Citizens Drop In

Citizens Drop In

Author and journalist Dan Jellinek (“People power, a users guide to Democracy”) and the Democratic Society have come together to create the Citizen’s Drop In, a new style of event where we invite members of the public to come along and learn a little bit about politics and democracy.

We hope to hold a regular series of these events, and to make them as open and free as possible. They will not be about party politics – they will be free training for everyone about your role as a citizen of your local community, city, region and country in the modern world.

Our first session is all set for the Brighthelm Centre, North Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1YD at 12:00-14:00 on 24 November.

In an age where many people seem to have become disenchanted with politics, angry with politicians and confused about the options for change, we want to help people try and understand what positive role they can play.

We will try and help answer questions such as:

Is it ever OK not to vote?

Are politicians really all the same?

Who cares about your community?

If you would like to learn more, please drop in – it’s free and we will even give you a cup of tea and a biscuit. Joining us at the drop in are groups such as MySociety, the creators of Fixmystreet.com, theyworkforyou.com and many other community participation websites.

The Citizen’s Drop In team looks forward to meeting you and discussing how you can help us make our democracy better.

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3 replies on “Citizens Drop In”

  1. Sounds like these events could have their own blog.

    Is the idea to take these to places / groups where people are congregating anyway? Working with existing organisations like sports teams, churches, libraries, etc might be a good way to leverage communities.

    1. I think that would be a good idea – definitely about going where people are and giving a little bit of democracy support and advice.

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