The colloquium gathered a wide range of highly competent and engaged people. I was given plenty of time to explain my views and was asked clarifying and relevant questions by the participants.
In the talk, we explored the six new forms of metamodern politics, and interesting comments and suggestions were offered by people in the group.
As listeners, the colloquium participants were ideal, seeming to deeply engage with what was being said by others and myself.
Bernard Le Roux was the presenter in our Online Colloquium n° 20, in which he shared experience from his dialog and mediation work with Swedish municipalities. As a Kick-off question, Bernard invited participants to explore the following question:
How do we understand the resistance of powerful people to participation processes, and to an honest, open conversation that actually addresses the issue?
Here is Bernard's reflection of the Colloquium:
Why is there an outpouring of energy for democracy and freedom in the Middle East, in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Yemen? Trying to explain this is difficult and there are obviously many factors at play into what has led up to the public demonstrations against undemocratic and tyrannical governments throughout this region. An integral meta-studies approach is useful in providing an analysis of these explanations because it flexibly employs multiple lenses and is conscious of the limits on the range of theoretical lenses it can use to develop explanations of complex social events.