Overcoming democracy's present bias: How to involve future generations in today's policy making? | INNOCRACY 2020

Do we live in a tyranny of the now? Future generations do not have the ability to raise their voices and they are not represented in our current political systems. Yet, their prosperity and fundamental rights matter. It is all the more important that we include the perspectives and basic needs of generations to come in our decision making today. With short-termism at the root of today’s crises – from the threats of climate change to the lack of planning for a global pandemic – the call for long-term thinking grows every day. But how can we involve future generations in today’s policy making? In this session, the Australian philosopher Roman Krznaric talks about how we can become good ancestors and safeguard the rights of generations to come today. The keynote is followed by a reflection with Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, and Tatsuyoshi Saijo, Inventor of Future Design, on how to implement long-termism.