Political Cynicism in Eastern Europe

In Transforming Democracy

This post is contributed by Peter from Slovakia

Many people may not noticed the recent death of economist James M. Buchanan. Though few may know this name, almost everybody know his work as a creator of political cynicism. This term includes the theory that politicians are parasiting or stoking on the state and society itself and bend the laws for their and their patrons. But let us go in order.

Read more »

Obama’s leadership decoded

In Innovation Drivers for Countries, Transforming Democracy, Transforming the Global Economy

These 3 videos and 70 pictures show you Barack Hussein Obama in a nutshell:

– Video 1: Obama’s breakout moment at the 2004 Democratic Party National Convention
– Video 2: Michelle Obama’s speech about her husband president at the 2012 Democratic Party National Convention
– Video 3: 2012 Obama Victory Speech
– 70 pictures of “No-Drama Obama

Barack Hussein Obama is an extraordinary showcase for 3 leadership approaches that we promote at Y-Motions International:
Read more »

Franck Bianchéri, a European leader, just passed away

In European Challenges, Leading with Questions, Transforming Democracy

I learnt with sadness that Franck Bianchéri passed away on October 30th 2012 after 4 years of a long sickness. A systemic thinker and leader, Franck has been a European stirring force since the mid 80es.  

As he was a student leader at Sciences Po Paris, he created with his friends a first powerful student movement across Europe: AEGEE-Europe. With this young citizen movement he lobbied political leaders, especially François Mitterrand, to rescue the Erasmus project that was about to be trashed. As a former Erasmus student myself, I know how much this European program of studies abroad has changed me and keeps changing generations of Europeans and the face of Europe.

For the last 25 years, Franck has promoted one central idea: for the EU to be a functioning democracy, it requires not only European institutions, but truly European parties. This means citizen parties created for the EU, and not, as it is today, national parties that create coalitions in order to aggregate their national interests when they arrive in the European Parliament.
Read more »