This year we will put a Young BSF spotlight on our democracies. Young BSF will take place between 26 and 28 August 2022 under the title ‘Democracy fit for the new age’
Democracy is not a stable term or a form of governance – it evolves to correspond with the transformations of our societies, our understanding of what it means to be democratic and it evolves in response to the changing environments. There has been no shortage of societal disruptions in the last couple of years – from the Covid-19 pandemic, the return of war in Europe, pervasive technological developments to rising polarisation within our societies. Are our democracies catching up with these changes? Are we capable of providing answers to the challenges we are facing within our current systems of governance? Are they fit for the new age?