Chaired by Lord Patten, people and organisations from business, civil society and government came together to explore the relationship between democracy and sustainability. There was recognition that sustainable development was not happening and that democracy needed to change in order to meet these challenges.
Responding to Provocations by Ian Christie and Sara Parkin, Tim O’Riordan argues that we need to increase ‘virtue’ - civic responsibility and political accountability, as well as debate and awareness – and sets out desired futures for a more ‘ecological democracy’.
Sara Parkin asks: Are political parties still relevant? She answers that they are: “at best, a diversion from the main business of democracy – to provide a system which enables us to do things together in a way that we are proud of and happy to be involved with”.