Realizing Interspecies Democracy: The Preconditions for an Egalitarian, Multispecies, World
Realizing Interspecies Democracy: The Preconditions for an Egalitarian, Multispecies, World [This conversation with Janneke Vink and Sue Donaldson first appears in Democratic Theory.] Citation guide: Janneke Vink, Sue Donaldson, Jean-Paul Gagnon. 2021. “Realizing Interspecies Democracy: The Preconditions for an Egalitarian, Multispecies, World”. Democratic Theory, 8 (1): 71-95. Abstract: Sue Donaldson, Janneke Vink, and Jean-Paul Gagnon discuss the problem […]
What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion...how about jellyfish?
What animal could a democracy be? Ape, fox, lion…how about jellyfish? [This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. It is inspired by the Old Canberra Inn – a pub close to […]
Bold spiders ensure a bright future for the whole colony
Bold spiders ensure a bright future for the whole colony [First published by The Conversation. I ran into this research on ‘leadership’ in a social spider species whilst reading for an altogether different work (a forthcoming book on non-human democracy).] Stegodyphus dumicola is a social spider. This curious little creature lives in shared nests with more than 2,000 others. […]
A Lesson in Democracy ... From Slime Moulds
Short essay applying the theory of non-human democracy to slime mould.
A Lesson in Democracy…from Slime Moulds Originally published by The Crick Centre and republished by The Policy Space, 16 December 2015. [This short essay concerns the first type of life that I began investigating with the theory of non-human democracy which posits, in short, that democracy is not solely a human invention/discovery, that it does […]
our political vocabulary has no room for animals
Non-human Democracy: our political vocabulary has no room for animals Originally published by The Conversation, December 22, 2015. [The idea for this three part essay first started forming in 2011/2012 namely due to the work of Thomas Seeley, author of much, but for me, it was his book “Honeybee Democracy” which stands out most. The explanation that […]