Living democracy - transformative change begins at the edge

Presented by ANU College of Business & Economics

In this talk, Tim Hollo characterises the defining features of an ecological and anti-ecological worldview, examining how they conflict with each other in contemporary politics and policymaking.

The talk identifies key trends internationally indicating the spread of an ecological worldview, including the rise of new political movements and innovative institutional mechanisms that facilitate grassroots democracy, economic justice, peace and nonviolence, and environmental justice.

Considering these developments, the talk explores processes of institutional change, in ecology and in politics, presenting a model that indicates how practices at the edges of our system can become transformative.

About the Speaker

Formerly a Visiting Fellow at RegNet, Tim Hollo is Executive Director of the Green Institute, where he leads thinking around ecological political philosophy and practice, and drives policy discussion around Rights of Nature, Universal Basic Income and participatory democracy.

Tim was previously Communications Director for Greens Leader Christine Milne, has been both a board member and campaigner at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and has worked for 350, Lock the Gate and others. His writing on environmental, social and political issues has been widely published, including at the Griffith Review, the Guardian, ABC, Huffington Post, and Crikey, as well as Green Institute monographs, discussion papers and blogs. His first book, Living Democracy: An Ecological Manifesto, is forthcoming with NewSouth Press.

COVID protocols

  • Please do not attend this event if you feel unwell, are awaiting the results of a test or are required to self-isolate/quarantine. The ANU's COVID Safety advice can be accessed here.
  • The ANU will continue to require that masks be worn indoors for the foreseeable future, except when eating or drinking.
  • Attendees are encouraged to use hand sanitiser and the Check in CBR app at the entrance to the building.
  • Please maintain good social hygiene by staying 1.5m apart from others and coughing/sneezing into elbows.

This seminar presentation will be in-person only.

Image credit: Image of seedlings in hands by kavya_adiga at Pixahive (CC0)


Date and Times


Room: Seminar Room 1.04