Julia Roig

Julia Roig has more than 30 years of experience working for democratic change and conflict transformation around the world, is best known for her ability to convene diverse coalitions and her facilitative leadership of global networks. An organizer at heart, in her role as Chief Network Weaver at The Horizons Project, Julia is committed to bridge-building across sectors, disciplines, and cultures. Throughout her career she has been called upon to translate between theory and practice, while seeding new approaches, organizing principles, and mindset shifts for social change. After serving for almost 14 years as the President and CEO of PartnersGlobal, one of the preeminent international democracy and peacebuilding organizations – in 2022 Julia launched The Horizons Project to focus on the intersection of peacebuilding, social justice, and democracy in the United States.
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Turning towards each other, not against each other: Bridging to counter authoritarianism & advance belonging
While concerns around democracy and political fragmentation and those related to social, racial, and economic justice are often framed as separate challenges, they are in fact deeply intertwined. The issues around which the far right is stoking division (such as gender identity, demographic change, and migration) are part of a larger strategy to shrink who is considered part of the collective “we”—and therefore worthy of resources and support—and to advance anti-democratic ideologies more broadly. And indeed, in this moment of deep collective uncertainty and division, authoritarianism is...