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Remo Giuffre
Founder & Director
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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Luca Belgiorno-Nettis

Founder | The newDemocracy Foundation

Sydney, Australia

"We don't need better politicians; we need a better system."

Generally thinking:

Global Issues
Government & Community

My tags:


Very good at:
+ weak thinking
+ nothing in particular
+ but if you insist: juries

About me & my work:

I am the Founder of the newDemocracy Foundation, an independent, non-partisan research organisation aiming to identify improvements to our democratic process. We aim to replace the adversarial with the deliberative, and move out of the "continuous campaign" cycle. The current adversarial system promotes populist hype and divisiveness.

I am also Executive Director of Transfield Holdings (a privately-owned company with a portfolio of businesses focused on industrial services, infrastructure and renewable energy); as well as a Director of Sydney Harbour Tunnel Ltd and Perisher Blue Ltd.

I sit on a number of not-for-profit boards and committees, including as Chairman of the University Art Committees at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and the University of Western Sydney. I am also a member of the Australian International Cultural Committee. In 2007, I was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence at UTS for my contribution to Sydney’s culture; and in 2009 I was made a member of the Order of Australia for service to the arts and to the community through a range of philanthropic endeavours and executive roles.

My links:

The newDemocracy Foundation | newD thinks we can be more deliberative and inclusive. The current adversarial system promotes populist hype and divisiveness.

My TEDxSydney 2012 Talk | Here I give a brief outline of what "new democracy" (which draws on the oldest democracy) might look like.


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