How do we take back control?

How do we take back control?

  Digital democracy & democratic deficit in the EU The Democratic Society are working on a project to find out how people would like to communicate ideas directly to the institutions of the European Union. It's about citizens feeding in to policy-making and having a say more than just once every five years in the European elections. The UK's role in this is significant as Brexit highlighted a common perception that there is a lack of democracy, that people in Britain have ‘lost control’ over EU policy making. we will be hosting an online…Read more

Open EU – first two events

With the support of the European Commission, we have launched Open EU: a project that has been funded by the European Commission, so that we can show them how open policymaking can be done in practice. We are creating a shared action plan on opening EU institutions – a collaborative statement of the areas in which experiments could take place, the best standards of openness from around the world, and a clear statement of the expectations of citizens. We have already begun this process, with two events carried out in Edinburgh last week. The first…Read more
Open EU – How do you want to talk to EU policymakers? (Citizens & the third sector)

Open EU – How do you want to talk to EU policymakers? (Citizens & the third sector)

Open EU is a project that has been funded by the European Commission, so that we can show them how open policymaking can be done in practice. We are creating a shared action plan on opening up EU institutions – a collaborative statement that highlights the areas in which experiments could take place, the best standards of openness from around the world, and a clear statement of the expectations of citizens. We will bring together citizens; activists and policymakers to coproduce a shared action plan for EU institutions. This will be a collaborative statement addressing:…Read more
Open EU – Bridging the political divide (representatives, policymakers & the democratic sector)

Open EU – Bridging the political divide (representatives, policymakers & the democratic sector)

27th February in Edinburgh Open EU is a project that has been funded by the European Commission, so that we can show them how open policymaking can be done in practice. We are creating a shared action plan on opening EU institutions – a collaborative statement of the areas in which experiments could take place, the best standards of openness from around the world, and a clear statement of the expectations of citizens. We will bring together citizens; activists and policymakers to coproduce a shared action plan for EU institutions. This will be a collaborative…Read more

Assemblies for Democracy

This coming spring three grass roots Assembly events will be happening in London, Manchester and Glasgow, where people will come together to discover and discuss democracy and power in the UK. The plan is for these events to generate questions about who and what holds power in the modern British democratic system and what the future could and should look like. The events are already drumming up interest among slightly geeky circles, but these are events that are arranged for and by citizens - this grass roots movement is lawn, not AstroTurf. Personally,…Read more