European Citizens’ Consultations: call for civil society links

European Citizens’ Consultations: call for civil society links

If your organisation would like to be a link, please complete this short form: https://goo.gl/forms/lDzRtYXzAe3urMHq1  The ECC Civil Society Network are seeking expressions of interest from civil society organisations (CSOs) that can function as national links between the core network and the member states. The network aims to make the ongoing conversation around the future of Europe as joint as possible, to support positive and broader engagement in the different consultation approaches available, and to use the consultations to start to build a network of organisations interested in connecting up the European conversation…Read more

“City Democracy Incubator” joins the shortlist for Advocate Europe!

Advocate Europe is a challenge to find unconventional and transnational ideas that respond to Europe’s present challenges, covering different fields such as civic education, arts and culture, social innovation and advocacy. The initiative is realised by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator. This year 475 ideas were submitted from 42 countries, with 31 of those ideas selected for a shortlist. The shortlisted ideas are each in with a chance of securing grants of up to €50,000 and mentoring to implement their ideas – and we’re delighted to share that the idea…Read more

Reflections on a three month internship with The Democratic Society

In June we were delighted to welcome Alex Hrabinová to our office in Edinburgh to begin a three-month internship, which was enabled by the Erasmus+ programme. Having now returned home to Slovakia, we asked Alex to reflect on her time spent working with the Demsoc team. You can read about her experiences below. We're always happy to hear from people interested in working in the Democratic Sector. We are able to support occasional internship opportunities, but it's important to us that the placements are meaningful development opportunities and can fit alongside our existing…Read more

Vacancy – Digital Democratic Engagement Officer

The Democratic Society is recruiting a Digital Democratic Engagement Officer to support our Participatory Budgeting work in Scotland. This is initially a six month contract based at our office in Edinburgh, Scotland. Full information, including the application process, is outlined in the job description below. The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 14th November 2016. All applicants will be contacted within 2 weeks of the deadline and the strongest applicants will be invited for interview week commencing the 28th November. Please direct any questions to Alistair Stoddart, Scotland Network Manager - aws10@demsoc.org / 07732 836 741. We look forward…Read more

Your chance to make Government more open!

By Beth Wiltshire, 17th March 2016 What is the ‘Open Government Partnership National Action Plan’? As a member of the global Open Government Partnership, every two years the UK government in collaboration with civil society must develop an Open Government National Action Plan, setting out specific, measurable and time bound commitments to reforms to create a more open government. The Democratic Society are the civil society lead for developing the civic participation strand of the next plan, but there are four other strands: access to information, anti-corruption, open data, and public accountability. Each of these…Read more

A festival of democracy, you say?

By Millicent Scott, 10th March 2016 Many festivals take place in the UK throughout the summer, but never a Festival of Democracy - until now. This got me excited. DemFest offers a fascinating programme of cultural and political activities where you can grapple with all things democratic participation. You'll have a chance to think through complex and curious ideas and engage with lively conversations about democracy. There's an impressive list of speakers - including academics, digital innovators and even a political party leader. The fabulous venue at Gladstone's Library in a Grade I…Read more

Coverage: Coventry Citizens’ Panel

WEDNSDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2015, 9:30am - 4pm, COVENTRY We covered the Coventry Citizens' Panel LIVE on Twitter, Periscope and through the webcast. We also filmed sections of the event and some vox pops. You can find the details and relevant feeds on this page. We also invited local media to cover and report on the event. TWITTER - Follow @DemsocCov // #GreaterCov  #GreaterCov Tweets   WEBCAST Please use this link if you are having trouble with the embedded player - http://www.coventry.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/188999   View the morning’s live webcast <a href="http://www.coventry.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/188999">http://www.coventry.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/188999</a> View the afternoon’s live webcast <a…Read more

Apply to take part in Coventry Citizens’ Panel

We would like to invite applications for the Coventry Citizens’ Panel from people who live in the city. Most places on the panel have already been filled but we want to ensure that we have a good spread of people from across the city, and that the panel reflects the people who live here. We are looking for a small number of additional people to join. The event is an opportunity to share your views on the the identity and future of Coventry, and to discuss the combined authority plan, which we will…Read more

Reforming the House of Lords (again) and the number of Peers

David Morris MP (Conservative) recently moved a motion in Westminster Hall on ‘Reforming the House of Lords and the number of peers’. Morris spoke of a need to reduce the current number of peers and proposed a ‘better way’ to slim down whole of the Lords to 250 members. He emphasised that “this debate is trying to find a way forward where we can still retain the Lords expertise and keep them there for life, as they were originally appointed to be”. Morris framed the proposal by speaking about the current composition of…Read more

Limiting Freedom of Information could strike at the heart of a democratic United Kingdom

The free flow of information and ideas lies at the heart of the very notion of democracy and is crucial to effective respect for human rights. - UNESCO In the House of Commons last week, Justice Secretary Michael Gove said that he believes we need to “revisit” the Freedom of Information Act, adding to renewed speculation that the Government is planning to make it more difficult for people to access information about Government and public services. I think we do need to revisit the Freedom of Information Act. It is absolutely vital that we…Read more
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