Episode 016

What might we mean by cultural democracy?









Owen Kelly



April 8, 2022


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In Episode 15 of A Culture of Possibility Arlene Goldbard, Owen Kelly and Fran├žois Matarasso discussed the Porto Santo Charter and a set of issues that arose from that.

In this episode of A Genuine Inquiry Owen Kelly continues a line of thought from that discussion and inquires into a key question that has hovered over every one of our podcasts: what might we mean when we talk about cultural democracy? Why might people need the term, and what can they do with it?

He delves into the history of the term and finds that its original uses differ significantly from how many people would like to use it today. He draws upon the work of Rachel Davis DuBois to suggest what it could mean, and why we need the term in any progressive vocabulary.