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How can citizens influence the future of democracies?
Wed 10 May 2017, 18:45 – 21:30 BST
Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and Regulation, will discuss the importance of citizen lobbying in shaping the future of democratic systems.
In a context where government representatives seem to be driven by the interests of big businesses, powerful individuals and wealthy lobby groups, many democratic societies are experiencing a crisis of faith.
How do we fix democracy and get citizens’ voices heard? How do citizens become change-makers?
While the likes of Trump, Farage and Le Pen want to tear down the system in the name of "the people", Alberto Alemanno – author of “Lobbying for change: Find your voice to create a better society” – has a much more positive solution. He urges us to become citizen-lobbyists. This will not only make democracies more accountable but also boost our individual happiness.
The conference will take place at Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London, SW1X 7DR, England
Date: Wednesday 10th May 2017
18.45 – 19.15 – Welcome & arrival
19.15 – 20.30 – Conference and Q&A
20.30 – 21.30 – Networking reception
About Alberto Alemanno
Alberto Alemanno is Jean Monnet Professor at HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. Due to his commitment to bridge the gap between academic research and policy action, Alberto pioneered innovative forms of academic and civic engagement. Both his scholarship and public interest work on openness, transparency and civic engagement has considerably shaped EU institutional setting and practice. Today Alberto runs The Good Lobby, the first advocacy skill-sharing community aimed at connecting people with expertise with civil society organizations who need them in pursuit of the public interest.
Alberto’s new book, ‘Lobbying for Change: Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society’ (Icon, 2017), provides a timely analysis and guide to levelling the democratic playing field by empowering ordinary citizens to speak up and inform policy decisions at local, national and international level.
Alberto is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and European Young Leader at Friends of Europe.
More information available on: http://albertoalemanno.eu/
More information on his first non-academic book “Lobbying for change: Find your voice to create a better society” available here.
About HEC Paris
Specializing in management education and research, HEC Paris offers a complete and unique range of educational programs for the leaders of tomorrow: Masters programs, Summer School, MBA, PhD, Executive MBA, TRIUM Global Executive MBA, open-enrolment and custom executive education programs.
Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris is a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay. It boasts a faculty of 138 full-time professors, more than 4,400 students and over 8,000 managers and executives in training each year.
HEC Paris was ranked second business school in Europe by the Financial Times’ overall business school ranking in December 2016: www.hec.edu.