Education and Talent Can Build a Better World Democracy

Education, Talent, EdTech





 The new democratic Challenges:

In recent years, the wave of democratization has slowed or, in the case of some countries, been reversed.

Today the perception of democracy being in crisis is palpable and is in stark contrast to the triumphalism about democracy and the end of history that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.

Apart from the instances of democracy reversals, there has been a steady decline in many countries in some aspects of governance, political participation and media freedoms, and a clear deterioration in attitudes associated with, or conducive to, democracy.

In Europe and the US the main features of regression are a declining trust in political institutions; other weaknesses in the functioning of government; the increasing role played by non-elected technocrats, experts and judges; increased voter abstention and declining political participation; and curbs on civil liberties, including media freedoms. All of these are having a corrosive effect on some long-established democracies

Public faith in democracy has declined in recent decades and that there has been a rise in public support for non-democratic alternatives.

Some of the broader socioeconomic and structural- demographic developments in recent decades that have led to a decline in civic engagement, social connectedness and political participation.

One of the major developments has been the movement of women into the labour force, with many positive impacts is also driving many demographic new trends, many new social movements put pressure to avoid widening gaps between rich and poor, or among beliefs, preferences and physical or social limitations.

A new education model, to promote basic skills that enable students to express themselves, that ensures equal access to quality and equal use of technology if finally at our reach, to become the first generation in human history that can access all available talent in the World to build a better democratic journey.

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About the author

Fernando Valenzuela

Fernando is currently head of Aspen Institute education program in Mexico and Partner at Global Impact Edtech Alliance. He was formerly President McGraw-Hill Education, Latin America. He is a recognized senior executive, entrepreneur, speaker and board level leader with international background.  He has founded and led successful enterprises in Latin America for over 25 years. He holds a Degree in Computer Science from the Universidad Iberoamericana, and an MBA in International Business by the University of Miami. Active member of Wharton Fellows, ENOVA Network of Latin America CEOs, Center for Hemispheric Policy and Council of the Americas, and board member at Inroads.  He was most recently President at Cengage Learning / National Geographic Learning Latin America and founder of LINNEA the First Laboratory for Innovation in Learning Experiences in Latin America. There Fernando lead the transformation of the educational models and creating high value learning experiences by engaging students with technology. 

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