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Pocket Democracy: “Beyond the Valley” Book Talk with Ramesh Srinivasan

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 6:00 pm @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Cloud Room, Chophouse Row
1424 11th Ave
WA 98122
Goethe Pop Up Seattle

“Pocket Democracy” is a 2 day conference between Berlin and Seattle investigating digital technologies as a means for political solutions.

Goethe Pop Up Seattle and Thomas Mann House Los Angeles, in collaboration with STATE Berlin, World Affairs Council, and UW Center for West European Studies and European Union Center, welcome Ramesh Srinivasan for a talk about his new book Beyond the Valley.

In his new, provocative book, Ramesh Srinivasan describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. Focusing on the disconnect between designers and users, producers and consumers, Srinivasan takes the reader across the world, visiting the “design labs” of rural, low-income, and indigenous people in hope to find a more democratic internet.

The Cloud Room Bar is a 21+ establishment.

Light refreshments to follow the talk.

This is an evening event of a conference taking place over two days. All guests are invited to participate in the workshop earlier in the day and Pocket Democracy’s public conference at Central Library Seattle the following day, October 25th.

For a detailed schedule of “Pocket Democracy” and registration information for each event, please visit

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About GoetheSeattle

ABOUT THE GOETHE POP UP SEATTLE Located in Capitol Hill’s Chophouse Row building, the Goethe Pop Up Seattle is a temporary branch of the Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany. Throughout 2020, we will be hosting and supporting an international program of exhibitions, films, lectures, performances, public discussions, and more. Our goal is to present German culture in Seattle and help shape a current understanding of Germany today. Our program offers an opportunity to engage with themes and questions relevant to contemporary German culture and society. We organize a broad range of events and support projects in the fields of film and new media, arts, theater and dance, music, literature, architecture, and more. The events take place in our space and at partner venues around Seattle. We collaborate with local artists, organizations, universities, and schools with an interest in Germany and its language and culture.
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