We look for projects that are fun, interesting, and support the creation of positive public discussions and democratic networks. At the moment we are working on:
A new, more democratic, NHS: The Democratic Society is working with Public-i and Involve to create the public conversation about improving the democratic landscape of the NHS and increasing citizen voice. The Government are planning on creating a Citizen Assembly within NHS England, so that your voice can be heard and you can play an active role in its future.
Open Policymaking: We are working with the Cabinet Office to run a discussion space on Open Policymaking – helping to use the Government’s commitment to “making policies open” to drive real openness and participation in government policymaking at local and national level.
Local democratic conversations: Lewes District Council are working with us to create networks of activists and civic influencers to support civic activism. This work is an innovate new pilot scheme to create more networked local democracy and was presented at the World Forum for Democracy. We are also facilitating independent consultations around major development proposals in Lewes town and in Newhaven.
European politics: On the 10th February 2014 European Commission is holding an event at the Royal Institution in London called the ‘Citizens’ Dialogue’, in advance of the Citizens’ Dialogue Event we are running a discussion and are holding events to create the conversation which will shape Commission policy in the coming term. We are also working towards the EU Parliamentary elections, providing people with the tools they need to make a fully informed decision at the ballot box. In 2014 we will be holding a series of EU engagement events, raising awareness and understanding of the EU institutions.
Digital Diplomacy: We provide full training for foreign ministries and embassies so that they can make the most of social media, from in the classroom training to digital simulations, Digital Diplomacy helps staff to build their knowledge and confidence in this vital part of foreign ministry work, so it can become and integral part of how they carry out international diplomacy. This work is carried out in partnership with Jon Worth and The Social Simulator.