate change and tech that will impact society for decades to come. 

We are honoured to welcome our guest speakers, Yves Dejaeghere and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis to this special Impact for Breakfast Virtual Session organised by IfB Netherlands.

Yves Dejaeghere is a renowned academic, and formerly a guest professor at KULAK, Université Catholique de Lille (France), Université Saint-Louis Brussels, and at the University of Antwerp.  He was coordinator of G1000, the Belgian think tank on the use of sortition and deliberative democracy, and is now Executive Director of the Federation for Innovation in Democracy Europe (FIDE), a nonprofit dedicated to the participation of everyday citizens in policy-making. 

Luca Belgiorno-Nettis is the Managing Director of Transfield, and a family office called Prisma Investment. He has a B. Arch. (UNSW) and a Dip.Urb.Est. Mgmt. (UTS). In 2004 he founded The newDemocracy Foundation, a not-for-profit research organisation focused on political reform.  In 2009 he was awarded an AM for his work in arts and the community generally, and in 2014 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Western Sydney University.

Date: 25 February 2021
Time: 9am-10am CET
Venue: Online
Registration is via Zoom:

We look forward to seeing you virtually!