Summary of The Antidote to Apathy

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Is society indifferent? Artist and social organizer Dave Meslin identifies seven barriers to community participation.


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In this TED Talk, artist and social organizer Dave Meslin tackles a complex and pervasive topic: civic apathy. Meslin is passionate, and his examples are explanatory and vivid, often pulling laughter and applause from the audience. Although Meslin addresses apathy in Canada, most of his points are relevant across all developed nations. If you’ve ever wondered why more people don’t participate in the community, getAbstract recommends this video to you.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why civic apathy doesn’t really exist,
  • How the system blocks citizens from engaging with their communities and
  • How to fix the system.


According to popular opinion, people are indifferent and do not care enough to dedicate themselves to meaningful societal change. They’re too self-centered, dim and lazy. These beliefs are false; apathy “doesn’t actually exist.” In fact, individuals do care, but they live in a world that discourages...
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About the Speaker

Dave Meslin is a self-described “community choreographer.” He is dedicated to entwining politics and art.

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