Reimagining American Democracy
A discussion series for all who believe in the future and promise of American democracy.
Join Freedom House, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the George W. Bush Institute, and Issue One for 360° conversations that are forward-thinking and dedicated to one of the most important issues of our time.
The program features journalist-led conversations with the thinkers, activists, policymakers, and organizations envisioning what a more vibrant and inclusive democracy in America could look like - and what it will take to get there.
Episode 1: Democracy in America
Leaders from across the political spectrum explore: what are the most critical elements of a healthy, strong, inclusive democracy in America?
Episode 2: The Vote
One voice, one vote: this is the backbone of democracy. What kind of voting reform measures can help to realize American democracy’s full promise?
Episode 3: Disinformation & Democracy
A turbulent few years in American politics have left the media's role in democracy shaken, allowing ever greater space for disinformation to flourish. What will it take to restore a sense of shared purpose through shared facts?
Episode 4: Securing Elections
America’s voting infrastructure has suffered everything from cyber attacks to political interference in recent years. To what extent is the U.S. prepared for the next round of challenges, and what can be done to shore up election security and integrity for many years to come?
Episode 5: Rethinking Civic Education
A strong democracy also requires a deep commitment to civic learning and education. What will it take to ensure that everyone is equipped with the necessary democratic knowledge, values, and tools in order to fully participate in the civic and political life of their communities?
Episode 6: Reviving Civic Education
If a democracy is only as healthy as its parts, then the people participating in it are its beating heart. What will it take to reimagine and revive civic engagement, from reviving national service to diversifying the political talent pipeline?
Episode 7: Democracy in America, Democracy in the World
American democracy has long served as a beacon for other nations, and when it fails to reach its full potential the ripple effects are global. What role should American democracy play on the world stage today, and how could this engagement in turn help to strengthen democracy back home?
Director, Hoover Institution,
66th Secretary of State
Keisha Lance Bottoms
Mayor, City of Atlanta
Journalist, Member, Transatlantic Commission for Election Integrity
Congressman, State of Texas
Co-Founder and CEO, Citizen University
Commissioner, U.S. Election Assistance Commission
R&D Director, Google Jigsaw
Mayor-in-Residence, Institute for the Future
Founding CEO, National Vote at Home Institute
Ibram X. Kendi
Founding Director, Boston University Center for Antiracist Research
Deval L. Patrick
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Former NATO Secretary General
Founder, Alliance of Democracies