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“We, the People…”: Reality or Illusion?

January 15, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

The recent attack on the U.S. Capitol and incidents in other Western democracies – such as the attempt to storm the Reichstag building in Berlin in August 2020 – demonstrate how fragile our democracies are. Are the aspiration and promise of our liberal constitutions an illusion? How resilient are our democratic institutions and practices in the digital age? Can they adapt?

Join American Council on Germany and 1014 to discuss these questions with Pam Campos-Palma, Political Strategist and Consultant, and Alexander Sängerlaub, Director of futur eins.     

Pam Campos-Palma is an impactful political strategist and movement builder focused on peace and security, equity engineering, and movement building at home and across borders. She is an often consulted and trusted adviser to national-level leaders, organizations, think tanks, and campaigns, expertly bridging the gap between grassroots movement and grasstops policy worlds to win lasting change. At the core of all her work is the democratization of foreign/defense/security policy through the leadership development, coalition building, and political organizing of war-affected peoples, namely the vets/military community. She is also engaged in transatlantic work around populism and defeating rising global ethno-nationalism and democratic slide.

Pam served in the U.S. Air Force for over a decade as an operations and anti-terrorism intelligence analyst working in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq and Afghanistan. She began her career in the immigrant rights movement, served as a gubernatorial appointee for the state of Oregon, and as a consultant to international NGO’s and social impact ventures. She is a 2019 Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader, was named a “Top 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy” by Huffington Post and a 2018 Champion of Change by the UN. Pam has been featured on NBC, CNN, BBC, and NPR, among others, and holds a Masters of Public Administration from NYU with a focus in International Policy and Management. She is a Defense Council member of the Truman National Security Project, an Advisory Board member of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS), and was a member of the 2019 Women’s March Steering Committee.

Alexander Sängerlaub is Director of future eins, an organization at the interface between politics, media, science and civil society. He has been dealing with digital public spheres for a long time and preferably in a holistic way. As a research assistant at the University of Hamburg and the Free University of Berlin from an academic perspective, in 2014 with the founding of Kater Demos, the utopian political magazine from a journalistic point of view as editor-in-chief and in his work at the Berlin agency Blumberry from a campaign and PR perspective. Since 2017, he has helped build up the “Strengthening the Digital Public Sphere” department at the Berlin think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, where he led projects on disinformation (“Fake News”), fact-checking and digital news literacy.

Alexander is primarily interested in the evolution of our democratic information architectures in the digital age, whether through journalistic innovations such as Constructive Journalism or the question of how we as a knowledge society can use the full potential of digitization for our public spheres as well. On these topics he is also regularly active as a speaker (e.g. Goethe Institutes San Francisco & Seattle, Streitraum, ARD/ZDF Media Academy), host (e.g. EU Commission) or expert (e.g. German Bundestag).

He studied journalism, psychology and political communication at the Free University in Berlin and taught at the University of the Arts, the University of Applied Sciences Berlin and also at the Free University Berlin. His never written dissertation entitled “Who needs journalists when you can have robots?” on journalism and artificial intelligence was always interrupted by life (including Kater Demos).


January 15, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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