Vacancy – Country Manager, Scotland

Full-time role, based in Scotland in our Edinburgh office. Salary £37-£42k before tax (with more available for an exceptional candidate) We are looking for an experienced person to lead our work and grow our presence in Scotland. Over the last four years, the Democratic Society (Demsoc) has led innovative participatory projects with government at all levels and most recently in the housing sector. We are now entering an exciting new phase, and are looking for someone who can take our work, our offer, and our partnerships in Scotland to the next level, building…Read more

Inequality and democracy: what will the impact of digital be?

The Democratic Society has been asked to carry out a piece of research into inequality and democracy, and the impact of digital technologies upon these in the EU and beyond. As an output of this piece of work, we will be producing a report, providing a set of recommendations to the EU about further action and thinking. There are four broad themes we are exploring: Jobs, inequality and social protection - covering topics such robotization and automation of jobs, the impacts of an increased focus on the gig economy and employment laws and rules…Read more

Recommendations for improving online consultations

How can the experience of online consultations, as run by central government, be improved? This was the broad question that Demsoc and Snook were tasked with exploring as part of a six-week discovery phase project for the Government Digital Service. GDS were clear that they wanted the focus to be on platforms – although you can never separate platforms and process entirely. The two organisations brought different expertise and research skills to the project: Demsoc sharing insight around consultations and policy making, and leading upon desk-research and expert interviews; with Snook using their…Read more

How can open data help democracy?

It’s always good to read about open data and democracy in a mainstream newspaper , but often the focus of the pieces are too narrow, and it was in this case. While exploring broadly the idea of apps for democracy and open data, the focus was on voting as the main means of democratic engagement, without exploring how else citizens can engage in politics or policy making, and the article didn’t touch upon how to help citizens understand and use the data that is being made openly available. At the Democratic Society, we believe…Read more

How can online consultations be improved?

The Democratic Society and Snook are really excited to have been commissioned by the Government Digital Service to carry out a short piece of work exploring how the experience of online consultations, as run by Whitehall, can be improved. We will be writing a number of blog posts over the course of the project to share our thinking and invite comment, as we’re really keen to hear the views from a wide range of individuals who have been involved in designing, writing, or responding to, consultations. What are we doing? Over the next six…Read more

Help us shape the UK Open Government Partnership National Action Plan

The UK ‘Open Government Partnership National Action Plan’ is a biennial plan developed between civil society organisations and the UK government to decide how to open up government. We at the Democratic Society are the lead for developing the civic participation strand of the next plan, and we’re keen to get input from as many people as possible. There are a number of ways that you can get involved: Attend an event Demsoc, the government, and the UK Open Government Network are co-hosting a series of events to discuss the civic participation proposals…Read more