Here are some forthcoming events we are involved in, all of which are open to the public. You are very welcome to come and join in.

NHS Citizen Design Workshop London (two day)

Are you passionate about the NHS in England? Would you like to see changes?
NHS Citizen is new and will give everyone the chance …

09:30 - 17:00

Resource For London, 356 Holloway Road, London, United Kingdom

Post-Referendum: Harnessing the Democratic Energy

An evening of dialogue and drinks with guest speakers:

Simon Burall, Director of Involve

Jenny Bloomfield, Lead Policy Officer for the Future of Scotland & Democracy, SCVO

Linda Fabiani MSP, Member of the  Smith Commission’s Cross Party Committee 

19:00 - 23:00

Hemma Bar, 73 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Open EU – How do you want to talk to EU policymakers.

The is the first event of Demsoc’s Open EU program

This event will be where citizens and the third sector come together to describe, debate and collaborate on their preferred approaches to interacting with policymakers at the European level and have an influence in how policy is made.

Participants will be invited to talk about occasions when they have attempted to have an influence on policy in the past, difficulties they faced and what can be improved, as well as explaining whether or not the feel open policymaking is necessary in specific areas, everywhere or nowhere in the myriad policy areas covered by the EU.

Who should have a say? Currently lobbying in the EU locks out anyone who is not highly embedded in the system and with resources to match. Who do citizens and the third sector in Edinburgh think should be involved in shaping EU policy? How could this be achieved?

During this evening’s event we will be creating a shared vision of what participants want and need from an open process and what they think the Commission’s goals should be for future policy making processes.

1800 - 2100

Thomson's Land, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Open EU – Bridging the political divide

The second event in Demsoc’s Open EU program.

This event will involve political representatives, policymakers and the democratic sector, asking them to review the co-created vision and demands from citizens and the third sector. This is also where we’ll be discussing the issues experienced by those currently trying to represent citizen voice at an institutional level, how they see open policymaking as improving the system and what are the roadblocks that would need to be removed to move forward.

This will also give participants the opportunity to understand the needs and wants of citizens and the third sector, bridging an often difficult to navigate divide.

09:30 - 13:00

European Parliament Office in Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom