On October 17th, 2016 Garry took part in the 20th Forum 2000 Conference to discuss human rights activism and the importance of taking responsibility in the struggle against authoritarianism. Please see the video of his address below.
The Courage to Take Responsibility
20th Forum 2000 Conference
October 16–19, 2016, Prague and other Central European cities
The life and work of Václav Havel, an intellectual, an author, a political prisoner, a human rights defender and a president of a country, is an amazing example of democratic leadership and of taking personal responsibility for the state of public affairs and the world as a whole. Nevertheless, today´s democratic leadership seems to be in crisis, contending with a lack of vision, responsibility, and perhaps even courage to lead. Are the current democratic systems unable to generate true leaders? Is the growing authoritarianism in the world a result of the weakness of democratic leadership? Where are the Havels, Churchills, or Mandelas of today?