Background and Diagnosis
Our global society is undergoing tremendous change. People are connected like never before, life expectancy is increasing, and technological inventions which up until yesterday were seen as science fiction, are now available to the general public every day.
It is however not all positive. In the western world the democratic way in which we run society is under pressure as nationalism and populism is on the rise, while the trust that the populations have in politicians and political systems is decreasing. The challenges are amplified as a lot of people feel that they are not receiving their share of increased wealth that is created, and that the technological developments that should be empowering them are instead leaving them behind. We wish to turn this development around. At NextGen Democracy, we use technology to make democracy work for all of us.
What we do
Overall our activities fall into the following categories:
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In short we are an organization comprised of people who wish to take action and leverage technology to improve democracy. We are physically based in Denmark but we consist of people from all over the world and we wish to work across geographical boundaries and collaborate with anyone who share our purpose. We hope you join us.
A core group of six people from consulting, technology and the startup community. We see the disruption technology causes in our work, and now want to use it to secure our democratic future.
Michael B. Jensen,
Co-founder and leader
Michael has more than ten years of experience working with cutting edge technology and is driving projects in both the private and public sector and across most of Europe. This gives him front row seats to the technological future and its impact on society at large.
His background includes a master in Strategy and Organisational Dynamics as well as a CEMS-master in international management, and he has developed his entrepreneurial mindset starting both businesses and NGOs.
Simren S. Dhaliwal
Simren has more than 4+ years of professional experience in the consulting world at Accenture and KPMG working with cutting edge technology – across Europe and Asia. Through his work he sees the possibilities and challenges that come with new technology, as well as the impact they have on our businesses and societies.
Prior to his consulting role, Simren co-founded a medical device start-up in the United States.
Kristian T. Madsen
Kristian is a passionate corporate intrapreneur. Over the past 10 years he has been working on transforming large organisations into the digital age, through both reshaping business models with new technologies and operating models through agile strategy, delivery and leadership. Having lived abroad in Kenya he recognize the value of stable political systems, but also highly value societies with a high entrepreneurial spirit which he seeks to encourage. As many of the other core members of Next Generation Democracy he is worried about the society shift that disruptive technologies is driving these years and seeks solutions of enhancing the democratic process and public dialogue in a time of uncertainty.
Gerasimos has mixed professional experiences from consulting and the private sector. Currently he is part of R&D Strategy in Novo Nordisk, working with cross-functional IT and organisational projects to improve the agility of the company. He has been directly involved in various start-ups and NGOs in Greece and Denmark within engineering, energy, digital solutions, branding and event planning. He strongly believes that the challenges we are facing are not technological; they are cultural.
Mia has more than 10 years of experience working with entrepreneurship, from co-founding, community building to training and start-up consulting. As an active citizen and member of numerous organisations in the civil society, she has an explorative focus on how society is impacted by technology and how to harness today’s advancements for tomorrow’s policies. She is also co-founder at 2030 Builders. Her background includes a MSc in International Business and Politics with a minor in Sustainability.
Johannes Bull Haraldsen
Johannes has extensive international experience having lived in six different countries and undertaking his degree in International Relations at renowned institutions such as Lubin School of Business in New York and at the London School of Economics. As a student has worked at Thomson Reuters in London and co-founded an Global Affairs organization in Madrid. He is currently working in IT for a Danish SaaS Cloud company. He is interested in the intricate relationship between economics, technology and political science that is currently playing out across the world, with a special focus on the long-term effects of technology on globalization.
How you can get involved:
We have created a growing community of 200+ attending events, contributing to the dialog and raising awareness on how technology is and will impact our democratic processes.
For those who are interested, we suggest attending one of our upcoming events.
Alternatively, you are welcome to contact us via email or the contact form below.