Members – Demsoc needs you!

This is the first in a series of posts setting out our initial thoughts about Demsoc’s membership arrangements and governance.

Our membership is growing, and we want to make sure that we are practising what we preach and being the flexible, networked, and democratic organisation we tell government to be. We’ll be sharing our ideas here but we will be ensuring that our thinking fits with the Demsoc principles of democratic involvement, openness and transparency.

We are broadly looking at four areas:

  1. Membership types: At the moment there’s just a single paid Demsoc membership, and we are investigating introducing a free ‘friend of Demsoc’ option for those who agree with Demsoc principles and want to know a bit more about what we do – while doing more for our existing members and giving greater opportunities for project working to those who are committed to the vision of the organisation and want to be more involved.
  2. Demsoc at the centre: we are considering what we could offer our membership by email and on the web. Ideas like weekly news updates, monthly briefings and analysis, networking opportunities, events and online participation tools including cross-posting of member blogs on the Demsoc website.
  3. Demsoc near you: we are exploring what support and guidance is required for members that want to set up a local deme or an issue network, and what different forms this could take. We have two examples currently live, in Lewes and on Open Policy Making, and we have more in the pipeline.
  4. Governance: we are examining how to revamp governance in the way that we tell government to change – moving from traditional structures to an open, networked and participative oversight arrangement.

We’ll be working up our plans in the next few weeks so look out for more blog posts.

If you have any thoughts on any of the above areas and want to share your views please reply to this post or email Katie Nurcombe at


Published by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.

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