Daniel Mackisack

Daniel Mackisack

 (New Zealand)

As a Democracy activist, Academic and Social Entrepreneur, Daniel's belief in community, communication and collective decision making as critical components of peaceful and increasingly complex societies has taken him all over the world. From innovative Education projects in NZ, through Development research in South Asia and work with youth and gangs in Africa, to graduate study, research, public speaking and social entrepreneurship in war-zones and revolutions in the Middle East, before finally bringing him back home - He now works collaboratively on a number of Social Enterprises in Education, Media and Governance.

When the Arab Spring broke out, Daniel was based in Cairo. Having always wanted to understand the complex realities of political and social change, he decided to stay on and pursue multiple Masters Degrees in Politics and Sociology/Anthropology, looking at how the shape of social networks both cause and change during political upheaval and what sustains authoritarian regimes. He also started speaking to and working with large groups of young people on Social Enterprise, with an emphasis on internal practice and structure, developing a platform for democratic co-ops.

After 5 years, countless lessons learned and far too much attention from all the wrong places, he returned to NZ, where he started DemocracyWorks - A team building workshop and social experiment which trials different methodologies in different real world scenarios.