In recent years, an array of challenges have threatened democracies. Resurgent authoritarianism, cultures of corruption, violent extremism, disinformation, rising inequality and more dominate the headlines. Scholars have warned of a global democratic recession. Translating democracy’s promise into a better life for all can be frustratingly slow and difficult, but we have found over the past 35 years that, whatever its shortfalls, democracy works. It is the only form of government that allows for peaceful self-correction. In a series of videos, NDI will interview #DemocracyHeros around the world who are working for democracy and making democracy work.

DemWorks Video: Reflections on Tiananmen Square 30 Years Later

For NDI President Derek Mitchell, observing the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in person 30 years ago was a turning point in his life. There was never a question that – in that moment, at that time, in that place – he was witnessing something historic, a revolution in action. Looking back at the footage he captured with his video camera, Derek reflects on the students, and the spirit, of Tiananmen.

Read More…

DemWorks Video: A Conversation with TIME Person of the Year Maria Ressa

Celebrating “women risk takers,” this video focuses on #DemocracyHero Maria Ressa, a veteran journalist and the CEO of Rappler, the leading independent online news network in the Philippines that has been at the forefront of combating disinformation and exposing human rights abuses under the administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. For their critical reporting, Maria and her fellow independent journalists have been indicted multiple times on questionable charges. Maria herself has been arrested twice. Maria’s courage has been globally recognized. Among many accolades, she is a recipient of NDI’s Democracy Award in 2017, and TIME magazine’s Person of the Year award in 2018.

Read More…