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CAS SEE Weekly Seminars with Guests – E. Glen Weyl

RadicalxChange (RxC) is a global movement advancing plurality, community, and equality through investigating and experimenting with innovative institutional designs for upgrading democratic decision-making, property regimes, markets, data economy, and collective intelligence management.

Sparked by E. Glen Weyl’s research into social technologies for widely-shared prosperity and cooperation under diversity, RxC has since developed into a research agenda and a social movement gathering social scientists, technologists, artists, activists, and entrepreneurs dedicated to discovering institutional mechanisms conducive to fair, prosperous and equal pluralistic societies.

In his talk for CAS SEE, E. Glen Weyl presented the evolving vision of RxC, first outlined through the series of fundamental reforms to existing democratic and capitalist institutional orders presented in his 2018 book with Eric Posner, Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society. These included Quadratic Voting, as a voting mechanism which allows people to communicate the degree and not only direction of their preference; Common Ownership Self-Assessed Tax, as a new property system which would block the formation of monopolies while producing higher increased returns and greater social wealth, shared equally by all; and Data as Labour, which would compensate citizens for their data and, moreover, allow them to collectively bargain for a fair data wage.

Aside from being the Founder and Chair of the RadicalxChange Foundation, E. Glen Weyl is Microsoft’s Office of the Chief Technology Political Economist and Social Technologist (OCTOPEST), advising Microsoft’s senior leaders on the relationship between the global political economy and the future of technology and leading a group of socially-engaged communicator-researchers who are working to imagine and communicate a pluralistic future for technology that empowers human collaboration, creativity and communication. Glen’s work focuses on “political economy”, a philosophically-inclined field of inquiry that gave birth to modern economics, sociology, and political science, as a way to build “social technology”, algorithmic designs for social institutions. He has developed these ideas through academic research in a range of fields, for example articles published in the American Economic Review, Science, the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Economics and Computation, the Harvard Law Review and Politics, Philosophy and Economics and has taught at Princeton and Yale. Following Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, his work has moved significantly beyond research and he increasingly helps mobilize activist groups, consults for governments and political parties, advises start-ups (especially in the blockchain space) and collaborates with artists.

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CAS SEE Weekly Seminars with Guests – Olivia Guaraldo

On Thursday, June 25th from 10.00 to 12.00 am the fifth CAS SEE Weekly Seminar with Olivia Guaraldopresented by our Fellow Valentina Moro took place on Zoom. The seminar discussed Arendt’s imaginative reception of the Athenian democracy.

Olivia Guaraldo is an associate professor of political philosophy at the Department of Human Sciences and the director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Political Studies at the University of Verona. Her field of expertise focuses on modern and contemporary political thought. She has worked extensively on the thought of Hannah Arendt. She has also worked in the field of contemporary feminist political theory, investigating the theoretical and political relationships between the thought of sexual difference and gender theory. She has edited and introduced the Italian translations of Judith Butler’s works, Precarious Life (Rome 2004, Milan 2013) and Undoing Gender (Rome 2006, Milan 2014). Among her most recent books: Comunità e vulnerabilità. Per una critica politica della violenza, 2012;  She has have co-edited, with Angie Voela, the Gender and Education special issue “ ‘If Not Now When’: Feminism in contemporary activist, social and educational contexts” (2016). Recently, she has been working on the Arendtian theme of Public Happiness, with the aim of rethinking democracy in light of new participatory practices and a new affective lexicon that enables to frame political action in generative terms.

Caught in the midst of the catastrophic events of the 20th century, both existentially and intellectually, Hannah Arendt sought to interpret her present from a politically oriented theoretical perspective. After her original analysis of totalitarianism as an essentially unprecedented phenomenon in human history, where all the pre-existing categories of thought and action had proven insufficient to explain what happened, Arendt embarks in the difficult task to re-imagine the political, convinced as she is that the public life lived together, the ‘vita activa’, is the most meaningful dimension for the human beings. This is why she goes back to Greek antiquity to recover, with philological freedom and interpretative creativity, a notion of the political that the Western tradition has completely lost. Central to this recovery is her reading of the Athenian democracy as ‘isonomia’, a notion she reads as correspondent to an essentially anti-modern, participatory experience of ‘no-rule’.

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The translation of Olivia’s new article “Historical Minutiae: On Statues and Broken Mirrors” is available here.