STATEMENT: Benjamin Barber A Distinguished Senior Fellow

Release Date: 
March 14, 2007

New York, NY — Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action is pleased to announce that Professor Benjamin R. Barber, renowned political theorist and expert on global democracy and citizenship, has joined Demos as a Distinguished Senior Fellow.

Dr. Barber is now based in Demos' New York City office, where he will continue his research on democracy and globalization in the United States and abroad. On March 19, 2007 his new book, Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, a revealing analysis of the role of capitalism in the 21st century, will be published by WW Norton and promoted widely in collaboration with Demos. Dr. Barber has also authored 17 other books, including the international best-seller, Jihad vs. McWorld.

"Professor Barber has made tremendous contributions to deepening our understanding of democratic institutions, in America and within a globally interdependent community," said Demos President Miles Rapoport. "His work, and his voice, will amplify Demos' values in the public debate. We're excited that Dr. Barber is joining us.

At Demos, Barber will also continue leading the CivWorld project, a global policy research initiative whose annual fall Interdependence Day forum will be held this year in Mexico City.

"I am delighted to join Demos, an institution whose commitment to democracy I fully share," Dr. Barber said. "I believe there are exceptional potential synergies in this exciting partnership, and look forward to working with the new colleagues I have found here, to make our democracy more inclusive, vibrant and fair."

Demos is a 7-year-old research and policy organization working to promote three overarching goals: economic security and widely shared prosperity; full participation in democracy; and an effective public sector capable of planning for the public good. Demos has nearly 50 staff and Fellows developing new research on a wide range of domestic and international themes. For more information on Demos' Fellows Program, or Interdependence Day, to be held this year on September 12 in Mexico City, visit archive.demos.org or www.benjaminbarber.com.

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