As the dust settles and the brains re-wire after 2970° Practising Democracy, a number of things stick in my mind - the generosity of our speakers, the quick-thinking of our respondents, the deftness of our moderators and the mental agility of our MC. One impression stands above all of these, and that’s the contribution made by the 50+ high school students and young people that attended, got involved and challenged each other and all of us in every session and between. In our closing session, The Department of Youth, six young people reiterated time and again the importance of listening and being listened to. In this space and at this time, the art of practising democracy clearly lies in the acts of listening, processing and responding. Many thanks for all the lessons I learned.
DAVID PLEDGER, Curator