Our team manages Demsoc day-to-day, running projects that create new democratic opportunities, working with governments and public to create a new way of making policy centered on public engagement.
We aim to create new ways of making policy centered on public participation. Our priorities are to build transparency and accountability into existing Government structures and to use technology that is democratic by design.
In the UK, we are the public dialogue partners for the UK's open government programme. We have curated discussion regarding the future of the European Union and the policy direction of the European Commission. We have also worked with parish councils, neighbourhoods, counties and cities to develop local democracy and decision making.
Our clients include the Government Digital Service, the Cabinet Office, the European Union’s Department for Employment, NHS England, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Scottish Government. We regularly showcase our thinking; recent examples include the World Forum on Democracy, Club of Venice, Personal Democracy Forum Europe, and the Political Studies Association's Participative & Deliberative Democracy conference.
Our current projects are:
Building Communities and Trust in Northern Ireland
Working with the local government and civil society to build democratic participation and openness in Northern Ireland, informed by best practice elsewhere in the UK.